Of course, there are the normal things, like underwear, clothes, your passport. But this post isn't going to be a packing list, instead, we're going to talk about six items that you may not have on your list but definitely need as a female traveller.
Possibly the most useful item of clothing you can bring.
Cold? Wrap up in it. Going to a temple? Use it for modesty. Going to the beach? Use it as a mat! Forgot your towel? Dry off. Need a rest? Use it as a pillow!
The possibilities are endless. If you're travelling, particularly in Asia, you'll be able to buy some really cool ones for super cheap! If you're going to a cold climate you may want to swap it out for a large scarf, but basically, they're the same thing.
I'm sure by now you've heard of menstrual cups, the most popular being Diva Cups and Moon Cups, and I'm probably either preaching to the converted, or your immediate thoughts are ew. no way. But I promise they aren't as scary as they seem! I'm just going to give you a few reasons why you need a menstrual cup. But if you want to know more about why cups are great or which cup is best for you, check out this post!
In many countries, it can be really difficult to get hold of feminine products, particularly if you like to use tampons. Owning one of these will take the stress away of finding products when you need them or having to keep a supply taking up valuable luggage space. Also, you can get away with changing them far less than other products - yay for not having to find a bathroom so you can change! And, of course, they are so much better for the environment.
A Power Bank
There's nothing worse than desperately trying to find your way back to your hotel with the dreaded 1% battery, hoping it will hold out! As a female traveller, particularly if you're travelling solo, you always want to have some method of contacting people in an emergency - even if it's at vast cost!
For me, my phone is my lifeline. Now I know not everyone likes to travel with their phone, and of course, it totally depends on you. But for me, my phone is often my camera, and when it's not my camera, it acts as the remote for my camera! Often it's my guidebook, my navigation, my radio on long journeys, my last minute restaurant finder.
There are so many different power banks now, and some really are tiny, so they are perfect to pop into your handbag, you won't even notice the extra weight.
The Perfect Bra
I hate wearing bras. But unfortunately, often it's a necessity. No matter whether you love or hate bras, the chances are sometimes you're gonna have to wear one. For me, if I can get away with it, you'll find me in a crop top or bralette. But my absolute favourite are these Maternity Sleeping Bras from New Look. And no, I'm not pregnant and I have never been pregnant. But they are so comfy. Trust me, if you do one thing from this blogpost, get this bra. As for pretty bralettes, American Eagle is amazing, and of course I travel with my trusty nude plunge bra that works under everything.
Somehow, no matter what, my hair gets so matted and knotted every single day. The tangle teezer is an absolute lifesaver. It's so much more gentle on my hair, and as a result, I find less of my hair falls out into my brush, and it glides through my hair so easily removing every knot in its path. If you're concerned about space - get the compact size. My favourite is the hairbrush style which has a handle, whereas the regular styles remind me more of a horsebrush. No matter which one you get though, they're all brilliant!
A Portable Door Lock
Hopefully, you'll never need one, but if you're a solo female traveller and you want some piece of mind, why not pack a portable door lock. They take up hardly any room in your bag. They work by preventing the door from opening inwards. Of course they aren't perfect, and won't work on every door, but for the most part, they are pretty effective! There's a few different kinds, this one that fits into the metal plate where the existing latch is, and this one that fits under the door.
What are your must bring items on trips?
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