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All in one Female Travel Packing Checklist For India

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India is a country with varied landscape and climatic conditions. Our rich heritage and culture attracts millions of tourists across globe to visit India. It is famous for its natural beauty and for spiritual enlightenment.

If you are planning your vacation in India, then you must be ready with vacation packing checklist. One general tip is to keep your bag as light as possible. You should keep clothes that will suit all climatic conditions.

If you are planning your stay in hilly or mountainous region keep something warm with you. Carry light clothes which are easier to wash and dry. Mostly you have to hand wash clothes while trekking. As per my travel experience I am jotting down few tips-

General Tips: Clothing

  • Carry 3-4 light full sleeves T-shirts as they are easy to wash and dry.
  • Always carry a large piece of cloth or scarf to cover your face from dust and light.
  • Carry 1-2 dark coloured jeans so that they can be used for extended period.
  • Keep at least 3 pairs of socks to cover your feet from sun tan and mosquito bites.
  • Pack 3-4 sets of leggings as they can be worn on multiple occasions.
  • Carry enough sets of inner wares (4-5 sets).
  • Keep 1 jacket if you are planning for colder treks like Himalayas.
  • One or two skirts or dresses for party and special gatherings.

HealthCare/Skincare

  • Apply mosquito repellent to all the visible part of the body.
  • Carry your sunglasses all the time.
  • Never forget to apply sun screen specially if you are planning to travel in summers.
  • Always consult your doctor for prescription before travelling for any kind of infection and allergies.
  • Keep 2 packs of pads for emergency situation and keep 1-2 loose in your handbag pocket.

Toiletries

  • Razors and lather cream should be a must in your packing list.
  • Toothbrush with covered lid and toothpaste.
  • Shampoo and conditioner of your choice.
  • Paper Soap is also very important thing.
  • You will sweat a lot in India, you keep Deodorants and perfumes.
  • Comb and hair bands.
  • Bathing soap with a covered case.
  • 2-3 hand towels and 2 full body towel.

Footwear

  • 1 pair of comfortable sport shoes to travel.
  • 1 set of sandals to match up your dresses.
  • 1 pair of flip-flops for beaches and daily wear.

 

Safety Gadgets:

  • Keep a cable lock for your suitcases
  • Carry a cash belt to safely carry your cash.
  • Pepper spray to handle unwanted situations

Entertainment/Electronic Gadgets:

  • Camera or DSLR to capture your beautiful moments.
  • IPad or Kindle to read books for time pass.
  • Headphones to enjoy music while travelling.

I have tried to jot down all the important vacation packing checklist. Enjoy your stay to the fullest and we welcome you to visit the incredible India.

 

Pic Credit: geopolintelligence.com

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Couchsurfing or Sexsurfing, What Indians think?

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I wanted to write this blog post for long time but my hectic schedule at office, travel and day today work  didn’t let me to complete it. But this weekend ,I finally took some time and decided to write a blog on my couchsurfing experience in India.

This is the best gateway for all those who don’t know what couchsurfing is and how much prevalent it is in India.

What Is couchsurfing?

Couchsurfing also abbreviated as CS in netizens language is a service created by  Casey Fenton. Couchsurfing is a hospitality service offering travellers a place to sat in more than 70 countries for free of cost. The funda is very simple. Couchsurfing.com is having more than 1000000+ registered users who can offer say or bed to follow travellers in their apartment or home, by simply uploading pics and some basic information about themself. And travellers travelling to that place can ask for stay at their place through portal.

Why couchsurfing?

Budget! Yes this is the first and foremost reason for Couchsurfing. To lower down the trip expense, solo travellers prefer couchsurfing over hotels and hostels. This is  a great way to save money during your trip to any place in world. Believe me you can save heavy by couchsurfing. Also Couchsurfing helps solo traveller to get some friends and know local people and stay with them, have food with them etc . But for me the main purpose of couchsurfing is local exploration. I ask my host to show me unpopular places where tourists seldom goes and tell stories about their city and culture.

Is it safe?

If you are hardcore traveller then trust me, nothing in this world is  safe place. You need to face the consequences whatever come in front of you while travelling. Same applies to couchsurfing. Profile on couchsurfing looks very luring and safe but sometime the ground reality is totally different. You cannot be 100% sure  who will host you and what will they offer you. But don’t worry much, community rating are thankfully true most of the time.

Couchsurfing or Sexsurfing?

In India it is now becoming popular that girls seeking boys as host and boys seeking girls as host. But for what? For some it’s absolutely normal to get an opposite sex as a host or guest but for some its also an opportunity for a one night stand known as “No string sex” or if it is through couchsurfing also called as “Bed Surfing” or “sexsurfing”. I heard about it recently but never thought that it could be possible. But to my surprise 5 out of 8 guys offer sex to girls and two of them said that  they were expecting sex. Only 1 out of 8 didn’t offered anything. To my surprise even girls are looking for wild couchsurf experience. 1 out of 4 girls offered sex in return on couchsurf.

Most of the girls say NO to these kind of offers and they believe in travelling rather than sleeping with some random guys.

Most commonly used phrase by couchsurfer host to guest to offer sex is “The door to my bedroom is open all night”!

The first time I came across Sexsurfing was in Goa. My host told me some stories from local that they have slept with 3 of 4 girls they have hosted as guest and he also  mentioned that “White girls are easy and hot”. At first I thought they are joking but surprisingly i found that girls are more pushy than a guy.

I also came across a shocking story of a girl from Delhi she wanted to do couchsurfing in Mumbai, India at a guys place. In the middle of the night the guy came in the room and started touching her and offered her, but she refused so he asked her to either have sex or leave. She left in the middle of the night. And the funny thing was, that guy had a good reputation at couchsurfing and the girl met him day before the say at some restaurant. So everything seemed alright.

You can also check out our blog 5 safety tips while travelling in India

 

Whats are your thoughts for couchsurfing? Have you ever faced anything like that before? Share your experience and comment down below. I would love to know more about experience you guys had at your trip and couchsurfing.

 

PS: I might sound like a old age person in this post but trust me, I am not against Couchsurfing or anything, Through this blog post I am just trying to put my points of view and what I faced personally.

Peace!

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