5 Tips for Keeping Your Valuables Safe During Travel

By on October 14, 2015

It’s a sad fact that travelers sometimes become the victims of theft. The unfamiliar surroundings can make it hard for you to pick out potential threats the way you would at home. Fortunately, there are ways to make it harder for thieves to take advantage of your tourist status. These tips will help put you on the right track.

Leave the Expensive Jewelry at Home

There is a time to break out that very nice and very expensive jewelry. Traveling is not one of those times. Leave the expensive rings, watches, necklaces and bracelets at home. If you need a watch, purchase an inexpensive one that won’t attract the attention of thieves. A basic Casio watch will run you less than $20 and if it does get stolen, the loss is minor.

A Money Belt Is Your Friend

Money belts and pouches come in a several forms, from versions that go on your leg to RFID blocking neck pouches and waist pouches. The closer a money belt or pouch is to your skin, the more difficult it is for a thief to take it from you unnoticed. RFID blocking versions of the pouches prevent thieves from using easily purchased RFID readers to steal your credit card information and personal information from your passport.

Tips for Keeping Your Valuables Safe During Travel

Avoid Storing Valuables in Bags You Carry

Purses and backpacks are very convenient for travelers because they give you a place to store multiple items. They are also easy to steal or open covertly while you’re attention is elsewhere. Use your bags to carry lunch or guidebooks, not cash, tablet computers and expensive cameras.

Split Up Your Cash

If you’re traveling with another person, make sure you both have some of the money and a credit or debit card. Also leave some of your money back in your hotel room, but not somewhere obvious. If your room comes equipped with a safe, use the safe to store extra cash or hide money in places thieves would avoid, such as in a sock in your laundry bag.

Copy Everything

You should create copies of all of your essential documents, including passports, visa paperwork, credit cards and leave them with a trusted friend or family member. Hang on to a copy for yourself. If carrying a copy of all that information on paper seems like tempting fate, create a digital copy and leave it in password protected cloud storage, such as dropbox.com.

By using a little forethought and making a few small investments up front, you can drastically reduce your odds of losing your money, or your identity, to thieves during your travels. The more difficult and time consuming it looks to be to rob you, the more inclined a thief will be to choose an easier target.

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