Solo travel can be a daunting task for someone planning to travel alone for the first time. In reality, solo travelling is not as frightening as it seems. You will experience the world in a whole new perspective when you travel alone.
Once you start travelling solo, no other activity can provide the same feeling of complete freedom. Travelling light is always the first rule when it comes to solo travelling. Do not carry anything with you other than the absolute essentials.
Carrying more luggage will weigh you down when travelling and can become an inconvenience, especially when you are alone. You should also take only the clothes and accessories that you can use multiple times and offer you comfort and versatility.
Besides clothing, you also need to pack a few critical gears which will help you when travelling solo. Without further ado, let’s check out the items that are essential for every solo trip.
1. Lightweight Backpack With Padded Straps
A lightweight and durable backpack is a necessity for solo travel. Padding on the straps ensures you stay comfortable even while carrying the backpack over a long time. Opting for a backpack instead of a crossbody bag allows the weight of the luggage to diffuse more evenly.
Hence a backpack causes lesser fatigue on carrying while hiking or walking and also frees your hands, which you can use for navigating or for balance while trekking or hiking. The backpack has to be sturdy and durable enough to endure use on both urban and rugged terrain.
A waterproof or water-resistant bag will safeguard your possessions if you are on the road away from a shelter when the rain breaks out.
Assure that the size of the backpack is sufficient but not overly large and has enough pockets for placing various items and gear. Do not stuff your bag to the brim as it may cause swift degradation of the backpack and loss of comfort to the wearer.
2. Versatile Pair Of Shoes
Travelling with more than a pair of shoes can be cumbersome. Use versatile shoes than can blend in with any surroundings while solo travelling. Durable and waterproof shoes such as sneakers and boots are the ideal choices.
These shoes can blend seamlessly in a wide array of surroundings and landscapes while providing you utmost comfort. Choose shoes that are a good fit for your feet while buying. A good fit will contribute to your comfort while walking long distances.
3. Portable Battery And Universal Adapter
When you are travelling across countries, the electrical sockets which are in use also tend to have different shapes. Bringing a universal adapter allows you to plug in all of your equipment easily without needing to purchase a different one for every country.
Although most hostels provide you with extra adapters, having your adapter permits you to avoid the hassle of waiting for a charger and losing valuable time. Since you will be on the move most of the time, a portable battery allows you to charge when there are no power sockets nearby.
4. Reusable Foldable Bag
A foldable and reusable bag is one of the essential items which can be useful in multiple purposes. If some of your clothes are wet from rain or any exposure to water, you can carry it in your bag without wetting your dry clothes also.
You can also carry temporary luggage such as food for a day’s trek in your spare bag and fold it in your backpack after eating the food. If you are shopping while travelling, you may not have enough room to carry additional luggage. A foldable bag is immensely useful for this purpose.
5. Lightweight And Waterproof Jacket
While travelling to a foreign place, you may not be completely aware of the weather conditions at that location. Having a waterproof and lightweight jacket allows you to withstand sudden rains while being light on your backpack.
Jackets are especially useful when you are hiking, or trekking and the temperature suddenly drops, if you are in the searing heat of the sun or if it starts raining.
6. Reusable Water Bottle
Using reusable water bottles while travelling is another indispensable item for a solo traveller. Besides thwarting dehydration on the road, using reusable water bottles such as metal bottles allows you to reduce the cost of unnecessarily buying plastic water bottles.
Bringing your bottle will save you from spending needlessly on water bottles and also help the environment by preventing plastic litter.
7. Travel Locks
Travel locks grant permission to leave your travel luggage securely in your hotel or hostel room. The locks will also protect your bags while travelling using public transport. Carry your door stoppers which you can wedge under the front door of your hotel room for additional security.
Solo travel is an intense experience, and it is incredibly liberating. If you are travelling with your vehicle, car roof racks are vital for storing your gear safely. Roof racks allow you to carry heavy luggage like roof box tent, mountain bike etc. easily. You get to meet plenty of new people, and you will need to interact with them by yourselves. You will learn more about yourself during solo travelling than you ever will while travelling with friends and company.
Author Bio -
Rebecca has been closely studying the travel industry trends for quite some time. Intrigued by the booming growth of this sector, she takes interest in penning down her views providing quality insight on current travel trends and also likes to write about food and beverages, particularly wine.