Five Must-Have Safety Items For Solo Female Travel:
These are my top-five, must-have, never-leave-home-without safety items for solo female travel. I would actually recommend these things for all travelers. Men, women, traveling alone or with friends. You never know what could happen and you always want to be prepared for the worst. So when you’re out on the road make sure you have these things with you.
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When I travel I carry a small personal alarm with me. It’s a tiny little thing but when set off it starts blaring a loud noise that will hopefully scare off an attacker and alert those around you that you need help. You can take personal alarms on the plane with you, keep it in your carry-on, have it clipped to your purse, wherever you go, you can feel a bit more secure having an extra layer of protection in easy reach.
If you’re staying in a hostel then having a padlock is a must. Most hostels will provide their guests with lockers but they likely won’t have a padlock to go with it. Or if they do, it’s for a price. You don’t want to come back from a day of sightseeing and find out someone helped themselves to your things before leaving and hopping on a plane to another country. Padlock it up and keep your belongings safe.
My steel cable has saved my life so many times…okay, not really saved my life…but it has made traveling so much easier. As a solo traveler, I often don’t have someone I can trust to watch my things for me to prevent it from being snatched. This is where the cable comes in.
You can use the cable to secure your bag to train luggage racks so that swiping swipers don’t make off with them. You could secure your things to a pole when you’re on a ferry or at the beach. Or you could lock your luggage to a seat at the airport. I also use mine to secure my backpack to the bed when I’m staying in a hostel. Sometimes your pack will be too big to fit in the locker so it’s good to have another way to protect your things.
This is for the solo female travelers that prefer hotels or private rooms over dorms. This little bit of rubber will prevent someone from coming into your room while you’re inside alone or sleeping. You can even buy a door stopper with an alarm if you want that added bit of security. It will alert you that someone is trying to get in and hopefully scare that person off.
I love my Travelon Anti-Theft Bag. It gives me such piece of mind when I travel. The bag is equipped with many theft-preventing tricks. The straps have a steel cable inside to prevent thieves from cutting the strap and running off with the bag. There is also wire mesh inside the lining to stop people from slashing the bottom of the bag and taking whatever spills out. There are clips to secure your zippers so the more sly pickpockets can’t slip their hands inside your bag while you’re distracted. The bag even has RFID blocking card slots. I have run into many travelers who have had their things stolen and no one wants to be in those shoes.
Stay Safe, Ladies
There you have it! These are some of the ways I protect myself and my belongings when I’m traveling alone. For more safety tips, read this article on safe solo female travel and if you’re looking for the best places to travel solo as a woman then this article is for you!
Good luck and happy travels!