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9 Personal Safety Products For Smarter Travel

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Mar 23, 2022

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Whether you're heading off on a solo adventure to a new city or simply commuting home from work, traveling alone also means paying extra attention to your personal safety. It's always important to be prepared with items that'll keep you protected if you need 'em. So we rounded up some useful gadgets, apps, and accessories to help you get around with a little more peace of mind. Safety first, people.

An app designed to help get you from point A to point B safely…

Whenever you’re feeling unsafe, simply hold down on the Noonlight app button. As soon as you release the button, Noonlight will send help to your exact location. And if help is no longer needed, just enter your customized pin to cancel the alarm. Pro tip: Noonlight can be paired with the Tinder dating app so you can feel safe and secure when you’re meeting someone for the first time. It’ll create a timeline and store information like who you’re meeting, where you’re going, and what time you start moving around. You’ve never had a wingman this good. (Free, Noonlight)

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A safety alarm as loud as an overhead jet engine… 

Yep. You read that right. The Birdie personal safety alarm packs some serious power: 130 decibels, to be exact. Aka the same noise level of an active jackhammer or when standing by the speakers at a concert. It’s also got a flashing strobe light that activates as soon as the top pin is removed. So if you’re in a scary situation, you’ll be able to call attention to it quickly. Bonus: 5% of the brand’s profits are donated to partner organizations that support women’s safety, shelter, and health. ($29.95, Amazon)

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A tool that’ll give you peace of mind during hotel stays… 

This portable door lock is an essential during solo travels — or just for some added security. It’s got two different-sized holes to fit both standard doors and doors with larger bolts. No tools are needed to put it in place: Just insert the claw into the door and close to prevent anyone from being able to open it from the outside. Even if they have a key. Psst…keep in mind that this tool only works with inward-opening doors. ($14.99, Amazon)

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A blinged-out travel safety keychain with the essentials… 

Travel safety, but make it cute. This set comes in seven different colors and holds quite a few defense and protection tools. There’s a bottle for sanitizer, three miscellaneous holders, a window puncher, chain siren, and an alert whistle. Oh, and don’t forget the pompom. Purely for fashion. ($13.99, Amazon)

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A multiuse tool that can cut a seatbelt and open a wine bottle… 

Because you never know when there’ll be a need for either. It’s the perfect item to have on hand for home repairs, camping trips, or traveling late at night. There are 14 different tools stuffed into this one gadget, including pliers, scissors, a wire cutter, and three types of screwdrivers. It comes with a side auto-lock for personal safety, and its ultra-durable stainless steel body prevents corrosion. Bonus: It comes in super-cute pastel colors. ($29.99, Amazon)

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A personal safety tool that’ll break you out (literally)... 

Stash this must-have travel safety tool in your car. If you’ve got to get out in an emergency, this tempered window breaker will make easy work of your car’s window. It’s got an ultra-strong carbide pointed tip on one end, and a blunt end to scrape away the loose glass. There’s also a sharp blade if you need to cut through your seatbelt quickly. Instead of throwing it in your middle console, use the strap provided to keep your travel safety hammer within reach at all times. ($19.99, Amazon

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An unassuming safety product you can carry anywhere… 

Just toss this pen in your bag or a pocket. It comes with a built-in LED flashlight, bottle opener, hex key, glass breaker, and concealing compartment. Oh, and you can write with it too. Win-win. ($19.99, Amazon)

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A powerful travel safety tool with a discreet design…

Aka pepper spray disguised as lipstick. This little guy lets out 12 bursts of 10-foot long spray so you can protect yourself even at a distance. Psst…Before you snag this device, make sure you do a little research on what your state's rules on carrying pepper spray are. ($9.99, Amazon)

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A wearable alarm perfect for late-night runs… 

Or midday strolls. Or Sunday brunch. It fits and looks like a watch so you can literally wear it wherever you go inconspicuously. It reaches a 130-decibel frequency to draw attention whenever needed. We love its dusty rose gold design and its TSA stamp of approval. Heads up: This watch alarm does require batteries in order to function so make sure you have two CR2016 batteries on hand. ($29.99, The Grommet)

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