8 Must-Have Gadgets for the Solo Traveler

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When traveling solo, convenience & safety are two primary – and obvious- concerns. You want the freedom of making decisions and going/doing as you please but you obviously do not want to put yourself in danger or miss out on awesome activities. Here are 8 gadgets sure to transform your solo trekking:

 

 1. WHISTLE FOR YOUR LIFE

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Having a whistle in case you need to alert help to scare off someone might just save your life. But make sure the one you choose has enough power. Whistle for Life, which makes safety whistles for the Coast Guard (Thank goodness Rose got to that whistle in Titanic), also makes a consumer one that can reach a whopping 120 decibels.

 

 

 

2. BACKPACK ALARM

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Though rigging your backpack with an alarm might seem a little extreme, it might alleviate worries of
having your bag stolen while you’re snoozing on a long train ride between cities or awaiting your flight at an airport. There are many options here – including ones for kids (makes sense). One version dons a cord can be attached to your belt buckle or wrist, so that if someone tries to snatch your bag, an alarm is triggered to alert you and anyone else within earshot. Check out these other options.

 

3. WATER PROOF BAG/CASE

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You may be somewhere where you get to do sporting activities and yet you don’t want to leave your valuables unattended on the beach or on the boat. Armed with a waterproof case, you can now safely put your phone, camera, money keys inside the waterproof case and take it with you without having to worry about anything. You can find different selections from Amazon and outdoor/camping shops.

 

 

4. PORTABLE CHARGER

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Traveling with multiple gadgets is a given. If you are out and about for awhile,  you might get caught in a bind and run out of battery power. Searching for a nearest wall plug might not be best option. Try instead a dual portable charger (like this one pictured from Powergen)- a gadget can hold “juice” for several hours and is able to recharge more than 1 device at a time!

 

 

 

5. SELFIE HEAVENmobile_tripod_selfiecombo

A Bluetooth remote shutter will transform your selfie/picture game!  No more close up shots of nostrils and unflattering expressions! (You may want to invest in gadget # 6 as well. )

With some shutter remote you can take pictures from up to 30 feet away without super stretch arms! It’s a pocket-sized remote that lets you shoot photo and video via Bluetooth.

Another über cool tool is the QuickPod.  The Quickpod or Monopod will also help you take that perfect selfie and is available for different type of cameras and Smartphones and it’s waterproof too! Check out their website for their products.

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6. FLEXI-TRIPOD

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These ultra-lightweight flexible tripods can be used any where and will secure your smart phone and even heavier cameras. They can bend, twist and shape to mount to just about anything! Not only are they perfect for digital cameras, but they work as a tabletop tripod also. Check out this one for under $10.

 

 

 

7.  DOOR ALARM

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Locks are good, but they can be opened. Door alarms help improve the security for your front door, hotel door, or any door you would like to remain shut. Some versions are actual door stoppers with loud alarms while others boast LED lights and sit across the lock or door handle. Try this GE Wireless Door Alarm to increase your safety when bunking down alone.

 

 

 

8.  ROLL-A-LOTION / SUNSCREEN LOOFAH

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This device that looks like a loofah  & will possibly save you from looking like a strawberry. It helps you put on sunscreen on your back without any assistance. Now you may spot a cute lifeguard while at a pool or beach and this can be a great conversation starter. However, it is always best to err on the side of caution and that make it widely known that you are traveling alone. This way you keep your front and back from getting sunburned while traveling in the sun.

 

 

Solo travel can be dually thrilling and life changing. Just remember to be safe always and pack smart.