Top 10 Travel Essentials for Women In Nigeria

by Oghenechovwe Eghwrudjakpo
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Travelling for women can be a hassle. It’s always very stressful when it comes to packing. You can forget your travel essentials or carry things you don’t need and won’t use.

I used to belong to this category, especially when it came to last-minute trips. I’d pack, unpack and pack again and still forget something. This is because everything looks important at the last minute.

You’d wonder why it’s so difficult to pack for a trip. It’s because you want to carry everything! In this article, I’ll be sharing 10 travel essentials for women. 

If you have been finding it challenging to prepare for your trips properly or you need some travel essential ideas, then you’ll find this article very useful.

Top 10 Travel Essentials for Women

Here are the top 10 travel essentials for women:

  1. Toiletries

This is a must-travel essential for women. Toiletries should be the first things you pack in your bag. These are bathing soap, lotion, sponge, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorants, and shampoo. Now there’s a reason you should pack them first.

Imagine forgetting your toothbrush at home or  your soap or even cream. How will you survive if you’re the type of person who can’t use or borrow soap from someone else? 

One time I was travelling, I forgot my sponge in my bathroom. So when I got to my destination, I had to go and buy a new sponge. Unnecessary expenses!

So the first on your travel list essentials should be your toiletries to avoid stories that touch! Just imagine if you forget your towel, you’ll stand in front of a fan to dry your body!

  1. Sanitary pads

This is another travel essential for women. It should always be part of your travel essentials. Omo, sanitary pads go a long way to save your neck. You could also help save someone else that might be in need. So before you close that bag, ensure you have a pack of sanitary pads inside.

You don’t want to run into any unforeseen circumstances. Whether or not you’ve had your period for that month, it is necessary to have a sanitary pad and pant liner in your bag. Most sanitary pads come with pant liners, or you can buy them separately.

  1. Clothes

Without being told, we all know this is a travel essential for women. Most women focus more on this aspect than others. They can come up with 100 travel essential ideas on just clothes. I once carried a box of clothes for a night’s trip just because I was indecisive about what to wear.

Clothes are very important on any trip, so it’s necessary to pack comfortable outfits. Dresses that won’t stress you, preferably something you can wear on your own, and you won’t require someone’s help.

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  1. Shoes

Clothes and shoes go together, so shoes also make the list of travel essentials for women. Please, and please, pack shoes that you can walk in comfortably. If you can’t walk in heels, pick very low ones, or you can go in with flats or sneakers.

My father sent me one of those forwarded messages on Whatsapp a year ago, and I decided to read through them. It was talking about properly preparing for travelling in this country. When it got to shoes, the writer believed that women should always wear comfortable shoes that are also not too expensive so that they would be easy to pull off and run if necessary. 

I laughed so hard at that part because I could imagine someone on high heel boots trying to run, otilo!

  1. Tote bag

Tote bags have taken over the place, and honestly, they serve many purposes, and I recommend it. In Nigeria, women rock tote bags because it can carry anything, and women carry a lot of things..

You might be wondering why a tote bag is a travel essential for women, and this is because they are very versatile.

My favourite thing about tote bags is that they can carry anything. They’ve proven to be very useful, especially during travelling.

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  1. Power Bank

As long as you take your phone, please carry your power bank. The power bank is another travel essential for women. This is the Christmas period, and we are all travelling. My village doesn’t have light like that so I cannot forget my power bank o.

Light problems in Nigeria have made power banks a travel essential for everyone. Don’t forget your charger too!

  1. Water bottle

Before now, I didn’t acknowledge water bottles as a travel essential for women until my aunt explained why it was necessary to travel with your water. Save yourself from the unknown consequences of drinking just any water, particularly if you’re using public transport. Add water bottles to your travel essential ideas today!

Water bottles are very affordable and can be found in any market or shop in your area.

  1. Make-Up

This is a travel essential for most women, so it’s only right to include it. Make-Up goes together with clothes and accessories. Together they make up the most travel essential ideas for women.

If you can’t carry a kit, you can take some essential make-up products like lip gloss, eyeliners, eye pencils, brush, powder and foundation. These should help you fix a little something on your face. You should look beautiful all the time.

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  1. ID Documents

If you are travelling within Nigeria, especially when using public transportation, please carry a means of identification. This is a travel essential for women and men too.

You should be able to provide documents to prove your identity when necessary. It could be your National ID card, work ID card or student ID if you are a student.

If you also carry gadgets, please ensure you have the receipts. For example, whenever I’m travelling and I have my laptop with me, I always hold the receipts.

  1. Money

This is a must-travel essential for women! It should make the top part of your travel essential ideas because “na who get money, dey waka”.

It is advisable to carry enough money to fend for yourself, so you don’t become stranded later. So sis, before you leave your house, put that credit/debit card in your bag and make sure there’s money inside.


One thing to help make travelling easy is to put all your travel essential ideas down on paper. Make a travel list and write down the travel essentials for women in order of importance to you. Then, tick them individually as you pack them inside your bag.

Run through your list as often as possible and ensure you have packed everything. 

Please let us know if you have any other travel essentials for women that should have made this list. This list is not exclusive, and your travel essential ideas are welcome.

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Oghenechovwe Eghwrudjakpo
Chovwe is content writer and a Fashion Designer. She's also a Chartered Mediator and Conciliator. She's an advocate for peace and loves art. She owns a fashion brand and is very passionate about what she does.

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