Top Travel Safety Tips for Solo Female Travel

How to stay safe as a solo female traveler while ensuring that your solo trip is fun and worry-free

by MADELYN DRIVER

October 13, 2022

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Whether you’re a seasoned explorer who loves traveling solo or a first-time solo traveler looking for some inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. Solo travel for women is one of the best ways to learn more about yourself and the world around you. But as with any travel, safety should always be a top priority. To help you prepare for your upcoming trip, we’ve compiled some of our top travel tips for safe solo travel. Whether you’re exploring a new city or hitting the open road on a road trip, these tips will help keep you safe and ensure that your trip is fun and worry-free.

Before You Go

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Do your research
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Make copies of important documents

Before you hit the road, make sure you have copies of all your important documents, including your passport and ID. Keep these copies in a safe place, such as a locked suitcase or in an encrypted file on your computer. That way, if you lose your passport while traveling, you’ll have a backup to help you get replacement documents at your nearest consulate or embassy.

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Tell someone where you’re going

Before you head out on your solo adventure, make sure to tell a friend or family member where you’re going. Provide them with an itinerary of your planned activities, as well as the contact information for your accommodation.

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Pack safety essentials

There are a few key items that every solo traveler should pack for their trip, and these items can help you stay safe while you’re on the road.

  1. First, always carry a charged cell phone with you, even if you’re just going for a walk around the block. This will allow you to call for help in case of an emergency.
  2. Second, carry a small flashlight with you at all times. This will come in handy if you find yourself in an unfamiliar place after dark.
  3. Third, pack a whistle. If you’re ever in an unsafe situation, a loud whistle can help attract attention and scare off potential attackers. And, because a whistle is super small, it’s easy to carry in a purse or wallet.
  4. Pack at least one lock. Whether you’re locking up your valuables in a hostel dorm room or securing your luggage while traveling, a lock can give you an extra layer of security.
  5. Finally, it’s always a good idea to carry some cash with you, in case you find yourself in a situation where you can’t access an ATM or your credit cards aren’t working.
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Purchase travel insurance

No one ever expects to become sick or injured while they’re traveling. But, unfortunately, these things can happen. That’s why it’s a good idea to purchase travel insurance before you head out on your trip.

Travel insurance will help you cover the cost of any medical care you might need while you’re away from home. It can also provide coverage for lost or stolen belongings, flight cancellations, and more.

When shopping for travel insurance, make sure to read the fine print to see what’s covered. Some policies only cover certain types of activities, such as hiking or skiing, so it’s important to choose a policy that covers the types of activities you’re planning to do while you’re away.

Solo female travelers should also consider getting travel insurance that includes coverage for sexual assault. This type of coverage can help with the cost of medical care, therapy, and more.

During Your Trip

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Trust your gut & be cautious

When you’re traveling solo, it’s important to listen to your intuition. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. For example, if you’re taking a taxi and the driver seems suspicious, ask to get out of the car immediately. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Similarly, when meeting new people while traveling, it’s important to use caution. Try not to give out too much personal information, such as your home address or where you’re staying. Instead, meet in public places and get to know someone before agreeing to go anywhere with them.

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Keep your valuables hidden
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Always have a backup plan
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Be vigilant around alcohol
Feel confident about saying “no”

Other Tips for Travelers

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Learn emergency phrases
  1. I need help.
  2. Where is the hospital?
  3. Where are the police?
  4. I’m lost.
Know what NOT to say
Learn basic self-defense
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