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What To Pack For A Solo Trip

Repeat after me: Less is more.

08/23/2017 16:38 EDT | Updated 09/08/2017 15:53 EDT

When it comes to solo travel, less is more. Literally. 

That’s because you’re the only one who’s there to lug around your belongings, so packing practically is the name of the game. Say goodbye to packing “maybes” and focus instead on the bare essentials you’ll absolutely use.

Whether you’re camping for the weekend, backpacking across Europe, or road tripping across the states for some important self-reflection, you’ll want to focus on packing on the necessities.

That’s why we’ve rounded up the ultimate solo travel list. From comfy live-in leggings to multipurpose essentials like sneakers and a scarf with pockets, you’ll be set for your next Cheryl Strayed-inspired adventure.

Below, 13 solo travel must-haves, and if you like what you see, don’t forget to sign up for our Full Carts, Can’t Lose email to stay on top of the best sales each week.

  • 1 A Comfortable Pair Of Leggings
    Nordstrom
    Wear these while driving, on your flight, taking a hike, and more. Comfy is key when traveling solo. Shop them here for $54.
  • 2 A Foldable Bag
    Baggu
    You'll want a light, foldable bag to store your belongings and then pack it up when you no longer need it. Shop it here for $10.
  • 3 A Water-Resistant Backpack
    Nordstrom
    Good things come in small packages. This backpack, while on the smaller side, is perfect for travel with its water resistant exterior. Shop it here for $80.
  • 4 A Money Belt
    Amazon
    You don't have to opt for a fanny-pack to make sure your prized possessions are safe. Store them in the FlipBelt which lays seamlessly under and above clothing. Shop it here for $29.
  • 5 A Pocketable Parka
    Uniqlo
    Similar to the foldable bag, wear this lightweight but sturdy parka when needed and store it easily after use. Shop it here for $40.
  • 6 A First-Aid Kit
    Amazon
    Carry a standard first-aid kit in the event of a mini-emergency. Shop it here for $6.
  • 7 A Tough Shell Suitcase
    Nordstrom
    We'd probably avoid canvas suitcases as they probably can't take a beating too well. Shop this hard shell suitcase here for $150.
  • 8 A Travel Charger
    Amazon
    May your phone never fall below 5% while out in the wilderness. Shop this popular travel charger here for $29.
  • 9 A Pair of Multipurpose Shoes
    Nordstrom
    What we love about these shoes is how easily they can go from day to night. Shop them here for $59.
  • 10 A Whistle
    Amazon
    Better safe than sorry. You never know when you may need one. Shop it here for $8.
  • 11 A Set of Sturdy Document Folders
    Amazon
    When traveling abroad, keeping track of your documents is essential. Make sure you have sturdy folders to properly store documentation. Shop them here for $2.
  • 12 A Wrap-around Scarf with Pockets
    Lululemon
    When traveling solo, try and find as many multipurpose items as possible, like this scarf with its pockets and wrap around design. Shop it here for $98.
  • 13 A Headlamp
    Amazon
    If you find yourself in a dimly lit area or you're alone at night, this headlamp will help guide the way. Shop it here for $13.

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