When traveling to another country, or even another state, protecting your belongings, like cameras, money and personal identification, should be your primary concern. Next time you travel, follow these tips so you can focus on enjoying the traveling experience, rather than filling out police reports for stolen items.
When traveling, take steps to prevent losing your money to a pickpocket or other thief. First, divide your money in several different places to ensure that a thief only gets part of your money if they are successful. Next, purchase a travel wallet that you can use for holding small quantities of cash, the money you will be using to pay for smaller items you don’t want to place on your credit card. Place your larger bills, identification and credit cards in a money belt under your clothing. In the event you are the victim of a pickpocket, you will only lose your small bills and not your credit cards or ID.
Place items of importance deep inside your luggage. Packing expensive items towards the top of your luggage makes it easy for potential thieves to quickly remove the item without anyone noticing. By placing it deep within your luggage, thieves won’t be able to access these more expensive items without drawing attention. Make sure any important items are placed in a small carry-on that could fit under your seat and not a larger carry-on that would go into the overhead bins. With limited space in overhead bins on airlines, many people are forced to check luggage unexpectedly. The smaller bag allows you to remove the important items before the flight attendant checks your luggage. Make sure the smaller bag is one that can safely fit underneath an airline seat.
Keep Items Close
When holding a camera bag or purse, keep the items close to you at all times. Do not set them on a bench or chair, even if you’re sitting or standing right next to them. When holding the strap of a bag, wrap the strap around your hands; don’t just hold it. This extra step makes it harder for a thief to tug the item, unexpectedly, from your grip.
Do your research. Don’t just pay attention to the customs of the culture you’re visiting, but also how people dress and act in public spaces. Tourists often stand out, making them a prime target for pickpockets and thieves. While it’s not always possible to fully match your surroundings, do your best to blend in whenever possible. Blending goes beyond clothing and also takes into consideration your behavior. For example, instead of stopping in the middle of a busy sidewalk to find directions, find a bench or shop to go into to regroup or find your way. Keep the guidebooks and maps away whenever possible when in public. Plan your route and activities in your hotel room before you leave and put the information in your phone for later viewing if needed.
While these tips can help you safeguard your personal items while traveling, nothing replaces awareness. It’s easy to get distracted while seeing sites in a new city, but it’s important to enjoy the sites while staying aware of your surroundings. Combine this awareness with the tips above, and you will more likely come home with only positive memories to share with your friends and family.
Venera Glanville writes all about travel. Her recent work is on her journey traveling across Europe while working remotely and going to school online. Most recently, she has written on the Top 15 Accredited Schools Offering Online Masters Degrees.