Last Updated on August 1, 2021 by Christine Kaaloa

My Essential Packing List for Solo Travel

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.

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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″ is its replacement along with the Load Warrior 22.  Read my review. Helps me downsize my packing. Highly recommended.

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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.

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Apecase Envoy Bag

Camera bag/purse. Totes my DSLR’+ one lens + point-n-shoot camera+ iphone.  My go to bag when I want to be girly.

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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 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.

Health & Safety Gear for Female Travelers

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

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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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The Clever Travel Companion

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 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

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 FitBit Charge 3 is a swim-proof watch fitness band & tracks everything from steps, heart rate, calories and sleeping patterns (it records REM, light & deep cycles). It vibrates to let me know when it’s time to start moving! I used to have the FitBit Charge 2 and the main differences are that it is now waterproof, has better screen real estate, more notifications

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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 more.

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Colds Suck Probiotics by Love Bug Probiotics boosts your immunity while also helping build a healthy gut.

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31 Solo Travel Safety Tips for Solo Female Travelers + Solo Experts

There’s been headlines in the news about women encountering danger abroad. In Delhi last December, a nation was awakened when a local physiognamy intern accidentally boarded a private bus with a friend and was raped by six men. Even more recently, the body of 33-year old Sarai Sierra was found in Turkey after she had gone missing for two weeks.

It’s made the public and media becry – Is it safe for women to travel alone?

Travel Clothing for Female Travelers

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Best convertible travel pants

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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.

GRRRLTRAVELER Original Flip-Flops Blk

GRRRLTRAVELER Original Flip-Flops Blk

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Get my Original GRRRLTRAVELER super soft flip flops. Light-weight and packable for any trip! See my merch shop for more options

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Havianas flip flops 

Havianas is one of my main footwear choices, for hostels, hotels, temple hopping in Asia and just strolling around.  Being from Hawaii, I know flip-flops.  Havianas are top notch.  (Read why I like it )

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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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New Balance  515 running sneakers

My New Balance running shoes -574 and 501- have lasted for years. I use them for travel and television crew work. It blends with most styles, casts a sleek, long look and good for my feet (I have high arches).

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Smartwool 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.

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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

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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 20&l=li2&o=1&a=B01H64EOTU

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Lewis N Clark’s Wrinkle Whiz

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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May the GRRR be with you.

Solo Travel Gear for Outdoor/Adventure

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 treatment 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..

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ir?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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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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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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  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!

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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.

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Sun Bum Reef-Safe Face Stick (I pack this in my daily bag)

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Travel Insurance & VPNs

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One of the best and most affordable VPN solutions for travelers. Use my referral code: grrrltraveler to get 70% off 3-year plan + 1 month free

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protects my laptop over public WiFi. Easy to use. Offers fast and fairly consistent internet connections, even in China.

Read Reasons you need a VPN.


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World Nomads travel insurance
Affordable travel insurance, especially for U.S. adventurers.  Covers more things than most insurances. I’ve used WN for a lot of my short trips up to 3 months. Read more

Skin Care & Beauty for Female Travelers

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I have freckles which grow into sunspots; I always pack a facial sunscreen stick. Bare Republic is all natural, eco-friendly & coral safe. The zinc protection is a bit thick; so I rub it in.

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DevaCurl No-Poo Quick Cleanser (1.5 oz).

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

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Now 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.

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


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Xtreme Cable Solar External battery charger

I have several external chargers and I pack them all.  My fave is the solar charger from my SteriPEN Freedom Solar Bundle.   Additionally, Xtreme Solar Bankir?source=bk&t=grrrltraveler 20&bm id=default&l=ktl&linkId=80136d38078dc92db0276ea90a6f5b07& cb=1484101802882 is 5000 mah waterproof, dustproof, charges two devices at once.

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MyCharge Hub Mini Portable Charger 3000mAh 

This portable charger charges like lightning. Lipstick size, a little bigger than most but the fold out cords, make me love it.

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Travel Inspira Universal Travel Adapter with 4 USB

This Universal 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!

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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.

Packing Lists

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