5 Essential Products for Solo Travel

Hey all! So I’ve been lagging in the blogging department BUT I have been meaning to write this blog since my trip in February.  In searching for my previous trip, I found a lot of similar blogs, but didn’t find myself using 100% of any one blog’s list.  Here are my top 5 product choices for solo travel, WITH actual products that I used on my trips.

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Here are my top 5 essential travel products for solo travelers:

1. A Backpack

A good backpack is ESSENTIAL for solo travel.  I find that in traveling solo, a backpack beats rolling luggage because: a) you can wear it and not roll it around, b) it keeps your hands free, and c) it’s just convenient.  I bought the below 40L backpack:

as seen here:





































What I like about this back back is the amount you can actually fit in here! It fit two of my packing cubes (see #2) and then some.  A lot of ways you can work it to your advantage! You can check out his backpack on Amazon here.

2. Packing Cubes

Packing cubes are everyone’s best friend.  Even if you’re a light packer, chances are you will be coming home with more than you brought, hence packing cubes.  In my experience, the best way to use these is by rolling up your clothing, and then placing them in the cube, squeezing each clothing taquito closely together.

The one above is the one I purchased, and I normally use 2/3 of the cubes at a time. (side note: mine were stuffed and looked like marshmallows unlike the skinny versions in the picture lol)  I use the smallest one for the unmentionables and socks, and the medium or larger one for everything else, depending on the length of the trip.

They also keep everything more organized in the backpack, so when you have to open it up real quick, your dirty socks don’t come flying out. Also – don’t laugh that I bought matching cubes and backpack…I purchased them at different times but I love that color…..right? lol It was kind of embarrassing in hostels pulling out packing cubes of the same color of my backpack (*1st time tourist alert*). And just FYI I didn’t capture any photos of my packing cubes…just because that probably would’ve been a weird photo…and I didn’t know I would be blogging about them lol.

You can check out the packing cubes here.

3. A Good Book

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When you travel solo, you will have a lot of alone time.  A good book is always great for plane rides, train rides, when you’ve walked to much and just want to sit down, when you don’t want to talk to anyone, when you’re trying to fall asleep, when you want to get out of an awkward convo/situation…the list goes on.  See below, me waiting alone at a bar, with my book as my company:

the count of monte Cristo in marseilles

Books are a lifesaver in many ways.  If you don’t want to lug around a physical book, you can download books straight to your smartphone. iPhone users have iBooks, but there is also the Kindle app, Free Books – Ultimate Classics Library (iOS app), and others you can search for.

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And you can check out the book here.

4. Over the Shoulder Purse (that zips!)

The number one thing I found in every blog that had info on purses, is that they should have a zipper to close.  This makes it harder for pick-pockets to get into your bags.  I purchased the one below from a surf shop in Northern California for a little more than what they are being offered on Amazon for.  It was literally THE perfect bag:

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As seen here:

This is my favorite purse- my trip was in February 2017, and I had been wearing this since November 2016.  It is made of a strong canvas material and the strap is adjustable.  Everything zips.  I had my passport and a small notepad/.journal in the front pocket along with my metro tickets, my money/cards/coins in the inside pocket, and my phone, charger, brochures, chapstick, and any other small objects I had acquired on the large inside compartment.  I wore it inside my larger outer coat- it has a flat design so it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb under jackets!

You can see it here on Amazon, but you can find it at any surf or skate shop probably!

5. Portable Battery Charger

If you aren’t traveling with a phone or any device that needs to be charged, then this doesn’t apply to you. I am going to assume that the majority of solo travelers are traveling with at least a smartphone, and we all face the struggle of keeping battery charge through out the day. I probably used my battery pack everyday, as as soon as my phone reaches 40% I naturally plug in my battery pack.  See this affordable and compact portable charger:

portable battery for solo travel










It is a good thing to practice precaution, and having a back up charge for your phone helps keep your phone as a resource rather than just weight in your purse.

Find this charger on Amazon here.

What are some items that you can’t travel without? I’d love to hear your must-haves and perhaps they will turn into mine. As always, I welcome any feedback and tips, if you enjoyed this blog please “like” and “share” this post, thanks for reading!! 🙂






12 Comments Add yours

  1. M. C. Frye says:

    I like your ideas for essentials. The items I consider essential are similar to yours. I like a purse with a strap long enough that I can wear it diagonally (over my head and on the opposite shoulder from the side the purse is on). I’m also enamored of solar phone chargers. And at least one extra USB cable. They wear out at the most inopportune times!

  2. Joleene Moody says:

    Must always have a good book! (Or two.) And a journal. 😉

  3. The portable battery charger is SO KEY. I always travel with at least 2, and make sure they fully charge up overnight. I always also download a couple of books to my Nook. I am a voracious reader, and can go through a couple of books in one trip.

  4. Gillian Kent says:

    I use a Kindle so I can bring many books with very little weight. I am looking for a portable charger that doesn’t need a cable.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I agree those are super helpful stuff!

  6. Rhiannon says:

    I love these tips! I forgot to bring my portable charger with me to Japan last month, and it sucked! Silly me haha. Very helpful tips 😀

  7. Charlotte says:

    Nice little post! I have been thinking about getting packing cubes!

  8. I need a power bank. I have one now, but it doesn’t fully charge my phone. I started looking for one off of Amazon and got so overwhelmed. I wasn’t sure what. brands were good and I was even reading all the reviews. I just wanted someone to tell me. Do you have one you mention in the post? #gltLOVE

  9. Tripidee App says:

    I’m totally with you on the packing cubes and the zipping purse!

  10. Brittany says:

    Definitely putting that backpack on my list! I love that color too! 🙂

  11. Brittany says:

    I’ve been seriously considering investing in packing cubes. Thanks for sharing the ones you use!

  12. Tina von S says:

    I will be travelling alone this year, so this is essential to me. Probably going to substitute a book with my kindle, so I can read more without taking up too much space. Hopefully it will go great!

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