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Travel essentials for women

travel essentials for women: must-haves for your next trip

Embarking on a solo journey as a female traveler is an empowering and transformative experience. By following these solo female travel safety tips, you can enhance your solo adventure, ensuring it is not only memorable but also secure. Embrace the freedom of solo travel with confidence, and don’t allow fear to hold you back from living out your travel dreams!

Pimple Patches

Fight unexpected breakouts with the convenience of pimple patches. These discreet, adhesive patches work wonders overnight, targeting blemishes and reducing their appearance. Perfect for maintaining clear skin on the go without the need for bulky skincare products. It’s a flat package so it doesn’t take up any space!

travel essentials for women
Small Laser Hair Removal Machine

Don’t get carried away by the price or the lack of reviews. This small machine fits in your hand and actually works! Lightweight and easy to use, this device ensures that you won’t have to shave as often. Consistency is key (which I lack) – but I can already go a few weeks without shaving my armpits and legs without feeling self-conscious. The hair around my bikini area is completely gone and I don’t have dark shadows on my armpits. Give it a shot!

Journal for Everyday Reflection

If you’re looking to start journaling but are a bit overwhelmed, you need to try out the Five Lines a Day Journal. It’s small, compact and you’re basically only expected to write a few lines. This takes 3-5 minutes every day. It lasts 5 years, and there is no better feeling than reading back on what you did a year or 2 ago. I’m in year 7 already! So on my second one and I would highly recommend it.

Water Shoes

Stay prepared for any aquatic adventure by packing lightweight and quick-drying water shoes. Whether you’re exploring rocky beaches, engaging in water sports, or simply strolling along the shore, these shoes provide the perfect blend of comfort and protection. I’ve even used them for waterfalls and crossing rivers, snorkeling too. I’ve had people make fun of me for these, then guess who walks around effortlessly while others get hurt? You guessed that right. Their loss!

Resistance Bands

Staying in shape while traveling is hard! And I would never imply that you should go on a diet. I’m a die hard foodie! Food is all I think about. But I do like to take care of myself as much as humanly possible. I love traveling with resistance bands because they’re tiny and don’t take up much space. I also signed up for CoPilot recently and have a personal trainer while on the go! I’ve been using it for a few months already and I’m really seeing a difference! It’s less than $100 per month and you can get 50% off your first month, plus a free trial here!

travel essentials for women
My faithful watershoes- these lasted over ten years!
Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Traveling with bars has been life changing. I even had a conditioner bar last 14 months! I know people that have used them and given up. Just like with anything that goes on your hair, it’s a trial and error process. I’m attaching these so you can have an idea of what they’re like, but feel free to browse around! Some are even organic and help with keeping water sources clean while traveling. This is incredibly important, especially in remote areas where there are no water treatment plans in place.

Menstrual Cup

Another game changer. Experience hassle-free periods with a menstrual cup. This compact and reusable alternative to traditional menstrual products is perfect for travelers who want a sustainable and discreet solution. Remember when you first started using pads or tampons and couldn’t get the hang of them at the beginning? This is exactly the same. But hang in there! Just after 3 or 4 periods you’ll get the hang of it. Saalt is the only brand I’ve ever used and they last years! I’ve even hiked an active volcano while using one!

Collapsible Water Bottle with Filter

Stay hydrated on the go with a collapsible water bottle equipped with a filter. This space-saving and eco-friendly option ensures access to clean and safe drinking water wherever your journey takes you. This one is a bit on the pricier side but I’m all about buying lightweight products that don’t take up much space. This is where this bottle comes in. The filter is also reusable so all you need to do is replace it once it’s time.

Absorbent Microfiber Towel

Ditch bulky towels and opt for a compact and absorbent microfiber towel. Quick-drying and lightweight, these towels are perfect for beach days, workouts, or simply freshening up after a day of exploration. By carrying one of these, you’ll never get in trouble with your accommodation if you take your towels out and then something happens to them.

Scarf with hidden pocket

You have no idea how useful a scarf is. This one is more like a shawl. If you ever need to cover up in a temple or religious site, this is perfect. But the best part of it is its hidden pocket. Keep your phone, wallet and other small valuables safe here. Who would ever check a scarf? People will first check your bag or pockets for anything of value.


Let’s face it: men can piss anywhere they want while we have to hold it in for hours. We can be more prone to UTIs while traveling. Carrying a portable urinary device has really helped. No, this is not exclusive for camping. Imagine being at a 3-day festival and wanting to use the toilet. This is where the shewee comes in handy. It comes with its own bag to keep it clean and avoid contamination, and you just wash it at home the way you would do with a menstrual cup.

All of these items are different items that as a woman have come in useful for me. If you’re looking for items for all genders, you can check out my list of mini travel must-haves. These are tiny items that can fit in your hand that have truly made a difference when I travel.

Looking for more info as a female traveler?

You can check out my solo female travel resources or even watch my YouTube videos. As someone that’s been living and traveling around the world on my own since I was 17, I’m here to show you that there is no specific guideline to follow if you want to embrace the road. The important thing is for you to simply DO IT! And when it comes to packing, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. I’ve been doing this for years and I learn something new every year! Happy travels!

a woman posing in the water

Hey there, and welcome to Go Global with Sibu! I’m a global citizen that has been living and traveling around the world since 2005 – all through budget travel, scholarships, study/work and living abroad opportunities.  I share everything I’ve learned over the years here – to prove to you that you don’t need money or privilege to enjoy everything that this world has to offer. 

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