Doing things alone can be immensely therapeutic. Or it could present a peculiar set of challenges that might leave you in a tizzy. Either way, and at the risk of sounding awfully cliché, solo travel does leave you bursting with confidence you didn't know you possessed. You're amazed at the sudden realisation that you can handle a lot more than you thought you could.
Having said that, solo travel can prove to be a bit daunting sometimes. Oddly, minor travel inconveniences that wouldn't otherwise bother you, seem to get amplified when you're travelling solo. So you want to make sure you're well-prepared for any distressing situations that may creep up on you when you're least expecting it, so that could potentially set you back on your journey. So travel light and pack smart!
Here are 10 things you need to carry with you for a successful journey, when travelling solo:
This amazingly handy water-resistant bag, with a front exterior small zip pocket for secure and quick access, provides the ultimate protection for valuables. The Velcro closure on the front flap makes opening the bag in a hurry an easy task. Other than the main compartment, there's a section for your laptop, two pen holders, three card holders and a well-protected and padded compartment for electronic equipment. This is for those busy ones who work while they're travelling!
Believe it or not, every traveller out there needs this! If you happen to carry an extra pair of shoes and don't want the dirt and grime on your shoes rubbing off on other items in your backpack, you must learn to compartmentalise. That's where the lightweight Demoda multipurpose drawstring bags come into the picture. This convenient and durable travel accessory doesn't just save space but is reusable, thus, easy on the pocket!
These awesome lightweight and compact aluminised blankets are waterproof and weatherproof, and can be used for ground cover and to provide shade in case you find yourself in a difficult situation. Every survival blanket is individually folded, wrapped and sealed, and can provide warmth and protection by retaining/reflecting up to 90% of the user's body heat.
Cost: ₹344 to ₹1,149
I think all travellers out there can agree with the fact that travel is impossible if you don't constantly hydrate yourself. Although buying mineral water is an option, it may not be available in the remotest of places and probably isn't the most financially-sound idea either. Resolving this dilemma is the Lifestraw personal portable water purifier, that filters up to 1,000 litres of water and guarantees to remove 99.99 percent of waterborne bacteria. This durable water purifier is especially designed for harsh conditions and has a shelf life of about five years.
As the name suggests, this 'Versatyl' multi purpose jacket is a must for every traveller's wardrobe. With 19 pockets and 29 other cool features, here is a wrinkle-free and water-resistant product for all solo travellers out there who don't want to deal with the annoyance of holding on to a hundred bags while they're on the road. The clever and abundant storage is convenient for carrying almost anything under the sun.
This could be the perfect storage for all your electronics. The lightweight, water-resistant nylon fabric has fully taped and sealed seams to ensure safety and protection for your valuables. The two side release buckles hold everything together. This bag is ideal for keeping you outdoor kit safe and organised in wet environments.
Cost: ₹899 to ₹1,199
Strap this around your waist and keep your cash, receipts and important documents secure and organised. The bag uses the radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to protect you against unwanted cyber fraud. The waist strap is cushioned, providing comfort, and can be adjusted in length to give you the perfect fit. Also referred to as a fanny pack or bumbag, this pouch has two zippered compartments that come with inner pockets, that will help you organise documents, your passport and other currencies more efficiently.
This one goes out to all the outdoorsy ladies out there! I think most of us can relate to the absolute horror of squatting over unsanitary toilets, or even worse, holding it in till we find a clean loo. Well worry not, cause this revolutionary funnel takes care of that dilemma. Made with soft flexible silicone, this product helps you pee standing and thus, avoid any physical contact with unhygienic surfaces. Ideal for travelling, hiking, walking, running, mountaineering, camping, biking and other outdoor activities.
This high power headlamp, especially designed for all the adventurers out there, is an excellent travel companion. It is an all weather headlamp, so it promises to stay intact through hail or storm. Comes with a super simple on/off button, it's easy to throw on while trekking or hiking in the dark. The energy-efficient LED bulbs ensure there's sufficient light that'll last you a long time.
Last but definitely not the least, this is a must-have for every traveller out there. Use this simple yet durable device to capture stunning videos and photos in single, burst and time lapse modes. When the display is dry, play around with it and you'll be pleasantly surprised. Now you can preview shots, change settings and edit footage right on your GoPro device. And if you want completely hands-free control of your device, use simple voice commands. The HERO5 Black can automatically upload photos and videos directly to the cloud, so you can access, edit and share them anywhere on your phone. It doesn't get more convenient than this!
Go here if you want to add to the list of essentials a traveller needs on a solo trip.