Solo travel is a great way to explore the world on your own terms. You can take off without worrying about what other people want to do and focus on your own travel goals. It’s also a great way to to reconnect with yourself, become more self-reliant, and develop a greater sense of independence.
Before taking off on any trip, it always seems like there are a million things to do! This is especially true when traveling solo, as it’s crucial to make sure you don’t forget anything, since you can’t rely on a friend to lend you conditioner, toothpaste, or whatever item you forgot to pack! To make packing for a solo trip a little less daunting, here are some things you should bring with you for stress-free solo trip!
Traveling alone means not having anyone to help you carry your luggage. I recommend using wheeled luggage as opposed to a backpack or duffle bag. This can save you the discomfort of having to lug your stuff around on your back.
Be careful when choosing the size of your luggage. Large wheeled suitcase will only slow you down on old cobbled streets in Europe A wheeled carry-on luggage that you can easily pick up will be a godsend!
I know what you are thinking: “A selfie stick! Seriously?!” Admittedly, I usually feel a little embarrassed when using my selfie stick in public, but it’s also helped me capture some of my best pictures. This tool had its fair share of haters when it first came out , but it’s super useful when traveling alone.
For example, you don’t have to risk giving your phone or camera to a stranger when you want to take a picture. You also don’t have to worry about someone snatching your camera when using a tripod. You take as many pictures as you want, and have full control of what angle and lighting to use to get the perfect picture.
Selfie sticks are also great for taking pictures with groups and panoramic backgrounds!
Traveling alone means not having help if you run out money or lose your debit card. While waiting for your family to transfer more money, you risk being SOL in a strange place. Keep your emergency money hidden in your suitcase or somewhere separate from your daily bag. If you’re bag gets stolen or you lose your wallet, you’ll then have a back-up option.
Having seen a fair share of travelers panhandling in popular tourist destinations, I also recommend always making sure you have enough funds for a return ticket.
It can feel intimidating to be lost and alone when you are traveling solo and even worse if you do not speak the local language.
I recommend marking the place where you are staying on a map, along with the places you want to visit before you head out. Not only will this save you from aimlessly wandering around (unless you’re like me and enjoy doing so), you will also have an easier time finding your way back.
I know maps are old school but they come in handy if your phone dies. You can also save money by downloading offline Google Maps on your smartphone. The app also allows you to save your places of interest by marking it with a star.
Hostels are a great place to meet new travelers. However, It can feel intimidating if you are not used to talking to strangers. Card games like poker, coup, or Cards Against Humanity can be a great ice breaker to get to know new people. It can also be a good entertainment when you want to unplug and connect with others.
Emergency Contact Card
Carrying a card outlining medical conditions and emergency contacts ensures that you will be taken care of by emergency services if you have an emergency. When I lost my passport in Nicaragua last year, I was glad to have the embassy’s phone number on hand!
If you’re a solo-traveler, what are some items you never leave home without?