How to Take an Incredible Trip—Alone
The first rule of traveling alone: Don't check a bag, says Wendy Perrin, travel advocate for TripAdvisor. "The last thing you need to worry about is tracking down a bag lost by an airline," she says. Perrin's five carry-on essentials:
1. Lightweight parka: Something compressible that can be used for weather protection and as a plane pillow.
2. Backpack-style handbag: To hold necessities and your laptop—and keep your hands free to pull your suitcase.
3. Zip-top bags: For storage, toiletries, electronics and personal items you want to protect from rain or snow.
4. Pashmina shawl: Does double duty: It's an airplane blanket and an extra layer for evening outfits.
5. Gaffer's tape: Found at office supply stores, this adhesive is great for repairs to shoes, bags and hems.