Anyone out there who’s an anxious mess while traveling, please raise your hand!
Hopefully, I’m not the only one. Do you ever just… stop and think of every possible disaster that could take place during your trip?
No? Just me? Cool.
Either way, I’ve learned that a little preventative measures can do a world of good for my anxious little brain. So, below are some products that have eased whatever terrifying thoughts my mind was cooking up.
Quick note though: I have a few safety products listed. It’s completely your call on whether or not you feel you need these. I’m in no way implying that if you don’t get these items, your life will be in danger. That’s some victim-blaming nonsense, and we don’t do that here. We do regular nonsense, obviously.
Also, as much as I love and stand by these recs, nothing is 100% fool proof. But anxiety isn’t known for being rational, and sometimes a little extra reassurance can calm your brain.
Enough chit chat, let’s dive in!
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Table of Contents
1. Jamm Door Stopper
This has been especially helpful during my solo ventures. Also for those regular ol’ night panics. Just slide this guy underneath your hotel/hostel/Airbnb door, and you’re set! The door won’t budge easily from the outside, and you can sleep soundly.
Quick safety note: Always make sure you know how to remove these quickly. Practice a few times. Just in case a fire alarm or something similar goes off and you need to evacuate the building fast.
2. Bed Bug Patrol Bed Bug Killer Spray
I fear bed bugs the way most people fear… well, bed bugs. Those tiny cretins are a nightmare sent from hell and a surefire way to ruin a vacation. So, before I go anywhere, I dump this spray into a travel-friendly bottle. Then, if I get to my destination and feel anxious about it’s bed bug status, I’ve got something to fight back with. And unlike many similar products, it doesn’t stink.
3. Todamay Power Bank
Most of my traveling days are nuts. I’m out trying to maximize my short amount of time there and see everything there is to see. There’s a good chance I’ll leave my hostel around 6 or 7 a.m. and return around 11 p.m. or later. All this to say, my phone will likely take a dip in power throughout the day. And if you’ve ever had a phone die on you in the middle of an unfamiliar city, you know the immediate panic it can cause. Been there, done that. So now, a power bank is my lifeline.
4. Navor Magnetic Detachable Wallet Case [RFID Protection]
Technology these days is equal parts cool and unbelievably horrifying. Case in point: I can use my credit card almost anywhere on Earth. Consequently, anyone else can just breeze on by and electronically pickpocket me.
Neat. I’m terrified.
A wallet with RFID theft protection is a must. And I also love this one. It can fit whatever phone you currently own, while leaving room for the camera so you’re not constantly messing with it. Plenty of space to store your cards/cash and it’s got a little clip for ease of carrying.
5. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
“The water isn’t safe to drink.” Name a more terrifying sentence.
Ideally, you’d know whether or not tap water is okay before you arrive at your destination. But hey, stuff happens. When in doubt, pull the LifeStraw out, and be rest assured that you can hydrate safely.
6. First Aid Only 299 Piece All-Purpose First Aid Kit
Sometimes I get injuries and even I’m like, “I really had this coming.” It’s my own damn fault trying to take my uncoordinated ass anywhere without unintentionally hurting myself.
Lesson learned. Pack like I’m preparing to be thrown to the wolves.
This first aid kit has everything you could need for various injuries. Stuff like burn cream, aspirin, and all the bandages your heart desires for when you, say… attempt rock climbing and find out it’s really not your thing.
But I digress.
7. LE CREE LED Flashlight
Should I rely solely on my phone to light up the way? See #3.
This device is small enough to fit into a purse or pocket. It’s also water resistant and the batteries are included! Win-win!
8. Travel dictionary
This next recommendation is solely based on your intended destination and your level of comfort with the native language. It can be scary having something like a medical emergency, and not knowing how to communicate with the hospital staff. Take a look at guides like Rick Steve’s and Lonely Planet before you go.
Anything you like to take with you when you travel to ease your mind? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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