Solo travel may sound intimidating but it’s an exhilarating experience, especially if it’s your first time. There’s a feeling of independence that you can’t get anywhere else. If you’re traveling alone, you get to decide everything: you can go home if you’re tired, continue with your adventures, and eat whatever and whenever. You don’t have to worry about anyone else. However, because you are by yourself, you have to take some extra precautions since you don’t have a companion to help you when the going gets tough.
To make your first or next solo travel safe, exciting, and memorable, here are 8 essential things you should bring:
8. A book
Solo travel means you won’t have anyone to talk to during downtime, such as lines, flights, and the commute. Sure, it’s easy to just browse social media but if you’re trying to limit your phone use (you should), reading a book is your best bet. Now’s the time to catch up on your reading list and if you don’t have one, you can always ask your friends for recommendations or you can pop in the airport’s bookstore. They usually have a great lineup of books and magazines you might not see in Manila.
7. First aid kit
It’s best to come prepared so pack a first aid kit before you leave. Include some painkillers and medicine for usual ailments like stomachaches, allergies, motion sickness, and headaches. You never know what’s going to happen while you’re traveling and there won’t be anyone you can count on but yourself.
6. A map
We’re sure you already have your itinerary ready but it’s a good idea to be a little extra and prepare a map. Take note of how to get to each destination, including train or bus routes. You won’t need a physical map since phones usually have their own version. If you don’t have an internet connection, Google Maps lets you download their maps so you can access it even if you’re offline.
5. An emergency kit
Another kit that you need when traveling solo is an emergency kit. This includes an emergency contact info card that lets people know who to get in touch with in case you get into an accident. Place this in your wallet. Make sure to also include copies of important documents like your passport, visa, insurance, plane tickets, reservations, credit cards, and contact information in case you lose your phone and/or wallet.
4. A selfie stick or a small tripod
One of the challenges to solo travel is getting your portrait. You can’t always ask the locals to take your photo so it’s great to invest in a selfie stick or a small tripod. That way, you don’t have to worry about weird angles and your arm showing when taking selfies.
3. A local SIM or travel wi-fi
Given how technology has made it easier for us, it’s logical to invest in a local SIM card or a travel wi-fi device to keep you connected even if you’re in another country. SIM cards can be purchased at airports and they usually come with data packages, or you can avail of a travel wi-fi service before your flight.
2. Extra cash
Make sure to carry extra cash with you because you won’t have anyone to borrow money from when you decide to splurge on something. Before your trip, make sure to call your banks to let them know you’re traveling so you can use your debit or credit card in case of emergencies. As a safety measure, keep your cash separate. Put some in different parts of your bag and your body in case you lose your wallet.
1. A good charger
Your smartphone will be one of the most important things you bring with you so carry a good charger when you travel. We recommend Bridgetech, a line of charging cables so durable that you probably won’t need to replace it ever. Its long-lasting super cables have undergone a series of manufacturing tests so you won’t have to worry about it breaking when you’re in a foreign country. It also comes in a multipurpose and waterproof protector case so it doesn’t get tangled with your other essentials. All cables are priced P295, which means you can spend your money on more stuff when you’re traveling!