There are so many fun things to do when you travel. And because, most of the time, your mind is preoccupied with your itinerary and exciting activity plans, it’s so easy to get your mind off your valuables. We have listed some tips for you to make sure you keep your valuables safe when travelling:
First of all, make sure to only bring the necessities when travelling. That means you have to leave your jewellery and other expensive items that you may not need during your trip. For instance, if you’re going on a trip for 3 days to the beach with an itinerary that includes mostly water activities, it may not be a good idea to bring a laptop or your gold chains with you. And unless you’re a blogger or going to an important event, leave your designer bags and dresses at home.
Keep your passport, IDs, money and credit cards on you. Some say putting them in a money belt is the best way, but a neck bag or neck wallet that you can slide underneath your shirt actually does a better job at keeping these items safe.
This may seem impossible to do, but try to avoid getting wasted and walking around in a foreign land with your valuables. You’re very vulnerable when you’re drunk, so if you’re going out to party, leave your valuables in a locker.
It is never a good idea to trust a complete stranger to help you with your luggage. If in case you are in dire need of help, make sure the bag that has all the valuables is with you and not with someone else.
Do not put your cash in one place. If you have $250, do not put all of them in a wallet. If you lose your wallet, you will have to say goodbye to all your cash, too.
Get creative when hiding your cash. Roll your bills and put them in empty lip balm/beauty product containers, vitamin bottles or even your kid’s Play-Doh containers. If a thief decides to break into your hotel room, they would usually go for the most obvious places that might contain money (bag, locker, closet, mattress, pillow, drawers) but they would not have time to open vitamin bottles or Play-Doh containers.
Always be aware of your surroundings. Tricksters—young or old—are literally everywhere these days. They move really fast in stealth mode and you wouldn’t have the slightest idea about what’s going on if you zone out.
Invest in anti-theft luggage. Bags that are slash-proof and tamper-proof are really helpful. They can be costly in some places, but it’s worth it.
When shopping or going to the ATM to withdraw cash, do not stay long and count your cash at the ATM. Doing so makes you an easy prey for thieves.
When roaming around, make sure to find out the name of the place you’re in by asking around. In case you lose something, you would know where you’ve been and hopefully be able to trace where you lost your stuff.
The tips on how to keep your valuables safe are endless. No matter where you are going, the best way to stay safe would be to remain vigilant at all times. Have a happy and safe trip!
Mish worked as a travel expert, customer service specialist and a communications trainer in the past. After working for eight years straight since she graduated, she decided to give up her corporate job. She now focuses on her 4-year old son, works as a freelance writer and a real estate assistant. She is a sun-worshipper, a water baby, and an earth warrior. And oh, she’s tiny but she is an Olympic-level glutton. Let her bring your tummy around the globe! You can reach her at LinkedIn.