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11 Travel Safety Gear Essentials You Need To Pack

Let’s be honest; we’ve all pulled our hair out (and maybe cried a little) when trying to decide what to pack. Though no matter what you put in your carry-on, travel safety gear should be high on the packing list.

You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again:

Nothing should come before your safety.

While there are myriad beautiful places to explore filled with good people, the truth is we live in an unpredictable world where anything can happen at any minute.

My intention isn’t to scare you from traveling; but to make sure you’re prepared for the worst, even if it’s unlikely to happen.

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Attention solo female travelers: you need to read this list of travel safety gear, featuring travel safety gadgets like pickpocket proof pants, personal alarm keychains, security belts and more.

To help, here is a personal travel safety gear list that I use myself, including:

1. Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments

I’ve written about these apparel pieces a lot in my eight years of blogging, and for good reason:

They’re genius!

These pickpocket-proof garments are my favorite travel safety gear essentials, as they feature hidden interior pockets so crooks never know you have credit cards and cash.

This keeps your valuables safe, while alleviating you from needing to carry a purse.

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Photo via Clever Travel Companion

My favorite Clever Travel Companion Garments include:


All of the above-mentioned garments take up almost no space, making it easy to have a travel safety plan while flying with only carry-on luggage.

Combine them with a few top travel safety apps for maximum protection on the road. 

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Photo via Active Roots

2. Active Roots Security Belt

The best way to keep your valuables secure:

Invest in travel safety gear that hides them so thieves have no clue what you’re carrying.

This heavy-duty safety essential is possibly the best travel money belt on the market, and eliminates the whole sweat ring issue that comes about from traditional under-your-pants money belts.

The hidden pouch is large enough to offer easy access to your money, while the belt itself is adjustable for increased comfort.


You don’t need to take my word for it. Active Roots offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you’re not satisfied with their secure money belt.

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Photo via Vigilant

3. Vigilant Personal Alarm

I carry my personal safety alarm everywhere, both at home in New York and on the road.

It has a wrist strap, so you can wear it like a bracelet and easily press the button to have it blare louder than an ambulance.

The idea:

Attackers — both humans as well as animals like bears — will get scared and run off. This means you should also wear this while hiking solo or trekking in a group.

I tried it out in my Brooklyn bedroom and think I woke up the entire Bushwick neighborhood.

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Photo: Fox Sonic

4. Safety Whistle

This is another powerful piece of travel safety gear that scares using loud sound.

I’ve been wearing my Fox Sonic Safety Whistle for about three years. It especially makes me feel safer when hiking solo, as I’ve had issues with angry dogs chasing me on trails in the past.

As with the personal alarm, this safety whistle can scare away both humans and animals.

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Photo: Shepherd Hardware

5. A Rubber Door Stop

The scary truth:

Like your apartment, your hotel room can be robbed.

Or worse, as we’ve seen in recent years.

A rubber door stop is a good travel safety item to bring that can add an extra layer of protection to your guestroom.

Not only is it an inexpensive purchase that can save your life, it’s also super easy to install. Simply place it under the door from the inside.

travel safety gear anti theft travel backpack

Photo via Ambor

6. An Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

Now, there are a number of anti-theft travel backpacks on the market; my favorite, however, is the Ambor Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack.


Well, not only is this anti-theft backpack lightweight and comfortable, with an ergonomic design; but it also features a theft-proof combination lock and durable pickpocket-deturing zippers.

Flashpackers and technology-loving travelers will also appreciate the laptop pocket and built-in charging port (power bank sold separately).

Another reason to feel secure:

Ambor offers a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and a 1-Year Warranty.

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Photo: KnowRoaming

7. A KnowRoaming Sticker

While Skype is good when you have strong signal— if it’s weak you won’t hold the connection — I like KnowRoaming for when I want to make calls to landlines and cellphones without needing Wi-Fi.

It’s a simple sticker you affix to your SIM card to get local rates and, if you opt for it, unlimited data.

I like it for keeping in touch with family and friends and updating them on my whereabouts.

Moreover, as a solo female traveler who goes on numerous road trips each year, it’s imperative I have a working phone in the car at all times.

I actually purchased KnowRoaming for the first time when I went to Iceland in winter solo and rented a car. Iceland is wildly windy, and cars tip regularly, so having a way to make calls from anywhere made me feel a lot safer.


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Photo: B.Seen

8. Glow Bracelets

As a cyclist, it’s important that when riding at night I’m visible to cars.

While a helmet, bike lights and bright clothing help with bike safety, I like glow brackets and glow vests to make sure I’m definitely seen.

And hey, if you’ve got a rave to go to they can act as a funky accessory, as well!

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Photo: American Red Cross

9. Emergency App (free; iOS & Android)

Developed by the American Red Cross, this all-inclusive app serves as a “go-to” resource for what travelers can do in the case of 14 different types of emergencies and disasters within the U.S.

Users can customize more than 35 emergency alerts based on their location and where their contacts live.

The app also contains a kit of emergency first aid info advising on everything from heart attacks to heat stroke.

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Photo: Lewis N. Clark

10. Neck Wallet

Raise your hand if you love carrying a heavy purse when you explore a new city?

Hands fly down. 

Me neither.

Which is why I love this helpful travel safety gear item, which stores my keys, cards and cash in a lightweight travel wallet that is worn like a necklace and gets tucked into my shirt.

Think of it as a money belt, but with less sweat stains in hot destinations.


If you like to work out or go jogging, you won’t need to carry your keys in your hands or awkwardly tie them to your shoelaces.

travel safety gear hidden pocket scarves

Photo via Speakeasy Travel Supply Co

11. Speakeasy Travel Supply Hidden-Pocket Scarves

Can you tell I love safety travel gear with hidden pockets?

Speakeasy Travel Supply Co was started by fellow travel bloggers from Beers & Beans, based on their own travel safety needs.

These hand-made scarves come in a wide-variety of patterns, with styles made for all seasons (so yes, you can totally find a hidden pocket scarf to wear in Thailand!).

But the beauty isn’t just in the style, as the hidden pouches on these scarves offer a place to secretly store you valuables.

What are your must-have travel safety gear items? Please share in the comments below. 

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This incredible list of travel safety gear features everything from a travel safe backpack to pickpocket proof clothing and beyond. You can't afford not to invest in at least some of thee travel safety products.

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  1. April on March 8, 2016 at 1:13 am

    What do you do with your passport and money when you go swimming?

  2. Wendy Middleton-Bentley on March 8, 2016 at 2:57 am

    Thanks for sharing! I never even thought of some of these things. A door stop….brilliant!!! Happy Journeys and keep sharing your tips!

  3. Dave Chang on May 1, 2016 at 3:12 am

    I usually carry a flashlight, especially when traveling overseas. Many of the streets/trails/routes going to/from places are not well lit (if at all) at night.

    Very nice blog.

    • Jessie Festa on May 1, 2016 at 9:14 am

      @Dave: Thank you for the kind words. And great suggestion!

      • Billy Andresen on November 26, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        I always carry a compass, which can be VERY helpful in cities,

  4. Kate on February 27, 2017 at 11:21 am

    I carry a DoorJammer with me when I travel. It’s like a secondary door lock and bit more durable and secure than a rubber doorstop. Love the Clever Travel clothes, such a good idea! Will definitely have to get some.

  5. Carly on May 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    What a world we live in, when you can stick a sticker on your SIM card and not have to pay roaming charges! It’s kind of hilarious that it has a huge warning on Amazon though – CHOKING HAZARD!

  6. Mariann on May 6, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Been traveling with one of Northface backpacks for a while but it was only till recently when I discovered there was actually a built in whistle in it! I honestly didn’t know what it was. There was a dusty hole because I’ve been using it for traveling. And then I wanted to clean it up so I blew through the hole, and viola! It was an actual safety whistle!!! Made me the happiest!! I love secret gears! 🙂

  7. Megan on June 22, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    Aah I love the neck wallet! That is actually really cute lol

  8. cristine on November 15, 2019 at 11:01 am

    I like to carry a small and slim fanny pack that is also great for putting my phone in while going for runs.
    I’ll be getting one of those door jammer things when I’m in mexico for a month!

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