2020 has been a very challenging year so far and we have already slipped in to July, just like that…whoah!! First six months have been tough but as a race we have held strong. Hopefully we will be travelling very soon for leisure and so we thought why not put a checklist in place for all our lovely backpackers. The new Normal “Things to Carry and Do” so we can travel safely and are equipped well:)
It’s a no brainer that we have to wear masks at all times while travelling but investing on few good ones is the key. For e.g.. WHO says to safeguard yourself, if you are using a fabric mask make sure it has three layers. Investigating a bit on masks before making a purchase is a good idea and even more important is how to wear and remove them.
We think every traveller must have at least two at all times. If it is fabric, wash one after use in soap and water at least once in a day. Also even more important is it’s storage.Keep a clean Zip Pouch handy in your bag and pull it out each time you want to store your mask safely and for the safety of others. Also, in your bunk you may want to remove it before sleeping and put it in this Zip Pouch.
If you are a mindful traveller, you may want to cover the sustainability angel too while being protected which we think is awesome. There are many Indian brands that are now producing masks, do your research and make a wise purchase.
Don’t leave without a bottle of alcohol based sanitiser and apply it religiously on your hands for 20-30 secs each time. Use them before and after using your masks and gloves too. First thing you do when you expose your hand is to always sanitise.Sanitising is the new handshake and handshakes are postponed.
As a backpacker you will end up using local transport, public toilets, lots of door handles and will press loads of buttons hence, if you have a good pair of gloves, you are safeguarding yourself. Now again, we recommend carrying more than one …there are some biodegradable options available to do your bit for Mother Earth. Keep a pair for using in public and one for your hostel indoors. You can always leave this pair of gloves indoors in a separate Zip Pouch. Also pack a little extra for your travel, depending upon the material and days of your travel.
Spray on the seat of your train, flight or bus. Spray it before anything you use that’s for public consumption, like door handles, buttons, vending machines , taps, toilet seats, cab seats etc and this way you travel with peace of mind. Also spray it on your luggage once you reach the hostel and before entering the premises, for your safety and others.
A great idea will be to have your backpack covered at all times so your zip and locks are safe. Once you deboard and get hold of your bag spray the disinfectant on your cover and safeguard it.
Hostels and Inns are doing their best to provide you with fresh and laundered linen, but if you are a bit sceptical at the moment, there is no harm in carrying a Travel Sheet (also called a Sleeping Bag Liner) that is lightweight and is used as Sleep Sack sheet, it’s a breathable, thin sheet that you can carry and will fit easily in a small packet
If you carry sunglasses , chances are you won’t rub your eyes and that becomes a safety net. Again sanitise your hand before removing and wearing them.
While choosing your clothes for travel preferably keep long sleeves shirts ,trousers ,full sleeves dress or jacket ,keep a cap or a hat and also covered shoes with fresh pair of socks so that ways you are always covered up and packed like a Pea in a Pod:)
First Aid Kit:
Travelling with a medical kit is anyways recommended, more so now, keep a small kit with a thermometer, antiseptic liquid, cotton, band-aid, vitamin C tablets, wet wipes and may be, also cold and flu medicine. Though most of the hostels will have all this at their reception and you will find medical stores, but times are very different now. We really have to focus on self care and be self-reliant.
There are some Ayurvedic items you can keep.Your Grandma/pa can help you fix this..For e.g.: Herbal Tea Bags, Clove ,Ginger or Turmeric. Best part is that you can just heat some water and add a pinch and have it twice a day:) These are just healthy supplements, of course, please check with your Ayurvedic doctor. You have to take these based on your body’s constitution.
Safety and Hygiene, in our opinion is always an integral part of travelling, and getting sick is never a good thing, more so while travelling ,but if proper care is taken you can enjoy our Holiday in peace and be the New Cool backpacker in town:)
So what do you think? Will you be travelling soon, all geared up?
See you soon.
Gypsy Child Hostel Team
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