Traveling alone is a very unique experience in that you’ll get to learn more about yourself, whether you’re hitting a campsite you’ve been to numerous times or making a trip between cities you’ve never been to before.
Lone wolves typically don’t haul too much gear as there’s no one to share the load with, and if you’re not completely certain what you should bring on your solo voyage, consider taking the following items.
An anti-theft backpack will be the most essential part of your gear. These packs are typically water-resistant and slashing-proof, as well as outfitted with numerous concealed compartments and pockets where you can store your most precious valuables.
The locking zippers prevent anyone without the combination from accessing its contents, although the complexity of these locks varies from model to model. Comfort-wise, anti-theft backpacks offer similar performance to regular camping backpacks, and the same can be said about durability.
When you’re looking for a backpack like this, make sure that it’s made of lightweight, yet sturdy material. Artificial leather and polyester are remarkably durable and reliable in the long run.
Whether you’re traveling on a bike, by car, or by plane, you’ll want to be comfortable. This means that you shouldn’t bring your best-looking clothes; rather travel in the lightest clothes with the highest level of breathability.
Tightly knit fabrics offer the least breathability while thinner materials with loose weaves will be perfect. Additionally, pay attention to the weather zone you’re traveling into. Factors such as humidity, frequency of rains, and temperature should be considered before deciding what you’ll wear.
This is especially important for travelers that are accustomed to a very specific climate; Canadian and Russian people typically handle cold weather better than most people while African people tend to endure super-hot temperatures better. If your skin is accustomed to any of the extreme temperature levels (on either end of the spectrum), consider bringing both winter and summer clothes just to be safe.
As for breathability, consider materials such as cotton, nylon, or polyester. Cotton is soft, very breathable, and less demanding than most other materials in terms of maintenance while nylon wicks away moisture better and dries rather quickly. It’s not as comfortable as cotton, though.
You should bring your most comfortable sneakers, as you won’t have a decent opportunity to cherry-pick for a quality pair of shoes before reaching your destination. If you’re making stops in between locations on your way, you could get by with an okay set of Nike rip-offs, but it’s still better to begin your journey in a set of comfortable shoes.
Aside from comfort, you should also consider how well broken-in the shoes are, whether they are made of breathable and durable materials and whether you can replace their insoles. Brand-new shoes may fit well, but they’re not nearly as comfortable as the shoes you’ve worn for a few months.
Breathable shoes allow us to feel more comfortable for extended periods of time while removable insoles can be replaced with better ones should your originals fall out of place or wrinkle due to moisture.
Even though among the most important things you should have anywhere you go, not many people know the true value of first-aid kits until they need them.
There’s a world of differences between a clean, sterile bandage and paper hand wipes that were left out open in your pocket ever since the beginning of the trip. Furthermore, you can use the adhesive tape inside the kit for anything else.
A typical first-aid kit contains a set of bandages, gauze rolls and pads, instant cold packs, elastic bandages, an emergency blanket, antiseptic wipes, a triangular bandage, a pair of sterile gloves, and tweezers. Hopefully, you won’t need to use it, but it’s always better to be prepared than sorry.
Portable battery charger/power bank
Eventually, the batteries in your electronics are going to run out of juices, and you’ll need a power bank to charge them regardless of where you may find yourself. They can come in handy even if you’re planning to stay at hotels along the way.
Essentially, power banks are typically fairly affordable, and their compactness makes them very useful traveling companions.
Portable light sources
A flashlight is an important tool that offers radiant visibility on the fly. Whether you’ve lost your way out in the woods or need to check the plumbing in your recreational vehicle, you’ll need to see what’s ahead of you.
Headlights are even more useful for solo travelers who travel via RVs, although small, pocket-sized flashlights are far more valuable for pretty much everything else.
Spare cell phone
If your smartphone runs out of batteries and you’ve lost your charging station, you may find yourself in quite a problematic situation, as you won’t be able to contact anyone. A spare, cheap cell phone with a post-paid SIM card can make your trips much, much safer, and more comfortable.
The great thing about cheap cell phones is that you can easily buy SIM cards of whatever country you find yourself in, which makes it an excellent choice for cross-country travelers. Again, this is a very affordable, compact tool that will come in handy on more occasions than you’d imagine.
A waterproof pouch is a versatile piece of gear that can help you save your passport and cash in case you find yourself in an area where heavy rain is commonplace. It’s most commonly used to save cameras, although they’re typically large enough to store other smaller pieces of gear as well.
Pocket wet wipes are perhaps the most versatile item that should be on your checklist. They can be used in all kinds of ways, whether it be as toilet paper or to simply cool yourself off on a warm, sunny day. The affordability of wet wipes alongside their practicality makes them perfect for any kind of traveling.
Staying at a hotel, you’ll probably be given a set of free towels, but are you willing to risk how clean these are? If personal hygiene is important to you, having a personal towel is obviously a better option.
We hope that this brief rundown was useful to you and that you’ve learned something new today on traveling light. Make sure you are staying safe in these times we are all going through and have a good one, guys!
Bio: Norma Spencer is a writer with a Ph.D. in Business Administration (Management). At the moment of writing this bio, Norma is in Germany, planning to spend at least a few more years in Europe in the coming years.