Have you ever wanted to travel to the other side of the world all by yourself? Wake up on your own in a foreign place with the sounds and sights of an unknown city surrounding you?
Travelling solo is one of the most fulfilling, albeit intimidating things you will do in your life. Not only does it allow you to go beyond your comfort zone, but it’s one of the best ways to challenge yourself and find out more about yourself than you ever thought possible. It also allows you to gain perspective and immerse yourself in other cultures.
When travelling solo, try to go as minimal as you can when it comes to packing. If you can fit everything into your carry on, that’s definitely ideal, but the amount you pack will depend on the length of your travels. Travelling with only a carry-on means you’ll eliminate excess, plus you won’t have to worry about waiting around post flight or your luggage getting lost.
Carry-on or full-fledged luggage, there are some items that are absolutely essential for solo travel. We’ve left out the obvious – don’t forget your passport, camera or clothes! Read on to see the 5 things you need to pack for solo travel.
Safety comes first, especially when you travel solo. In many places, it’s best not to carry your money where everyone can see it. Invest in a money belt and wear it around your waist, underneath your clothing. You can keep your cash, passport, and other personal documents in this sweat-resistant, soft-to-the-touch silk pouch.
Herschel Fifteen Hip Pack, $34.99
A scarf is a versatile must-have for solo travel. Even if you’re travelling at a warm time of year, a lightweight scarf will keep you cozy on air-conditioned planes and trains. Plus, if you’re visiting conservative countries, you can drape it around your shoulders, or use it to cover up your head on super sunny days.
Gucci Intarsia Metallic Knitted Scarf, $270
A lightweight tote bag that stuffs into its very own pouch? Utter perfection. For the days when you don’t want to lug around your entire travel pack, use a cross-body tote bag to store all your essentials. Doing a cool morning trek? Stuff the foldable tote in your pocket and open it up to put your jacket inside when it warms up!
Mansur Gavriel Lady Leather Tote, $1,195
Luxe Travel Journal:
If you don’t keep a journal on your solo travels, it’s likely going to be one of your biggest regrets. Of course, you’ll take pictures, but writing down your daily endeavours will allow you to remember exactly what you did and how you felt about it. Journaling is also good for your soul. Take some time out of each day to write in your journal, even if you only have time to jot down a few notes. You’ll be happy you did.
Smythson Panama Diary, $160
Since travelling can have you sleeping anywhere from a plane to a hostel dorm to an outdoor treehouse, investing in a solid sleep mask is pretty much essential. Getting a good night’s sleep is so important, especially when you’re on the go, and a silk breathable sleep mask will ensure you get the beauty rest you need. On a similar note, a pair of earplugs might just be your saving grace.
Slip Silk Eye Mask, $45