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Traveling solo can be a challenging experience. But if you plan ahead and have the right gear, you’ll be prepared for any situation. For example: What if it rains? Or what if you need a toothbrush? Here are some of my favorite solo travel essentials that will help make your solo journey easier and more fun!

Solo Travel Essential (Backpack, First Aid Kit)

  • A backpack is the best option, as it will allow you to be hands-free and not have to worry about carrying a purse or bag.
  • If you’re going somewhere where there will be long distances between stops (such as hiking), then compressed luggage is better so that you minimize the number of times that your bag has been opened throughout your trip.
  • Easy-to-carry luggage (like rolling backpacks) ensures that even if there are challenges with public transportation or getting around on foot, they’ll still be easy for you to manage by yourself — no waiting in line at baggage claim! Additionally, durable waterproofing can help ensure that all of your belongings stay dry during any unexpected downpours.
Trip essentials. High angle shot of bag with travel items

Solo travel essentials (Reusable Water bottle, Suitcase, Carry-on Travel Gear, Charger)

Water bottle with filter or purifier. You can buy reusable water bottles at any big retailer, but they’re not always convenient to carry around. I recommend getting a filter or purifier that screws right onto your water bottle. So you don’t have to worry about buying bottled water at all! I use the Katadyn Base Camp Purifier because it works fast and is super portable. It’s also good to have a water bottle that can hold more than just one serving of water. So if you’re doing a day trip or excursion then having a large water bottle is a great idea. I like this Nalgene Tritan Wide Mouth Bottle because it has measurements on the side and is easy to carry around.

A Travel Packing List

A daypack is your best friend on the road. You can use it for everything from carrying around your phone, wallet and keys to hauling water bottles, snacks and even a change of clothes.

It’s essential that you pick out a daypack that’s comfortable to wear for long periods of time—and one that fits your style as well. Look for straps that are wide enough to disperse weight across your shoulders and chest (you want them relaxed!) but also flexible enough for movement if you’re hiking or climbing in rugged terrain. When choosing colors, think about how much sun exposure this bag will get: darker colors tend to better protect against UV rays than lighter shades do (though they can get dirty easily).

An extra credit card.

An extra credit card is a smart idea if you want to be able to pay for things on your travels. You can use it to pay for hotels, flights and activities. It’s also useful if your main card gets stolen or lost abroad as you can have another method of paying for things in an emergency.

Also keep in mind that while ATMs are usually available at most places around the world, there are some countries where they don’t exist at all (e.g., Iceland). So having a backup plan will make sure that you don’t get stuck without cash!

A copy of your passport and other documents.

You should always keep a copy of your passport and other documents in a separate place from the originals. This way, if you lose either one, you can still get home.

Make a photocopy of your passport and keep it with you at all times. You may also want to scan it onto your phone so you can access it more easily—just be sure to back up that file as well! If there is ever an emergency situation where I need to show my travel documents, I have them on hand within seconds (and don’t have to worry about getting home).

A travel pillow or sweater with a hood.

It is important to be comfortable when you are traveling. A pillow or sweater with a hood will keep you warm and help you sleep. Your solo travel essentials doesn’t get any better than this.

Something to cover your head.

You’re going to want something to cover your head, especially if you have long hair or are a woman with shorter hair. There are many options for what this can be: a scarf or bandana (preferably one that’s already been used), a hat or hoodie, etc. If you don’t have any of these things with you when it starts raining then at least make sure that if your jacket does not already come with some form of hood then find yourself an umbrella as soon as possible!

Lightweight underwear that will dry overnight.

Map of the world and travel essentials flatlay

I’m not a huge fan of underwear, but it’s necessary for most travelers and especially for solo travelers who don’t have a partner with whom to share a hotel room. I usually pack my underwear on top of my clothes so it doesn’t get dirty from the rest of my gear or from other people in hostels or dorms. If you’re traveling during winter months and are worried about having wet underwear at night, consider bringing a pair that can be used as swimwear or bathing suit cover-ups instead!


You’ll want something light and comfortable to wear when you go swimming in your hostel’s pool, hot spring pools at natural sites like waterfalls or rivers, or when you visit beaches along your route. If being modest worries you, a one-piece bathing suit might be best. It is also comfortable in public spaces like pools.

These are some of the things you need when traveling solo

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Pls don’t forget to pack a comb or brush.
  • Don’t forget to bring your razor and shaving cream!
  • And don’t forget to bring a hairbrush!
  • For fun, you can also pack deodorant.


We hope this guide has given you some insight into the best solo travel essentials. Like we said earlier, you don’t need to go overboard with fancy gadgets and equipment, but it’s good to have some of these things on hand just in case.