Look at that girl travelling solo, I wish I could do the same! Isn’t this something that comes to your mind when a female solo traveller passes by you on the street? More than having the confidence that one needs when travelling solo, it is the perception towards the concept of travel that brings out the solo traveller in people. No one to ask, no one to listen to, just a free bird in the wild skies.
But, have you ever thought that though confidence is a nice weapon to possess, you need to have other essentials with you, just to be prepared for the worst. It is, after all, a cruel world out there. You never know what is in store for you. Do not worry, I don’t intend to scare you, I just wish to bring to your notice that one should be assured of one’s comfort and safety when travelling solo. So, here is a list of essentials that you must pack on your next trip. Let’s get started!
You of course need to have a cool light backpack to keep all the stuff that I will be suggesting later in this blog. I am not talking about the main travel bag, but a small backpack other than that stores all the essentials you need with you to go out. Make sure you always pack a lightweight but spacious backpack, that does not give you a backache from the load. Tactical backpacks are great for these purposes. You can even carry them to hike, camping or any other outdoor adventure.
Now this is every girl’s saviour, you just can’t miss to pack this. Whether you plan to go out on a sightseeing tour, a hike, biking or plan to relax on a beach, sunscreen is the only thing that is going to save you from getting tanned. More than that, you protect yourself from the harmful UV rays and sunburns.
This is something that can come to your rescue in moments of crisis. Whether it is as simple as cutting fruit or as complex as tightening nuts and bolts, a multi-tool can be used for any and every purpose. It does justice to the name given to it. And, ladies, a multi tool can also be used as a weapon for self-defense when attacked by a pickpocket or a molester.
This is another essential that you need to have with you all the time, leave alone travelling. If you are planning to travel to ‘not so safe’ countries, you definitely got to pack this. Believe me when I say that you will probably never have to take it out of your bag but having it with you will give you another level of confidence altogether.
We, millennials, like to use our phones a lot. Be it taking pictures, navigating routes, surfing the net or posting on social media, we are constantly on our phones. Even on a holiday. Yeah, that’s sad! Well, my point being, always keep a battery backup with you. You never know when your phone might get discharged, and even though you might be carrying a charger, you may not find a place to plug it in, like, during camping. And this is yet another method, for female travellers, to ensure safety while travelling.
Always keep a first aid kit handy because you can not call 911 in all situations. At times when you can, help may arrive late. It’s also good to have some basic first aid knowledge or training, and if you do not already have, consider getting one before your next trip.
Okay, so this may sound off the hook to you, but a scarf is a very useful item. How? Well, it has multiple uses too. You can use it on a chilly evening to wrap around yourself, you can use it to tie your hair, you can cover your face with it to protect yourself against tanning and you can use it for tying things in situations where you don’t find any other reliable material. A useful item to pack, right?
Though we, as females, take pride in having the confidence to take solo trips, we should also be assured of our comfort and safety at the same time. Keeping this in mind, I have curated these 7 essentials which you must pack in your bag for your next trip. You can thank me later. Keep rocking!