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Solo female travelers often face unwarranted criticism and opposition for our desire to explore independently. As a supportive friend or family member, your goal is to not only encourage her adventurous spirit but also ensure she’s well-prepared for the journey. That’s exactly why I have put together this curated gift guide, filled with thoughtful ideas designed to set the solo female traveler in your life up for success on her future journeys. From versatile gear to ingenious safety devices and reliable luggage, these gifts tick all the boxes for a memorable and secure solo adventure.

We’ll cover:

  • Top Gifts Under $50
  • High Tech Travel Companions
  • Clever Stocking Stuffers
  • Experiential Gifts to Inspire Wanderlust

Top Gifts Under $50

Travelon Anti-theft Signature Slim Backpack

Black Anti Theft Backpack from Travelon
The backview of the Travelon Backpack

Truthfully speaking, Travelon bags are not the prettiest bags. What they are known for is for being anti-theft bags. These bags have locking zippers, panels and straps that are resistant to cutting and slashing, and RFID protection for credit cards and passports. They are made of nylon that is durable, water and stain-resistant. I currently own two different Travelon bags and bring them along on my trips. They are lightweight and can mostly be rolled up so that they fit in my bags. Are they fashionable? No, but it does make me feel safer to have a bag that has all of these extra features incorporated. Out of the Travelon on line, I found this backpack to be the most stylish for those travelers that want to have style as well as functionality.

Venture Pal 40L Lightweight Packable Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack

If the solo female traveler in your life is a hiker, this is a great backpack /daypack. It only weighs 1.05 pounds and it has a wet pocket design that separates wet items from dry. This backpack is made of high-quality tear and water-resistant nylon fabric, has heavy-duty metal zippers, and is enhanced by bar-tacks at major stress points, providing long-lasting durability against daily activities. It is available in 8 different colors including this beautiful magenta color to the more subdued colors as well.

Core Rocketbook Notebook

Rocketbook notebooks
Rocketbook Smart notebook

This reusable notebook is a game changer!! If the solo female traveler in your life loves to document their travels, this is a great gift!. Thanks to its integrated smart features and the Rocketbook App, any traveler can transform handwriting into digital searchable text. This notebook brings eco-friendly efficiency with its reusable magic. Simply scan notes to the cloud, wipe the pages clean with the included cloth, and voilà, it’s ready for a brand-new set of ideas. One notebook equals more than 100 notebooks, making it the sustainable choice that keeps on giving! Rocketbook Core comes with everything you need, from the patented notebook, a Pilot Pen, and a microfiber cleaning cloth, to the Rocketbook App with cloud-sharing technology. Available in 16 vibrant colors, it’s not just a notebook; it’s a statement of your style

Compass Rose Travel Accessories Slim Packing Cubes with Unique Number AND Color Coded Organization 

Carryon bag with 4 Compass Rose Packing Cubes neatly packed in.
Compass Rose Travel Packing Cubes

Created by Travel Fashion Girl, these packing cubes boast a unique number AND color-coded system, making packing a carry-on bag experience a breeze. These cubes are crafted from durable nylon, ensuring they can handle the wear and tear of any adventure. They keep my luggage organized. I use each cube for a category of clothing. One of the cubes may hold all of my shirts and blouses, a second one will hold my bottoms, another will hold socks, underwear and 2 pajamas, etc. They are the perfect carry-on size, so they fit the standard sizes well. I am able to create a lot of space in my luggage by using these cubes.

TRAVELREST Nest Memory Foam Travel Pillow

Blue neck pillow

This travel pillow is hailed as the top airplane neck pillow for 2018-2023 by the New York Times Wirecutter. It has aced cross-country flights in every seat position imaginable. 100% memory foam and a distinctively angled back, it ensures proper alignment. Why is this important? Perfect for long flights, road trips, and all kinds of journeys, the thermo-sensitive memory foam embraces your neck, shoulders, and head, offering comfort for chronic pain sufferers.

High Tech Travel Companions

GoPro HERO11 Camera

Best Gifts for Solo Female Travelers - GO Pro 11
Diagonal view of Go Pro Hero 11

A GoPro Hero 11 for recording epic moments in 5.3K clarity. Waterproof down to 33 feet without a housing.

Why not the 12? The specs between both cameras are very similar but by purchasing the Hero 11 over the 12, you get to save some money and you get a lot of bang for your buck! Both cameras record at 5.3K 60fps and have photo resolutions of 27MP. Both cameras are waterproof up to 10m, so unless you are in need of some very niche features on the GoPro Hero 12, then go with the GoPro Hero 11 and save yourself $100 off the price of the GoPro Hero 12.

Apple AirTags

Picture of Apple airtags being held in someone's hand
Picture of Apple airtags being used

These Bluetooth trackers are ideal for placing in luggage or a camera bag, allowing the solo female traveler to track a lost item’s location anywhere in the world via her iPhone. These Airtags offer peace of mind if bags get lost by the airline. This might also provide a sense of security for younger solo female travelers but should not solely be relied upon.

Kindle Paperwhite Signature Edition

Woman reading her kindle paper white
A view at the screen of the Kindle Paperwhite

If the solo female traveler in your life is a book lover, the Kindle Paperwhite is a great gift. The Kindle Paperwhite has 32 GB of storage capacity, wireless charging capabilities, and an auto-adjusting front light that ensures a comfortable reading experience, day or night. Purpose-built for reading enthusiasts, its flush-front design and 300 ppi glare-free display mimic the feel of real paper, even under the sun’s brightest rays. A single charge via USB-C or a compatible Qi wireless charger (sold separately) provides up to 10 weeks of reading time.

Insta360 Go 3

White Insta360 Go3

This tiny camera is on my wishlist. I love to capture content, but I am also very camera-shy. The fact that this camera is only 35 grams and less than 3 inches long makes it easy to clip or attach to anything, which might make me lose my camera shyness. It records in 2.7K for approximately 40 minutes. The Insta 360 Go 3 camera has an IPX8 waterproof rating, which means you can use it for snorkeling or swimming at depths of up to 16 feet (5 meters). I would love to give this camera a try!

Clever Stocking Stuffers

Cellphone Tripod with Wireless Remote

Phone Tripod and controller
Best Gifts for Solo Travelers - Tripod sizes

One of the hardest things for solo female travelers to do is be able to take good pictures during the trip. Most of us do not feel comfortable handing our phones over to strangers for them to take a picture of us. Also, when we hand the phone over, there is no guarantee that the person taking the picture will do a good job. In those cases, a cellphone tripod comes to the rescue! One of my biggest regrets is not purchasing one earlier. My earlier solo trips consisted of all handheld selfie pictures because I did not have an easy way to take pictures of myself during my trips.

Door Locks

Red door lock

This portable door lock features multiple sizes to fit most doors, giving your traveler added security in hotel rooms, apartments, or any unfamiliar space. Its design makes it perfect for on-the-go, fitting seamlessly into a handbag. This lock is easy-to-use and its installation is nail-free, the smooth-touch, heavy-duty steel construction of this portable door lock provides a strong sense of security, making it an essential companion for solo female travelers.

 Sleep Headphones

Black Sleeping Mask

Indulge the solo female traveler in your life with the gift of sound sleep wherever she goes. This mask combines 5.0 Bluetooth wireless and functionality, making it an ideal companion for side sleepers. The mask provides sound through ultra-thin stereo speakers, while the built-in microphone ensures hands-free convenience. I have used this type of sleep mask to sleep in hostels and other noisy places.

For more gift ideas, check out my Amazon Storefront. You will find items that I want, have used, and recommend. If there is an item that you would like me to add to the list, leave a comment below.

Experiential Gifts to Inspire Wanderlust

Get Your Guide

A house fully decorated for Christmas

I love to enjoy a city by doing unique activities and tours that are not so common or mainstream. I typically use Get Your Guide and a few other sites to find things to do. For example, this Christmas Lights Tour in Brooklyn that you can enjoy if you happen to be in NYC this Holiday Season. So many of these activities will give you a different perspective than what you would normally see, and that is why I recommend checking out Get Your Guide on your next trip.

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