Traveling solo is an incredible journey that everyone should experience at least once in their lives. There’s nothing better than having the freedom to create your own itinerary and explore at your own pace. As rewarding as solo travel can be, you have to be that much more prepared for the unexpected. As a lone traveler, you don’t have a partner to lean on when things don’t go as planned. As a party of one, there’s not much room for error and the packing process becomes that much more critical to executing a successful trip. The importance of packing smart cannot be overstated. Make sure you prioritize items that provide comfort and convenience over style. You’ll need to pack efficiently and focus on items that are absolutely necessary. We’ve compiled the ultimate packing list for solo travelers to ensure you have a #flawless trip:
As tempting as it is to bring a fashionable pair of heels, it’s important to be practical. Try to bring only two pairs of shoes – one set that is durable and waterproof and another set that is comfortable but can be dressed-up should you chose to go to a nice restaurant or show. I know this one is tough but it’s important to practice self-control. Shoes can take up a lot of space and you don’t want to give up precious room for an item that will only be used once.
When traveling solo, a minor inconvenience can turn disastrous real quick. Imagine losing your passport, money or phone without having a sidekick to help you out. Anti-theft purses and backpacks provide protection from pickpockets and bag snatchers. Equipped with the latest technology (slash-proof fabric, zippers with locking lashes, RFID lining) you’re much less likely to be a victim of theft.
A Good Playlist
This one might seem silly but a good playlist is critical to a successful solo trip. Whether you’re on a long train ride or staying in for the evening, your favorite music can make the experience that much sweeter. Jamming out can drain your battery so make sure to bring a portable battery bank. This nifty gadget can charge your battery on-the-go so you never have to worry about your phone dying. The road can get lonely so it’s nice to have some of your beloved bands join you on your travels.
As a solo traveler, you always need a plan B in the event of a “worst-case-scenario.” If your phone were to stop working or your hotel’s Wi-Fi was unreliable, it’s imperative that you have access to important documents. Before you depart, print out maps, tickets, phone numbers and anything essential you’ll need on your journey. Don’t forget a durable folder or else these could be useless to you if you get caught in the pouring rain.
Since you’re only packing for a party of one, you need to be strategic about how you organize your toiletries. With limited space, you should consider using small bottles or plastic bags that do not take up a lot of room. Make sure to pack the essentials (toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, sunblock) but try to create some efficiencies wherever possible. Try a 3-in-1 bottle of shampoo, conditioner and body wash for extreme consolidation. If you’re feeling really adventurous, leave behind your makeup and try the natural look to make room for more essentials.
While majority might not consider a selfie stick essential, it’s important that solo travelers are able to capture the unique moments of their trip. As a lone explorer, it’s tough to take photos that do your trip justice (and also include you in them). This selfie stick is retractable so it doesn’t take up much room in your suitcase. Traveling alone is a great opportunity to reflect and refocus but many solo travelers don’t have much “evidence” of their incredible journey. A selfie stick will give you the chance to capture amazing moments and look back on those memories for years to come.
Solo explorers tend to be a bit more adventurous than the average traveler. After all, it takes guts to take a trip to an unfamiliar place all by yourself. No matter how bold a solo traveler may be, they need to be more prepared when it comes to the planning and packing process. Safety, comfort, and convenience should be your top priorities when packing for your trip. Try to include items that serve multiple purposes to create efficiencies and room in your suitcase. The key is to pack essentials but of course, do your best to make some room for the items that will keep you sane! Now that your bags are packed, it’s time to embark on the journey of a lifetime!