A girl has got to be prepared! As a female traveler there are a few must have items that I always pack, no matter where I’m headed. I try to travel with just a carry on backpack whenever possible as it gives me more flexibility to move around and allows me to get out of the airport a lot quicker. In order to keep to my carry on only rule, there are a few key items I travel with!
Packing cubes are the best way to organize your luggage and I never travel without them. They let you split your stuff up into underwear, tops and bottoms so you can quickly grab exactly what you need. It also helps you pack lighter which is great when traveling carry on only.
Portable Luggage Scale
Baggage weight restrictions are the bane of my existence. I try to pack light and only use a carry on backpack. When traveling internationally this means limiting it’s weight to 22 lbs or 10kg. In order to keep my luggage under the weight limit, I travel with a portable luggage scale. It takes up almost no space or weight and allows me to keep an eye on how much my pack weighs as I travel and pick up souvenirs.
Personal Safety Alarm
A personal safety alarm is great for peace of mind when traveling solo as a woman. You can either go for something like a simple whistle or a louder alarm. Keep it on a keychain or attached to your purse. I’ve never had to use mine but it’s good to know it’s there just in case.
It took me a while to get onto the bandwagon with menstrual cups. I know lots of female travelers swear by them and now I know why. They are so convenient, packable and much less wasteful than tampons or pads. If you’re looking for a menstrual cup for beginners have a look at this post I wrote with lots of tips on how to use them too.
A sarong is one of the most useful items to pack for travel. They can be used in so many useful ways. A sarong is a great beach cover up but can also work as a towel or scarf. Here are some great ideas on how to tie a sarong a bunch of different ways. Roll it up and use it as a pillow on a bus or plane. If it’s a bit chilly use it as a blanket. You can use it to cover your legs or shoulders when visiting a church or temple. So many different uses!
What are some things you always travel with? Let us know in the comments?