These items are a must for whenever you’re ready to explore the world again.
We may not be planning trips in the way we used to just yet, but that hasn’t stopped us from finding small ways to satisfy our wanderlust or dream of the day when we’re ready to see some world again. One of the adventures we’ve been dreaming of is solo travel. Not only does it give you full control over where you want to go and what you want to do, but it’s also a time for you to slow down, spend some time getting to know more about yourself and doing more of the things you enjoy.
This week on The Suga, Thai shared with Tika the deets on her recent Hawaiian solocation. Thai left the hubby and mini at home, and safely escaped to the Four Seasons Sensei Lanai for a much-needed solo wellness retreat where she learned to tap into herself again.
“It took me like two days in to realize what do I want to do when I don’t have to do anything for anybody else? It was just cool to be able to do whatever I wanted or nothing at all. I thought I was going to be in classes from morning until night, and I realized, I just need to rest.”
I know so many SugaMamas feel Thai on the needing to rest! But even if your solo travel dreams don’t include much relaxation, there are still some must-have items you should always have on deck to stay ready for an epic and safe solo adventure. From great books to gadgets that can help you keep track of your gear, if you’ve been daydreaming about your own solo getaway, we’ve rounded up everything you need to have for the journey – whenever you’re ready to explore again.
Away Bigger Carry-On with Pocket
Whether you’re team carry-on or team checked luggage, having a bag that can hold all your essentials is a priority. Enter the Bigger Carry-On with Pocket from Away. The fact that its durable polycarbonate hard shell is sized to fit in the overhead bin of most major airlines, and compact enough for train and car trips alike, makes it the perfect bag for solo travelers. As a bonus the exterior pocket is designed to stash the items most important to you when you travel and even has a secure spot for boarding passes and a 15″ laptop sleeve. As if that’s not enough, this Away carry-on also comes with a TSA-approved removable battery that can charge your phone up to 4x.
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
One thing all travelers fear – lost luggage. And that’s in addition to all the other things you can possibly lose or misplace like keys, phones and wallets. Thankfully, the Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker has got you covered. The small device can be attached to pretty much anything, even a pet, letting you track exactly where your items are at all times. Should you happen to misplace something, just send out an alert through the app and other Tile users near and far will be able to help with your search. If your item pops up near their location, they can let you know, Cool right?
KATANA Safety Wallet
We may not want to think about something terrible happening to us while we’re traveling, but unfortunately, sometimes, it can become a reality. One way to have peace-of-mind while solo is to make sure you pack a personal alarm. The Katana Safety Wallet attaches directly to the back of your phone, putting it in easy reach without adding a lot of bulk. Trigger the alert in one of three ways and once engaged, Katana initiates contact with a response center to assess the situation (and emergency services, if needed) and also pings seven pre-determined contacts with your location, along with a message that you might need assistance.
Pop Fashion Scarf with Hidden Pocket
Style, functionality and safety don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Typically, when you’re on a solo trip you’re traveling light, so having items that can serve multiple purposes is a dream come true. Not only will this cute and cozy infinity scarf from Pop Fashion keep you warm on your travels, but it also features a hidden pocket for you to safely store all your important essentials. The zippered compartment is big enough for you to fit your phone, credit cards, passport, keys, and more. There are also several stylish colors and prints to choose from, so you can easily match them to your wardrobe.
Anker PowerCore 20100
Dead electronics are a major no-no when traveling alone. From needing to look up directions to taking photos or making an emergency phone call, having every gadget you need charged up and ready to go is a must. That’s why having a portable and reliable power bank in your bag is the one item you can’t solo jetset without. That’s where the pocket-sized Anker PowerCore 20100 comes in handy. The PowerCore can recharge an iPhone almost 5 times and super-fast. It also comes with an 18-month warranty. Winning.
Bose Sport Open Earbuds
One of the best things about solo travel is indulging in all of the sites and sounds of a new destination. That’s why sometimes having headphones that block all that newness out can be a bummer. However, that’s not the case with the Sport Open Earbuds from Bose. Unlike other earbuds, these don’t go into your ears, Instead they rest on top, leaving your ears completely open. So you can hear it all and your music at the same time. The Sport Open Earbuds are also designed to resist moisture from sweat filled workouts or the occasional island sun shower – or both.
“His Only Wife” by Peace Adzo Medie
Even while on a solocation, sometimes an escape is still necessary, that’s why having a great book in your bag is essential. The great thing about books is that they can always transport your mind to far off places and on adventures you could only dream of. In His Only Wife by Peace Adzo Medie we’re whisked away to Ghana where Afi Tekple’s husband doesn’t show up on their wedding day — not because he gets cold feet, but because the wealthy Ghanaian is away for work, and he sends a stand-in instead. Afi learns that her husband is in love with another woman, and she has been chosen by his family to woo him away from the other woman. Whew, sounds like the tea is hot!
Smythson Travels and Experiences Panama Notebook
One thing solo travel does is force you to enjoy your own company and settle in with thoughts and feelings that often get pushed to the back burner as we traverse the daily duties of adult life. It might take a few days, but before you know it they all bubble to the surface and having a journal is the only way to capture them. This leather-bound journal from Smythson is inspired by the same travel journal its founder, and is the perfect way to capture the feelings, memories and moments on your adventure that you never want to forget.
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