The lighter the bag, the lesser you sag ! Nothing new to say here except ‘Travel Light’. Yet, in your enthusiasm to have a weightless bag, do not throw out the essentials.
1. Cottons or synthetic blends are most practical for Indian summers. Don’t get synthetics that don’t ‘breathe’ – they’ll make you what else but breathless !
2. The sun will usually be glaring at you most of the day. So a wide brimmed hat and sun glasses are a must. Winters can be chilly. Come armed with sweaters and light jackets. A collapsible umbrella will help you stay dry during the sometimes-sudden, sometimes-continuous rain during the monsoons.
3. Sun screen lotion (lots of it) should be a permanent part of your bag. Also carry a sewing kit, pre-moistened towelettes, pocket knife with can opener, lock and key for each duffel or bag, impact-resistant flashlight, spare batteries (unless they’re a popular size). Sports enthusiasts should bring their own tennis or golf balls – these are expensive in India. A blow-up neck pillow is excellent for buses and trains. Eye patches add to comfort. If train traveling, a bike chain is a must to lock your packs up on trains. A good first aid kit you should have too.
4. If you are a mountain goat or a trekker, bring a day pack that will hold some essentials like sweater, camera, water bottle etc.
5. Delicate fabrics will get the care and attention they need only at a 5 stars’ laundry room. If you aren’t staying at one, think twice before carrying them.


No place is completely safe. Yet, some are safer than others. The safest of cities can be ‘unsafe’ at a different time of the day or have ‘seedy’ places. So, why worry? Just pick your bags and trip on !
1. Don’t be reckless. Rely on your senses and instincts and not so much on the local Tourist office. Remember they will always want to play it down.
2. Agreed that you want to experience local culture etc. but never accept invitations from locals to their homes for a chai or a meal. Not unless you want to invite trouble.
3. Carry your passport, travelers cheques, money, cards etc. in an inner shirt/jeans pocket. Better still, shove them in a hidden money belt against your skin. You can then dance around pickpockets and yet be safe. The worst thing to do is to carry them in a zippy bag hung over the shoulders. You will never know when someone just slips it out. The fanny bags or waist packs spell ‘money’ to pickpockets and make you an easy prey to swoop on. You cannot escape their nimble fingers and sharp razors.
4. Turn your alarm sensors on when in crowded places like airports, railways stations etc. Watch for faces that are always lurk in a radius of 10 feet.


1. When travelling by overnight train, choose an upper berth to avoid prospective gropers and have more privacy. (Many travellers report better luck with more expensive train seats, which have fewer passengers per car).
2. Avoid eye contact and chit-chat with unknown men: both can be misinterpreted.
3. Ride in women’s cars on trains, where they exist, and try to book seats near the front of long-distance buses. Sit next to other women when possible.
4. Wear a T-shirt and long shorts over a bathing suit when swimming, following local custom.
5. Avoid public transportation at night, and never ride in empty buses or trains at night.
6. Use taxis with call services at night; don’t flag them down in the street, especially if you’re alone.
7. Travelling with a companion may ward off advances, especially if your companion is male. (Mentioning your husband frequently – whether or not you have one – may also help).
8. Wear sunglasses: people will stare at you, no matter what.

An engineer and a travel blogger. Loves trekking and doing bike road trips. Burger lover (want to try every burger in the world). Clinomaniac. Sports fanatic. Likes technology but not a technology addict.

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