First Aid Items and Extra Medications
You never know if/when you’ll pass a pharmacy during your travels, especially if you’re traveling to more remote destinations. I always pack prescriptions as well as common over-the-counter vitamins and medicines that I may take from time to time. Some countries may not have the same types of medicines you’re used to, and the language barrier will not make it any easier to find the exact pills you need. I highly recommend you play it safe and bring your own with you!
Comfortable Walking Shoes
This one is hands down non-negotiable for me when traveling solo. I definitely opt for comfort over style, though there are plenty of comfortable walking shoes that do both. As soon as I step off of the plane, I don’t stop. I spend hours upon hours exploring cities by walking, biking, or some other form of physical activity. I absolutely love the outdoors and always want to explore as many areas as possible on my solo trips. Trust me; your feet will thank you after a long day out on the town!
Packing the right clothes is arguably the biggest struggle for solo travelers. Overpacking can be a problem when you’re traveling along as you’re the one carrying everything from place to place. The best way to be practical is to pack wardrobe staples that can be repeated (without necessarily being noticeable in your beautiful photos). I also love to pack in outfits, so it takes the guesswork out of what to wear when I arrive. Like with your sneakers, comfortability is key!
This is one of my secret suitcase ingredients for solo traveling. Did you know silk scarves are actually considered an excellent natural remedy to protect you from a sore throat?! Honestly, I won’t travel anywhere without these accessories, regardless of the season or destination. They provide a simple way to elevate your outfits while also protecting you from the AC or other changes in wind/temperature while traveling. (If you happen to be feeling under the weather while traveling, brew some sage tea and use it for gargling or drinking.) These scarves are incredibly practical and they take up minimal room in your luggage! You can see me sporting one in both the featured image and the Alps image above.
Nonperishable, Simple Snacks
Last but not least is some travel sustenance. I personally always carry nuts with me on my trips. I highly recommend you pack some nonperishable, simple snacks to give you a quick boost during the day. It helps alleviate any feelings of low sugar when you’re busy off exploring and helps hold you over until your next meal. Carrying a nonperishable snack with you means you won’t be forced to continuously stop for nourishment along the way.