Looking for travel safety devices to protect you on your next trip? This collection of products and services are perfect for solo travelers in Mexico.
As a solo traveler, it’s important to take extra safety precautions. While the chances that you’ll actually find yourself in a dangerous situation while traveling are rare, it’s always best to be prepared.
Packing a few travel safety items will not only help protect in the event of an emergency, but they’ll also give you peace of mind, knowing you’re prepared.
Speaking of preparation…
Always do some research on your destination in Mexico so you’re up to date on the latest happenings.
Hint: Facebook groups are a great place to do this. I even have a group specifically for female travelers in Mexico. I’d love to have you!
In the meantime, check out these items that will help keep you safe during your trip.
Best Travel Safety Devices for Mexico
1. Anti-theft purse
An anti-theft purse is one of the easiest ways to protect your valuables in Mexico. Unfortunately, pick-pocketing is relatively common in many parts of Mexico, including touristy areas and parts of Mexico City. While this is typically a non-violent crime, losing your phone or wallet can seriously complicate your travel plans.
So, skip the stress and pack an anti-theft purse.
They are equipped with features like slash-proof body fabric and straps, locking zippers, and RFID blocking pockets to prevent your cards from being scanned. Each of these helpful components will surely give you peace of mind during your travels.
Related Reading: The 6 Best Anti-theft Purses for Mexico.
While an anti-theft purse helps shield your valuables for potential thieves, a travel scarf will help you keep valuables completely hidden.
Waypoint Goods creates gorgeous travel scarves designed with a secret pocket large enough to stash a passport, phone, spare cash, keys, or whatever else you may wish to conceal.
Best of all, they come in a huge selection of different colors and patterns, meaning you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect option for your wardrobe.
Remember, it’s always wise to keep your cash and credit cards in multiple places in case your purse is stolen. A travel scarf is the perfect way to stealthily do that!
3. Bra pouch
This silk bra pouch is a compact alternative to a traditional money belt. While this pouch doesn’t have room for a passport, it will work perfectly for stashing spare cash or cards. It can hold up to 6 credit cards and still have room for cash and a key.
With a turn and snap clasp and and adjustable band, you can easily attach this pocket to either the side or the center of your bra. The fabric of the pouch is soft and breathable and the clips are made from plastic, so there’s no need to worry about irritation from metal allergies.
As a solo traveler, it’s always wise to keep a bit of emergency cash separate from your wallet, and this pouch is the perfect way to do it.
4. Personal safety alarm
A personal safety alarm protects you by making a loud sound when activated. It will get the attention of anyone in the area and likely scare off your attacker. This particular alarm also features a whistle, which you can use in the event of a battery failure.
The great thing about personal alarms is that they are not weapons and can’t be used against you. That’s what makes them one of the best women’s self defense products for travel. Plus, unlike for weapons or mace there are no TSA restrictions about bringing an alarm on an airplane.
To activate, all you have to do is press the button. Clip this alarm to a belt loop, a neck lanyard or your purse or backpack to ensure it’s always within easy reach.
5. Door stop alarm
Sleeping alone in an unfamiliar setting can be challenging. Every little noise can put you on edge and keep you from enjoying your night’s sleep, and the last thing you want on your trip is to feel anxious!
A door stop alarm is a travel safety device that is sure to give you peace of mind at night. You stick this wedge under the door of your accommodation, and if anyone attempts to open it, the alarm will sound. That way there’s no chance of anyone sneaking up on you in your sleep.
6. Working cell phone
Carrying a cell phone with a working data plan is an essential safety strategy for solo travelers in Mexico. Not only does this enable you to quickly research Spanish vocabulary, order an Uber, or make a restaurant reservation, but it also enables you to keep in touch with family or friends back home or call for help if you need it.
Sure, international roaming plans can become costly, but can you really put a price on safety? In my opinion, it’s worth the splurge. What’s more, you’ll likely feel more comfortable and have an easier trip if you’re able to stay connected.
If your wireless company doesn’t offer affordable roaming plans, you can always pick up a local SIM card once you land in Mexico. They can be purchased at Oxxo convenience stores and you can top up the data with cash as needed throughout your trip.
7. Battery pack
A portable charger is another essential item for solo travelers. The last thing you want is for your phone to die at an inopportune moment. Having your phone topped up helps you stay in touch with your family back home enables you to call for help if you need it.
This portable charger is super compact and holds a full charge for an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9. For older iPhones it holds up to 2 charges. Just a little larger than a tube of lipstick, there’s no excuse for not packing this handy travel safety device.
8. Google Translate App
While it’s not necessary to be fluent in Spanish to visit Mexico, it is helpful to know some key phrases. But, since you can’t predict every travel scenario you’ll encounter, download the Google Translate app as a backup.
This app can save you from misinterpreting directions, help you communicate food allergies to your server, or enable you to describe health issues to medical professionals. Or, it can help you strike up a conversation with a new friend. It’s impossible to know exactly what you’ll need it for, but you’ll be glad to have it if you do.
Safety Tip: Download my travel safety checklist to help keep your travel information up to date and stored in a safe place. Be sure to note any vocabulary related to food allergies, illnesses, or medications in the vocab section so you can reference them in the event of an emergency.
Related Reading: 19 Essential Spanish Phrases for Mexico
9. Travel Insurance
World Nomads offers affordable travel insurance plans for destinations around the world. They have a variety of coverage options, including coverage for stolen possessions, trip interruption, overseas dental and medical, and more.
While medical care is generally very affordable in Mexico, travel insurance will ensure you are covered for any eventuality without having to worry about your travel budget.
Have a Great Trip
The last thing I want to do is feed your anxiety about traveling to Mexico. The media has a tendency to sensationalize crime and violence in Mexico, and while there are causes for concern, I still think it’s a safe and wonderful destination for solo travelers.
At the same time, I believe that preparing for any eventuality will make your trip safer and less stressful. I’m confident that the items on this will help you have a safe and delightful trip!
Is there anything you can’t travel without? Let me know in the comments!