A Female Solo Traveler’s Handbag Should Have:

It is not a secret that there are more and more female solo traveler’s taking on the world. Even though traveling alone is rewarding, it does come with some downsides.

As a female solo traveler, you should always be prepared for everything.


(1) Fully charged cell phone

To be able to contact people 24/7 is very important when you are flying solo. On your phone, save your hotels name and phone number, the local police’s number and your embassy’s phone number, e.g., if you are from the USA traveling Bali, you must have the phone number for USA embassy in Bali.

(2) Water bottle

Stay hydrated this helps you stay alert when you are traveling solo. I find when I drink water all day, I shake off the jet leg quicker, and I don’t get tired quickly.

(3) Umbrella

This is handy for sun and rain. If you are anything like me and love walking, sometimes for hours when traveling, I find the best way to see a city is by walking its unknown streets. 

(4) Face wipe

When you are out and about walking, sight seen, enjoying the beauty of the new country you are visiting, a quick wipe of your face and hands refreshes you in an instant.

(5) Tissue paper

Many times, I have found this life saver. Traveling through Europe, Asia, etc., many public toilets do not provide toilet paper.

(6) Small amount of cash

When Traveling Solo, DO NOT put all your money, credit card/s, passport, and travel document in your handbag. Only a small amount of cash to see you through the day for little items is all you need to carry in your handbag.


(7) The business card of the hotel you are staying at.

To avoid language barrier or miss understanding, I have found showing the business card of the hotel to the taxi driver or bus driver helps. Also if you lose your bag and an honest soul decided to return it. They will at least know your hotel address.

(8) A photocopy of your Driver’s Licence.

Do not have your original Driver’s Licence in your bag. But you need some Identification in your handbag. A photocopy is a great solution.

(9) A pepper spray

This should be in every female’s handbag, traveling or not. Self-safety is super essential in today’s day and age. Having this in your bag empowers you to be confident when traveling solo. (Please note pepper spray is not legal in all countires, you must check the law of the country you are visiting)

(10) A whistle

Solo Traveling means you are the only one looking out for your self. There is no one else. If you get into a situation that requires help from others, a whistle is the best way to get attention and also to scare the person attacking you.

How to wear your handbag. Over your shoulder, across your body, the bag should sit in front of you at all times.

When you are traveling, you need to have your money, credit card, travel documents and passport with you all the time. These items do not go in your handbag. Travel smart and wear a Moneybelt RFID Protection or RFID PASSPORT POUCH.


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