Solo trips are a great way to forge a connection with yourself. Constant stress, whether due to work or some other reason, and exposure to social media can keep you from concentrating on yourself. That’s why it is recommended to take such journeys every once a while.
However, when you’re on your own, it also means the only person you can depend upon for your well-being is yourself. Falling ill or getting an infection can wreck your trip. Illness is especially hard on a tourist on a solo trip. Therefore, you must take all the necessary steps to keep yourself healthy.
To ensure your health on solo trips, carry these essential items along with you to maintain your hygiene:
1. Dental hygiene tools
Let’s start with the most common hygiene issue: penetrating bad breath. Frequent travelers would be too familiar with it. But sometimes, there’s no help for it. The flight could be too long, or you might not have access to a sink during a trek.
Regardless of the reasons, you can prevent your dental troubles with these items:
- Disposable mini-toothbrushes that you can use without water
- Pocket-sized mouth sprays
If you are a frequent traveler, these items should permanently be a part of your backpack.
2. Hydration prep
So, many expert journeymen and women will give this advice to first-timers. It is very useful nonetheless to follow it. Keep a reusable tumbler on you, or you’ll spend much time looking for places to buy water.
Consider getting a flask that is not just lightweight but also leak-proof. If you can find one that comes with a filter, you’ll keep the waterborne contaminants like E. Coli, Cryptosporidium oocysts, and Giardia from making you ill.
3. Wipe it all away
A flight is just one of the places where you can catch some sort of sickness. Wherever it happens, you’ll be on the fast track to ruining a vacation that might have been restorative. So, instead of risking your health, shop for both baby and bathroom wipes.
You can use them instead of washing up. These wipes also help to wash away the oils and keep the skin from breaking out. Wipe down anything else before you touch it because it will kill 99.9 percent of viruses and bacteria.
Also, you’ll be so glad for the wipes when you can’t find any toilet paper at a pitstop or other restrooms.
4. Cotton on to it
We cannot tell you how important it is to carry comfortable clothes on a trip. However, before packing for any trip, check the weather forecast of that area for the duration of your trip. For journeys to humid climates, take light cotton and airy clothes with you.
Not only clothes, but your undergarments should also be comfortable. For example, if you are going on a surfing trip, you should carry boxers with you. However, if you are going on a trekking trip, you should carry pouch underwear with increased elasticity with you as you’ll be walking long miles.
Having comfortable undergarments means that they will absorb the sweat, prevent chafing, and keep the yeast at bay.
5. Staying breezy
Another essential item for staying breezy and smelling fresh during your journey is deodorant. It is particularly helpful in situations when you cannot shower often or regularly.
Baby powder is also useful in a pinch because you can apply it almost anywhere, including your thighs and feet.
6. The pee solution
Relieving yourself might not always be easy during a trek or while on the tour bus. Women can take peeing funnels, which are short tubes that allow them to pee into a bottle or while standing up.
They may also consider packing loose sarongs that can be pushed aside when nature calls.
7. No slipping where the slippers are concerned
Whether on the plane or showering in the hotel you’re staying at, slippers are essential in both environments. Carrying a comfy pair of sleepers with you protects you from several nasty fungal infections.
8. Say no to the horrors of nail-biting
Dirt and bacteria can collect under your nails. Bring those microbe-infested claws to your face or mouth, and you’re in danger of ingesting them. For most of us, it can be a pain not to touch our face every few seconds – as made evident during the recent pandemic.
Hence, bring along nail clippers, so you can keep your hand nails short and clean. We’d recommend throwing in a travel nail brush as well. Use it to wash the nails with soap and warm water when you can.
9. Air all the dirty laundry
Dirty clothes stink up the luggage as they carry bacteria and dirt on them. Once your clothes are clean, you’ll also feel cleaner. You can solve this issue by asking if the place you’re staying at does the wash, dry, and fold routine.
If not, then seek the laundromat in the local town where you can do your laundry. If neither of them is possible, then the small bottle of detergent that you stowed in will come in handy for when you wash your clothes.
Do that in the sink and then hang the clothes out to dry. If sweating is a real issue, then you might want to visit the laundromat once or twice a week.
10. Come to your aid
By that, we refer to the first aid kit that you should be packing before leaving home. Along with your other gadgets, these essential first aid items should go into your backpack:
- Vitamin C sachets
- Rehydration sachets
- Hand sanitizer
- Antiseptic cream – for bites
- Insect repellent – brands that come in spray bottles and are made from natural products, such as citronella or eucalyptus are better choices.
11. It is all-purpose soap or nothing
Yes, dry shampoos and conditioners are worth their price, but are they also worth their weight? You don’t want to carry around several heavy bottles, do you? So, reduce the mess by bringing one all-purpose product.
Buy a bar of soap with all-natural ingredients. Use it to wash up and in the shower to keep your hair and skin shiny and clean. But remember to pack it correctly so that it doesn’t ruin other items in your luggage.
In short, keep something you can use to clean yourself – and your clothes – on hand always. Carry water to stay hydrated, pack a first-aid kit, and take weather-suited clothing with you. Do all that, and you will feel much more relaxed. Have a fun trip!
About Michelle Joe: Michelle Joe is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences, and express herself through her blogs. You can find her on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.