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10 Safety Items Every Solo Female Traveller Should Carry

Two backpacks on the bow of a boat next to two solo female travellers.

Solo travel is an exhilarating and eye-opening experience, but naturally, being alone can make you more vulnerable. There’s safety in numbers, and with no one else to rely on or watch your back, safety gadgets can fill the gap or simply give you peace of mind as you travel.

Generally, solo travel is safe. Although the news can sometimes make us feel otherwise, the majority of people in the world wish you well. 

But occasionally individuals can ruin the experience. Some cultures may also have less respect for women. So as a solo female, if you’re travelling to an area like this, your level of safety changes.

Staying safe on the road

Whether you’re attending a work conference on another continent or simply backpacking somewhere a little off the beaten track. These safety gadgets and products can give you an elevated peace of mind.

Just bear in mind that you don’t need to carry ALL of these items. It depends on the country or area you’re travelling through and your own confidence or preparedness levels.

It depends on how you’re travelling too. Some of these safety items won’t apply to every solo travel situation. For example, if you’re staying in a hostel dorm, you really shouldn’t be putting a door lock or alarm on the door!

10 simple safety items for solo female travellers

Of course, some areas are more high risk than others. But crime can happen anywhere. So hopefully with some of these safety items, you can feel more confident and more safe as a solo female traveller.

These items go above and beyond and are more specifically female-related than the more general gadgets I recommend in my ultimate list of safety items for solo travellers. So check that list out if you’re interested!

Related Read | How to Stay Safe as a Solo Female Traveller

1. Written list of emergency numbers

Instead of keeping these only on your phone, have a written list too. I have a written list of emergency contact numbers in a notebook that I keep in my luggage. Keeping multiple copies and putting them in different bags is also a great backup.

If your phone is stolen, you’ll still be able to borrow a phone and contact someone who can help.

Here are some of the numbers you should consider writing down

  • Emergency number of the country you’re in (e.g. 999, 911, 112).
  • Family/friends numbers
  • Number of your accommodation
  • Reputable taxi company
  • Your embassy in that country

With the rise in wildfires and extreme weather, around the world having the number of your embassy shouldn’t be overlooked. As a solo female traveller, you might be more vulnerable in emergency situations, so knowing you have these official numbers on hand can provide some peace of mind.

2. Escape tool

A pretty extreme-sounding safety gadget, and one that you’ll hopefully never have to use. But they’re usually simple and small enough to throw into a carry-on.

They come in all shapes and forms but usually consist of a glass breaker and seat belt cutter.

I recommend checking out the brand Resqme which has a combined seat-belt cutter and window breaker.

3. Door stopping devices

There are lots of ingenious door-stopping devices that you can find online. From this door catching device to this classic rubber door stop!

Just make sure that the device is TSA-compliant if you’re going to be bringing it in carry-on luggage.

Rubber door stop!

While there are lots of technical door devices out there, sometimes you can’t beat the simplicity of a rubber doorstop. Lightweight and easy to use, wedging a doorstop at the bottom of your hotel door can slow down and stop potential intruders in their tracks.

Travel door locks and alarms

There are some ingenious door-stopping devices to be found on places like Amazon. This portable door lock from Amazon is popular, but just be wary that the fit isn’t universal — so it won’t work in every hotel.

4. A wedding band

Wearing a wedding band on your ring finger has long been turned to by solo female travellers. No matter the culture or country, a wedding band can help to deter unwanted attention.

It doesn’t have to be expensive, just choose a recognisable, small band.

I wore mine on the subway in Kuala Lumpur a few times after some unwanted attention.

5. Cross-body bag or backpack

It’s best to avoid shoulder bags and handbags when travelling in unfamiliar locations as a solo female traveller. Tourist hotspots can have high crime rates, and a shoulder bag can easily be swiped from your shoulder.

Opt for a backpack or crossbody bag with a comfortable strap. These will hopefully deter opportunistic thieves!

6. Protection!

So simple, but don’t rely on guys to carry these… Carry your own, in-date supply of condoms to protect yourself from backpacker babies, STIs and more.

7. Personal alarm or whistle

A personal alarm device (like this one from Amazon) can be a useful deterrent in an attack situation if you’re able to set it off.

Most personal alarms have a loop cord attached to a pin which can be removed swiftly in an emergency situation.

However if you’re looking to test it before you head off, I recommend sticking some headphones in. The alarm is incredibly piercing.

Whistles are also an option, but the decibels of a personal alarm are likely to be more of a deterrent.

It’s such a simple, cheap item which can give you a little extra peace of mind when walking at night.

8. Secret stashes…

Pockets inside clothing may be rare for us as females, but we have other secret places to stash money! No not there :’)

Bras with pockets: Not to be confused with mastectomy bras… While some of us may have stuck a credit card or ID in our bra for a night out, a safer alternative is to find a bra with a specially sewn-in pocket on the side for money or cards. It gives you a backup supply of money incase your bag is stolen!

Period product wrappers: Of course, not all thieves will be deterred by this, but it will weed out the squeamish guys 🙂 I’ve hidden money in period product wrappers before when leaving my room or apartment.

9. Drink cover

Anti-spiking drink covers are a simple, cheap, yet possibly invaluable little safety item to carry. They can easily be slipped over a glass to stop drugs from being popped in.

Personally, my drink never leaves my hand. But there are alarming stories out there, and I imagine there are sleight-of-hand tricks that allow people to spike a drink subtly and without you knowing.

10. Powerbank

This is definitely on my list of general safety items for solo travellers too. But you really can’t deny the safety that comes from having a phone with a charged battery!

Our phones provide a torch, emergency contacts, maps, location tracking, information, translation and so much more. This makes your CHARGED phone one of the most valuable safety items a solo female traveller could carry.

So carry a good, lightweight power bank (and keep it charged!) to stay safe as a solo female traveller.

  • Hello! I’m Hannah Sweet.

    I write content for nature oriented brands and create blog posts for nature seekers, conscious creatives and solopreneurs.

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