Necessities for Pakistan—General________ 2018-07-01 ________
The most awaited blogpost of all times!!! So, my visits to Pakistan are frequent. We go almost every year (yass), and every year I write down new things I’ve learned on my trip. Be it small details or necessities! Through the years this has become a habit of mine and it’s literally the most helpful thing ever. I thought it would be fun to share this list with you all today. Since makeup and skincare are two major things that are very imporant as well—I’m gonna divide this in 2/3 parts, the first one, down below, being about the most general things I do not forget/always fix when I land in Pakistan.
I have been talking a lot about powerbanks lately. The thought of having one made me laugh before I actually invested in one and now…. Well now I can’t live without one lol. I would say it’s a great investment for your Pakistan trip, but this thing right here comes in handy back in Sweden as well! The so called “loadshedding” is not a thing in Bahria Town, where we live, but we all know the looong trips to small cities to visit family. You need this thing to keep your phone alive—especially if you have an iPhone! I wrote a review about my new Anker powerbank HERE and I sitll stand by my words!
Carrying on to the WIFI. It’s not the most easiest thing to get a good internet connection here i Pakistan, but it’s not impossible! I would say it’s getting easier and easier every year—might have to do something with Pakistanis improving their services as well lol. Anyway! I strongly recommend a Zong device—the one we used last year was amazing! It’s basically a small device that you charge like any other phone and when fully charged you can just take it with you whereever you go. Although this time we got a Telenor USB that you have to plug in in order to use it. I would say the device is better, especially because of the electricity issues all around the country. The USB is not that bad either… But yea always best to go with something that doesn’t need electricity to run. lol.
You can find both things at your local “shop” where you find SIM-cards and other phone-related things.
Moving on to the music! I’m a bit old school—so I still use iTunes! It can be a bit complicated when you listen to a new song and want it in your playlist instantly—but I’m a perfectionist and not being able to perfectly edit the song name so all the spam SONGS.pk is gone, really can get on my nerves. And idk, I think I just like how iTunes is set up. I used to listen to a lot of underground artists so Spotify was never an option since I couldn’t find the songs on there. Now when I’m more into Punjabi/Bollywood songs, it’s the same issue with Saavn. Also, you have to pay for it now as well and nah… So back to iTunes! You might have to wait until you get home and get the song downloaded on your iPhone—but it’s so worth it! I don’t own a laptop so whenever we travel to Pakistan, my biggest issue is that I won’t be able to update my playlists for a month—since my iTunes library is on my iMac back home. UNTIL I found this little loophole! It’s very easy! All you have to do is copy the iTunes folder on your iMac—or whatever Apple computer—and save it on your harddrive. Then you just import it on the new laptop and the program will ask you of whether you want to use this new library or not. You click ok and you’re all set to go! They’ve explained it more thoroughly HERE.
Still talking about music—I’m a sucker for good speakers. I simply cannot play music without having a good base sound so investing in some good spekers is really a good idea! I would say it’s easier to get a Beats Pill—since it’s small and easy to carry around in your luggage, but we packed our Marshall speakers! This black Killburn one is my sisters that she recently got, so we still had the original packing. It’s always best to be a bit cautious whenever you travel with these things, they’re very fragile.
I was talking about a harddrive above as well, but even if you don’t use iTunes or anything like that, it’s always good to bring your harddrive with you. You never know when your laptop will crash so it’s a good idea to have your pictures and documents backed up. I didn’t bring my harddrive with me last time and my pictures from that trip are still all over the place. Some on my sisters laptop, some on my brothers lol.
Talking about cameras—go and buy yourself an Instax Fuji 8 right now! I’m not kidding when I say it’s really an investment! I always have my Canon with me as well but there’s something about my polaroid camera that just really screams “vacay-memories”. It’s also lighter and easier to carry around than the big DSLR camera—and very appropriate to just snap with when you’re out having fun. I would recommend buying an extra film, cause you only have 10 snaps to go with. I’m working on a review about my Instax camera, so stay tuned!