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Do not wait because this time is very suitable for solo travel. In this article, I will share with you 9 useful packing tips that will save you time and money when you travel to Sapa alone.

Best solo travel tips
Best solo travel tips

Know What’s Available In The Place To Prepare Travel

When you arrive in Sapa, check in advance what is provided so that you can best prepare for your trip, for example sweaters, boots for when it rains…

Backpacks for women
Backpacks for women

Or ask if the accommodations include gifts (like if the hotel has breakfast and free wifi, which can save you the expense of having to eat breakfast outside). Knowing this information in advance helps you define what you need to bring, saving you a lot of time and money.

Make way for Emergency Items

When you’re traveling alone, make room for emergency items in your luggage. Copies of documents such as your birth certificate and passport. In case the original is stolen, keeping a copy can help you verify your identity and nationality. This is very important when you are traveling alone in a country far from home.

Preparing passports and photocopies is essential when traveling alone
Preparing passports and photocopies is essential when traveling alone

Don’t pack more than you can carry

When you travel to Sapa alone, no one will help you with your luggage, so make sure you don’t bring too many things. Carrying too much luggage can be frustrating and distracting from enjoying your trip and possibly inviting others to steal your luggage. Be sure to assess what items are essential and bring only the most important ones.

Just bring essentials
Just bring essentials
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Use backpacks and bags that are easy to carry

A good tip to save space and keep you comfortable during your trip is to try on all your backpacks before you hit the road to make sure they all fit comfortably for extended periods of time without back pain. Using a large backpack dedicated to essentials and a smaller bag to carry when you go out will help you organize your luggage in a better way when traveling alone.

Wear layers or mix when traveling alone

When you travel to Sapa alone, you won’t have a companion to do things like leave the restaurant and go back to your room to get your coat while you wait for a table or need to change your outfit. So dress in layers so you can easily adapt to changing weather and circumstances.

Mix and Match sapa clothes in Winter
Winter does not prevent women from mixing beautiful clothes

Prepare a lot of plastic bags

You wouldn’t want to fall into a situation where you don’t know how to handle your bathing suit after taking a shower?

Right. In this situation, the plastic bag will be your great companion when traveling alone.
Plastic bags can be used to store wet bathing suits, dirty shoes, and trash. Alternatively, you can use a plastic bag to store your essentials when you’re out of the hotel, or carry them on your feet if there’s a sudden downpour.

Keep a copy of important numbers on you

You don’t want you to be in a difficult situation where you need to contact your family, but have no way to contact them?

That’s right. When traveling alone, always keep a copy of important phone numbers and contacts in your pocket or anywhere else safe. They will be beneficial in the event of an emergency where you may be incapacitated or unable to seek help for yourself.

Eat out for lunch instead of dinner

Here’s a trick that I’ve been practicing recently. By eating out at lunch, I can try the local food I want and pay less. Save dinner time to make yourself a sandwich or other inexpensive instant noodle. Many restaurants offer the same food for lunch as well as dinner, in slightly smaller portions and at a lower cost.

Simple Lunch at Sapa
Simple Lunch at Sapa

If your hotel has a fridge and microwave in your room, that’s great. You can buy some ready-to-eat canned foods and microwave them for dinner. It is also a way to save money instead of going out to dinner and having to wait because restaurants are often crowded in the evening.

Be flexible about your plans

Finally,The great thing about traveling alone is that you can make all the decisions. If you already have a plan combined with doing it your way will save you quite a bit of money.

Look for things like “one-seater” offers that are hard for airlines and other companies to eliminate.

On vacation, keep an eye out for deals on dining and other services that can save you money.

Flexibility in the plan helps me to chat longer with ethnic people
Flexibility in the plan helps me to chat longer with ethnic people

Conclusion – Traveling alone in Sapa is not difficult

Solo travel is an opportunity to explore and experience in your own style. Take advantage of that and make new photos and enjoy every moment. And always keep an eye on the deals around, it helps you save a significant budget when you travel alone.

Thank you for reading this article and if you still have not planned to travel to Sapa, please refer to this article Sapa 3D2N!