The Ultimate Solo Travel Must-Haves Before Leaving

The Ultimate Solo Travel Must-Haves Before Leaving

Going on a solo trip is one of the most rewarding experiences you can embark on. But although liberating, it requires you to be extra careful, as you won’t have family or friends around to help you should anything go amiss.

That’s why preparing yourself with the right essentials can do you a world of good, allowing you to enjoy the sights and sounds of your destination to the fullest. That said, we’ve rounded up the ultimate solo travel must-haves you should definitely consider packing:

Weather-Appropriate Gear

 

No matter what place you decide to go to and how much time you’ve spent researching and planning, there’s one aspect you must be especially cautious of, and that’s the weather. As I shared in our ‘7 Helpful Tips for Traveling Solo in New York’, it’s important to pack for the occasion and seasons while also being mindful of how the weather can be unpredictable.

For instance, if you’re traveling in the winter, you can stay warm with thick clothing, a coat, and a scarf. Or, if you’re off to a summer getaway, pack protective gear like sunglasses and a hat, so you won’t struggle with being out in the sun. And of course, a raincoat and a travel umbrella are necessary for those unexpected rain showers.

Copies of Important Documents

From your travel tickets to your hotel reservations, your passport, and even an ID, it’s imperative to have copies of these documents when you’re traveling alone. The most unexpected events can happen during a trip, such as losing a credit card or your documents getting soaked in the rain.

This is why having physical copies of them can help prevent any trouble during your trip, especially at airports. After all, as much as you enjoy the place you’re visiting, it’s important to avoid getting stranded in an unfamiliar area.

Vitamins and Medicine

The weather in a different country also plays a big part in your health throughout your solo trip, since adjusting to the different climate and environment might cause you to get sick. Not to mention, the time difference can also lead to more fatigue, as it can cause you to experience jet lag.

For you to stay healthy and active, it’s vital that you pack the right vitamins and medicine. In their guide to making traveling a little easier, Parsley Health recommends packing liquid melatonin to avoid jet lag, along with various supplements to help your immune system adjust to the new environment. This also includes items like ginger capsules to help combat motion sickness, and olive leaf extract to avoid infections. With these things in your suitcase, you can expect smooth sailing ahead.

A Journal

Going on a solo trip can be daunting and stressful, especially if it’s your first time, as you’ll have to step out of your comfort zone. However, you shouldn’t let these worries stop you from having the time of your life, which is why you should bring a journal along with you.

The Huffington Post reports that journaling has a myriad of benefits that can boost your wellbeing, such as cultivating mindfulness, increasing your self-confidence, and putting things into perspective.

A Fanny Pack

Last but not least, it’s highly important that you prioritize your safety during the trip, especially as you’re traveling on your own. For instance, The Guardian reports that Barcelona is the bag-snatching capital of Europe — even if it’s in a developed country.

No matter where you go, your safety must be given the utmost importance. You can avoid being bag-snatched or pickpocketed by investing in a trusty fanny pack, as it not only secures your belongings right in front of you, but it also makes going around a much more pleasant (and stylish!) experience.

Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • Booking.com – I LOVE booking.com especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on Bookin.com.
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as booking.com, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then bookaway.com is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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