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    22 Travel Products That’ll Make You Feel Safer If You’re Traveling Solo

    These safety items are *always* a good idea, but especially if you're venturing out on your own.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A portable no-install door lock to give yourself a little extra peace of mind that no one will be able to break through your locked hotel door when you're staying by yourself. The durable steel body is inserted into the jamb of the door to add an extra layer of security so *no one* can just barge into your room during the day or night.

    Check out how it's used in this TikTok from @betterhalfliving.

    Promising review: "I purchased two of these, one for my apartment door and one for travel. Home: This fits perfectly on my front door. It was tested when the maintenance man at my building showed up earlier than expected. He knocked, and before I could get to the door, he was already trying to open the door AND COULD NOT. This held, and he was really pushing. I know someone can get in if they really are determined, but the level of noise they'd cause would alert neighbors and give me time to react. Exactly what I bought it for. Hotel: I've stayed in one hotel and this did fit. It was loose in the door jamb, but once the door was closed, it didn't budge when I tested it. Nothing is 100% secure. But this device definitely makes my door more secure then the lock and chain do! I highly recommend for anyone in an apartment and travelers. I practiced taking the lock off to be sure I could do it in a fire. It takes less than three seconds to set up and remove. Very happy with purchase." —nancy w.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    2. Or a travel door alarm designed to let out the loudest wail if your door is opened in the middle of the night, sure to scare off your intruder and alert anyone nearby.

    the lock wrapped around the knob and in the door, showing how it adds extra protection
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have two of these and they are amazing. The loop goes around the door handle and two thin metal prongs go in the crack of the door. If the door opens even a little, the prongs are separated and it lets out the loudest, most obnoxious wailing sound in the history of the world. Great for a single girl traveling on her own!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in nine colors).

    3. OR a wedge doorstop alarm that works in a similar way, triggering a loud alarm when outside pressure to the door is applied and helping hold the door closed with its nonskid pad. 

    No wiring is required, either; just pick up a 9V battery

    Promising review: "Travel must-have. I use this traveling, and it provides extra peace of mind in motel rooms considering I'm a cheapskate and stay in dives and my dog is getting so old he is likely to refer any criminal who breaks and enters to me for further processing. Works well, as a startled maid in a West Virginia motel can attest when she thought I had checked out and unlocked the door to clean. I gave the second one to my sister, who uses it at home." —QuintessentiallyYours

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    4. A waterproof anti-theft backpack made to thwart pickpockets with a zipper that faces your back while you wear it, giving them no access to the pocket holding your valuables — an especially helpful design when you don't have a travel companion watching your back. It's still super cute, so it won't stand out in your travel photos, and its adjustable straps let you wear it as a backpack or sling style over one shoulder. 

    reviewer wearing the anti-theft backpack in brown
    the khaki backpack open from the inside

    Promising review: "I bought this backpack to use as a purse while on vacation, and it worked perfectly. The main pouch is protected when you’re walking around because the zipper is protected by your back. There are also two side zippered pockets, one of which kept my phone and the other perfect for sunglasses and a few other items that I wanted to access more easily. I loved that I could wear it as a purse to dinner but use it as a backpack during the day so that my shoulder didn’t get tired. I highly recommend this item!" —Allison

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in two sizes and 12 colors).

    5. A universal travel adapter so you never get stranded somewhere alone with a dead battery and a phone charger that's not compatible with the outlets. This can charge up to five devices at once so your laptop, phone, power banks, and more can get all juiced up before you head out on your next excursion.

    This adapter covers over 160 countries. Keep in mind this is not a voltage converter!

    Promising review: "I am a digital nomad so I travel full-time around the world. I have a lot of devices to charge (laptop, Kindle, phone, backup battery, portable wi-fi device, camera, the list goes on). A lot of times hostel bunks or hotel rooms only have one outlet and with the previous adapter I was using, I had to charge one device at a time. I used to literally set my alarm to wake up in the middle of the night and switch devices so that I could get more than one device fully charged overnight. I did my research finally and settled on this one because it is universal and has four USB ports. What a GAME-CHANGER. On my latest trip I was able to charge all my devices at once and it made traveling so much smoother. It seems well made and good quality, too. Definitely recommend for my digital nomad and traveling peers. Happy travels! :)" —Maggie A.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in two colors).

    6. A personal alarm you can clip to your travel bag (or something else easily accessible) in case you get into a situation where you need to call for help. Press the little black button on the front, and it'll activate a loud alarm that'll alert anyone nearby and likely scare off any potential attackers. 

    This is one of those devices that's a good idea *in general* especially if you are walking home alone at night. It also has a manual back-up whistle you can use in case of battery failure.

    Promising review: "As soon as I received the alarm I tested it. It sounded almost as loud as our car alarm. The noise should fend off an attacker or at a minimum alert others about the danger. It's lightweight and easy to use. The black button on the front activates the alarm and a similar one on the back deactivates the alarm. I clipped it to my everyday purse and will definitely take it with me on my travels." —Brescia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99

    7. A personal GPS tracker so your family or friends can see exactly where you are at all times while you're on your solo excursion. They'll be able to follow along in real time using Google Maps or the SilverCloud app so that if they ever stop hearing from you, they'll know right where to send help.

    hand holding a black tracking device
    a location shown on a map

    This mini tracker is 100% waterproof and magnetic and can send text and email alerts. Its rechargeable battery lasts up to two weeks, and the LED lights on it can be turned off so it's discreet. Note that you do need a subscription to use it, but you can just activate it while you're on your travels and cancel afterward — you can check out their rates here.

    Promising reviews: "This unit is a GEM. I travel a fair amount throughout the state of Oregon, from Central Oregon over snow-packed mountain passes through the rain drenched byways of the Valley. This GPS has been ideal, from the ease of activating to using it for work and play. It's indestructible, accurate, and a tremendous value." —Eric Nitzschke

    "I really like the ease of using this product. The price was very affordable and it was easy to set up the monthly payment plan. I looked at several types of trackers and not many of them are waterproof. They are often more expensive. Some of them don’t require a monthly subscription, but that takes away from many of the features of this unit. You can do just a monthly subscription if you only plan to use the tracker for a short time and they don’t penalize you for canceling." —penny seidenkranz

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95

    8. And a Tile Bluetooth locator to put on your suitcase or purse so you can quickly locate them in your nearby vicinity in the event they become separated from you, whether you're at an airport, rail station, or hostel. It's basically a built-in travel buddy that'll eliminate the process of retracing your steps and show you right where your lost item is.

    Promising review: “I tucked this into my luggage when I traveled last month, and I'll never go without it again! It gives me peace of mind to be able to see that my suitcase is on the plane with me, and it makes figuring out which generic red suitcase is mine that much easier!" —Mary D.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    9. Or an Apple AirTag, well worth it if you're already integrated in the Apple ecosystem. It has a simple one-tap setup with your iPhone or iPad, and thanks to its integration with Apple's Find My network, you can find lost items from very far away. Stick this in your luggage or on your backpack while traveling for extra peace of mind!

    Plus, this is helpful just for everyday life if you're regularly losing things, which makes it worth the purchase. Note: One thing the Tile Mate has over AirTags is that it has the hole built in for attaching a keyring — for AirTags, multiple reviewers said they picked up these AirTag holders.

    Promising review: "I purchased the AirTags because I was traveling internationally and changing airlines halfway through the trip. I was reassured of the location of my luggage with the AirTags. The tags even kept me informed as I left my luggage in my room for a daily excursion. They are better than any airline tracking." —Flappy Butterfly

    Get it from Amazon for $29.

    10. A high-speed Anker power bank small enough to keep in your bag and powerful enough to keep your phone from dying when you're not near an outlet and can't borrow your friend's. It's capable of recharging your phone and other devices *multiple* times on a single charge, and two at the same time thanks to dual USB ports.

    the black power bank sitting on a bag
    Amazon

    For a frame of reference: On a single charge, it can recharge an iPhone 8 almost seven times, a Samsung Galaxy S8 five times, or an iPad Mini 4 twice. (BTW, if you travel with a Nintendo Switch, this can charge that too!) Four LED lights on the power bank show how much juice it has left!

    Promising review: "I travel for a living and have always needed a portable charger. This thing literally never dies. The longest-lasting charger I have ever had. I was out in London all day, phone nearly dead, and had to go straight to the airport for a nine-hour flight back to the USA. This charger charged my phone the ENTIRE flight, and then on my service car, my coworker needed to charge his phone. I had meetings all day and then a dead phone and I charged my phone to a full 100% again! This is a MUST-HAVE PRODUCT." —Kyle G.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in two colors).

    11. A portable lock box so you can go swim in the ocean without worrying about about your valuables when no one else is around to watch them. This has a heavy-duty steel cable and a code needed to open it up, so your phone, wallet, and other essentials will be safely tucked away while you have your face down snorkeling.

    the green lockbox wrapped around a beach chair
    Amazon

    You can also use this in your room to keep valuables protected.

    Promising review: "I use this on cruises, pool days, and any beach trip I go on. I solo travel a lot and I would always be nervous to go swimming and leaving my stuff. I finally have peace of mind knowing my valuables are locked up. I have had zero issues with the lock. It does add some weight to your luggage. I have traveled with this to multiple different countries and the quality has stayed the same. Make sure your valuables will fit before purchasing 😁" —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $49.95 (available in three colors).

    12. A pack of luggage locks to guard your suitcase against being unzipped and rummaged through, especially if you're staying on your own in a public place like a hostel. 

    a suitcase with two zippers secured with a small lock
    Amazon

    These are opened with a key, ideal if you're worried about forgetting a combination. If you're staying in a hostel where you'll have access to a locker, consider picking up these heavier duty combination locks with long steel shackles to keep your belongings safe. I used something similar (both locks on my suitcase and lockers) when I was traveling in Asia and staying in hostels, and it definitely brought peace of mind.

    Promising review: "I needed some small, keyed, TSA-approved locks on the cheap, and these fit the bill. I have trouble remembering my name, let alone a combination, so the keys worked for me. I also stored the keys separately (one with me, one with my travel mate) so I wouldn't accidentally lose them and be stuck. The TSA didn't cut them open, so apparently they fit those specifications. I also used them while we stayed in hostels... I am not a trusting soul. It did make me feel more secure, though. I thought they were a good deal." —Just Jill

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    13. Or, if you're willing to spend a bit more, a BenjiLock fingerprint travel lock (as seen on Shark Tank) so you don't have to worry about keys *or* a combination code while traveling — this bad boy will open to you and you alone.

    the silver lock with a blue circle in the middle attached to two zippers on a suitcase
    The Grommet

    BenjiLock by Hampton is a small biz that uses biometric technology to use your fingerprint as the key to the lock. The lock is pick- and water-resistant, rechargeable, and TSA-approved. You can also program it to accept up to five unique fingerprints on trips when you're traveling with others.

    Promising review: "I consider myself a bit of a 'nomad' and needed a lock for my latest travels. I have to say that after a month of going all over Europe, the BenjiLock is amazing! What a neat little lock! Yes, it took a beating, but it worked all around. The fingerprint was very easy to set, and I only charged it once before I left. It still works!" —Cadyn

    Get it from Amazon for $40.99, Hampton for $39.99, or The Grommet for $49.95

    14. A travel wallet that has an RFID-blocking shield material to protect your personal information from being scanned unawares. Plus, it'll keep your travel documents (passport, ID, boarding pass, etc.) all organized and in one place so you're not fumbling to remember which pocket you hurriedly shoved it in last (so you can stay focused and alert to the situation around you).

    The wallet has a passport pocket, boarding pass compartment, three credit card slots, an ID slot, a slim card pouch, slim pocket, a ticket slot, a cellphone pouch, a coin zippered pocket, key holder, and pen holder. 

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this wallet. I needed a new travel wallet, and this holds everything I need all in one place, and it still closes nicely and stays flat! I can fit my boarding pass, passport, ID, credit cards, money, checked baggage tickets, receipts, and more in it, yet it doesn’t bulk up or look like an overstuffed mess. It's just amazing. The description says it only holds US money, but I just used the boarding pass flap to hold all my Japanese Yen (¥), which are larger. I didn’t use the zippered pocket for coins as I much prefer a separate coin purse for that sort of thing. I definitely recommend to anyone who travels a lot!" —Anthony Luu

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in 37 colors).

    15. Or an RFID-blocking neck wallet if you want to keep it close to your chest at all times and not have to open your backpack any time you want to pay for something. 

    a model with the rust colored neck wallet, showing how a passport, ID, and other items fit inside
    a reviewer's green neck wallet

    Promising review: "I loooooved it. I flew with it to Germany alone. It had space for my passport, boarding cards, credit cards, money, and my cell phone. Granted, with so much stuff stuffed into it, it of course got a little bulky under my shirt. But I knew that and wore a loose shirt so no one could see it. I loved just taking it off during the security checks instead of the usual looking for my cell while holding the passport and boarding ticket and keeping an eye in my wallet, taking off necklaces, rings and whatnot. I just temporarily put my jewelry in it too so after the security check i just picked up this and my backpack and was ready to go, while others where still busy trying to find a space to gather all their belongings and put their stuff back on. I will not travel without it anymore. Such a small thing can make such a big difference." —SR09

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in seven colors).

    16. A travel pouch that attaches to the side or front of your bra so there's *zero* chance of a expert-level pickpocket snatching your purse and leaving you empty-handed without money or identification, especially when you don't have a travel companion around to help. It can hold your smallest essentials: credit cards/cash, a hotel key, a photo copy of your passport, etc.

    the small pouch attached to the side of a bra
    the same pouch now attached to the middle of a bra
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This was a LIFESAVER while traveling. I kept my cards and cash in it and had no stress about thieves lifting my essentials while traveling heavily pickpocketed cities. I loved it so much, I actually continued to use it when I got home instead of carrying a purse! The top flap did start to unravel after about six months — but this was also after six months of everyday use." —Krista Hinz

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95+ (available in pink and black).

    17. An inconspicuous set of scrunchies to keep small travel items (like cash and lip balm) *literally* close at hand while still out of sight — and yes, they work as actual scrunchies too when you need to pull your hair out of your face. 

    lip balm, pins, and other small items inside a reviewer's blue velvet scrunchie with zipper closure
    the scrunchie on reviewer's wrist

    This eliminates the need to carry a wallet or small purse when all you need is some cash and your key, for instance!

    Promising reviews: "I bought this because of someone on TikTok who had purchased this. Extremely convenient and cute! They’re very soft, and I’ve been using mine to hold cash and lip balm. I wish there were more colors!" —Michaela

    "I bought these since I was going on a long vacation by myself. I rolled my money and was able to fit it inside the scrunchie. It’s soft, very stretchy and fits my wrist! I didn’t have any issues with the zipper. I wore it on my wrist all the time and put money/lip balm inside it. It worked great during my vacation. This would be perfect to stash some things inside!" —Jessica Sandoval

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99 (available in two colors).

    18. A fashionable travel scarf that may look like any ordinary accessory at a glance — but it has a secret pocket large enough to fit an iPhone, passport, keys, and some cash so you can explore with confidence on your own. Bonus: It'll keep you warm on those freezing cold flights and can be unfolded to use as a blanket too. 

    a scarf with an opening at the bottom where valuables can be placed
    a person wearing one of the travel scarves around their neck
    Waypoint Goods

    Waypoint Goods is a small business focused on creating travel and lifestyle accessories for women to empower them to explore the world safely. Their Travel Scarf was debuted in 2015 on a Scandinavian urban cycling trip where the founder, Caitlin, realized a purse was not an option. Each color and style has a unique story behind it that inspired the design.

    Promising review: "Fabulous scarf for traveling. Hidden pocket is very discreet and large enough for cash, passport, credit cards, etc. Sturdy zipper and beautiful design. Just got back from three weeks in China. I was able to easily carry all of the above, leaving my hands free. Superior product, practical and discreet. I've since purchased two more!" —Florida Girl

    Get it from Waypoint Goods for $26.25+ (available in 16 styles).

    19. A compact first aid kit so you can take care of any minor injuries yourself when you don't have anyone else around to help. From alcohol prep pads and gauze to eye wash, a tourniquet, and even an emergency blanket, you'll be prepared for those unforeseen situations that can be way more stressful when you're on your own.

    a hand holding up the first aid kit
    all the contents of the kit unpacked and spread out on a table

    Promising review: "I love that there is not too much stuff to make it overly complicated to look through but there is plenty to help in case of emergency. Its compact enough to fit in my car or in my backpack when I go solo hiking." —Samuel

    Get the 100-piece set from Amazon for $14.95+ (also available in 200- and 250-piece sets).

    20. A fanny pack that can be worn as a crossbody bag or around your waist, doubling as a ~fashion statement~ while also providing hands-free storage for your valuables that's always in front of you, because no one's watching your back. An inner pocket lets you stash your passport and money away from reach, including a hook to actually attach your keys to. 

    reviewer wearing the gray fanny pack around their waist
    reviewer wearing the black fanny pack as a crossbody bag to the front

    Promising review: "The fabric is extremely durable and the size is perfect for hiking, cycling, traveling, etc. The feature that impressed me most are the pockets and positions of them. It's easy to hide passports, phones, etc. out of pickpocket range as two of them are hidden. The over-the-shoulder option is another win as the adjustable belt provides so many options and the zippers will last forever. It's a superb deal for only $13 USD, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!" —Andrew J. Krantz

    Get it from Amazon for $6.97+ (available in two sizes and 28 colors).

    21. A roadside emergency kit if you're traveling alone by car, *especially* if you won't be on busy highways the whole time — throw this in the empty passenger seat so it's at easy reach. It has all the essentials for auto-related emergencies, like jumper cables, a belt cutter, a window breaker, a hand-driven flashlight, and more. 

    Promising reviews: "This is the second roadside assistance set I have purchased. I just recently drove from West Coast to East Coast and these emergency car safety kits are invaluable, especially when traveling long distances off a main highway and if you are traveling alone. The old Amex commercial saying —"Don’t leave home without it" — definitely applies to these emergency car kits 😀" —J Hines

    "Amazing kit! I'm a 17-year old female and I figured it would be good to have an emergency kit. It makes me feel super safe when driving knowing that I'll be prepared if anything happens. I keep the window breaker/seat belt cutter in my door that way I can easily grab it, and the rest of the kit in the back of my car. Super easy to retrieve all the items from the pack. Anyone with a car needs this." —Isabella

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    22. A pocket belt to keep some emergency cash safely tucked away, so that in the off chance something *does* happen to your wallet, you won't be left empty-handed. PLUS, it makes going through the TSA security line slightly less of a headache, as you won't have to remove this before passing through.

    person wearing a gray security belt that looks like a regular belt
    person placing cash inside the belt
    Amazon

    Each belt also comes with two recovery tags from ReturnMe, which you can stick on your phone, passport, and other valuables. In the event you become separated from them, their call center will help you locate and recover your items — and this is a free service for life.

    Promising review: "I LOVED using this while I traveled. As a young woman traveling alone, I was so nervous about getting robbed, and this was the perfect way to keep my belongings safe. I love that it's secure, but still sleek and not super touristy-looking like a fanny pack. It fit so well and comfortably and looked like part of my outfit rather than making me stick out as a tourist and a target. I will never travel without this again! So much better than carrying around a bulky bag!" —