Travelling solo – things to pack

Hitting the road to see some of the world is made all the more exciting and scarier when you go it alone. You could meet the love of your life. You could find a new friend. You could also run into trouble in terms of personal injuries or road accidents. Always be extra vigilant in new places, especially if the traffic is more hectic than you are used to – find a local car accident chiropractor in Atlanta if you do find yourself injured. With all the buzz, you may forget to pack some simple items that will see you through on your solo trip. 

A backpack with padded straps

Walk into any hostel the world over and you’ll find solo travellers who have all left home without packing a fold down bag in their travel backpack. It’s a common mistake. They see their bag packing as being the only task involving a bag, but they don’t think about walking around their destinations all day (are they really going to carry absolutely everything with them at all times, just to make sure they’ve got their bag with them in case they want to buy snacks or bottled water?).

Always make sure you pack a backpack with padded straps so that you not only have somewhere to store the things you purchase on your daily excursions, but you’ll also be able to head out with snacks, water, a first aid kit, and perhaps somewhere to keep an all-weather coat, for example.    

A money belt 

Try as you might to blend in with the locals, there’s just something about the phrase book you’re holding, the comfortable hiking shoes you’re probably wearing (despite being in the middle of town – an area notorious for being bereft of mountains and hiking trails), and all the looking up at buildings and landmarks you’re doing that says to thieves “this is a tourist who isn’t paying much attention to what’s going on around them and is probably carrying a lot of money”. That’s why keeping your money in loose clothing that can be accessed without arousing your suspicion (especially when seated) is a bad idea. A money belt around your waist is a much safer option.

A sealable plastic wallet

No, this isn’t for keeping any smelly clothes in so as not to contaminate the rest of your travel items (although a few plastic bags for just such a purpose is something you should probably consider), a sealable plastic wallet can be used to protect your travel documents. When it rains, you can rest assured that if you are caught out in the street that your passport and any printed tickets or bookings are safe and dry in your plastic wallet.   

Wet wipes

There are literally a thousand uses for wet wipes that will never go out of fashion. From having something to hand to deal with a runny nose, to relying on them as a makeshift shower when you are not able to access a bathroom with washing facilities for many hours at a time while travelling, they will always come in super handy.