Traveling by yourself is not as scary as it used to be. The world is getting more and more connected so it is easier to contact family, friends, and relatives of your whereabouts.
In most cases, traveling by yourself is almost no different than traveling with other people, however, you do have more freedom to do the things you want to do.
As long as you have your phone, internet connection, and the traveling essentials, you should be all set. However, here are a few things to bring with you.
Clothes Suited For The Environment
This is pretty obvious. Don’t bring clothes that will only add to your luggage weight. Bring clothes that you will actually end up wearing. People tend to overthink things and bring a lot of unnecessary things “just in case”, but the “just in case” usually never ends up happening.
If you want to stay clean and well-groomed, then please bring some hygiene essentials with you. It’s better to bring travel-sized toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion etc because you might end up having them confiscated when boarding a flight.
Unless you want to put your hygiene essentials in your luggage and can go on a few hours without brushing your teeth nor cleaning yourself, then pick fun-sized items.
Portable Battery Charger
One problem with phone batteries nowadays is that they run out very quickly. Only after a few hours of use, most phones need to be charged.
Sometimes I turn the airplane mode on when I am traveling, which conserves battery significantly.
However, even then, if you are traveling to non-developed countries or remote villages, you won’t find outlets as easily as you would in more developed countries. So it is wise to bring a power bank with you.
While you should conserve your battery for your travel needs the best to your possibility, a power bank can be a lifesaver in a lot of situations.
Always have a handy power adapter and converter on hand, especially if you will be traveling to many different countries. Countries usually have their own standard power-outlet and sometimes yours won’t be the appropriate one.
If you are not careful about voltage, you can actually end up frying your electronics. You might think that you could probably find power adapters at the country you are visiting, but surprisingly, you don’t find it that easily.
The ones that are being sold at airports and stations usually are overpriced, so instead buy it beforehand and avoid the hassle later.
Buy A Local SIM Card
While this is not something that you pack, once you arrive at your destination, you should get a local SIM card. Usually, it’s not that expensive, and you can get internet data without having to rely on WIFI all the time.
Applications You Must Install
Now that we’ve covered what you should pack, here are a few applications you MUST install if you want to enjoy your trip and save money.
If you want to find cool events happening around you and would like to meet locals, couchsurfing is a great application that brings people together.
Don’t get lost when you don’t have internet. On Maps ME you can download most cities/places on your phone. Even when you are offline, you can get GPS tracking and know where you are.
Depending on which country you visit, the locals might prefer to use a particular IM application for communication. Instead of being left out, it’s better to adapt.
While Facebook Groups are not necessarily an application, you should join Expat groups, or groups that are open to foreigners and travelers. You can find great resource and tips in those groups!
Just search City + traveler or expats etc.
Last update on 2019-08-22 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API