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While we could spend days waxing poetic about the merits of solo travel, let us just say this: If you have yet to take a trip by yourself, now is the time to do it. Not only do solo adventures prompt you to do some serious self-discovery, but successfully completing a trip from start to finish—one where you’re calling all the shots—is one of the best ways we know to build confidence and self-esteem.
Having said that, solo travel can be a terrifying notion for first-timers (or even frequent travelers), especially if you’re a woman or gender nonconforming individual. We already live with that nagging fear that something could happen to us every time we leave the house, let alone hop on an airplane and land in a foreign country. But as long as you research your destination, keep your wits about you, and pack some simple gear specifically designed to keep you safe while traveling, there’s no reason why your solo trip should be any more stressful than any other vacation.
To help you achieve that pre-trip peace of mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best safety gadgets for travelers right now. From portable door locks to pepper spray with built-in GPS, these easily packable products are sure to help you travel confidently and stay protected on your next soul-searching sojourn.