Places In India That Resemble Their International Twin

28 September  |  Listicles

Traveling can sometimes become difficult in the land of culture and heritage with so many unique sites, and attractive landmarks to be seen. So, why not start with the most familiar of them all? These places in India resemble their international twin and are some of the most frequented spots in the world.

  1. Scotland – Coorg

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Lush green valleys, charming meadows, and landscapes surrounded by scenic attractions, Coorg resembles Scotland in almost many ways. The best time to visit Coorgis in the monsoon season during early morning hours and the best places to visit in Coorg are the Abbey Falls and the Irupu Falls. The Nahorhole National Park at Coorg is known for its Safari tours and is one of the most recommended tourist spots for travellers who are visiting Coorg. One can also visit the Abbey Falls and the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary which are popular sightseeing spots similar to the structures one finds in different places in Scotland.

  1. Thar – Sahara

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The Thar and Sahara are identical twins with even the desert culture and folklore resembling each other in close ways. The location of the Sahara desert is convenient for most travellers and the desert is filled with sand dunes and many oases.

  1. Thailand – Lakshadweep

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If you love Thai curries, boating, and the seaside sceneries, why not take a Lakshadweep trip? Bringing the culture of Thai to India, the best time to visit Lakshadweep is from October to Mid May. One can head to Lakshwadweep directly from Masinagudi resorts to archaeological sites and nearby forest regions for Safaris and explorations.

  1. Niagara – Athirapally

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Known as the Niagara falls of India, it is one of the most famous waterfalls in Kerela that resembles the Niagra falls in terms of grandeur and familiarity. Flora, fauna, snake roads leading down to lush greenery and small streams surrounded in the midst of rubber and coconut trees – is some of the many wonders offered by its surroundings. The Athirapally falls is best seen between the months of September and January when trekking the falls and enjoying scenic views becomes possible.

  1. Switzerland – Auli

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Who says you can’t ski in peace in India? The Auli resembles Switzerland in every way especially in terms of the landscapes and scenic views. Snow sports are seen in bountiful and the best time to visit Auli is during the monsoons for sightseeing and snow treks. The best places to visit in Auli are the Auli Artificial Lake and the Auli Ropeway. One can avail taxi services from the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing in Auli or travel directly to the destination by bus.

When taking tour packages for trips around these destinations, one can stay in resorts near Bangalore which boasts of metropolitan culture as it is convenient to travel from the city. Budget packages offered by Discovery Village resorts in Bangalore makes it possible for travellers to enjoy their stay and tour scenic landmarks for as long as they want without compromising on relishing the culture and its delicacies.

Cave Exploration

28 September  |  Adventure & Travel

Spelunking has a charm of its own. Nothing beats the adventure in exploring a cave and getting close with the hidden world that lies yonder. If you are looking for adventure tours around Bangalore, there are several options like those offered by Kabini river resorts, or a jungle stay in Masinagudi, and the many cave exploring options around the city.

If you are an avid cave explorer you are sure to know that there are some things that the experience teaches you,but there are others that you should learn well before you start your journey. Here are some useful tips for cavingfor the budding cave explorers –

Caving tips

 

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The importance of carrying the right gear goes without saying. Caves present the most unprecedented terrain and hurdles to cross. So investing on the best quality helmet and boots is a great place to start with. You will be more confident in going on with the expedition when you know that you are protected. To prevent bumping your head against those low rise gaps you would find a helmet an indispensable requisite. The right pair of boots would make the journey less tiring and would avoid injuries. By offering the best ankle support they also help prevent sprains and foot aches. Besides these, knee caps and elbow pads are very usefulfor those occasions where you might have to be on all fours. In addition, there might also be an assortment of other gear that might come in handy depending on the cave that you plan to explore and the weather condition expected within the cave.

Caving manners

 

The above-mentioned tips were to prepare and protect the cave explorer from accidents and injuries. But there are some more tips to remember to protect and preserve the beauty of the untouched interiors of the cave. No matter how enthusiastic you are, responsible caving should be your top priority. This would make sure that the cave stays magical for the future explorers as well.

Do not Litter

The environment in the caves would be different from that outside the cave in several ways. This is the first thing that any cave explorer should first understand and accept. So keeping the cave clean, avoiding littering in the caves would be a good way to preserve the caves. Some zones or some caves, on the whole, might consist of certain rocks that are sensitive and can be easily eroded. Special care should be taken so as to handle these with care. Wearing gloves would be recommended in such caves. Some fragile portions of the cave including the speleothems are formed as a result of the interaction between the groundwater and the rocky layers, for thousands of years.

Do not disturb the wildlife

Besides keeping in mind the importance of preserving the cave structures one should also make sure that the wildlife within the cave is not disturbed either. The entire habitat, being different from the outside world would all be interdependent and any impact on the wildlife within the caves can also lead to a significant impact on the caves themselves.

So, the next time you set out on an adventure to explore a cave make sure that you prepare well ahead so as to protect yourself and the cave as well.

The Ultimate Guide To Indian Desserts This Festival Season

21 September  |  Listicles

Festive seasons showcase cultural trends and what better way to reveal the taste of India through Indian sweetsand Dasara special recipes? For people with sweet teeth and sugar addicts alike, try out these exotic Indian desserts while enjoying your stay at Discovery Village Resorts in Bangalore

  1. Gulab Jamun

Warm, sticky, irresistible, and sinfully delicious, the Gulab Jamun tantalises taste buds and special meaning to the cultural sweets of India. Variants of the Gulab Jamun include Indian sweet recipes mixing in rice flour and banana in Gulab Jamun creations with a South Indian twist!

  1. Kulfi

Served rosily with a dash of faloodas, the Kulfi is traditional Indian ice-cream – minus the whipping. They come in a variety of flavours and are served with Jalebis and special toppings like thinned noodles, honey syrup, and dried fruits.

  1. Halwa

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Served especially in all resorts near Bangalore, the Halwa stands out amongst sugary Navratri recipes with the most popular flavour variant being Carrot Halwa. Originating from the kitchens of the Mughal dynasty, it is made from milk, sugar, and ghee.

  1. Kheer And Phirni

Smooth and creamy, Kheer and Phirni are types of white rice puddings flavoured with saffron and cardamon. Kheer is served both chilled and warm while Phirni is served as a cool dessert.

  1. Rabri

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Creamy, sweet milk, thickened with layers of cream, the Rabri is a must-have for travellers during their jungle stay in Masinagudi! This delicious dessert can be eaten alongside other signature favourites like Jalebi and Gulab Jamun, and a treat fit for the royal.

  1. Ladoo

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The laddoo is India’s poster child amongst cultural sweets. Laddoos are eaten every day as well as during festive occasions. Devotees in temples also consume this popular cultural sweet. Round and sugary, it is made from gram flour, semolina, and coconut – is there anything not to like?

  1. Barfi

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A sweet with a silver foil styling on the front (which is of course, edible!), the Barfi is condensed milk mixed in with ground pistachios and cashews. Kaju Barfi and Pista Barfi are the most popular types of Barfi eaten at any day outing resort in Bangalore.

  1. Jalebi

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Sugary coils of refined flour dough dipped in saffron syrup, the Jabeli is the unhealthiest but tastiest of them all in the list of cultural sweets. Its heritage tracks back to the dates when the Persian invaders brought it to India.

  1. Peda

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The holy grail of Indian sweets, the Peda originated from Mathura and is shaped like a milk fudge. You can think of it as the Indian brownie that’s yellow in colour and topped with pistachios and nuts! Kesar Peda, a saffron-based variant is the most popular version of peda eaten in India!

Staying at Discovery Village resorts gives travelers the flexibility and convenience of staying at the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing. Tour the sights of a country rich in culture and cuisines, and enjoy the best of cultural delicacies while staying at Discovery Village resorts near Bangalore.

5 Biking Destinations from Bangalore

21 September  |  Adventure & Travel

Being a city that enjoys a pleasant weather all the year round Bangalore is a great place for impromptu trips,and one cannot forget to mention the limitless options available when it comes to destinations in the vicinity. Nothing beats the thrill one gets in taking bike trips from Bangalore to the surrounding scenic spots. Here are the most popular biking destinations when you are planning a road trip from Bangalore for a quick weekend refresher.

  1. Bangalore to Coorg:

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Aptly nicknamed the Scotland of India, this is one of the greenest weekend getaways from Bangalore. Around 240 km from Bangalore Coorg has several tourist attractions. Kushalnagar, Nagarhole National Park,Bylakuppe, Cauvery Nisargadhama are all other popular destinations that can be covered on the way. The road beyond Mysore, via Hunsur, is pleasantly green especially if you plan your trip during the monsoons. If you wish to travel offbeat, you also have the option to travel via Shravanabelagola and Channarayapatna.

  1. Bangalore to Nandi hills:

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This is one of the quickest weekend getaways near Bangaloreand is a favourite among the bikers. Located around 60km away from the city centre Nandi hills is one place that Bangaloreans never get bored of. Starting early to experience the sun rise at the Nandi Hills is something you should definitely try. The roads closer to Nandi hills with the green cover around are such contrasts to the smog laden noisy roads of the city! This makes this place a great spot to plan your weekend escapade on a short notice.

  1. Bangalore to Kabini:

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Kabini is one of the most popular spots for eco-tourism. Teeming with wildlife and eye-soothing greenery, this place is a perfect choice for those who are looking for an offbeat destination to wind down after a long week. The best part is that there are several resorts near KabiniRiver that offer the best stays amidst picturesque surroundings. Be it a one-day road trip from Bangalore or a two-day weekend vacation plan, this place is worth adding to your list.

  1. Bangalore to Munnar:

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If you have a little extra time, if you are looking for a long and memorable road trip then one of the best destinations from Bangalore is Munnar. A popular hill station that is well connected by the best road and rail lines, this is a place that is green throughout the year. The invigorating mountain breeze is sure to rejuvenate your spirits and help you puff out all the dust and pollution that the city gives to your lungs.

  1. Bangalore to Masinagudi:

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This is another one that is meant for those looking for a long road trip from Bangalore. For the wildlife tour enthusiasts, the Bandipur National park close by is a spot that cannot be missed. If you are traveling in a large group then you could also try a jungle stay in Masinagudi that is one of the easiest ways to get close to nature.

These are just a few of the famous biking destinations to start with. There are many more to make each of your weekends memorable.

Top 10 Things To Do This Dussehra

14 September  |  Listicles

Durga Puja, Navratri, Vijayadashmi, Dussehra – Several names for a single grand festival! Every part of our country celebrates this festival in a different way, revolving around the central theme of victory of goodness over evil. Dussehra in Mysore is the Nada habba or the state festival of Karnataka. It is celebrated with a lot of joy, gaiety and pomp in the city, with travel enthusiasts from all over the globe thronging Mysore to witness this annual 10-day festival. As you prepare your itinerary to explore the city during the Dasara festival, try out this must0do list of top 10 things in Mysore.

  1. Eat

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Any festival or celebration in India is incomplete without large quantities of scrumptious food prepared for family, relatives, friends and everybody who come over to visit. During the ten-day celebration of Dussehra in Mysore, the people of the city serve mouth-watering masala dosa, rave idli, thatte idli and other varieties that enhance your senses when eaten with coconut chutney and sambhar. Unique to the food culture, it is a must for you to have a plate of sizzling hot Mysore bonda and bajji. If you are a foodie, Dussehra is the right time to cruise through the streets, indulging in the many sweets and lunch dishes the restaurants and food stalls serve. Meals are served on banana leaves with cereal salad, tangy and sour vegetable and lentil broth, along with a traditional vegetable curry, rasam, pickle, papad and curd. The love affair with Mysore Dussehra food is incomplete without a mouthful of Mysore Pak, a traditional sweet in the cuisine. Try Chiroti, Holige, Shavige Payasa and Rave Unde as part of the festive dining experience.

  1. Pandal Hopping

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Almost every street in the city is decked up and pandals are erected for the festivities. Plenty of music concerts and dance performances take place in every pandal.Events depicting the colourful and vibrant Karnataka culture are exhibited in these performances. Go from one pandal to another, participating in the merry making.

  1. Participate in Dhunuchi Naach

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Performed mainly by the Bengali community in Mysore, this dance is enjoyed after evening aarti of the festival. Coconut shells and coal are filled in clay pots and placed on the head, while people dance barefoot and barehanded. Indulge in this age-old tradition of dhunuchi naach, which conjures up images of Mahishasura being slayed by goddess Durga.

  1. Vacation

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Mysore is a wonderfully planned city that is best visited during the Dussehra festival, and ideal to have a weekend getaway in. Plan a vacation to experience the grand celebrations of the defeat of demon Mahishasura at the hands of Goddess Chamundeshwari (another name for Durga). The city also gets its name from this same mythological demon. If you want to explore other places near Mysore, you can stay in the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing to get a sense of metropolitan culture or drive into the forests and stay in the best jungle resorts in Masinagudi.

  1. Spend Time with Friends, Family, Colleagues and Loved Ones

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The festival of Dussehra is synonymous with doll arrangement. Women and young girls display the divine presence of goddesses Lakshmi, Parvati and Saraswati in the form of dolls performing every-day scenes and court-life. Visit friends, family and colleagues, and view the doll arrangements in every house. The arrangements are unique and specific to every house.

  1. Mysore Palace

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The main attraction during the ten-day festival is the brightly lit Mysore Palace. Every day up to 1,00,000 light bulbs shine brightly between 7 and 10 in the evening, illuminating this historical structure. This makes it quite a sight for sore eyes!

  1. A Glimpse of Royalty

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The world famous Mysore Dussehra is incomplete without the royal family presiding over the court in the Amba Vilas Palace. Catch a glimpse of His Highness revelling in the festivities

  1. Decorated elephants

The ten-dayfestivities are concluded by a beautiful and colourful procession called JambooSavari. This event is the epitome of festive magnificence and grandeur. Goddess Chamundeshwari’s idol is carried in a gold howdah atop a colourfully decorated elephant.

  1. Bird’s Eye View

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Sign up for breath-taking sights of the entire city and celebrations in a hot air balloon. Climb into one of the big balloons and soar across the Mysore skies, while viewing the grand palace, Lalitha Mahal, Jaganmohan Palace, and other prominent locations, making it and experience of a lifetime.

  1. Carnival Time

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Right in front of the illuminated palace, a number of religious and cultural programs are performed that highlight the music, dance and culture of Karnataka. There is also a wrestling tournament held in the stadium adjoining these grounds. Folk dances, doll shows and fireworks make for a splendid sight.

Be it the exhibition or the many historical landmarks to visit, Dussehra in Mysore is more than just a celebration. The food, gathering of people, colours, pandals and cultural events makes Mysore a travel highlight during Dussehra.

Twister the Game

14 September  |  Team Building

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As the weekend edges closer, some look forward to sleeping in while others aim to cut the slack and pack the bags for a quick trip. If you belong to the second category you can choose from any of the best resorts in Bangalore for day outing or try the adventurous experiences offered by Kabini river resorts. There are many more options,but for those of you who are looking to stay indoors here is a cool game to spend a fun weekend with friends. Have you heard of the Twister game? This has been a rage for decades, andwas an instant hit when it was introduced.

The origin/history – ReynGuyer came up with a novel idea for a board game, which became Twister:

That pretty much sums up how it all started. While working athis father’s design business making point-of-purchase displays, he thought of designing a mat that was to be used as a promotional item. He wanted to make an interactive game mat where the players themselves stood as the actual game pieces. The novelty of the idea fueled by ReynGuyer’s creativity resulted in the Twister. It is a game which is played on a game mat with colourful circles where players stand and follow the instructions from a referee.

Fun facts about Twister:

 

  • Among the names that the game was given initially one was “Pretzel”
  • The adhesives giant 3M turned down the game when the team had approached it in the beginning
  • Johnny Carson played the game on his show in 1966 which ignited the popularity of the game
  • Certain cultures considered the game to be against their traditions, for example, the Germans did not like it when the women took off their shoes in public.
  • There is a textured mat with Braille available for the blind players

How to play Twister:

 

  • The Twister game rules are pretty simple. There should be a group of 3 or more players to play the game out of which one would act as the referee.
  • Lay the mat on a flat surface
  • Two players stand on either edges near the word Twister, with one foot on the yellow circle and one on blue. The third player stands at the center of the red circles’
  • The referee has the mat with the needle which also has different coloured circles and zones for the right and left legs and hands. The referee spins the needle and calls out the colour of the circle where the needle points and the appropriate hand or leg.
  • The players need to place the corresponding limb on the correct circle. The game keeps continuing as the players continue reaching for the different circles called out without moving from their current position.
  • The person who loses his balance and falls off is disqualified. The one player that is left standing on the mat till the end is declared a winner.

Where to play Twister:

  
This makes a great game to play with smaller groups. The game can extend for hours depending on how the players take turns and how they hold up. The game canbe played indoor or outdoor. A flat dry surface is all that you need. Placing weights on the edges of the mat would make sure that the mat does flap while playing. So, when are you trying this fun game with your friends?

Places for Rock climbing in Karnataka

06 September  |  Listicles

At first glance, rock climbing can be quite a daunting task, and rightly so. This fun yet rigorous activity lets your body undergo a major workout with focus on cardiovascular fitness and body strength. Rock and wall climbingis also a mental workout since it lets you figure out the best ways of navigation and staying safe. With Karnataka having a combination of terrains, in which the rocky hills seem to be prominent, it isn’t hard to find places for rock climbing. Try out this adrenaline-pumping activity if you never have before. Commune with nature or just have a fun outing with friends or colleagues, while scaling up the rocky slopes of these 5 must-visit locations.

  1. Savandurga

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With hills rising up to 4022 feet above the sea level, the towering location of Savandurga is situated in close quarters to Bangalore. The summit has two independent peaks that are separated by a chasm, and are called Kari Gudda and Bili Gudda. One of the best places for rock climbing, Bangaloresees a lot of rock climbing enthusiasts visit Savandurga and stay the night in the city. Savandurga is surrounded by serene atmosphere and lush greenery. It is ideal to start climbing early in the day to reach the peak before the midday sun hits the slopes. While the trek seems hard, the ethereal view and adrenaline rush makes the climb worthwhile. A haven for shrub forest and medicinal pants, Savandurga is a paradise for rock climbers.

  1. Madhugiri

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Also called as Maddagiri, Madhugiri is located in Tumkur, a town in Karnataka. The location has several giant rocks that rock climbers have enthusiastically taken to. Other than scaling the rocks, you can also visit the fort that is nestled into the steep slopes. The giant rock is considered to be the 2nd largest monoliths in Asia, making every climber feel even more special to achieve the feat. Enjoy a one-of-a-kind climbing experience that holds a lot of historical essence and stories to credit. Explore the series of doorways that open onto the hillock. Madhugiri is another weekend getaway from rock climbing enthusiasts, who can stay in the area or also find resorts near Bangalore.

  1. Hampi and Badami

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Any rock-climbing enthusiast would pick Hampi as one of the top points to go to for rock climbing. Popular as the rock country, Hampi is quite the paradise for climbers. It is evident that the experience of rock climbing on these slopes is thrilling. While the rocks are gorgeously cut, the Tungabhadra flows parallel below. Temples peep out at the world from beneath these giant rocks, making for a wonderful sight.

Badami plays home to some of the best rock climbing activities in the country. It is located towards the North-West of Hampi. There is a certain something for every climber in Badami, be it an amateur or a pro. The climbing trails are well hidden amongst the temples and cliffs.

  1. Skandagiri

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An ancient mountain fortress, Skandagiri is at a height of over 1350m. It is an ideal location for camping, bird watching, rock climbing and night treks around Bangalore. Resorts in Bangalore suggest Skandagiri as a must-visit location for a tete-a-tete with nature. The fort on the hill is dilapidated since Tipu Sultan’s downfall. While the trek is moderately difficult, it is an ideal night climb in order to watch the sunrise from the top. The view is breath taking, and the trek lets you discover two caves.

  1. Yana

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A village located in Uttara Kannada, Yana is a well-marked landscape for rock climbing. There is no necessity for a guide to take you across the rocks. Watch out for snakes and other reptiles while on the rocks, especially during hotter days. Yana also has a verdant forest and it is ideal to stick to the trail and not ruin the green ambience.

While rock climbing has become a popular adventure sport in Karnataka, climbers can visit Ramanagaram, Turahalli and Kanakapura for more rock formations to scale up.

Great Tips To Pack On A Short Notice

06 September  |  Tips & Hacks

Have you just made plans to head out during a nearby place like Nandi Hills or Kanakapura with friends and colleagues this weekend? Here are some great tips for packing on a short notice

City dwellers yearn for the weekends as they give them the chance to break the routines and make memories. Residents of Bangalore are lucky because there are several one-day travel destinations close to Bangalore. Be it a corporate outing or a trip with friends, you could choose a day outing resort in Bangalore, or several other nature and adventure resorts near Bangalore. Other popular weekend group tours from Bangalore are to Kabini, Masinagudi and other places. Have you tried the jungle stay in Masinagudi? It is one of the best adventure trips to plan for the weekend!

When planning a trip, the one thing that most people dread is packing. And if it is an unplanned trip, packing on a short notice is nothing short of a nightmare. If you are wonderinghow to pack quickly, here are a few tips and trick to get you started.

Best tips for packing on short notice:

  1. Make a list:

Make an organised list of the essentials to pack and the things to do before you leave, can give a wonderful start to your trip. This also avoids last minute confusions

  1. Carry a backpack:

For the travel enthusiasts, a durable and spacious backpack is an essential investment. A backpack allows you to carry all you want while also ensuring that your hands are free.Backpacks are definitely more convenient to carry for longer durations. If you plan to carry a bulky DSLR camera, pick a backpack that can securely contain that as well

  1. Take out batteries:

Remember to carry batteries for your camera.Charge the rechargeable batteries and have some non-rechargeable spares handy. Load them into your camera or securely stash them in an easy-to grab pocket.

  1. Plastic bags:

Even on the warmest day with no probability of rain a plastic bag goes a long way as it could be used in multiple ways. They can protect your smartphones and valuables from water spills and dust and also help you keep the odds and ends organised

  1. Packing shoes:

 

If you have special hiking shoes for your trip you could pack them neatly as they might not always be comfortable to wear all along the trip. Even otherwise packing a set of spare shoes might help at some point.

  1. Backup your confidential information:

This way, if you accidentally lose your smartphone, tablet etc., you would still have a backup at hand.

  1. Splitting up valuables:

It is always a good idea to keep your valuables in different locations. For example, besides the cash in your wallet, you could carry some in your backpack and some in your pockets as well. This way, when you lose your wallet or your bag, you always have a backup.

  1. Minimalising:

Finally, aim at reducing the number of things you carry. Choose simple luggage, minimalising the load would make the journey more pleasant and enjoyable. The lesser the number of things you carry the lesser the tension and the lighter the load on your shoulders.

So, those were the tips to be ready for short notice travel. You do not have to hesitate to say yes to your friends next time for an unplanned trip simply because you are scared about the packing to do.

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