The pockets get picked, purses get snatched and your hotel may not always the safest. When planning a trip, it is important you carefully consider what exactly it is you want and need to carry along with you. Think about all the valuable things you intend to take with you on your trip. Many travel experts usually advise travelers not to carry anything, they just can’t bear or afford to lose. Basically, to avoid carrying items that are of value to them. Many of them will also tell you to keep bland coloured luggage and clothing and to tone down the jewellery.
Anyway, that’s all super fantastic advice until when the time comes you as a traveler needs to carry something of value on the trip and are looking for ways you can effectively secure those items while on the trip. Don’t worry, though. That’s exactly why we’re here. So, how do travelers keep their valuables safe while on their travels? Here are a few ways how you can make this happen.
1. Clothing With Many Pockets
You might think you fully understand how pockets work, however, wait until you get to wear clothing with several different hidden pockets and compartments. It’s literally something else. Vests and jackets with lots of pockets can help you ensure your valuables are secure during travel. With this type of clothing apparel, you can carry on your person all your valuables without having to worry about losing them. Sure, you could use your backpack, handbag or purse to secure your valuables, however, losing your passport or credit card, let alone your smartphone, when you’re far away from home can lead to a nightmare of a trip.
2. Carry Only What You Need
If you know you’re really not going to use that expensive bling, your high-tech electronics, large sums of cash or all your credit cards, then you might want to consider leaving some of these things at home. Most countries today have readily available ATMs and as long as you contact your bank in advance and inform them that you will be travelling, then you shouldn’t have any problem when you want to withdraw your money when abroad. Avoid taking more than what you are prepared to lose, more so if you intend on exploring new cities (especially those well-known for pickpocketing). When you’re walking around all you need is one credit card and a little cash. The rest of your things just leave locked up in your room.
3. Theft-Proof Bags
Arguably one of the best ways to make pickpocketing or petty theft more difficult is by using theft-proof bags when you travel. Good quality bags of this nature are usually water-resistant, RFID blocking and splash proof. They’re also normally just very sturdy, as well, which is what actually makes them great for securing valuable items when travelling. For the ladies, cross-body handbags are often times the best and most ideal buy because it makes them that much harder for someone to snatch off your shoulder, while for the men, small anti-theft backpacks should do just fine.
4. Make Use Of The Safe In Your Hostel/Hotel
If you happen to be in a hotel that has safes in their rooms or hostels that have lockers, then you might want to make use of them. Stash your extra cash/credit cards and passport in it to keep them both safe and secure. Yes, this may not completely guarantee the safety of your valuable items, however, it’s so much better than having to carry them on your person all the time. Okay, what if the place you’re sleeping at lacks a safe or you’re using and Airbnb rental space or the valuable items you’ve carried with you happen to be too big to fit into the safe? What next? Well, there’s the option of buying a portable safe that you might want to consider. A safe of this kind doesn’t usually doesn’t take up a lot of luggage space, which makes them very travel handy.
Travelling often times is an experience of a lifetime. However, the loss of something valuable such as your passport when on the trip can turn the whole experience into a complete nightmare. Ensure you know where all your valuables are at all times and keep checking on them here and there whenever you can. Don’t let the loss of your valuable items be the reason your entire trip gets ruined. There are very many ways you can try to make sure none of this happens. Hopefully, this article has shown you some of the best ways you can ensure complete safety of your valuables during travel.
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