Though it feels weird to post this in a time when hardly any of us are traveling, I’ve been asked this question quite a few times, and I’m hoping this will be useful to other female travelers.
*Keep in mind I’m a very low maintenance traveler. I don’t bring hair products or styling tools, and haven’t found neck pillows or eye masks to be necessary. That’s just my personal preference. Also, things like your passport, visas, money, phone, camera, etc. go without saying.*
Without further ado, here are some of the things I always bring with me on my trips:
This is a must. I’ve definitely been guilty of buying a bottle of water right after getting through security before– don’t be like me.
Not even just reusable, this water bottle is also collapsible. This is compact, and will save you (and the environment!) lots in the long run.
2. Teva sandals
I wear these constantly. They are so comfortable for walking cobblestone streets and yes– sturdy enough that I often hike in them, too!
I typically opt for the black, which matches with everything.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise- we need to stay connected on the go.
The power bank I have (shown above) has been a lifesaver in many situations where I couldn’t get to a power source. Make sure to charge ahead of time.
Go ahead and roll your eyes, but leggings are: A. stretchy and comfortable B. suitable for most weather C. easy to pack and D. again, black goes with everything, and you can easily dress it up.
I love these ones because they are high waisted, lightweight, and even come with a pocket! (Ask any female, they will tell you how exciting it is to have pockets in clothing.)
Because organization is important, and so is saving all your precious carry-on space (and your sanity when you’re trying to find the stuff you’ve packed). These come in all sizes and colors.
I just got these ones last year for Christmas and am obsessed with the teal!
Your girl gets super chilled, super fast. Layers are always key, and even in temperate weather, you never know how fast it could turn.
I love this one, (with a hood!) perfect for walking around European cities in the fall:
And typically use this (waterproof!) one for more outdoor adventures:
* Even for warmer climates, don’t forget a shawl or scarf, especially in countries that require modest covering (i.e. entering temples in Thailand).
It’s important to have some kind of smaller luggage for hiking, day trips, or any type of adventure you may find yourself on.
Gregory is one of my favorite brands, but this Osprey one is great as well.
8. While we’re on the subject of bags and backpacks, let’s talk purses.
This is an anti-theft cross body bag with tons of storage space, even for umbrellas or water bottles!
If that isn’t really your style, and you’re looking for something smaller and more sleek, I’d recommend this:
There’s also some pretty cool infinity scarves that have hidden travel pockets like these:
This is obviously an absolute must if you are traveling internationally where plugins are different. Try to aim for one that has extra USB ports, so you can maximize charging time with minimal space.
Here is what I use:
Honestly, it doesn’t hurt to have two!
As a solo female traveler, there are (unfortunately) extra precautions that are necessary to take. However, that shouldn’t hold you back from your dream of traveling. Here are some items that may help your peace of mind:
These loud alarms have LED lights and come in packs- great for women, kids, or elders- so there’s one for everyone in your family.
Pepper spray (above) and key whistles (below).
What’s great is that these come in multiples as well.
(If you’re forgetful or lose things like me, this will certainly come in handy.)
..And for bonus #11: A mask!!!
Be sure to follow all COVID-19 guidelines and be aware of the measures and rules in place before you get to your destinaton.
This list can go on and on, but I’ll stop there.
I’m forever interested in helpful gadgets, space-savers, and all things cute, practical, and safe to take on my trips. What’s something you always take with you? Let me know in the comments!
*Disclosure: Please note that some of the links listed above are affiliate links. This is to no extra cost to you- as an Amazon affiliate I may earn a commission from qualifying purchases.*