While travelling alone can seem like an unnerving and unsettling prospect, many who take solo trips consider it an exciting prospect. It is an opportunity to indulge, without having to take into account the needs of others. Once you get over the anxiety of travelling alone, you can look forward to discovering new places in your own time, meeting new friends and embracing the experience. But first, there are certain things you have to pack before you travel. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency shares essential things to pack when you travel solo.
Whether you’re travelling between destinations or simply seeking out a local market, it’s worthy to invest in a money belt. So, you should get a lightweight option with multiple pockets in order to organise your passport, currency and phone and keep anything that holds no real value in your bag. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Dry bags are often used in kayaking, canoeing and other outdoor activities where you can keep sensitive items like electronics. To ensure you’re not missing out on all the fun, purchase a dry bag.
This may seem like an obvious one – after all, who goes anywhere without their phone nowadays? But it’s an essential one too, not only for contacting friends and family members but also for photos and music. And don’t forget your charger and plug adaptor!
When travelling alone, part of the fun is exploring and experiencing new places; but it’s also a good idea to get a quality guidebook that can help you along the way. A good example of a guidebook is LonelyPlanet.
There are moments during your trip you will feel lonely. This is where your reading materials come handy. So, do not forget to pack your favourite book or reading material.
Since you are travelling alone, it is important not only to keep yourself safe but your belongings safe too. Get a foolproof, ultra-secure padlock or even a cable lock. If you use one that requires a combination, make the code memorable and never share it with anyone else.
Adeniyi Ogunfowoke is a PR associate at Jumia Travels.