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6 Things to Carry to Make Solo Travel Safer

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There’s nothing more exciting than the opportunity to travel alone. You get the chance to explore a new city, meet new people, and step out of your comfort zone. But with that, there are things you need to be hyper-aware of before boarding your flight. I love doing things alone as much as possible, but my writer’s brain has concocted so many scenarios of me going missing or worse.

The sad truth is that keeping your headphone volume low, making sure your doors are locked, and checking the license plate before getting in an Uber isn’t enough to guarantee an incident-free trip. So, I’m sharing my favorite companions for solo travels.

If you’re as anxious as I am about traveling alone, I hope this list puts you at ease.

Master Lock Door Security Bar

Of all the things on this list, I will admit that the security bar is the least travel friendly, but for me, it was worth making room in my suitcase for. I first heard about this thing from a friend when I was moving into my first apartment alone, and after trying it myself, I can say it works. If you can manage, I recommend making room for it, especially if you’re staying in an Airbnb.

Door Stopper Alarm

Some would say it’s kinda extra to bring two different types of door stoppers. Oh well, call me extra because this door stopper is the super travel-friendly counterpart to the Masterlock. Plus, it makes a sound when someone tries to enter.

Bracelet Car Window Breaker

So this slight impulse purchase was the result of watching a TikTok video of a woman that almost got abducted by her Uber driver. This little thing claims to break car windows in a few sling shot-type snaps. Obviously, I’m not gonna test it on my car window, but I did use it on a Kombucha bottle, and it broke! I love that it’s a bracelet and no one would suspect its true function.

Personal Keychain Alarm

This is probably the only item on this list you can use without the risk of injuring yourself, so if you’re not feeling the other options, you can’t go wrong with a personal alarm. I purposely own one that looked like a cute keychain, so no one will suspect it’s an alarm.

2-in-1 Seatbelt Breaker and Window Cutter

The bracelet is cute and all, but I’ll be damned if I rely solely on that if I’m locked in a car. This little gadget also has a seatbelt cutter which is nice in case of an accident.

Travel Size Hairspray or Bug Spray

Before you judge, hear me out! I know this isn’t a conventional safety option, but if you can’t get your hands on pepper spray, anything to mess with an attacker’s vision will do the trick.

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Dee Dee Thompson

Dee Dee Thompson

Dee Dee is a New York-based copywriter and yoga instructor. Follow her on all the things @cityofdeedee.

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