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  1. 10 things a female traveller should never be without

    posted by Guest blogger - Francesca Harper | 22 Comments

    10 things a female traveller should never be without


    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 pants

    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

    Minimal makeup

    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.

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    Thanks to DahonFeeling my AgeStacie and Robert Bejil for the images off Flickr. Please note, these were held under the Creative Commons licence at the time of publication. 


  2. 22 Comments so far.

    votr said on 29/08/2014 at 1:16am

    About birthcontrol (kinda): I had an implant put in, which means no pill, and no periods! Even in the middle of the Amazon I didn't have to worry one bit! Best decision I've ever made!!!

    Lorrie Jay said on 25/08/2014 at 3:03pm

    Absolutely scrap the tampons and go for the menstral cup. Environmentally better too, as you may find yourself in places with no place to dispose of the tampon(ie, Sahara desert)

    Lu said on 25/08/2014 at 11:54am

    I'm from Brazil (South America) and we have tampons here!!

    Rae said on 25/08/2014 at 1:18am

    Fake rings and sarongs (are we still in the '90s?) Really? .... There are some good tips, but overall what a pointless article.

    traveler said on 25/08/2014 at 12:37am

    almost impossible to find tampons in South America?? where did you check in a book store? by the way I work in Congo … no problem finding tampons here

    liveloveexplore said on 25/08/2014 at 12:15am

    Plastic ziplock bags to put your used tampons and sanitary pads etc in when travelling overnight on buses and trains or when treking and camping for days on end. It sounds a bit gross to be carrying this around but quite often there are no wastebins for a few days. This is by far more important than makeup, pumps or sarongs!

    PookieBooBonbon said on 24/08/2014 at 11:40pm

    Sammi - should not doesn't equal do not. The times I've decided not to bother with a fake ring in more culturally conservative countries, I've really regretted it. Even when travelling with my boyfriend along the Turkish tourist trail, the fact that we aren't married meant that some men would just wait for us to be briefly separated (as in, when one of us nipped to the loo) and then pounce. In countries where most women are virgins until their wedding night, the sad fact is that many men assume that Western girls are up for it anytime, with anyone - and being 'spoken for' is the only way to get rid of them. Obviously it's not ideal but in the interests of safety I'd always have a ring on hand (excuse the pun).

    Ren said on 24/08/2014 at 10:39pm

    The first three are ridiculous. Follow this advice is you want to look like every other hippy try hard. How about being an individual?

    Daniella said on 24/08/2014 at 10:23pm

    I just wonder WHERE in South America one WOULDN'T find hygiene products... (from Brazil)

    Elliot said on 24/08/2014 at 9:35pm

    What a useless list. Except for makeup and tampons these things are generic for men and women.

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