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  1. 10 things a female traveller should never be without

    posted by Guest blogger - Francesca Harper | 10 Comments

    10 things a female traveller should never be without

    Apr232013

    Our latest guest post is by Francesca Harper from Travelpatch.co.uk, a blog full of Francesca’s travel experiences around the UK and the world, along with ideas and inspiration for all kinds of travellers. You can also keep up-to-date with Francesca on Twitter and Facebook.

    On their home turf, girls can be rock solid. Shrugging off unwanted advances, fighting for the last Starbucks blueberry muffin (other muffin brands are available) and a no-pain, no-gain regime of plucking, epilating and scrubbing (or not); the vast majority of girls certainly know how to look after themselves. But abroad, even the toughest female can find herself uncomfortable and unsettled from time to time. From personal experience, here are 10 things that female travellers should never be without.

    1. Sarong

    The sarong is a girl’s best friend; one day, you can find yourself using it as a pretty skirt or scarf, the next, it can double up as a towel or bed sheet. The possibilities are endless!

    2. Fake ring

    Vast cultural differences mean that, in many parts of the world, men can be quite confrontational towards women. But wearing a fake wedding ring can help ward off this unwanted attention.

    3. Harem trousers

    Harem trousers, palace pants; whatever you want to call them, these lightweight slacks are great for warmer climates when you need to cover up, whether it be for religious reasons or because you simply don’t want to be attacked by mozzies.

    4. Condoms

    If there’s one thing you can count on, it’s the aphrodisiac effect of travelling. Just remember: no glove, no love.

    5. Email and hard copies of important documents

    Just as safety precaution, carry hard copies of important documents – passport, insurance, flight details, etc – when you travel, and scan and save them as email drafts so you can access them anywhere.


    6. Tampons

    They may be a part of our everyday wash-bag at home, but in parts of Asia, Africa and South America, feminine hygiene products are almost impossible to find. Consider taking an ample supply if you are travelling to these areas so you don’t get caught short.

    7. 2-in-1 toiletries

    Shampoo/conditioner, body wash/shaving cream, after-sun/body lotion; 2-in-1 products really are great space-savers. And anyway, after a couple of weeks on the open road, you’ll find better ways to spend time than preening yourself!

    8. Pumps

    These comfy slip-on shoes can be dressed up or down and don’t take up much space in your backpack. Just remember, they’re no substitute for sturdy walking shoes if you’re heading into wilder territory!

    9. Minimal make-up

    A healthy glow gained from warmer climates is all you really need, but if you insist on taking make-up with you, then keep it minimal; concealer, waterproof mascara and a bright lip-gloss or lip balm should do the trick. Anything more will probably just slide off your humid face, anyway.

    10. Diary or notebook

    You may think that you’ll remember the name of that remote lake in New Zealand, the place that served the best Pad Thai in Thailand, or the name of that dude who you spent one amazing day (and night) with on the beach in Fiji, but, alas, time goes by and you simply forget. Write down key words and experiences, or even cut and paste tickets, flyers and stubs, and you’ll be thankful later.

  2. 10 Comments so far.

    kc said on 07/05/2013 at 5:39am

    I LOVVVVVEEE this advice! Thank you :)

    Shelley said on 01/05/2013 at 6:39am

    Solid advice

    Becky said on 30/04/2013 at 11:18am

    I would also add a whistle to that list, and in place of tampons, the Diva Cup. If you're going travelling for an extended length of time, taking a load of tampons isn't really practical. My blog: anotherhodophile.wordpress.com

    Ms Traveling Pants said on 30/04/2013 at 11:15am

    I'd like to add a hat. Traveling makes everyday a bad hair day!

    Gaurav Bhatnagar said on 30/04/2013 at 10:41am

    Now this was truly honest and good !!

    Chica said on 26/04/2013 at 10:23am

    All great suggestions, but tampons are too bulky! Especially backpacking. Just continue taking the pill and skip those periods for once. Makes life travelling much easier!

    mary said on 25/04/2013 at 8:27pm

    camera; tiny watercolor kit to go with diary; emergency chocolate or nuts; empty water bottle to refill in airport to avoid $5 bottles of water.

    Nina said on 25/04/2013 at 8:01pm

    I'd say replace the tampons with a mooncup!

    Sara said on 25/04/2013 at 7:22pm

    I am from Chile, South America, and you can find tampons there!

    Sammi said on 24/04/2013 at 9:22pm

    Oh, hostelworld! I love you guys and this blog is usually bang on... but a fake ring?! really?! I know there are some cultural differences, but I feel this one is a bit dated. Women should not have to do this to feel comfortable anywhere.

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