7. Always be prepared
For the first time in my life, I’m actually listening to this advice. Maybe I needed to get old enough to realize I wasn’t invincible, or maybe I needed to hear enough awful stories to realize the value of protection, but I’m finally taking the last and most important step to keep myself safe as a solo female traveler: I am prepared. This winter I plan to enroll in self-defense classes before I head to Central America. I also got a Little Viper pepper spray bracelet, which I’m pretty much obsessed with.
I considered getting one of those pepper-spray-in-disguise things that looks like lipstick or a key chain, but I decided to go with the Little Viper bracelet. I know how easily lipstick gets lost in my purse and it seems like it defeats the purpose if I have to search through my purse in an emergency. I can’t imagine an attacker responding well to me holding my hand up and saying, “excuse me, could you hold on for a moment? I need to find something in the bottom of my purse so I can defend myself against your attack.” The Little Viper bracelet is there when I need it and makes me feel so much safer when I am out and about. Sure, it’s not my most attractive accessory, but it is pretty discreet and well worth the sense of security it provides. I got it just to make my dad happy, but now I’ve fallen in love with it. It’s a must-have for any solo woman traveler, but any safety-conscious person will geek out over it too.