Are you planning to embark on a solo trip? Female travelers like you face a number of risks when they go out by themselves. Unfortunately, there are some people out there who may prey on you or try to take advantage of you when they realize you are traveling alone.
There is also the added struggle of having to carry feminine hygiene products and masks to keep yourself safe and comfortable. In order to stay prepared for any dangerous or uncomfortable situations during your trip, you need to remember to bring these items along with you.
12 Items to Pack for Your Upcoming Solo Trip
Don’t forget to add these items to your woman on-the-go travel kit
Whether you are embarking on the first solo trip of your life or you consider yourself a seasoned pro, it doesn’t hurt to make a list and check off all the supplies to need to bring before going. From hand sanitizer to travel-sized shampoo bottles, we are reviewing everything you need to bring on your upcoming trip.
1. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray can be effective against a number of attacks, whether by human or animal. Whether you will be traveling throughout a city or camping somewhere remote overnight, it doesn’t hurt to have a canister of pepper spray by your side. With so many different types of pepper spray out there, it can be difficult to choose one that you feel is right for you. Before purchasing your pepper spray, you should look up the different regulations for it in your state. For instance, the state of California limits pepper spray can sizes to 2.5oz.
Pepper spray against humans typically comes in several different styles:
- Traditional stream
- Extra hot
Some pepper sprays are designed to attach to your keychain while others are meant to be holstered to a belt. The type of pepper spray you choose will depend on your unique needs. When you purchase your pepper spray, you need to learn how to properly use it. This will ensure its effectiveness while also helping prevent you from accidentally injuring yourself.
2. Shampoo and Conditioner
Depending on where you are traveling, how long you are staying there, and what mode of transportation you are using to get there, you will either want to purchase a full set of shampoo and conditioner or a travel set. Most people who are going on short trips or are bringing only a carry-on for a flight prefer using travel-size shampoos. People who are planning to stay in one place for a prolonged amount of time will probably benefit more from bringing full bottles.
Recently, shampoo bars have grown in popularity among travelers. Not only are they more eco-friendly than traditional plastic bottles, but they also are also long-lasting and TSA-friendly. While they might be small, they can last up to 80 washes.
3. Body Spray
Staying stuck on a long flight or for hours on end in the car can leave you feeling grimey and uncomfortable. That’s why you need to bring a portable bottle of travel body spray with you wherever you go. These travel-friendly sprays can leave you feeling refreshed and smelling great after just a few spritz.
Some body mists also contain hydrating properties that help make you feel nourished and ready for the long hours of travel ahead of you. Whether you choose a pleasant ocean scent or a flowery cherry scent, you are sure to enjoy the pleasant smells that your body spray bestows upon you.
Deodorant is a must for any trip. You can find inexpensive and effective travel deodorants at a variety of different stores, such as Target or Walmart. When picking out a deodorant, try to find one that contains natural ingredients.
Some deodorants on the market contain harmful chemicals that can actually block your pores and prevent your body from sweating. These chemicals can also increase your risk of developing certain diseases. That’s why you should look for organic ingredients such as aloe vera and aluminum-free baking soda in your deodorant.
5. Comb and Hair Brush
If you have long or curly hair, you will want to pack a comb and hair brush for your trip. You can find different travel-sized combs and brushes at a variety of different stores. However, you can also bring your regular comb and hair brush instead if you prefer or if you weren’t planning on traveling light. But if you do need to conserve some space for other items, purchasing a travel-sized come and hair brush can save you a decent amount of room.
6. Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Floss, and Mouthwash
As you pack up for your upcoming trip, you need to remember to bring dental essentials including your toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and mouthwash. You can either purchase travel-sized versions of them or bring full bottles with you on your trip. This will probably depend on the length of your trip as well as your preferred travel medium.
If you have braces or invisible aligners, you need to bring the proper cleaning supplies and travel cases for them. You might also want to bring some travel spray for easy cleaning on-the-go.
Don’t forget to bring some extra razors along with you on your trip. You can purchase a packet of razors at any convenience store or pharmacy at a cheap price. Portable razors that are suitable for long drives and overnight flights are also easy to find at a decent price. Some soap and shaving cream will also be essential for your upcoming trip.
8. Skincare Products
If you already follow a strict cleaning routine with healthy cleansers and moisturizers, great! Make sure you keep up the routine during your trip. If you can’t find travel sized bottles in your preferred brand, you can purchase separate plastic bottles to your small portions of your regular creams in.
Make sure you remember to bring products like:
- Under eye cream
- Face masks
And anything else that will help you feel comfortable during your trip.
9. Makeup and Beauty Products
Makeup products might not be a necessity, but they are great for dining out or just wearing around wherever you go. If you know you’re going to want to keep wearing makeup during your trip, don’t forget to bring along some brushes and products inside your travel bag. Travel pouches and makeup bags are perfect for carrying your products such as:
- Brushes and sponges
- Makeup remover
10. Hand Sanitizer
Because of the pandemic, it is crucial for you to bring some hand sanitizer with you. A travel size bottle or two should be sufficient enough for your trip. Make sure you are using hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
During your travels, you should wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible. However, if you are not near a bathroom or sink, you can use hand sanitizer as an alternative. You will want to wash your hands or apply hand sanitizer before and after handling food, touching an animal, or throwing away any garbage.
You will want to carry an extra mask or two along with the one you are already wearing. Most airports and airlines require you to wear a mask throughout your journey. If you go on a road trip, you will still want to bring a mask in case you make any stops or breaks. While you wear your mask, you will still need to keep your distance from strangers and also avoid touching your face.
Dual-layer cotton masks are the best types of masks you can purchase. This is because their tightly woven material can contain small droplets that emit from your mouth and nose. You don’t need to purchase N95 masks or other medical-grade masks. Instead, you should leave them to physicians and nurses who will need them when taking care of their patients.
12. Tampons and Pads
If your period is expected to come at some point during your trip, you should bring along some extra tampons and pads, just in case. The last thing you need to deal with is an unexpected surprise at the airport or while you are still on the road. You can easily stuff some in your purse or suitcase.
Going on a solo trip can be an exciting and life-changing event. However, unexpected emergencies can catch you off-guard. Make sure you pack up these items before your trip so you can remain prepared for anything.