Five Essentials Every Female Traveler Must Carry

More and more independent women are traveling solo these days. The travel world is overwhelmed with solo female travelers conquering every part of the world. But, let’s agree on a point that it takes time to become confident and decide to go solo on the road. Women face various issues like eve-teasing, hygiene, attire, using a clean bathroom and PERIODS. With so many problems stopping us from traveling, I thought of penning down a post to ease the tension of women travelers. Here is a list of essential things that every woman MUST carry while traveling.

Munchies for the road

Trust me when I say, I become a `mean girl’ when hungry [Ask my husband about it πŸ˜‰ ]. When Snickers came up with their ad campaign ‘Who are you when you’re hungry’, I totally identified myself with all the characters. While traveling, I pack myself enough food to control my hunger pangs and mood swings. I have asked many female travelers about this and all of them replied in affirmative. Food is a lifeline for us womenfolk while traveling. I usually carry a snacks box with MatthiΒ [Indian crackers], homemade roasted rice flakes with peanuts, Yogabars [my favorite], pumpkin seeds/sunflower seeds, a jar of Nutella, chocolates and dry cakes.

Healthy energy bars
Healthy option for snacking while traveling. You will always find them in my bag.

Refillable Water Bottle

Plastic is the biggest problem today, around 13 billion tons are dumped in the oceans every year. Wish this rate there will be more plastic and less fish in the ocean by 2050 as claimed by the United Nations.Β  As a responsible traveler, I make sure that I carry a refillable water bottle. I refill it from cafes, restaurants, shops etc. instead of buying bottled water every time. There are many places where you can pay a nominal amount and get your bottle refilled. I have started using a stainless steel flask that I bought from the offline store,Β  I also use it for storing hot liquids like tea, coffee, water for instant noodles etc. Plus, it has a secure lid that means now you don’t have to worry about water leaking from your bottle.

Flask for both cold and hot liquids
Refillable water bottle for responsible travelers

Toiletry Bag

Men might not understand our need to carry so many things in our bag. We women cant help it, we have to carry the essentials. As they say, a woman should always be ready for everything and everywhere.Β  I usually carry the following items in my toiletry bag

  1. Refillable bottles of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cream
  2. Himalaya`s Moisturizing Aloe Vera Facial Wipes
  3. Sanitary pads
  4. Kolan`sΒ eco-friendly bath wipes
  5. Tissue roll
  6. Contact lens
  7. Basic make-up – Kajal, eyeliner and a lip balm
  8. First Aid Kid [Medicine for fever, cold, gas, vomiting, headache and band aids]
  9. Toothbrush brush and past

#HimalayaFacial Wipes


Always carry a scarf, in traditional societies it is a sign of disrespect if you don’tΒ cover your head. Carrying a scarf will help you cover your head in religious places, plus it will also protect you against the sun.

Good Pair of Shoes

I always carry one pair of sandals – my favorite Quechua floaters. I have trekked mountains, walked the length of a city and strolled on the beach with just one pair of shoes. It`s advisable to carry a pair that is comfortable and goes with most of your clothes. No use carrying heels or tight/uncomfortable shoes while traveling if you get blisters after wearing them.

Quechua Floaters
My favorite pair of Red Quechua floaters

After seven of traveling, these are the essentials I always carry in my bag. You will be amazed that even with all these things, I still travel light [mostly ;)].

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If it wasn't for some dear friends who backed out of a trip to Ladakh, Suman wouldn't have been sharing these travel stories today! It was an eye opener, her first solo trip. Beyond the shenanigans of youthful days, Suman experienced a world of many dimensions. With her words, Suman hopes to share and inspire.

17 thoughts on “Five Essentials Every Female Traveler Must Carry

  1. I never go anywhere without some snacks or a water bottle! Good point about heels, I always used to take them with me, but then I would never wear them……you always end up walking so much when traveling!

  2. Great list, I carry all of these except maybe not that many toiletries. I am always cold so I always carry a scarf even if I don’t have to cover up. I also need to eat and drink water very frequently so I need to have an energy bar with me and a reusable water bottle to fill up. And of course comfortable shoes are a must to explore!

  3. I totally agree about the good pair of shoes! In fact, now I bring at least 2 good pairs for walking, so my feet get a change. I’ve never heard of yoga bars, but they sound yummy!

  4. Good pair of shoes is definitely a necessity – the amount of walking I do while I’m away is insane, so I need strong,durable shoes. I always take scarfs with me if I’m visiting a muslim country too, as I don’t want to be caught out x

  5. Heh. I am the one who carries a lot of snacks in my backpack… because I carry it for whole group. I am often the guy, who carries most of the weight, just because I can

  6. Great tips! I always carry a lot of snacks with me haha. So I know how you feel, my travel buddies always asking me how much I have this time with me, they know I’m always hungry. Totally know how you feel πŸ™‚

  7. Although I’m not a female – I am a solo traveler and I can agree on a lot of the things you’ve mentioned – Munchies are a definite must as is the water bottle – I would add music to the list too πŸ˜€

    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you. I am somehow not a great music fan but I dont mind listening to it. Music is a must thing in my Husband`s list for sure.

  8. Good information! I’m with you on snacks. My husband knows that if he hears me say, “I’m starting to get a little hungry” a second time, he better find me some food ASAP. πŸ™‚

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