By Njeri Kariuki
Travelling is becoming more and more popular in this day and age. Therefore in order for you to have a smooth trip, we have come up with a list of 5 essential items to carry with you. Whether you are going on a road trip or taking a flight, these things will definitely come in handy.
In this it would be important to carry things like a toothbrush & mini-toothpaste, deodorant, lotions, sunscreen, body wash and shampoo if necessary, chapstick and perfume. This bag will contain all the fundamental items to help you to freshen up whenever you need to, especially if you are away from a shower or if you have a long flight.
Mini first-aid kit
Inside this it would be helpful to carry non-aspirin painkillers, antihistamines (if you have allergies), antacid, bandages (for minor cuts), motion sickness candies, and even mild laxatives/anti-diarrheal medicines. These can ensure you have a smooth flight/road trip especially if you are prone to car sickness. As well as take care of any minor injuries, leaving you with nothing to worry about throughout your trip.
You never know what you get into contact with when on the move or how many germs are on the things you touch, such as handles, other people etc. Hand sanitizer is a convenient item to travel as it allows you to kill the germs present on your skin. This comes in handy especially if you are not able to access a sink or soap; helping you avoid bacteria and viruses.
Technology has become part of our everyday lives. In order to keep in contact with our family members and what is happening in the world, or to capture moments e.g. with a camera, our devices have to have charge. For that reason you would need to have with you all the chargers you need, be it for your phone, laptop, camera etc. Portable chargers would come in extra handy, just in case you might not have access to a charging outlet.
Whether you are travelling by road or by air, comfort should be at the top of your list. Therefore it is a travel essential to be wearing or to carry a pair of comfy shoes, a pair that you would not mind walking in for long amounts of time. A pair of shoes that allows your feet to breathe and has room in case your feet swell would be ideal. For example, sandals, comfortable sneakers or slip-ons.
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The sun doesn't break through cloud cover to announce its presence in the morning, it just appears in all its glory and heat. It’s interesting living in Abu Dhabi especially in the hot desert climate, when you’re used to more tropical temperatures. If you may have noticed, my travel blog has consisted of places I have visited with very warm, coastal or hot temperatures. It really does wonders for my sinuses, so I could consider making a permanent shift to places with such weather.
I digress, I managed to visit Abu Dhabi during the warmer months – since it does get cold, between November to March. The passport control at Abu Dhabi international airport is quite efficient – after navigating through the airport, which was larger than I expected, so there are times you can expect a bit of a walk.
I stayed at Traders Hotel, Abu Dhabi. It’s a very accommodating hotel for the business traveler. Checking in is quick, and the staff are very friendly. The rooms are clean, although I found the air conditioning a bit much, so would always turn it off when in my room.
I didn’t enjoy the food as much as I thought I might. The food selection at the buffet or from the menu was about 3 out of 5. I really did enjoy the cocktails though. The mojito was a personal favorite- it’s a classic cocktail they did right.
If you’re looking for more dining options nearby, there is the Shangri-La Hotel which has a wide food selection at Sofra restaurant. My craving for Chinese food was also satisfied at the hotel’s Shang Palace restaurant. We had a selection of prawns, sweet and sour chicken, vegetable rice in portions for 1 so we could share as a group of 3.
And of course, what would a review of Abu Dhabi be if I didn’t mention the shisha? I don’t smoke shisha, but I like the smell of it for some reason, and boy did their shisha smell good. From the fruity strawberry smells to passion or vanilla, there were several options. Plus, you get to sit and enjoy your shisha under the canopies on the beach looking across to The Ritz-Carlton hotel and The Grand Mosque – in all its majestic might.
To visit the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, women must wear a traditional robe (abaya) and headscarf (Shayla) before entering. You may wear your own so long as it is not transparent. For men, no shorts or transparent clothing is allowed. Shoes must be removed before entering. You may find out more information here.
Of course there is much more sightseeing to do if you travel to Abu Dhabi as a tourist, and some popular sights include the Formula One World - bringing the thrill of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, boat tours, the malls and much more you can read about here.
For a brief trip, it was quite lovely. If you have any questions, let me know in the comments section, or email me for more.
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