Hassle-Free Travel, Essential things for a Solo Traveller
List of things you shouldn’t miss to carry if you are on a solo trip!
Solo trips the idea of it might bewilder some people, if they were asked if they would venture into one, but to few it’s an experience which can’t be any less than a reward for themselves, a way to discover whole of new things inside and outside of ‘me’ with the nature , with the whole new atmosphere and new set of people who might surprise you with the stories which might bring inspiration, joy and excitement!
For such a rich intellectual experience one should also be prepared for a tone load of challenges that are thrown across unexpectedly or even the little inconveniences that might just come along your way when you are alone to explore and experience. To be able to cope up with those here is a checklist one should stick around for their solo adventures in the country:
Many travellers might swear by this equipment, as it allows you to charge your phone on the go. Get yourself one with good mAH ( milliampere per hour). It becomes essential especially because you are most likely to be dependent on your phone for direction, contacts and what not!
If you are venturing to a place which is expected to be secluded and you doubt you might not get network it is essential you are prepared at least a step for such situations, and that prerequisite could be an offline map. Here are some apps you can try your hands on to not to get lost! :
A light luggage of versatile wearables:
You might not want to carry a truckload full of things and get burdened because of the luggage you planned to carry. Limit the things you want to pack to enjoy the journey hasslefree. Hold the things which u feel like carrying and ask yourself do you really need them? Are they versatile enough to be included? You might not want to stack on pairs of strappy heels when you plan to explore the place by foot or a cycle, instead throw in a pair of durable and comfortable shoes and a pair of flats ( I swear by my leather strapped, cushioned flat sole). Similarly, men can opt for sliders and sports shoes. Skip heavy weighing clothes or wear them on yourself! Always keep a long scarf which might save your day if you are freezing in the cold! Or can be worn in a stylized way as a top, skirt or a dress! Don’t Ditch your jacket, carry one which u can rely on! Have at least one pair of jogger pants that are comfortable, non-sloppily stylish which can be worn to a trek or can be slipped in and can be styled for an unexpected low-key party at night. Roughly carry Half of the number of clothes – or +2 for the days you plan to travel, weird as that might sound but it does work! Or dig your own equation!
A waterproof bagpack/ rucksack and a side handbag
Find a waterproof durable, functional bagpack and a rucksack ( if u plan to travel for more days). Brands like osprey, North face are a popular choice around the globe. Carry a durable sling bag along to take your essentials along when you are out for sightseeing, shopping or just outside the place u are halting.
Money and cards and ID proof
This is more of a tip, withdraw money which will suffice you for at least two days under minimum budget. Tuck some of it with a card in your money pouch while the rest of it can go in the hidden compartment of the bagpack/sling bag or even in your clothes if they are functional enough for that. You will be left with some valuables even if you lose some, unfortunately, because of your old school but smart tactic!
Carry sunblock, face wash, and other miscellaneous stuff you need on a daily basis (small packs of all of those of course). Pack sanitizer, anti-bacterial facial vipes and some emergency medicines such as an antacid, an anti-allergens etc in your sling bag, so that you can reach out to them anytime during the journey. Hunger curbing snacks can be included to battle your hunger pangs especially while you are aboard on your travel vehicle.
Carry your intuitions along, which will come handy all the way! Judge people when you have to, well it’s the mechanism you have got, listen to it! Reach out for/to help if u need to , don’t shy away. Explore and enjoy, experiencing and learning the whole of new things on your own! First and foremost thing: RESEARCH!