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Our Natural First Aid And Toiletry Travel Kit

June 5, 2018

I have been meaning to put together a post about our natural first aid and toiletry travel kit for a while now. I’m constantly amazed by the power of some of the products that now come everywhere with us and still get a bit of a buzz out of how refined our packing has become.

You see, when we first set off on our travels a few years back, our lack of experience resulted in a toiletry bag bursting at the seams with pills and potions. The fear that we might get this or that the foreign pharmacies might not have that meant that we had enough stuff with us to set up our own little stall by the side of the road, selling indigestion remedies.

Becoming more confident and experienced travellers is one reason we have lightened the load. Developing stomachs of steel is certainly another. Mostly though, we’ve come to realise that there are all kinds of natural, multi-purpose and long lasting products available that’ll do everything we need.  Should we require anything stronger, we know from experience that good doctors can be found in all corners of the world.

Wherever possible I try to avoid using unnatural products on and in my body. This however is easier said than done if you’re trying to shop for things on the road. Add to that the need for everything to be vegan and cruelty-free and shopping can become a bit of a minefield.

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kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy, via the most beautiful train journey in the world

March 23, 2016

DSC00631All the guidebooks say that the train journey between Ella and Kandy is the most beautiful in the world.  “I’ll be the judge of that,”  was my initial thought.  Then I got anxious.  I was worried I wouldn’t find it beautiful enough. I had the same kind of anxiety before we visited the Taj Mahal.  I had an image of myself saying “Oh wow!” and thinking “Oh it just looks like the Brighton Pavillion but bigger”.  Fortunately that was not the case then and my worries that I would be underwhelmed by the train ride dissipated about 5 minutes after we left the station.

We sat in third class because they were the only tickets we were able to get hold of.  We had read online that we would have “limited facilities” and figured we would just have to not drink anything.  There is an art to dehydrating oneself enough to not pee but not enough to faint.  We were however, pleasantly surprised to find a clean, spacious carriage with huge windows and fans.  The toilet was a hole in the floor, beneath which you could see the tracks, but when I finally succumbed to the cries of my bladder, it wasn’t too bad. 

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