What should you pack for a solo trip as a man ? Are you worried that you will forget important items? Relax. My male solo travel packing checklist will make it easy to prepare for your trip.
The packing list includes 100 essential items for every solo male traveler. These include documents of importance, various types bags, electronic gadgets, clothes, shoes, toiletries, and other extras. This packing list is perfect for any trip, whether it’s a short getaway or a longer one.
Also, I have listed the items you should avoid when packing for a solo male travel. Also, I share with you my top 10 tips on packing for travel and help you choose between a backpack or a suitcase.
Documents and essentials
No matter where or when you travel, certain items and documents are essential for every solo male traveller.
- Driving license If you intend to drive around the destination you will be visiting, you may need an International Driving Permit.
- Visas Check if you require a visa for your chosen destination. Consult your government’s official travel advice.
- Reservations and Tickets You’ll likely already have all your flight, transportation and booking details stored on your email. You can download the files onto your phone if you do not have access to internet. Printing copies is another option in the event that you misplace your phone.
- Debit and credit cards Before you leave, notify your bank of your plans to travel overseas. This will prevent your cards from being blocked. Consider getting a debit card for travel to save money on exchange, transaction and withdrawal fees.
- Local Currency Visit a currency exchange and buy $100 to $200 USD before you leave. It may be necessary when you get there to pay for transportation from the airport up to your hotel.
- Additional passport photos Can be used to replace lost or stolen documents while overseas.
- Digital copies of your ID Scan your passport, your driving license and other forms of identification and save them as digital files. Print out a copy and carry it around with you.
- Certificate of vaccination Some countries require or recommend that you show proof upon entry. You can check the CDC’s list of destinations.
- Bank Statements– Certain countries require that you show a minimum amount in savings at the time of entry.
- Documents proving travel insurance_ Some countries require proof of insurance at the time of entry.
- Emergency Contacts– Keep a paper handy with the emergency contact information (in case your phone is lost). Set up emergency contact features on your iPhone and Android.
- A thin folder of plastic is a great way to organize all your essential travel documents for men. Keep it in your bag.
- Travel wallet – When travelling alone, use a wallet to keep your cards and cash in one place.
Backpacks and bags
Male solo travelers tend to carry one big bag as luggage, one medium-sized bag during the day and several smaller bags. The type of gear you take will determine your setup. You will need to consider how flexible you wish to be and the way you travel.
- Travel backpack or 70L Suitcase (luggage). This bag is for your clothing and toiletries. If you are a solo male traveling, read the following section to help decide whether a bag or a suitcase is best for your needs. Both have their advantages and disadvantages.
- Small Backpack (Day/Carry-On Bag) This backpack is designed to carry electronics, documents essentials and other miscellaneous items. The Farpoint travel backpack comes with an attached daypack.
- Bumbag– Use a fannypack to transport small items during day trips when you do not want to use a backpack. It is stored in my small bag when not being used.
- Toiletries Bag in Faux Leather– Keeps all of your toiletries organized and clean. Use a toiletry roll instead if you are backpacking.
- Ziplock Bags x3 Keep small items together and your phone dry when it’s wet.
- A dry bag is optional. If you are planning to do water sports like kayaking and tubing, then a bag that will keep your belongings from getting wet would be advisable.
- Rain cover for backpack (optional). If you’re travelling in the rainy seasons and are worried about it getting wet, consider a rain cover.
What electronic gadgets and devices a solo traveler includes in his packing list depends on the length of time he plans to spend travelling, whether he intends to do a lot of photography and if he needs to be able work while travelling.
- smartphone and cover– When travelling solo as a man, your smartphone will be the lifeline. It is important to protect it by using a screen protector and a shockproof case.
- Cable with 3 connectors: lightning, USB C, and Micro USB. It can be used to recharge all of my devices, including iPhone, iPad, Airpods and GoPro.
- Local SIM Cards – In most cases, you’ll buy local SIM cards when arriving in your destination. Sometimes you can order them ahead of time and collect them at the airport. Make sure to buy a SIM that has plenty of data.
- Global adapter Instead of buying adapters for every country you visit, purchase a global charger with USB A and USB C ports. Make sure it includes adapters for USA, UK and EU.
- Airpod Pros 2, Earbuds take up less room than headphones. My Airpod Pros are also protected with a Rubber Case.
- Airfly Bluetooth Transmitter– Enjoy movies in the air with your Bluetooth headphones. It only takes 10 seconds for you to get it set up, and then you can stop using those crappy airplane earphones.
- VPN– Before using any Wi-Fi public network, connect to a virtual private network (VPN). This is one of the best solo traveling safety tips. You will be protected from data theft.
- Maps.Me is the most useful navigation app when traveling alone overseas. You can download maps offline and store points of interests so you will always know where you are without an internet connection.
- laptop and case (optional). It’s not essential to bring your laptop with you unless it is for business. You can do most of the booking and planning on your phone.
- Tablet (optional). . Again, a tablet isn’t necessary for men to pack when traveling alone. It is useful if you wish to watch or read a movie. This can be useful for software that edits photos.
- E-reader (optional). Do not bring a separate e-reader when you already have a tablet on your list of solo travel items. Use apps like Kindle and Apple Books to save space on your tablet.
- Battery (optional). If you are taking a battery, make sure it is in your carry on luggage. You cannot store it in checked baggage on planes.
- Airtag (optional). Place the Airtag inside your luggage to track it if you lose or steal it.
- Nintendo Switch – Keep yourself entertained on long flights or lonely nights.
Clothing and footwear
The season you travel in, your luggage size, your duration and type of trip (e.g. adventure, backpacking, luxury, etc.) The type of clothing and footwear you pack for solo male travel will depend on the destination.
- Underwear x5
- socks 5 pairs — Include one pair dry-tech thick hiking socks, if you are planning to trek.
- Swimsuits x1 – Choose a pair of shorts that you can use as sports shorts or swim shorts.
- Shorts Avoid wearing denim shorts, as they tend to chafe most men. Instead, take cotton, linen or moisture-wicking fabric.
- Tank top or Tee-shirt x4
- Long sleeved shirt x1 Offers warmth and sun protection for male travellers travelling alone.
- Sweatshirt (x1) Even warm destinations get cold at times, especially during the night. Bring a sweatshirt, hoodie or jacket for extra warmth.
- bucket hatx1– Keep your hair off your face, and protect your neck and face from the sun.
- Protect your eyes with sunglasses and a case. It is especially important to wear sunglasses when you are visiting a beach or skiing.
- Poncho or Rain Jacket x1 If you are travelling alone during wet seasons, bring a rain jacket that fits into a small bag. A throwaway poncho will do if you only expect to encounter rain on occasion.
- Sneakers or trainersx1 It is worth buying a pair of good men’s sneakers or trainers that offer comfort, grip and support. When travelling alone, these will be the main footwear you wear.
- Flip flops are a must-have for any man traveling alone. You can use them at the beach or in the shower. They are also great for walking around the accommodation.
- Throwaway Shorts (optional).– A pair of old shorts you can wear for adventure and then throw away afterward.
- A t-shirt to throw away after adventure. An old shirt that can be dirty and thrown out.
- Jeans and trousers (optional). During your solo trip, you may find yourself in a bar or restaurant where men are expected to dress casually.
- Button up shirt (optional). If you are travelling alone, and plan to visit fancy clubs or restaurants, it is likely that you will be asked to wear one.
- Belt (optional)
- Walking shoes (optional). Only bring hiking boots or shoes if you are planning to do a lot of walking during your solo trip. It isn’t worth it to carry extra luggage.
Add these extra clothes to the list of clothing for men who travel alone during winter.
- Winter Jacketx1 The outer layer which will protect you against wind and rain and trap heat.
- Fleece A middle layer which traps the heat and dries fast.
- Tracksuit Pants x 1– Comfortable pants trapping heat.
- Thermal shirt and pants (optional). These layers are necessary for subfreezing weather.
- Scarf or neck warmer x1 (optional)
- gloves (optional) A pair of simple woolen gloves will suffice. In extreme temperatures and when it is wet or cold, waterproof gloves are recommended.