Heading off on an adventure is always exciting. Discovering new lands, or even revisiting old ones, is what most people look forward to all year round. However, it’s important to keep your guard about you at all times – I should know, I actually got my camera stolen from a hostel in the Dominican Republic when I didn’t lock it up. Everyone’s precious items are susceptible to being prised away from you if you’re not careful – which is why it’s important to stay on top of things. Let’s run through four genius ways to do just that.
1. Hide items about your person
Keeping important items and documentation close to you is a clever way of ensuring you don’t fall victim to theft. This relatively fool proof method has dual benefits. For one thing, you’ll have quick access to all of your items, and won’t have to worry about fumbling through your pack for what you need.
Secondly, and perhaps more importantly, it’ll make it considerably harder for any would-be robber to pilfer your goods. In order for them to steal from you, they’ll have to put their hands in your pockets without you realising. It’s fair to assume you’ll probably notice this before it happens.
2. Using a safe
Has the hostel or hotel you’re staying at got a safe? Whether it’s in your room, or a communal area, it’s always a good idea to employ the use of this kind of device. The only way you could possibly become a target at this point is if the safe itself is broken into.
Even if you’re concerned that might happen, relax. As TINZ helpfully point out, your travel insurance will cover any loss, damage or theft if someone breaks into a safe to steal your valuables. There’s nothing more you can do at this point, so the blame is taken away from you.
3. Use an industrial strength rucksack
Make use of a rucksack which has been designed to be un-tearable. There are a wide selection of bags which tick these boxes, with some of the most prevalent including the classic drawstring design.
Gizmodo even suggest trying one which is made from a substance which is supposedly ten times stronger than steel. It utilises ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene to provide a light, but durable, experience for travellers. You can always throw a padlock on it, just for good measure.
4. Learn the local tricks
Sadly, there will always be people looking to make the most of the vulnerability of others. That’s no more prevalent than in the case of tourists. Some visitors just stand out from the crowd when they’re abroad – making them an easy target.
The best bet here if you’re concerned is to take precautionary action and learn to watch out for certain signs. Traveller Rick Steves suggests several ways to do this including:
- Staying vigilant in large crowds
- Not allowing beggars to get too close to you
- Stay away from a loud commotion where lots of people are gathered
Have these top tips helped you to ponder how to better keep your precious items safe when you’re on holiday? Take heed, and ensure you’re not falling victim to an attack on your belongings when you’re off on your travels.
*This is a collaborative post, but I haven’t endorsed anything that I don’t feel confident endorsing 🙂