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Traveling alone can be scary, especially when you don’t know what strangers will do or say. But, with these tips, you can enjoy your trip and stay safe. There are some things you’re going to want to make sure you bring with you; what to wear, what to pack, and what to do to avoid getting into a potentially dangerous situation.

  • Sturdy Carry On. Every traveler should pack a robust carry-on bag. It’s the most important item in your luggage, and it needs to be as durable as possible. Lightweight bags are popular because they’re easy to pack and easy to carry, but that’s sometimes at the cost of durability. If you plan on traveling for work then you need something that can take a beating. 
  • Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is important to everyone and is key to maintaining your energy levels and ensuring that you don’t feel faint. Working out or traveling in the sun when you’re dehydrated is a serious risk to your health. A simple plastic water bottle that you can fill up before you go out is essential to ensuring you can hydrate yourself.
  • Comfortable Shoes. It doesn’t matter if you’re hiking or lying on the beach, all solo travelers need to pack comfortable shoes for their next adventure. When you’re walking between the hotel and the local amenities, wearing uncomfortable shoes is often unpractical as they can cause blisters or prevent you from running.
  • Portable Phone Charger. You’ll need your phone for GPS, music, payment portals, emails, and much more. A portable phone charger or power bank can make sure your phone is not stuck without power at the worst moment.
  • First Aid Kit. Accidents and injuries can happen anytime, anywhere, even when enjoying a resort holiday. Scrapes, bumps, insect bites, and cuts can happen on any vacation. Having a first aid kit with essentials like bandages and antiseptic is something you would want to make space for in your carry-on bag.
  • Personal Emergency Alarm. When traveling alone, your safety and security are your responsibility; it’s totally possible to travel solo safely, but anything can happen. A personal emergency alarm can alert nearby people that you need assistance.
  • Light Waterproof Jacket. Whether you are hiking, visiting a rainy or snowy country, or simply exploring a new city, having a waterproof jacket can help you be prepared for bad weather. A light jacket will hardly take up space in your bag.
  • Waterproof Phone Pouch. On the subject of bad weather, the only way to ensure your phone is protected from water damage is by using a waterproof phone pouch. Some special pouches can let you use your phone underwater which could be useful for a beach adventure.
  • Solid Backpack. Hiking? Camping? A good backpack will keep your stuff secure and weigh much less than a suitcase when you are walking about. It’s as simple as that.
  • Neck Pillow. It’s not unusual to find yourself feeling stiff and sore after a flight or long car trip. Consider packing a neck pillow for extra comfort and coziness. This handy accessory can relieve tension in your neck, back, and shoulders so you can sleep comfortably at the end of a long day.

Ben Williams