As you’re getting on the plane for your next solo trip, nervousness, excitement and eagerness set in. Traveling solo is a great way to get to know yourself, make new friends and go out of your comfort zone. If you’re contemplating the idea, we’ve made a list of must haves to help you get ready!
Sim card: Since you’ll be riding solo, it’s important to be able to reach out for help if needed. Although it’s good to disconnect, we also have to factor in safety. Unless you’re staying on a resort the entire trip, you’ll want to have a method of reaching your family, hotel or help.
You can check with your current carrier if they offer plans for the country you are visiting or purchase a visitor sim card once you reach your destination. You can also get an international sim card, you can find many options at a variety of prices with a simple google search.
Portable charger: Keep your phone and camera ready to go at all times with a portable charger. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find in any electronic stores. Alternatively, go the environmentally friendly route and get a solar powered one, they are especially useful if you go out hiking and have no access to a plug!
Headphones: Silence is bliss, except when there’s just too much of it! A good pair of earphones are a must when traveling solo whether it’s for the plane ride, hiking or at the restaurant. Noise cancelling headphones are great, but keep in mind that if you’re out and about on your own, it’s good practice for your safety to be able to hear your surroundings.
Portable tripod and selfie stick: I’m the first to admit that selfie sticks are annoying. However, to get those super shots of yourself (picture or it didn’t happen!), these little guys are very handy. I like to also bring a mini tripod for some of those great nature shots. You can even find some handy two in one selfie stick & tripod for a lighter travel pack.
Travel scarf: I haven’t gotten myself one of these yet, but I love the idea! These travel scarfs have a secret pocket to hide your money and passport while traveling. Useful and stylish, these are the perfect accessory for every traveler!
Quick dry towel: We previously mentioned these in our Gift Ideas for Travelers post, and they are truly some of our favourite travel items. Easily packable, quick dry and extremely handy as a towel, blanket or pillow, I never leave without mine! Check out the post for our top choices.
Read also our list of 6 items you should always have in your carryon!
Waterproof phone bag or case: Bring your phone with you anywhere from the beach to the pool with one of these handy waterproof bags. The best part is it retains full function while being in the bag, photos included!
Another great but more expensive option is a waterproof case. Lifeproof makes good, not too bulky ones for a variety of phones. P.S. Make sure to test out the bag or case for leaks with some tissues inside before using it with your phone!
Lock: A lock can be useful in many instances such as at some hostels to lock your belongings, or facilities where you may use lockers to keep your things. Make sure you use a good quality combination lock and to keep your most valuable possessions with you. If you want to lock your luggage, make sure the lock is TSA approved.
Door lock: Another great gadget to use when traveling solo is a portable door lock. Something like what your grandma used to have to keep the door of her old house from closing. Using a lock when you feel slightly uneasy will help put your mind at ease.
Although it won't resist everything, it will make the majority of people walk away, even those who may have a key. A good way to make sure you sleep better at night! Note that if this does happen to you, we highly recommend to change accommodations as soon as possible the next day.
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Money belt: It’s usually best to keep your passport and extra cash in a locked safe at your hotel, but if you have to travel with it, a money belt is very useful! Keep them away from pickpockets by hiding it directly on yourself and out of sight. There are multiple options such as the bra stash (a little pocket that clips on your bra), pocket underwear or good old money belts.
Basic first aid kit: Always bring a basic first aid kit with you with at very minimum medications against allergies, muscle pain, diarrhea and nausea, plus a few bandages and ointment. In a foreign country it can be hard to find the medication you need or that you're used to. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
Travel Insurance: Last but not least, you should always make sure that you have enough travel insurance coverage to cover potential hospital stays, critical medical care or emergency needs.
It's also good to have trip insurance such as for cancelations, delays and lost luggage. Be sure to always look into your work benefits or credit card insurance as they may cover you fully or partially and save you some money!
So there you are, our top must haves for solo travelers. Have you travelled solo and used something you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments below, we love hearing from you!
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