Traveling solo in a foreign country can be one of the most rewarding and freeing experiences of a lifetime. And the freedom to spontaneously pursue romance can be an integral part of the journey overall. It can, however, be overwhelming to navigate sexual health in an unfamiliar place. Pre-planning for your sexual health needs abroad is essential, especially when you're traveling solo. Here are some tips on how to safeguard against potential risks before even boarding the plane.

Know before you go

Whether or not you plan on getting intimately acquainted with the locals (or fellow travelers) on your trip, you should come prepared and protected for any sexual encounter. Your list should include contraceptive methods, condoms and dental dams for protection against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and a supply of over-the-counter medication for yeast infections and urinary tract infections (UTIs), which can sideline your plans for days.

About four to six weeks before you leave on your trip,