As the temperature soars across Assam and Travel restrictions have been relaxed we decided to visit Dirang in the west Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. There are so many things to do in Dirang, so do make a detailed plan and check the weather before leaving.
Dirang is located at 4910 feet above sea level and is approximately 310 km from Guwahati. This quiet village and Bomdilla, both are overnight destinations for tourists heading towards Tawang from Assam.
I was not sure if the kids would be able to travel by road this distance at a stretch, so we left Guwahati in the late afternoon and stayed at Tezpur for the night and the next morning we continued our journey. One can also stay at Nameri/Bhalukpong and explore Nameri Tiger Reserve for 1 day and then continue their journey onwards.
There are a few tourist spots in Dirang that one can visit and enjoy before heading to Tawang.
Things to do in Dirang:
1. Monastery/Thupsung Dhargye Monastery: Things to do in Dirang
Located in the middle of the mountains, this Monastery is must visit. With a beautifully artistic, clean and peaceful environment one can feel at peace and relaxed. With prayer Stupa on both sides and an open field in front of the Monastery, it’s a beautiful experience both for the body and mind. There is a The kids could freely roam around as there were few visitors when we arrived. The Shrine is considered a centre for promoting Buddhist Learning and Tibetan culture for visitors. Photography is also allowed inside the shrine. There is a small cafe where you will get Tea, Coffee and Snacks. Free parking is also available.
2. Sela Pass:
It is the only route to Tawang. The roads are very curved, they are covered in snow during winter. The weather can be very unpredictable even during summer seasons so it is better to carry enough warm clothes. My son was expecting to see some snow but it was not snowing when we visited, it was very cold and windy with temperatures around 5 degrees. We all were shivering even after wearing sweaters and jackets and my daughter refused to wear any warm clothes. During winters one may get stuck for hours due to snow and landslides so you make sure you are carrying enough food and water with you as there are no tea or food stall (or maybe one or two) luckily we had packed our lunch and tea and ate it at Sela pass. One can also spot Yaks on the way.
3. Sangti Valley:
It is one of the most beautiful valleys I have been to it is approximately 15 km from Dirang and is blessed with natural beauty and various flora and fauna. As one walks inside the valley you will be greeted by Kiwi trees and locally grown vegetables on both sides of the road. A walk beside the river is simply breathing. We booked our homestay at Sangti Valley and it was an isolated one with no internet connections. If you could spend at least one day in this beautiful valley, you won’t regret it at all. Don’t forget to carry your binoculars also as you are going to spot some exotic bird species.
4. Local Market:
I always make a point to visit the local market, whenever I visit a place, not particularly to buy something but to explore different kinds of local fruits and vegetables available there. And I have always found something interesting which is not available in our market or cities. Some local fruits and vegetables that were available in the market were Kiwi, Apples, sweet Kerela, almonds, and milk products like cheese made from yak’s milk.
5. Kalachakra Gompa: Things to do in Dirang
It’s a 500-year-old monastery and a major tourist attraction. Mostly pilgrims and Buddhist monks are seen visiting this sacred place.
There are a few other places like Dirang Dzong ( It is a 17th-century citadel that was built to protect Bomdila from invasions) and National Research Centre on Yak that one can visit, but we had to miss them as we didn’t get time to cover these places.
Where to stay in Bomdila or Dirang
Not many options to choose from, but one can book hotels or homestays in Dirang/ Bomdilla or Sangti valley. We stayed in Letro Homestay at Sangti Valley. The owner was very helpful. Check here for availability
The nearest airport to Dirang, Bomdila or Tawang is Tezpur and Guwahati in Assam. From Guwahati/Tezpur one can take a cab to Bhalukpong)/Tezpur check post and from there one can take a shared taxi to Bomdilla or Dirang. I would advise you to take a cab or your private car for the whole journey or book your trip through some travel agents. One is also required to take Inner Line Permit before visiting Arunachal Pradesh. (ILP can be obtained online for Rupees 50 per person)
The nearest feasible station is Guwahati. Shared cabs are available at the Dirang Taxi Counter in ASTC bus stand in Paltan Bazaar. There are buses that run between Guwahati and Bomdila/Dirang/Tawang from ISBT Bus Stand in Guwahati.
We took our car from Guwahati.
Weather in Dirang- Arunachal Pradesh:
The best time to visit is Between October to April.
The weather is mostly cold but can be unpredictable at times. When we visited in October the weather was clear and sunny with temperatures at around 30 degrees Celcius and at night it was about 15 degrees. Keep 2-3 days extra as you might get stuck due to landslides or snowfall like we came back to Bomdilla and stayed there for the night from Tenga Valley as roads were closed due to landslides. Check what to pack for a one-day outing with a kid.
The whole trip was rejuvenating for us and the kids also loved exploring these places. As these places are still not very popular among tourists there were not many people from outside thus making the tourist places less crowded and peaceful.
I have always preferred natural and organic products as they are not only safe for us but the environment as well. My love for sustainable and natural products has been a part of my growing years. And even when buying beauty products and cosmetics, I always prefer the organic skincare range. Recently I have included two products in my skincare regime and I will share the Product Review of Deyga Organics Skincare. Before that, it is very important to understand why to use Organic Skin Care Products?
Why Choose Organic Skin Care Products?
We often ignore taking care of our skin and end up using beauty products that are loaded with harmful chemicals which do more harm than good. It is advisable to use organic skin care products as they are made up of natural ingredients and do not contain any harsh chemicals. While choosing an organic skincare product, read the label to know what ingredients they have used in making their products. Organic products use natural ingredients and are made in small batches, use sustainable practices in producing them, and leaves a positive impact on the environment as well as on our skin and Deyga is one such product.
Deyga is a home-grown brand with a strong belief that their traditional rescue for skin and hair will always make one’s life easy & satisfied. All of their products are handcrafted with love. Their products range from skincare, haircare, lip care, oral care, foot care, eye care, baby care, bath & body care, wellness, etc.
With a very hectic schedule and being a mom of two kids, I used to find it hard to make time for myself and this was reflected on my skin as well. With that, I realized no matter how busy you are it is very important to set aside at least 5-10 mins for yourself from your busy schedule and pamper yourself to some skincare products.
It is important to include the three basic steps:
Cleansing (Washing your face with water), Toning (Balancing the skin), and Moisturizing (Hydrating and softening the skin) daily and consistently following this you will notice the difference. The other products that are to be used occasionally or daily depending on one’s skin type and conditions are scrubs, face masks, facial oil, serum, under-eye cream, etc.
I had ignored face toner, but now I have promised not to do so. What are face toners and what do they do?
People often ignore to use or don’t know the (Like me) importance of using face toner. Face or skin toner is used before moisturizing, absorbs liquid that helps to remove excess dirt, traces of makeup, and oil, correct and balance the pH of your skin. In other words, a facial toner thoroughly cleans the skin and helps remove built-up surface dead skin cells, close pores, and balance pH, it’s especially beneficial for acne-prone skin. Some toners contain alcohol, so I prefer to use natural toners like DeygaOrganics for my skin.
Product Review of Deyga Organics Rose Facial Toner:
Deyga is a pure steam-distilled rich floral blend that helps hydrate restores ph balance and tone skin. It acts as a natural moisturizer that helps your skin glow, tightens pores, prevents wrinkles, and gives you beautiful skin.
It comes in a transparent plastic spray bottle and can be easily carried in a purse also. It has a very mild fragrance of rose which is the main ingredient. One can apply it 3-4 times a day also for a fresh feeling during the summers. Free from any kind of chemicals this toner is perfect for all types of skin. I am using it 2-3 times a day and I am totally in love with it. And am I going to buy it again? Yes definitely.
When used regularly, it helps to prevent wrinkles and tighten pores.
Nourishes and keeps your skin hydrated, naturally.
Freshens your skin by removing breeze & pollutants.
The other product that I am using for the last few months is Their Rose and Face Pack.
Face packs help in moisturizing, cleansing, toning, and rejuvenating your skin. They are a great way to relax, treat and pamper your skin. They also help in absorbing excess oils. Always look for face packs that contain natural ingredients like, sandalwood, turmeric, rose, lavender, etc. For busy women and moms like me who don’t get time to visit a spa or salon often, face packs can be very rejuvenating and refreshing.
There are many face packs that are available in the market but always choose a natural/herbal one as they are free from harsh chemicals and are suitable to one’s skin type. It is always advisable to do a patch test before applying to check for any reactions.
Product Review of Deyga Organics Rose Face Pack:
Deyga Face Packs are made with powerful ingredients such as Rose and Mulethi, to rejuvenate dull, lifeless skin. It nourishes the skin using the power of natural ingredients and provides a healthy, bright glow. This face pack can also help even the skin tone and provide a nourished, soft, and supple feeling to the skin. The face pack comes in a glass jar with a cardboard packaging for added protection.
How to use Deyga Organics Rose Face Pack:
As mentioned in the label of the jar add a few drops of milk/toner to a tablespoon of powder. Apply a thick layer on the skin and let it dry for 15 minutes. Wash off with a gentle massage.
Cloth Diapers, also commonly known as modern Cloth Diapers, are reusable diapers that can be used again after being washed, cleaned, and dried. Unlike disposable diapers thrown away, cloth diapers can be used again and again. Modern cloth diapers come with a waterproof outer layer and the inserts are a combination of different materials like microfiber, hemp, organic cotton, and bamboo charcoal to give maximum absorbency. Once soiled they are washed and can be used again.
Before disposable diapers came into the market people were using only the traditional cloth diapers or nappies only. The traditional diapers which our mother had used lacked absorbency, were ineffective and would be required to change after 2-3 pees. But with time cloth diapers have evolved and modern cloth diapers are more absorbent, leak-proof, come in attractive prints, are eco-friendly, safer option for the babies and are light in your pocket too in the long run.
Disposable Diapers Vs Cloth Diapers
Disposable diapers are convenient to use as they are thrown away after use. As they don’t require any washing, they are convenient to use and make life easier. But they are not at all save for the environment and nor for the baby. As disposable diapers have chemicals to increase absorbency they are harmful to the environment and can cause rashes in babies. On the other hand, cloth diapers have the following benefits:
doesn’t contain harmful chemicals thus making it safe for the baby and the environment
makes toilet training easy
economical in the long run
never have to worry about buying diapers monthly or when you run out of stock
one free-size diaper suits infants as well as toddlers thus saving money
What are the different cloth diapers?
Flats are the oldest and have been in use for ages. They can be folded as per convince and secured onto the baby with a diaper cover, cotton nappy, pin it with a snappy or can be used as inserts with pocket diapers.
Nappy or Langots:
It is a single piece of cloth that is tied to the baby. They don’t have any absorbency capacity and need to be changed each time a baby pees. They can be used as diaper-free time or can be used with flats.
Prefolds are rectangular diapers with multiple layers of lightweight, woven fabric with extra layers in the centre panel for absorbency. They are easy to use with diaper cover or pockets.
Pockets: Best Cloth Diapers in India
They are easy to use and they dry up quickly. They have a waterproof material outside and soft microfleece stay dry material inside. Any type of inserts can be put inside and together they form a pocket. They are especially suitable when the baby starts moving.
Diaper Covers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
As the name suggests diaper covers are waterproof covers and can be used with flats, inserts or prefolds. They can be used again with any inserts without washing. They are very helpful during travelling with your baby.
In Aios the inserts are sewed to the stay-dry lining and the waterproof outer layer. Some also have pockets where you can put inserts to increase the absorbency. After use, the whole diaper goes for washing.
They come with or without snaps and are highly absorbent and also come with inserts to boost absorbency. They have elastic at the legs and with or without snaps for closure. They need a diaper cover to become waterproof from the outside.
Hybrid diapers are diapers that use the best of cloth and disposables. These diapers comprise cloth covers that are sized and trim and work with both washable and disposable inserts. The covers do not need a daily wash and can be reused with a simple swap out of the insert on the same day. In short, these diapers give you the convenience of disposables and the health of cloth all in the same diaper.
Bdiapers hybrid diapers are India’s only hybrid diapers that come with chemical-free disposable inserts. These cloth covers are waterproof and washable with the option of using a disposable or reusable insert. These diapers are designed to allow for the passage of air thereby reducing the growth of bacteria, making them guaranteed rash free. The Bdiapers disposable nappy pads are bleach, fragrant and dye-free hence hypoallergenic. These diapers are sized to fit and are trim, and the cloth covers do not need a daily wash. You can reuse the cover with a simple change of insert on the same day by wiping clean the pouch. Bdiapers brings you the option of several matching accessories like T-shirts and bandana bibs making your hybrid diaper a functional fashion statement for your bub. Prices for these start at Rs 399/- with the option to save big on larger packs of nappy pads. They are available on Amazon, Flipkart and all major marketplaces.
It is very hard to point out what type and which brand of diapers would be best for your baby. One will need to try out different types of diapers according to the baby`s built and pee pattern, before building a stash. Here are lists of the Best Cloth Diapers in India (not in particular order) that I have used personally and would highly recommend to parents who are looking to buy for their little ones.
Best Cloth Diapers in India:
1)Superbottoms Cloth Diapers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
Diapers from Superbottoms are popularly known UNO is one of the best baby cloth diaper brands from India. From newborns to toddlers they cater to all specific age groups. The Superbottoms Newborn UNO is suitable for newborn babies to 3 months. They are made of all cloth and no harmful chemicals have been used. It has a super dry feel layer to keep the baby`s bum dry and a waterproof outer layer.
It consists of:
A dry fill pad with a super dry feel layer on top.
The Superbottoms Free Size Unoare suitable for babies from 10 months to 3 years. They come with an adjustable snap and one just needs to change the pattern set according to the age. One can use one insert during the day and for night time the booster pad can be added for more absorbency. They are perfect for travelling and heavy wetters. One can use fleece liner on top of the insert (touching the baby`s skin) to make poo cleaning easy.
2) Snugkins Cloth Diapers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
What I liked the best part about Snugkins diapers is that they fit perfectly without any chance of leakages (which is the main concern while buying any diapers) and they are not at all bulky. Each of their diapers is CPSIA and GOTS Certified, which means the cloth used in each diaper is certified safe for your child.
Snugkins Cloth Diapers for newborns don’t contain Phthalates and are very soft on the skin. This pocket diaper has an opening at the top and bottom making it easier to place the soaker. It consists of 12 layers of organic cotton along with a highly absorbent sheet to keep the baby`s bum dry. It has an additional 9 layers of an organic cotton booster.
These diapers will last for around 5 to 6 hours and for the nighttime, one can add a booster pad along with wet free prefold pad for a comfortable sleep. It fits babies from 2.5 kgs to 7 kgs.
Snugkins Newborn Cloth Diaper consists of:
One outer shell
One wet-free prefold pad
One booster pad made of organic cotton
Regular Cloth Diapers from Snugkins are leak-proof, sleek, slim and ultra-breathable and last up to 4-5 hours. It fits babies from 0-36 months weight 5-17 kgs.
It consists of:
One waterproof outer shell
One Soaker pad.
New Age Diapers have 21 layers of soft organic cotton cloth (13 layers of wet-free prefold pad when folded and 8 layers of booster pad). With an easy snap system, one can adjust the size and length accordingly. It fits babies from 3 months to 2 years/5-14 kg.
It has the following features:
1. India’s first designer diapers by Archana Kochhar and Tomas De Bruyne.
2. Slim, sleek, and lightweight than other bulky cloth diapers.
4.74% savings on diapers, CPSIA certified, No lead phthalates
5. Paediatricians certified, trusted by moms with the goodness and comfort of traditional diapers
6. 21 layers of GOTS certified 100% Organic cotton and stay dry feel layer
7. Snug Snap Technology
8. Keeps the baby dry for up to 12 hours along with booster pads.
9. Free 15-Day Trial on cloth diapers
10. Dedicated Mom Support Team for any queries.
It consists of:
One waterproof outer layer
One wet-free prefold pad (booster pad not included)
You can also check their New age Langot and Potty training pants.
3)Apple Blossom Cloth Diapers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
For my second child, I have exclusively used Appleblossom Cloth Diapers for the first 4 months. One of the best baby cloth diapers that I have used is perfectly sized to fit your little one from 3-7 Kg. The Apple Blossoms Cloth Diapers are made with Soft Microfleece- Stay-Dry Inner, 8 Layers of Bamboo Cotton Inserts and a waterproof outer cover. The inserts are made with supersoft, natural and GOTS-certified Bamboo Cotton Fabric.
4)Charlie Banana Cloth Diapers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
Charlie Banana is an international cloth diaper brand India available in India. I just fell in love with the prints the moment I saw their diapers. They come with 2 inserts. One small size insert for the day will last for 4 hours and 2 large inserts with last for the night and heavy wetters also. once the baby is a little older or when the pee count has reduced then one can go for only 1 large insert at night. The newborn cloth diapers are suitable for newborn babies up to 6 months.
Free Size Cloth Diaper Suitable for babies from 6 months up to 2.5 years.
Free Size Cloth Diaper Consists of:
1 Free Size Outer Cloth Diaper &
For people outside India, you can buy their diapers here
5)Bumpadum Baby Cloth Diapers: Best Cloth Diapers in India
Bumpadum is another Indian brand with some great cloth diapers for kids and the best part is that the diapers are not bulky. They have Cloth nappies, Neo organic newborn diapers, and Organic free-size diapers in their diaper categories. Neo Organic Newborn Diapers Fit newborn babies from 2 – 8 kgs approximately. The trifold insert is made of organic cotton with a total of 10 layers of absorbency – 3 layers of organic cotton in 3 panels with an additional layer of hemp in the centre panel. One panel is topped with microfleece to keep the baby’s bottom dry.
Neo Organic Newborn Diapers consist of:
One waterproof outer
One tri-fold insert
Organic Free Size Diapersfor babies from 3 months to 3 years. Duet Diaper is suitable for both infants and toddlers that lasts up to 12 hours at night.
Organic Free Size Diapers consist of:
One waterproof outer
One prefold style insert
Other Accessories required with Cloth Diapers are: Best Cloth Diapers in India
Fleece liners are stay dry liners that are placed over the inserts touching the baby`s bum to give them a dry feel and they also make poo cleaning easy. One can also buy Disposable Stay Dry Liner. The Biodegradable Bamboo Liners come in super handy while travelling or when u don’t or can’t use fleece liners. It makes mess cleaning easy while travelling, all you need to do is empty the liner in the flush and discard the liner in the trash.
Wet Bags are waterproof bags that are used to store used diapers both at home and while travelling before giving them for a wash. They come with two pockets – a larger and one smaller dry pocket. 8-10 diapers fit in the larger pocket, while the smaller pocket can be used to store a change of clothes for the baby, wipes, wipes solution etc.
Like disposable diapers, disposable wipes are also not good for the environment as well as for the baby`s skin. I have made my cloth wipes using old soft cotton cloth cut into small sizes. You can also buy them online. Check my video on how I make my solution.
How to wash baby cloth diapers:
Generally, the following steps are followed while washing cloth diapers but do check what is mentioned in the wash care routine of the respective brands.
Steps in washing cloth diapers:
knock off any solids in the toilet
rinse off the pee using a little detergent
rub it well and rinse well
then put it in other regular clothes to wash and dry out in the sun.
Hope you liked the list of the 5 Best Cloth Diapers. Living with cloth diapers is not at all difficult. All you need is little patience and determination. Your child and mother earth will thank you for not using harmful chemicals on them. To know how we travelled with cloth diapers click the link here Traveling with Cloth Diapers: My Experience
For any questions or suggestions do contact me or drop a comment below.
I have used only cloth diapers for my daughter since she turned 4 months. And while travelling also I wanted to use cloth diapers only. As we were home only last year, it was easy to manage. But I was not very sure how will I manage with cloth diapers during travelling. And at the same time, my inner voice was not ready to use any disposable diapers. But I am so glad that with proper planning and determination we managed our trips with cloth diapers. Though ours were short-duration trips, it was a great experience as this will help me in planning future trips.
Here are a few pointers which I want to share about my experience on How to travel with Cloth Diapers with parents who want to use cloth diapers only during travelling:
1) Our flight from Mumbai to Guwahati was in the morning, so the previous day I used only cotton nappies and washed, them and let them dry after each use so that I can take them with me. (if you are not planning to take them with you then one can also wash them and let them dry at some proper place in the house). For any number of days, Flats work best as they are easy to wash and dry really fast.
2) I removed the nighttime Cloth diaper and packed it in the luggage bag. (washed it at my home)
3) While travelling from Mumbai to Guwahati (6 hours), I made my daughter wear a pocket diaper with 2 inserts, assuming I would not be required to change (unless she has pooped)
4) Carried 2 sets of Cloth diapers in the diaper bag. One that would last for 4-5 hours- (if she poops after reaching Mumbai airport or just before boarding the plane) and the other one with pee holding capacity for 1-2 hours (if she soiled the diaper after we had landed at our destination.)
5) Wet bags to keep soiled diapers, and cloth wipes (I make my own wipes)
6) During our road trips, we stayed at the resorts/hotels for 1 or 2 nights, so bought back the diapers and washed them at home. And according to my, Flats would work best for the day and night time when traveling, as they dry up faster than other inserts.
7) Allowed diaper-free time early in the morning (the time after waking up and before leaving for the day) and in the evenings (after coming back to the hotel)
8) Change the Cloth diaper after 3 to 5 hours depending on the type of inserts used and mode of transport used.
9) Training pants or cotton nappies work great as diaper-free time and they came to my rescue during these travelling times.
10) Cleaned the diaper area with my homemade solution and apply coconut before putting in a new diaper.
It has been a smooth ride till now with cloth diapers. The only mistake I did was not giving her some diaper-free time while travelling from Jorhat to Guwahati (6 hours by road). Since we left in the morning and we were in a little hurry we changed her diaper just before leaving and as a result, she did get some rashes. And this was a great learning point for me.
It is very important to allow some diaper-free time even for 5-10 mins during travelling. If you are worried about cleaning the poop, then there are biodegradable disposal liners which make poo cleaning very easy. (Luckily our daughter didn’t poop on the flight or in the car during these trips).
Traveling always excites me and now I can see the same excitement in my 5-year-old son. The year 2020 kept all of us confined to our home, and we missed traveling so much. as things got a little better, we decided to go to our home state (Assam.) I was perplexed and worried about taking a trip at this time, especially with our daughter. After thinking a lot and discussing with a few people who have traveled, we decided to travel. I am glad we took that decision. And I didn’t expect that’s we will be taking road trips with a baby and toddler
Due to COVID-19 traveling took a backseat and it badly affected those who are related to it traveling/travel in some or the other way. The best we can do is to visit one’s local area/tourist places and give a boost to the economy.
At our stay in Assam, we visited many places with our kids by road. we covered approximately 1500 km in 25 days. My elder one who is 5 years old, is an experienced traveler now. We didn’t have any issues with him. He slept most of the time or enjoyed looking outside when he is awake.
It was our 1-year-old daughter with whom we had little trouble. Because we could not go anywhere due to COVID, as a result, it was a new experience for her.
While coming from Mumbai to Guwahati she went off to sleep even before we boarded the flight and got up just a few minutes before landing. It was during our road trip to Jorhat where we got the real taste of traveling. (Jorhat is about 6-7 hours from Guwahati). She was fine and slept for 2 hours and later it was difficult for her to sleep and it was becoming very difficult for us. I tried all possible ways to keep her entertained or make her sleep, but she was just not comfortable. Here are few tips for taking Road trips with a baby and toddler in India, that I want to share
Tips for taking road trips with a baby:
1. Expect the Unexpected:
Travel with an open mind when traveling with kids. Don’t compare your child with other kids. We never had any issue with our son and were expecting the same from her.
2. Travel shorter distance before taking long trips:
It’s better to get habitat to traveling shorter distances (2-3 hours) before taking long-distance trips. If you are covering a longer distance by road, then take few short breaks, where the child can move around for some time.
3. Leave early:
If you want to reach your destination the same day leave early or stay somewhere for the night (especially if you are traveling in winters). We left Guwahati pretty late so, didn’t took any breaks in between as we wanted to reach our destination before it becomes difficult to drive due to fog.
Make sure you are carrying enough food items. Fruits like bananas are best to carry during traveling as they are easy to eat and they are filling also. Fruits puree from Happa foods and melts from Timios can be very useful for infants. Carry reusable cutlery as I prefer to use reusable cutlery instead of disposable ones.
2. Diapering essentials for infants in a diaper bag:
Diapers, diaper changing mats, and wipes are a must and it’s always better to carry extra than you think you would require. Wet bags to keep soiled diapers if you use only cloth diapers.
3. An extra set of clothes for kids:
An extra set of clothes in case you need to change one.
4. Maternity wear or Stole/Dupatta:
Feeding dresses are best if you are breastfeeding, or any stole or dupatta will also work.
Car seats are very helpful. They not only keep the child safe but will also keep the parent tension-free.
6. Trash bag, old newspapers, and napkins:
Trash bag and newspaper to wrap your fruit peels or that empty chips packet.
7. First aid kit:
The first aid kit with all the necessary medicines. (Keep them out of reach for the kids)
Tips for taking road trips with a 5-Year-Old:
By this age, parents are well-accustomed to how their child will behave during traveling and what are their needs. Accordingly one can plan what to carry and other things to keep in mind while taking a road trip with a 5-year-old/older kid. Still would love to share few points which might be helpful if you are traveling long distance for the first time.
Show them the outside world, as different trees, birds, etc. Explain to them the events happening outside.
Keep some toys(according to age and one new) picture books, activity kits, and drawing/colouring books. Colouring books can keep toddlers engaged for a long time(works great during flight journey) recently I found these puzzles to be a great travel companion
Their favourite snacks, water, juice, and cutlery set.
We retook few road trips, and she was much better every time. And when traveling back from Jorhat to Guwahati, we took a break in between and didn’t face any issues like the first trip. Looking forward to taking a road trip with my baby again. Would love to hear about your experience too in the comment section.
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We all have been hearing about essentials oil and people are using it widely as they have seen many benefits of essentials oil. There are various types of essential oil and all have different uses and benefits. So first let us try to understand what are essential oils??
What are essential oil and how are they beneficial?
Essential oils are concentrated steam-distilled extracts of a plant or its part. These retain the natural odour or essence of their source and are volatile in nature. they are often used in aromatherapy and in beauty cosmetics.
Essential oils are loaded with medicinal properties and they have been used for medical purposes for ages. Today people use essential oils for aromatherapy, skincare, and alternative healing practices, but mainly essential oils are beneficial in aromatherapy. Some of the most commonly used essential oils are tea tree, lavender lemon, lemongrass, peppermint, and rosemary.
I often use tea tree and lavender essentials oil while making wipes solution, deodorant, cleaner, soap, shampoo, etc, and I have been using Vasu Aromatics Tea Tree and Lavender essentials oils for the past few weeks.
Now let’s see what are the benefits of Tea Tree and Lavender Essential oil and how to use them.
Tea Tree Essential Oil:
Melaleuca alternifolia is also known as the tea tree. Tea tree oil contains several compounds, including terpinene-4-ol, that have been shown to kill certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Tea Tree oil has immunity-boosting property, helps fight germs, and improves skin appearance. Tea Tree Oil reduces skin inflammation and dryness. It has muscle relaxant properties making it useful for massage and aromatherapy. Tea tree oil is used for acne, dandruff, lice, and bad breath.
Vasu Aromatics Tea Tree Essential Oil Uses And Benefits:
Immunity boosting property
Improves skin appearance
Reduces skin inflammation and dryness
Help fight pimple-causing germs
Muscle relaxant properties
100% Pure and Natural
No side effect
Not tested on Animals
Helps to reduce dandruff
How To Use Vasu Aromatics Tea Tree Essential Oil?
Bath: Enjoy a refreshing bath by adding a few drops to cold or lukewarm water for relaxing muscles
Massage: Add a few drops to a suitable carrier oil like Olive, Almond, or Coconut and massage gently to relieve headache and body pain.
Air freshener: Diffuse a few drops of Essential oil to uplift your spirit and get a happiness boost. Dilute with water and spray to freshen up a room.
Skincare: Adding a few drops of Tea tree oil to Cream or Lotion will help to reduce redness and itchiness of inflamed skin, ease sunburn, and treats acne
Hair Care: Add a few drops to your hair oil and massage as usual
Lavender Essential Oil:
Distilled from the plant Lavandula angustifolia, Lavender essential oil is one of the most popular and versatile essential oils used in aromatherapy. Lavender oil promotes relaxation and is believed to treat anxiety, fungal infections, eczema, nausea, menstrual cramps, allergies, depression, and insomnia.
Vasu Aromatics Lavender Essential Oil Uses And Benefits:
100% Pure and Natural Oil
Helps to lighten Skin & Effective stress-reliever
Relaxes mind and promotes restful sleep & Relieves headache
Made In India
40 Year of Excellence
Available in 40+ Countries
How To Use Vasu Aromatics Lavender Essential Oil?
Bath: Enjoy a refreshing bath by adding a few drops to cold or lukewarm water for a gentle, relaxing bath.
Massage: Add a few drops to a suitable carrier oil like Olive, Almond, or Coconut and massage gently to relieve headache and body pain.
Air Freshener: Diffuse a few drops of Essential oil to uplift your spirit and get a happiness boost. Dilute with water and spray to freshen up a room.
Hair Care: for treating dandruff add 15 drops of lavender essential oil with two tablespoons of olive or almond oil. Warm this mixture slightly and massage the oil onto your scalp. Leave it for an hour and wash your hair with shampoo.
Various brands of essential oils are available in the market but I chose Vasu Healthcare as I have already tried their other products and the results have been amazing. Go get one for yourself from the links mentioned below and donâ€™t forget to drop in your comments about your experience or if you want to know more about essential oil.
What happens when you decide to go on a trip with your best buddies? After I resigned from work and was done with my PGDBA exam, I decided to go to Banglore. I always loved Bangalore for its nice cool weather. My friends Aditi, Poulomi, Neelotpal who are from Banglore itself, and I decided to go for a day trip Hogenakkal Falls.
It was a sunny day in February. We started our journey at 7 in the morning from Bangalore. Our 1st stop was at a Udipi restaurant for the morning breakfast. After munching on some Idli Sambar we continued our journey again. We had hired an Indica Taxi. We all were very excited about this quickly planned trip. (Suddenly planned trip works rather than plans made in advance).
Hogennakal falls was 120 km from Bangalore and it will take us 3-4 hrs to reach. The road to Hogenakkal Falls is blessed with scenic beauty and really good roads. The best time to visit this place is during winters i.e from October to March, because of the pleasant weather.
We reached our destination at around 12.30 in the afternoon. Hogenakkal Falls is in the district of Dharmapuri in the state of Tamilnadu. It is also known as Niagara of India located at about 750 feet above sea level amidst the Melagiri hills. We got into one of the coracles. Coracles are local boats and are operated by the local people & it is the main source of income for these boat operators. The coracles are about 7ft 4 inches in diameter and can load 8 persons at a time. They are made of bamboo and all materials available. It takes about a day to build. The bottom of the boat is waterproof, made by the use of hides.
The boat trip will take us 2 hrs as told by our boat operator. We are also accompanied by a taxi driver. He acted as a guide for us & a translator as the boat operator could not speak Hindi & we don’t t understand Tamil. Riding in the coracles was an awesome experience. We had seen these boats only in movies.
Hogenakkal Falls is set in thick green woods & is considered both a sacred bathing place & spa-like health resort. Many small falls offer a spectacular sight. After moving further, we saw many local food joints. One must taste fish, made in one of the many kitchens, but the order has to be placed in advance.
One spectacular sight was that of various vendors, selling water & snacks up & down the gorge rowing their coracles. After placing our fish order, it was time for swimming & bathing around there.
After we were done with our boat ride, and our trip was about to come to an end, we decided to get a local head massage. The irony was that the boat operator himself volunteered to give us a head massage.
It was an amazing experience & good memories to fall back on.
How to reach Hogenakkal Falls from Bangalore?
The 3 best ways to reach there are by Train, Bus, or by Road. But the fastest and best way to reach is by Road. One can hire a cab or take their own private vehicle. And if you plan to stay there check out few options here.