1. DON’T GO OLD SCHOOL. BE CONNECTED.
    Always be accessible over a phone call, to be precise. It can mostly likely be of use when your vehicle shuts down in the midst of a night or in such a similar situation when you really need to seek for help. You can turn off the mobile data if you don’t like it, but I stress on the point – stay connected. After all, technology is to make our lives easier, right?
  2. DON’T GO OLD SCHOOL V.2.
    For me, this is (almost) as important as being connected over a phone call. You are (often) your best friend and there is technology to serve us better. Not everyone will call you and notify about the daily happenings. After all, why depend on others when you can use the power of Internet?
    To add to it – I don’t suggest going completely offline when you’re traveling. If you get an extra few minutes, there is nothing wrong in scrolling through your Facebook/Twitter timeline or in checking that newspaper website you follow. I tell you, it can warn you about the calamity that happened nearby, thereby making you cautious about your travel proceedings.
  3. LIQUID CASH
    Credit/Debit cards are good, but it’s advisable to carry money in hand. If you travel to remote areas, always make this your priority. I’ve ran into situations where I was left with no money to pay for the TTE in a late night train while returning from Sikkim – Read Day #8.
    A thousand or five hundred rupee note as Plan B. Always have this. ALWAYS! If you ever have to make use of it, don’t forget to put another one back in place.
  4. LESS LUGGAGE. MORE COMFORT.
    You know the saying, right? Even if it’s something you carry for the sake of it, but never use, why waste some (precious) space.
    Remember ‘Kennedy Meadows’ scene in the movie Wild?
  5. PORTABLE CHARGER
    Our phones are smarter today, but not their batteries. Either carry a portable charger (I use Mi Xiomi’s) or a low end mobile which can easily have a battery backup for 1-2 days.
  6. MAPS
    Though they’d confused me at places, I haven’t yet lost my trust. I still use them; especially when I travel alone.
    It was only with the help of an offline and online map that I got to find the way to Stepped Tank at Hampi – Read it here.
  7. LUNGI
    This is the most personal take of all. Carry a lungi; no, not a mundu (mundu is white, while lungi is colorful). It can serve you as a blanket, a lungi itself or even help you in changing clothes at places. Heh.
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