Packing Tips for the Solo Traveler
Traveling alone is exciting and fun. However, packing for any trip
is generally not. Here are some tips to pack well, so that you will have
what you need, and your trip can run more smoothly.
Know What Is Available Where You Travel
Wherever your destination may be, check out beforehand what is
available as far as shopping goes. When you get there, you want to know
that you have access to everything you will need immediately, in case
you do not want to go out alone until you get comfortable with your
surroundings. Do your research and pack accordingly.
Make Room for Emergency Items
Although you will be carrying your luggage yourself, make room for
emergency items. Leave room for items such as a copy of your birth
certificate and passport, in case your originals get stolen. You don’t
want to end up alone in a different country without any proof of who you
are or where you came from.
Don’t Pack More Than You Can Carry at One Time
When you have a travel companion, you can get away with carrying more
since you have someone to sit by your luggage while you find a way to
haul it from Point A to Point B. When you are alone, never carry more
than you can load onto yourself at one time. Leaving half a pile of
luggage alone for even a few minutes can spell disaster and invite
Use a Backpack and Easily Carried Bags
Even if you pack light, the bags you pack your luggage into will make
a difference. Use a large backpack that is made especially for
backpacking, and smaller bags that fit onto your back and arms like a
Try on all your luggage before leaving on your trip to ensure that it
all fits comfortably for long periods of time without causing a
backache. Although you may feel silly doing so, take all your luggage on
a walk around the block several times to see how it feels.
Layers will come in handy when traveling alone. You won’t have a
companion to do things like leave the restaurant and head back to the
room to grab your jackets while you wait for a table, or lend you a
jacket when you are feeling chilly. Use layers to provide yourself with
an easy way to dress for all weather and situations.
Take Numerous Plastic Bags
Plastic bags are any traveler’s best friend. As a solo traveler, they
are even more useful. You can use extra plastic bags to store wet
bathing suits, dirty shoes, and garbage. You can fill them with
essentials when you are headed out for the day, or wear them on your
feet if an unexpected rainstorm comes along.
Keep a Copy of Important Numbers On You
Keep a copy of important phone numbers and contacts in your pocket or
elsewhere on you at all times. This will be beneficial in case of an
emergency where you may be incapacitated or otherwise unable to find
help for yourself. You don’t want to end up in a situation where your
family needs to be contacted, but there is no way for anyone to reach
Traveling solo may be one of the best experiences you ever have. The
way you pack will determine whether your focus ends up on your special
moments or on your aching back and lack of foresight. Use these packing
tips to prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.
Eco-Friendly Transport on Your Vacation
If you’re planning a trip and want to get there in the most
eco-friendly way, there are ways to do that. And once you get to your
destination, you can ensure that any traveling you do is eco-friendly as
well. You just need to do a little planning in advance to find the most
eco-friendly travel options.
1. Getting There
Planes, trains, and automobiles… Of these, planes are the worst, but
if you fly on an airline that has taken measures to reduce their carbon
footprint by eliminating excess waste and recycling as much as possible,
it will be better. Southwest is an airline you might want to consider
which has done a lot to reduce their carbon footprint.
When it comes to trains, this really isn’t a bad way to travel and
it’s not terrible on the environment. Plus it’s a very scenic way to
travel. If you are making a road trip and are driving, then consider
renting a hybrid vehicle if you don’t own one.
Look for hotels that use green programs. Also check the hotel’s
location and make sure there is plenty of public transportation nearby
that you can use to get to where you need to go. Once in your hotel,
notify them that you don’t need new towels every day. Turn lights off
when you leave the room and turn the thermostat up or down when you’re
not in the room to use less electricity.
3. Travel When You’re There
Even though you checked your hotel to see that it has public
transportation, also consider finding other ways to travel. Can you walk
to many places instead of needing to be driven there? How about renting
a bicycle for the week and traveling by bike instead? Finding
alternative ways to get to destinations and then using nature as much as
possible will really help you maintain your eco-friendly transportation
while on your vacation.
4. Leave It Cleaner Than When You Got There
While this isn’t about transportation, it’s always just good practice
to pick up trash when you see it. It can help balance out your carbon
footprint if you had trouble finding the most eco-friendly ways of
Support local efforts at eco-friendly by making donations or even
volunteering some time while you’re there. Also shop at local farms
while you’re there instead of the grocery store. You’ll get to try out
local produce. You might need to be careful with what you do if you’re
out of the country, though. Check with your hotel to see what local
produce shops you can go to; they should be able to point you in the
Staycations are also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint by
exploring things right in your own area and being in nature. Travel
definitely takes its toll on the environment, but if you do choose to go
away, you can still reduce your carbon footprint when you travel.
Safety Considerations When Traveling Alone
Traveling alone can be one of the most exciting and enlightening
times of your life. There are things you must consider, however, when
you take this brave step. Take the following into consideration when
planning your trip for one.
Always Keep in Touch with a Close Friend
Even though you are traveling alone, you shouldn’t be the only one
who knows about your daily plans. Check in regularly with a friend or
family member at home who could set the proverbial alarm bell if you
fail to call at a certain time. Always let the designated safety checker
know where you are going, and with whom.
If you are being accompanied by a new friend, it is even better to
include a photo of the individual when you relay your whereabouts to
your friend at home. This is where the infamous “group selfie” comes in
Don’t Be Distracted
There are many things to look at when you are traveling. Don’t let
the glamour of a new place make you forget your cautious side, though.
Stay focused on where you are going and who is around you.
Don’t Become Intoxicated
When you travel solo, it is not the right time to get intoxicated.
Don’t have more than one or two drinks, and don’t even consider taking
any illegal substances. This has led many a solo traveler into a
situation where they are taken advantage of.
Plan for Disaster
Before you go on your trip, brainstorm the possibility of everything
that could go wrong. Think about what you would do if your credit card
was stolen, or your passport. Have a second copy of important documents
in a separate place from the originals in case the originals are lost or
stolen. Have a list of emergency numbers, as well as the phone number
for your country’s embassy. Take more money than you think you will
need, in case of any emergencies.
Know Key Phrases in the Local Language
Even if the country you are visiting has many English speakers, it is
not likely that absolutely everyone knows English. Always assume that
you will need to know at least key words and phrases in the country’s
main language. Learn phrases such as, “Where is the nearest telephone”,
“I need help” and “Do you speak English?” Because you are traveling
alone, it is especially important to be able to communicate with those
around you, in order to escape potentially bad situations.
Know the Culture
Be aware of the customs and culture of the country you are visiting.
Every part of the world has different rules about what is acceptable and
what is not. Things that you may never question in North America may be
considered offensive or even a crime in other countries.
Simple things like chewing gum in public and having certain body
parts uncovered can be a big mistake, depending on where you are
visiting. If you don’t want to risk offending those who live in the
country you are traveling in, or perhaps even be imprisoned… study the
culture of the country you are traveling to and do your best to fit in
and obey the rules.
Traveling solo is an adventure and a great joy to many individuals.
Be prepared, and don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the excitement
without knowing what do to in an emergency situation. Consider the
details of your safety so that your travels can more likely be free of
any major complications.