Travel Essentials For First-Time Solo Travel

While you’re waiting ever so patiently for flight day, the excitement for your first solo trip builds and you get lost in doing all you pre-trip travel tasks. Most of the time, you’ll be making lists, checking them again and then making new lists. And, of course, you’ll likely need to purchase of few travel essentials before you take off.

Before you hit the mall and go on a spending spree, remember that when you’re traveling solo, you’re going to want to travel as light as possible. Other than the clothing that you plan on wearing, you’re going to have to think long and hard about what other items to pack into your backpack.

This isn’t always easy. And, that’s why we’ve come up with this list to help you prepare for your first solo trip. Keep reading to find out what gear is recommended for your trip that won’t weigh you down more than necessary.


  • Lightweight Travel Camera

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It’s no secret, you’re going to be snapping hundreds of photos while you’re on your trip. If you’re traveling solo, a good lightweight travel camera is ideal because it won’t weigh you down and you’ll stick be able to take snapshots and eternalized all your favorite memories. It doesn’t matter if its mirrorless or a sturdy point-and-shoot camera, just find one that produces high-quality images and has a long-lasting battery.

Check out the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS on Amazon.

  • The Solo Traveler’s Selfie Stick

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Traveling alone comes with one downfall: You don’t have anyone with you to take pictures of you in your favorite places. By using a sturdy and lightweight selfie stick, you’ll be able to catch all the most candid moments of your trip with ease. Furthermore, you won’t have to ask strangers to take pictures of you which leaves you with a little bit more peace of mind.

Check out MPow Selfie Stick on Amazon.

  • Universal Travel Adapter

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Remember that different countries have different types of power sockets and outlets and chances are your phone’s charger isn’t going to fit. Be sure to bring a universal travel adapter with you which will save you the hassle of needing to rent one from a hostel or buy one by cutting into your daily travel budget. It’s much better to be prepared instead of having to waste time and money trying to find an alternative.

Check out PowerJC universal travel adapter on Amazon.

  • Durable and Lightweight Backpack

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When you’re traveling solo, a sturdy, functional and lightweight backpack is your best friend. Before choosing any particular backpack, make sure to take several factors into consideration such as size (not too big, not too small), storage capacity and its weight. Buying the wrong backpack can add unwanted weight and can be hard on your legs, hips, back, and shoulders.

Check out this Osprey Farpoint 80L backpack on Amazon.


  • Secure Padlocks

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Although most hostels offer lockers and will rent you a lock if you’re in need. It’s always a good idea to bring one or two travel locks just in case of emergencies. You can buy a variety of different lock sizes and can use them to lock your locker in a hostel or the zippers on your backpack.

Check out this 8 Pack of TSA approved travel locks on Amazon.

By remembering to pack these five items, you’ll already be on your way to enjoying your very first solo trip without having worries constantly nagging at the back of your mind.

For more tips on packing and what to bring be sure to check out Backpacking tips and tricks by Wandering Minds


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Timberland Jay Peak 32″ Wheeled Duffle Review

Travelers know the importance of a good piece of luggage. Those who fly know that a their bag has to hold all of their personal items, as well as meeting all of the airline’s requirements.

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The Timberland Jay Peak 32″ Wheeled Duffle has the versatility of a traditional duffle bag (carry straps) or the adaptability of unlocking the handle and using the wheeled trolley system.

Inside the bag, there is more than enough room to hold all of your needs for a longer trips and excursions.

This bag’s durable and quality construction make it the right bag for any big adventure!


Timberland Jay Peak 32″ Wheeled Duffle ($120)

Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars    70 customer reviews


  • Durable, 600D polyester ripstop treated to protect against the wettest conditions.

  • Airmesh padding with moisture-wicking fabric provides breathability and carrying comfort.
  • Optimized trolley with TPR overmold allows for lightweight, comfortable handgrip.
  • Never leave a piece behind with our adjustable hitch strap
  • Interior cinch system compresses your gear for safe, secure travel.
  • Durable self healing zippers get your gear back on the right track. Simply run the zipper backwards to reconnect and interlock after an accidental breakage.
  • Multiple loops of tapered webbing make it easy to attach additional gear
  • Contains no PVC
  • Ultra lightweight frame and construction
  • Telescoping trolley handles are recessed and feature a push button locking mechanism
  • Fully lined featuring interior mesh pockets for extra organization and valet straps
  • In-line skate wheels for easy maneuvering and durability

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Technical Specs

  • Size: X-Large
  • Exterior Dimensions: 32″ x 14″ x 14″
  • Linear Inches: 60″
  • Weight: 7 lbs
  • Material: 600 D Polyester
  • Warranty: 10 Years

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