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Solo female travel packing list
Solo female travel packing list

Ultimate Female Solo Travel Packing List for Any Destination

What to pack for solo travel? From best luggage to safety gadgets for female travelers and solo travel gear…this solo trip packing list accompanies me on all my adventures and are essentials for a safe and fun trip.

In this ultimate packing guide for solo travelers, we’ll cover everything you need to make your journey unforgettable. From choosing the right backpack to packing versatile clothing items, we’ll provide you with practical tips and suggestions.  My goal is to help you travel light without compromising on comfort and style.

I’ll also recommend must-have accessories to keep you organized and prepared for any situation.

This list contains affiliate links. If you click on an item and purchase it through Amazon I’ll get a small commission! These small commissions help keep me on the road, blogging and making more videos! I’m grateful for your GRRR support .

Best Luggage & Packing Solutions

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Eagle Creek Doubleback22 3-in-1 Carry-on Luggage

Love this carryon backpack convertible. Unfortunately, they discontinued it. The Eagle Creek Expanse 21″ and the Eagle Creek Gear Warrior 22.  Read my review. Helps me downsize my packing. Highly recommended.

best Wheeled Backpacks
Hynes Eagle 42L Rolling Backpack Wheeled Backpack

Hynes Eagle 42L Wheeled Backpack

Carry-On compliant convertible wheeled backpack with a laptop sleeve and business organizer section. Comes with wheel covers to protect wheels when in transit. Read more in Best Wheeled Backpacks for Solo Travel

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North Face Terra 45 Backpack 

Best bag for young backpackers. Several easy-access pockets to store things in the front, top and sides. Ergonomic: its back + hip support is ideal.

Ameribag Classic Healthy Back bag
Ameribag Classic Healthy Back bag

Great ant-theft sling expandable bag with multiple hidden pockets. Read my 11 Top Antitheft Bags for Solo Travelers

TSA Clear Makeup BagTSA Approved Toiletry Bag - Clear Makeup Bag WaterproofTSA Toiletries Clear Makeup Bag I use this for my electronics. Allows you to see all the contents of the bag.

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Eagle Creek Packing Cubes (3pk)

While i’ll always love my Super Saver bags, but I’ve fallen for packing cubes.  They make organizing easy.

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TravelOn Mesh Pouches (3pk)

I carry a lot of chargers, batteries and cables, so I need pouches to organize ’em.  See-through mesh pouches are great.  

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Spacesaver space saver bags

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SpaceSaver Premium Storage bags (2Sm,2M, 2L)

Space Saver bags are the air tight solution to packing and size reduction.  I use medium to small sizes and medium to large for bulky winter clothes.

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Flip and Tumble Bag

Possibly the best self-eating, flexy, reusable bags I’ve gotten! The fabric is flexible (not cheap). Perfect for toiletries and tucking in your daypack for emergencies.

Quick In-flight Essentials (Short List)

See my complete in-flight list for long flights.

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portable chargers for iphone 5000mah

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Portable Chargers for iPhone, 5000mAh

AVOID overheating your phone when charging. Fast charging.

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multiplug adapters nepal 2

Multiport Charger: USB C Wall Charger, Aioneus 40W 4-Port

Charges multiple devices requiring USB-C and USB. It even charges my Macbook Air!

manta sleep mask for travel

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Manta Sleep Maskir?source=bk&t=grrrltraveler 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4b08f734955a1d666005a108dd7580dc& cb=1504243899550

Have difficulty sleeping on planes, trains and hostels? This mask is ah-mazing! It blocks out light and is so snuggle, it gives me the deepest most relaxed sleep!

Related Posts

Safety Essentials for Female Travelers

What to pack for female solo travel for feminine health and safety?

A post that is a definite MUST is Tips on haw to Avoid Travel Theft & Street Smart Safety tips for Female TRavelers

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Movon Money Belt RFID-blocking

I don’t like wearing money belts but I always take one to store important travel docs.

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10%off if you buy from my link in 30 days. I have Clever Travel Companion tank top and underwear.  My fave -the tank top has a hidden pocket to store belongings. It operates a bit like a fanny pack. My review.

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The Clever Travel Companion

10%off if you buy from my link in 30 days. I have Clever Travel Companion tank top and underwear.  My fave -the tank top has a hidden pocket to store belongings. It operates a bit like a fanny pack. My review.


Banjees Wrist Wallets

You’ll see me wearing these in my videos. Stash my money and credit cards on my wrist for quick access to them. My fave is this 2-pocket reversible design. Review here.

 Read 21 Ways to Outsmart Pickpockets

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guard dog doorstop

Guard Dog Security Doorstop

I take a backup doorstop with me in the case I feel like my hotel is shady and I want to sleep with peace of mind. Haven’t had to use it much thankfully. I have a simple doorstop; this is for the traveler who wants extra security.

Read Tips for Staying in Hotels

As a female solo traveler, safety is not something I wish for or expect to be provided by a foreign destination.
It is something I create.

Health Essentials for Solo Travel Women

kn95 color assorted masksKN95 Protective Face Cover Mask, Multi Color

KN95 face masks are the best protection from COVID. The shape allows for more comfortable breathability and airflow.

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Made in Japan, this is one of my favorite hypoallergenic face masks. It is comfortable but secure and breathable. The masks allow you to breathe while working out and help prevent dust or allergen inhalation. This is not proven to protect you against COVID.

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Period panties

Thinkx period panties (hiphugger style)

Absorbs 5 tampons worth.

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AmazFit Bip 3

AmazFit Bip 3 is the cheap AppleWatch and  FitBit alternative under $60.  Swim-proof watch fitness band & tracks everything from steps, heart rate, calories and sleeping patterns.  It’s a sorta generic brand but it does a great job!

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This is a second face stick- I pack this in my daily bag.

Bare Republic SPF50 sunscreen facial stick
Bare Republic SPF50 sunscreen face stick

ir?source=bk&t=grrrltraveler 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=4b08f734955a1d666005a108dd7580dc& cb=1504243899550Coral safe. Zinc goes on a bit thick; but I rub it in.

Faceshop waterproof bb creamFaceshop FaceIt Waterproof BB cream.

Feels like water going on, but smooth. SPF 50 and durable foundation. Sustains the sweatiest of beach and travel days.

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Nature’s Way Chlorofresh

Chlorophyll is an Internal deodorant. It’s said to help with high altitude sickness.

Travel Insurance


I always buy trip insurance. As an adventurous female traveling alone, trip insurance allows me to explore activities and excursions freely, spontaneously, while also offering me protection over theft of my travel vlogging equipment.

Read 4 affordable trip insurance options for American adventurers

travel master insurance how to find the best travel insurance providers for budget Travel Insurance Master Find trip insurance that matches your budget and trip needs. Read more

World Nomads travel insurance offers affordable travel insurance rates (especially for Americans, who pay a premium for coverage).   Cover sports most things and theft. Read moreGet a quote.

Allianz Travel Insurance Inexpensive travel insurance for regular and business travelers. Standard insurance. I got an annual plan for $129.

SafetyWing Nomad Insurance is highly affordable and flexible travel insurance with COVID-19 coverage in 180 countries. They also offer  Remote Health Insurance to cover remote workers in live abroad situations.. Read more.

Solo Essentials Gear for Outdoor Adventure

What to Pack for Solo Travel for Outdoor Adventures & Developing Countries

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Sea to Summit Silk Linerir?source=bk&t=grrrltraveler 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=62f2eecd05f857a67e931b116f0b48ff& cb=1485417795957

A silk liner is the best travel sheet. It’s lightweight, but keeps you warm & protected from bedbugs. One liner has lasted me over 10 years+.  Highly recommended.

murphy naturals mosquito repellentir?t=gt0d8 20&language=en US&l=li3&o=1&a=B0725YN6FPir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B001ANQVYUMurphy’s Naturals Mosquito Repellent Balm | Plant Based | DEET Free | Travel/Pocket Size | 0.75 oz

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Never used a squat toilet but fear accidentally peeing on yourself? A female urinary device is “training wheels”.   My review here.

telescopic retractable stoolTelescopic collapsible retractable stool

Opens to a stool, retracts into a disk with a carrying strap! Great if you need to sit down to rest after walking a lot.

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ir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B001ANQVYUSawyers Permethrin Travel doctor recommended, it is a super strong (and toxic) insect and bed bug repellant you spray onto your bag and clothes and let set. It’s meant to treat items before you take them on the road.

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Melaleuca solumel

I always bring a small bottle of undiluted Solumel to spritz on my hotel bed. Melaleuca is Tea Tree Oil, a powerful natural anti-bacterial. It’s a cleaner, disinfectant and deodorizer. Read my post on bed bug prevention..

manduka super light yoga mat
  Manduka EXO Lite travel yoga mat

Manduka is a great no-slip yoga mats. Lighter than its standard weight, you can pack this in your luggage to take it on the go!

Waterproof travel pouch

TravelOn Waterproof Pouch

Protects mobile devices from the elements. Submerge it 65ft or 20M deep. Con: Submerged in water, mobile touch capabilities can feel wonky. I use it as a beach buddy pouch.

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SteriPEN Freedom Solar Bundle

SteriPEN is recommended for water purification in countries with unsafe water. It has a built-in flashlight, discharges a 40 second UV light to purify contaminated water and more.  Read my review.

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Lifestraw Water Purfier

I’ve seen videos where people tested the Lifestraw water purification/ filtration device by drinking their vomit and pee. That’s extreme but you get the point. This can handle the hardcore.

Now lemongrass oil

ir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B000MGSJBYNow Lemongrass Oil 

The citrus scent of lemongrass gives me a zing, it refreshes the air, doubles as a light perfume  and it repels mosquitoes.  It’s also an antiseptic. Always carry it in my daypack.

DevaCurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser (1.5 oz).

Dry shampoo is a brilliant invention. When there’s no water to wash your hair.


Anker 10,000mAh portable charger One of the worst feelings is when your phone dies on you, but an Anker 10,000mAh portable charger will last you a long-distance flight.

MyCharge Hub Mini Portable Charger 3000mAh  Charges like lightning. Lipstick size, a little bigger than most but the fold out cords, make me love it. Read my review

Universal Travel Adapter with 4-Port USB This Travel Adapter has four USB adapters spaced apart and a Smart IC device, gauging battery charge so it doesn’t over-charge. The smartest travel adapter!

Belkin 6-Outlet Power Strip Surge e protector  The 6 outlet power strip surge protector is perfect for charging all my devices. These days, finding a power strip with USB hubs is my next target. 6 foot cord is an ideal length.

Travel Footwear for Comfort

I do a *lot* of walking when filming episodes for my YouTube Channel and I have plantar fasciitus. I need footwear which is not too soft and cushiony but provides relief.

Havianas Flip Flops
Havianas Slim Flip Flops

Not for long hours on my feet but the rubber has firm bounce and i pack it for leisure walks and hotels/hostels.

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Hoka Women’s Arahi 5

Ergonomically supportive and stabilizing for over-pronation. It’s been helpful for my Plantar Fasciitus. The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance recognizes products that have been found beneficial to foot health.

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OOFOS OOriginal Sandal

Podiatrist recommended for my plantar fasciitus, the Oofos sandal footbed cradles and supports arches to reduce energy exertion in the ankles. So walking is easier. Recovery is faster. Many TV crew have also recommended this to me. It takes a bit getting used to but the rubber is soft and flexible.

GRRRLTRAVELER Original Flip-Flops Blk
GRRRLTRAVELER Original Flip-Flops Blk

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Get my Original GRRRLTRAVELER super firm but rubbery flip flops. Light-weight, flexible and packable for any trip! See my special merch shop for more options

sun bum facestickSmartwool Women’s Cable II Socks

70% Merino wool, 29% nylon, 1% elastene. Didn’t want to promote this as it uses animal products, but it’s the best in cold locations & winter climates.

merino wool ankle socksWANDER Merino Wool Socks

Best in all climates. Odor resistant. Needs less washing than normal socks.

Travel Clothing for Female Travelers

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Best convertible travel pants

ir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li1&o=1&a=B010E5JAWYNorth Face Paramount 2.0 Convertible Pants 

All purpose pants I take on every trip. Converts from long pants, into shorts and cargo pants. Durable and tough but still feels good aganst your skin.

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Kissonic Baggy Jumper with pocket

Comfortable, loose and lightweight.

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unbound merino wool travel dress
unbound merino wool travel dress

Unbound Merino black dress 

Unbound Merino 100% wool travel apparel. Classy, moisture-wicking, suuuuper soft, the apparel does not take on body odor. They are known to take many wears before washing so you can take it on a trip and not worry about having to wash it religiously. The Unbound Merino tshirt and Unbound Merino black dress is my favorite due to the classy and slimming.

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Yoga Pants with side pockets

Comfortable and soft yoga pants, which feels like skin. Not see through. Side pockets hold a cellphone and secret waist pocket is enough to hold money and keys

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best beachwear for travel

SOMI wear bikini-workout-underwear

Ecofriendly, sustainable, comfy… the SOMI wear is a bikini-workout-underwear all in one.

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unbound merino tshirt women review

Unbound Merino 100% wool travel apparel. Classy, moisture-wicking, suuuuper soft, the apparel does not take on body odor. They take many wears before washing. The Unbound Merino tshirt ais my favorite due to the classy and slimming. Read my review

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Packable Lightweight Hooded Long Raincoat 

Windproof, Waterproof & Breathable Raincoat with hood, button and zipper front designed can keep you dry and warm in rainy, snowy or windy day, very good water-resistance easy to quick-drying. Quite fashionable and lightweight to pack in a day pack.

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Pashmina Scarf Wrap 70″x27″

My all-time fave multi-purpose fashion accessory and travel must! I got my green pashmina for $5 from a New York street vendor. Pashmina scarves are fairly soft, cozy and long.ir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B01H64EOTU

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rash guard best reef safe sunscreen for hawaii mexico

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Columbia Women's PFG Bahama II UPF 30 Long Sleeve Fishing
Columbia Women’s PFG Bahama II UPF 30 Long Sleeve

Columbia Womens Womens Tamiami II Long Sleeve Shirt

Light-weight, long sleeve fishing shirt features two handy chest pockets, UPF 40 for sun protection. Air vent on the back

ballet legwarmersir?t=grrrltraveler 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B000NTBNVIBody Wrappers 27″ Acrylic Legwarmers

My ballet legwarmers have been with me forever. They’re originally made for ballet warmups; so they’re soft and long. I pack them on every trip. Ideal for planes, trains and air-conditioned buses. They provide that add-on layer of warmth,.

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Spray your wrinkles away- it actually works! Great for business and lazy travelers. I did a hands on video review here.

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Internet & Communication

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Packing Lists

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