Any travel aficionado would know how to pack and what to carry while making a trip to Pondicherry. However, there are times when the plans go awry and your checklists are not ticked off when it is time to head out. So, while, for novice travellers, a checklist is a must and a handy tool, it doesn’t fail to do the same even if you are a travel expert.
While you may carry the essentials and the basic necessities to survive a holiday here are a few reminders that come in handy while traveling.
- Make sure that you travel light and carry summer wear. Unless you are traveling during off season, then you should pack in a light jacket for the nippy night times and early cool mornings.
- If you plan on vegetating in the beaches or biking through the roads during daytime, then carry a couple of swim wear and pack in a beach hat or a visor, and sunscreen lotions.
- Carry an umbrella to be ready for errant rains or make sure your hotel will provide you one when you visit. Call in advance for weather forecast and other travel tips.
- Don’t forget to pack in a mosquito repellent, especially for evening to late night visits to Auroville or while strolling in the expanse of nature. Some of the restaurants also have outside seating making it bug and mosquito friendly. It is always better to be prepared to give you the much-needed relief.
- If you have plans to explore some French fine dining then do pack a casual appropriate clothing for the same.
- Make sure you carry your driving license in case you plan to bike your way or rent a car to go in and around Pondicherry. There are tons of attractions that are quite close to each other and although walking to some of them is feasible, a few of them are some distance away and biking your way through the French colonial buildings in Pondy doesn’t seem like such a bad fair. The beautiful rustic lanes and the French designs catches your eyes and makes one drive slowly around to soak it all in.
- Pack some coolers to carry your drinks and food. The heat can beat down and a chilled drink along the way doesn’t make for a bad addition to the journey.
- Remember to check with your local friends or authorities as to what are the regulations for carrying liquor (if you plan on it) into the city and outside of it. Most people making road trips like to carry alcohol with them, sometimes the police patrols in the border are very strict and do regular checks. Please ensure that you don’t fall prey and are well informed. Or else there goes some part of your holiday.
- Carry your portable chargers, well charged in advance from home in case of emergencies. No one wants to end up in the middle of nowhere with no batteries left on their phones to call for an emergency.
- Once you are all stocked up, make sure to smile and laugh a lot and to enjoy the peace and carry the tranquillity in your hearts while visiting the beautiful quaint city of Pondy.