Travelling with friends and family gets harder as we get older. It's difficult to agree on where to go, a timeframe that works, and what to do while you're there. This leaves you with one option... travel alone. It sounds scary, but I promise you that it is absolutely worth it. You should not miss out on going to new places and trying new things just because you don't have someone to go with! At this point, I've gone on 4 trips via plane by myself and a handful of road trips with just me and my pup. Did it feel weird at times? Yes, of course. But I don't regret any of those trips but I know I would have regretted not going. I'm planning more road trips for me and Kona in the upcoming months.
To ease your solo travel anxiety, I have compiled a list of some of my solo road trip essentials.
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I am a huge snack gal ESPECIALLY on a road trip. You can't drive when you're hangry so make sure you have something to snack on! I like things that are easy: protein bars, nuts, goldfish, and of course, cheese.
Keeping your stomach happy is just as important as keeping yourself hydrated. I like this water bottle because it keeps water COLD and it fits perfectly in your cup holder. Bring some Liquid IV while you're at it. It will double your hydration and tastes better than regular water.
I really like this particular fanny pack for a few reasons. I enjoy hiking, and for short hikes that may not require a backpack, having this fanny pack to hold my keys, phone, etc. is very helpful. It's not bulky like most fanny packs so it's easy to hider underneath clothing. And because of how stretchy it is, it can hold a lot more than you'd think!
Having a charged phone is extremely important when traveling alone. If your phone dies, your lifeline is gone. This portable charger is super compact... definitely small enough to fit in your fanny pack! It plugs right into your phone so there is no need for extra cords.
Emergency Roadside Kit
Never, and I mean NEVER, take a road trip without an emergency roadside kit in your car. I bought this one a few years ago and it has everything you need if you have car issues. It comes in a compact kit so it won't take up a ton of space in your car. You need it!
If I am on a trip alone, that means I don't have someone else to talk to (aside from myself). I always make sure to bring my AirPods with me so I can listen to music and podcasts. Sometimes, on solo trips, I will start the day with a quick meditation and having it play in my ear helps my focus.
I am absolutely obsessed with this backpack. There are so many different compartments to help keep you organized. It's also water resistant, so if you end up hiking in the rain or spilling something, nothing inside will be ruined. Even if you're not hiking, this backpack is great to use for packing because it holds SO MUCH.
I love reading so bringing my Kindle on a solo road trip is a no brainer. Travelling alone can get a little lonely at times, so having something to keep me occupied is important. Sometimes I bring an actual book, but I like the Kindle because it allows me unlimited options.