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Packing proved to be a challenge for our Borneo trip, as we’d be away for roughly three weeks and doing everything from diving off the island of Sipadan to climbing to the top of Mount Kinabalu. Moreover, we didn’t want to risk losing checked luggage with three long flights, a few bumpy bus rides, and a boat journey, so we had to fit everything into a carry-on. 960 1280

  

An Organizational System

An Organizational System

Holly tested out the Hoboroll, an organizer with five compartments that has drawstring end closures and compression straps to minimize bulk. “It saved me from having to dig around my luggage for my clothes, separated dirty garments from clean, and could even be used as a pillow on the plane!” says Holly.
There’s also a tool loop making it possible for hikers to clip onto their daypacks, and for minimalists to use as their main bag.
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The Travel Bible

The Travel Bible

We believe that getting lost is the best way to explore a new place, but we still like to read up on our destination by studying Lonely Planet guidebooks on the plane. When traveling to Borneo, we opted for the Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei Lonely Planet rather than the Borneo Lonely Planet edition because it’s been updated more recently. 960 1280

  

Foot Protection for Water Sports

Foot Protection for Water Sports

Jen is an adrenaline junkie who is all about comfort, so she loves protecting her feet while walking on the beach by wearing Sockwas. The Sockwa G series is made from space-age polymers for the most tactile walking experience, and Jen discovered that they’re also thin enough to wear with fins while diving to ward of blisters caused by friction. Plus, they take up no space in your carryon. 960 1280

  

Fog-Free Masks

Fog-Free Masks

Amanda suggests stocking up on anti-fog solution before any dive trip to clean your mask, because a cloudy mask makes it tough to enjoy the underwater world. We like Aqua Sphere’s anti-fog drops, as well as their Kaiman ladies goggles (with anti-fog and scratch-resistant lenses and straps that don’t leave marks on your face) for doing laps in the ocean or a pool. Holly couldn’t resist swimming in the gorgeous blue waters off of the island Mabul. 960 1280

  

Lightweight Sneakers

Lightweight Sneakers

Traditional running shoes are bulky, making them cumbersome for travel. For this trip she packed Altra’s Zero Drop Eve shoes, which weigh a mere 4.5 ounces. Designed for athletes looking to transition into barefoot running, they’re an excellent choice for adventure trips because they’re so versatile. Holly wore the shoes on the dive boat, hiking in Bako National Park, running on the beach in Mabul, at a hotel gym, and even with a sundress. 960 1280

  

Stylish Workout Clothes

Stylish Workout Clothes

We needed to pack some comfortable and cute athletic clothing that could also multitask for both airport apparel and adventure outings. Enter Electric Yoga gear. While hiking Mount Kinabalu, a hardcore, two-day climb that led us above the clouds, Amanda and Jen wore the seamless racerback tanks, which are snug-fitting without cutting into your shoulders, making them uber comfortable and ideal for layering. 960 1280

  

A Supportive Sports Bra

A Supportive Sports Bra

No need to accept the pancake-boob fate when looking for a sports bra that will keep your breasts from bouncing, whether you’re hiking a mountain or running on the beach. The best bra we’ve found for providing both a flattering fit and ample support is the Ta Ta Tamer from Lululemon. It’s pricy at about $58, but it may do such a good job of shaping your chest that you’ll actually want to swap it for your typical underwire bra when on the road. 960 1280

  

Versatile Outfits

Versatile Outfits

It never fails: No matter how many different outfits we pack, we typically end up wearing one the most. Holly’s go-to outfit on this trip was Athleta’s draped tunic dress. Flattering and sporty, the fabric is wrinkle resistant and wicks away sweat. She’d wear it for a day on the beach or exploring the tiny fishing villages of Mabul, and dress it up with gold hoops for evenings out. 960 1280

  

Multitasking Makeup

Multitasking Makeup

While not all female travelers consider cosmetics a toiletry basic, Holly (the Lost Girls beauty buff) swears by multitasking products that let you look polished without taking up a lot of space in your bag. Her new favorite product is Oxygentics Oxygenating Foundation because it acts as a foundation, moisturizer, and sunscreen all in one, and is healthier for your skin than wearing no makeup at all thanks to special peptide ingredients to boost healing oxygen. You can even wear it swimming in the ocean because it’s waterproof for up to 90 minutes. 960 1280

  

Brightening Facial Cleanser

Brightening Facial Cleanser

Travel can do a number on your complexion because dry airplane air and humid weather can cause flaky skin and clogged pores. Exfoliate dead skin cells to ward off breakouts while helping to reverse sun damage with a brightening cleanser. MyChelle Dermaceuticals Apple Brightening Cleanser is sulfate free, comes in an easily-portable 2.1 ounce bottle, and has natural fruit acids and powerful antioxidants to shield skin from free radical damage. 960 1280

  

Antibacterial Protection

Antibacterial Protection

Amanda is the group’s self-proclaimed hypochondriac, but you don’t have to be hyper vigilant about germs to know that it’s a good idea to arm yourself with anti-bacterial sprays and wipes when traveling—especially in places like Borneo where some bathrooms don’t have toilet paper or even running water. We like CleanWell To-Go disinfectant sprays and wipes because they have natural ingredients and are easy to tuck into your purse. 960 1280

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New Zealand

New Zealand

Don't be put off by the name of Cape Kidnappers in the Hawke's Bay region of New Zealand. The country actually has very friendly residents to go along with its awe-inspiring scenery. 960 1280

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New Zealand

New Zealand

Solo travelers who are fans of the Lord of the Ring movies are sure to find like-minded tourists at Hobbiton in Matamata. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Vietnam gets kudos as one of the most female-friendly travel destinations in Southeast Asia. The biggest challenge traveling alone in Vietnam is reconciling the abject poverty in some of the most beautiful mountain villages, such as Sa Pa, home to indigenous hill tribes. If you're inspired to lend a helping hand during your vacation, consider signing up for volunteer work at an orphanage with the Global Volunteer Network. 960 1280

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Vietnam

Vietnam

Admire the rice field terraces and surrounding mountains in Sapa in northern Vietnam, and then head into town to browse the markets. The language barrier is rarely a problem in big cities and larger towns. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

For something unusual, set your sights on one of Europe's lesser-visited locales and slow down your itinerary to dig deep into Iceland's allure. Make no mistake -- you're going to spend some serious kronas here, as Iceland is one of Europe's most expensive countries. But, when it comes to stunning natural attractions and safety for solo travelers, Iceland can't be beat. 960 1280

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Iceland

Iceland

There's certainly no shortage of magical spots for contemplation, including Kirkjufell Waterfall. For serious pampering, book into the Blue Lagoon, where healing waters pool in lava rocks in surreal Icelandic surrounds. 960 1280

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Morocco

Morocco

The seaside city of Essaouira is one of Morocco's most laid-back and beautiful destinations. Remember to respect local culture by keeping your arms and legs covered with pants, long skirts and long sleeves as most Moroccan women do (a head scarf, however, is not necessary anywhere in the country). 960 1280

  

Morocco

Morocco

Solo travelers will never be bored in Morocco, especially with all the souks, or markets, like this one in Fez. If you're still hesitant, consider pairing solo travels with a few days as part of a group tour with other intrepid women. Walking-tour outfit Country Walkers offers a women's adventure tour that takes in Kasbahs, Saharan sand dunes, the High Atlas mountains and indigenous Berber villages. Plan your activities for daylight hours, as most Moroccan women retreat to their homes in the evening, with Western-style nightlife and promenading really only playing out in cities like Marrakech and Casablanca.  960 1280

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India

India

Despite the horror stories, India can be — with some careful planning and research — one of the most rewarding destinations for solo travelers. There's even a growing trend of Indian women traveling alone in their own country, thanks to increasing economic independence. Stroll through the streets and markets of cities such as Jodhpur. 960 1280

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India

India

Explore the cultural riches and deep spiritual roots of India at sites such as the Taj Mahal, one of the most beautiful wonders of the world. If you desire companionship with like-minded Western women, consider settling in for a while at retreats in spiritual centers such as Dharamsala and Rishikesh. 960 1280

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For the Jet Setter: Puerto Rico

For the Jet Setter: Puerto Rico

East Coasters looking for an exotic locale without technically leaving the country should consider Puerto Rico's stunning beaches and tropical weather. Head straight to a resort for some R&R or soak up San Juan's nightlife with bottle service at Club Brava inside the San Juan Hotel or salsa dancing to a live band at Nuyorican Cafe. Hint: let a local lead. 960 1280

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For the Sex-and-the-City Devotee: New York City

For the Sex-and-the-City Devotee: New York City

The Big Apple is the quintessential bachelorette party destination -- no matter which borough you choose to celebrate in -- boutique shopping with a side of cronut in Soho, rooftop cocktails at The Standard in the Meatpacking District, or craft beer and pizza at hipster-haven Roberta's in Brooklyn. 960 1280

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For the Party Girl: Las Vegas

For the Party Girl: Las Vegas

The life of the party expects nothing less than a big ole' Vegas-style bachelorette. Splurge on a poolside cabana at REHAB at the Hard Rock, see some Cirque and then hit the club -- just hopefully you won't end the weekend on the Hangover Bus. 960 1280

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For the Adventurer: Vail, Colorado

For the Adventurer: Vail, Colorado

Vail is a great option for the bride who can't sit still. Off the slopes, your party can take a Cocktails & Canvas class at the Alpine Arts Center, go whitewater rafting, zip line in the Colorado Mountains or ride horses from Beaver Creek Stables. Regardless of the season, check into the luxurious Cordillera Lodge -- the mountaintop retreat's award-winning spa is renowned for its relaxation treatments. 960 1280

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For the Music Lover: New Orleans

For the Music Lover: New Orleans

Depending on the bride’s music taste, we suggest either attending New Orleans’ annual Jazz Fest or singing karaoke on stage at Cat's Meow -- they'll even provide a DVD of her performance. Dine al fresco on Superior Seafood & Oyster Bar's patio along St. Charles Avenue for traditional Louisiana seafood and Creole fare or spice things up with class at the New Orleans School of Burlesque before a Bourbon Street bar crawl. 960 1280

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For the Sun Worshipper: Miami

For the Sun Worshipper: Miami

After a day of oceanfront lounging drinking and dining in South Beach hit Blo a blow-dry bar where you can sip wine and primp for your big night out. Then prepare to see-and-be-seen at STK steakhouse and hotspot LIV. For those still feeling inspired by Channing Tatum's moves in "Magic Mike" Hunk-O-Mania is a Miami bachelorette party mainstay. 960 1280

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For the Foodie: Charleston

For the Foodie: Charleston

Consider renting a beach house in nearby Sullivan's Island or stay in downtown Charleston for Upper King Street shopping, Lowcountry cooking classes with Bog Waggoner and a smattering of stylish downtown restaurants and bars, like Le FarfalleThe Cocktail Club is a foodie's dream -- the rooftop terrace houses a garden where many of the drinks' garnishes are picked daily. 960 1280

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For the Francophile: Montreal

For the Francophile: Montreal

She may only dream of honeymooning in Paris but she can get a taste of French culture (and cuisine) as you stroll by the mostly French shops and restos along rue St.-Denis. To truly take advantage of Montreal's nightlife get chauffeured around by Montreal Limousine (which offers everything from town cars to party buses). Then partake in the Saint-Laurent club scene a la Le Rouge or take in an entertaining drag queen show at Cabaret Mado. 960 1280

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For the Celeb Spotter: Cabo San Lucas

For the Celeb Spotter: Cabo San Lucas

With dreams of marrying Justin Timberlake now out the window she can still vacation like a celebrity in Cabo San Lucas Mexico. Rent a yacht from the Love Shack and spend the day snorkeling swimming and lounging margarita-in-hand on deck. Just a two-hour flight from Los Angeles there's no telling how many A-listers you might run into (hint: infinity) poolside especially if you splurge on a suite at Las Ventanas al Paraiso. The hotel -- and spa -- are said to be among Jennifer Aniston and Jennifer Lopez favorites. 960 1280

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For the Quirky Girl: Austin

For the Quirky Girl: Austin

"Get weird" in a town that embraces it. Yes it has a dueling piano bar and Cherry Bomb party bus but we suggest focusing on daytime activities like floating down the Guadalupe River beer in hand with River Sports Tubes or sipping cocktails at the W Austin's rowdy pool party. Indulge in mouthwatering Tex Mex at La Condesa (where you can book a private dining room for up to 20) before heading out into the "live music capital of the world."  960 1280

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For the Oenophile: Napa Valley

For the Oenophile: Napa Valley

Your friendship is like a fine wine, it keeps getting better over time. Check into the scenic Carneros Inn where you can lounge by the pool in between spa treatments. After a weekend of Napa Valley wine tours catch the sunrise from a hot air balloon with Balloons Above the Valley that also offers a champagne brunch upon landing. 960 1280

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