How to Keep Your Belongings Safe on Vacation

    Travelling is one of the most relaxing and rewarding experiences. However, it can also be quite troublesome, and we are not talking about buying tickets and planning the itinerary, as these tasks are pretty straightforward. We are talking about keeping your valuables safe when you are in a foreign place, surrounded by strangers. Most people travel with a lot of money, not to mention valuable items like cameras, smartphones, laptops, jewelry, documents and keys. But don’t worry, we have some solutions that will help you keep your belongings safe, so that you can relax and enjoy the vacation that you deserve.

    Be smart when packing your luggage

    You should always try to travel as light as possible, and take only necessary things with you. We know it might be tempting to bring some jewelry with you, especially if you plan on going to luxurious places. However, try to resist the temptation and take with you only the things that are really necessary. Moreover, use a lock to secure your luggage, preferably a smart lock with a GPS tracking feature. If your budget allows it, you should also consider travel insurance, as no matter how careful you are, you can never keep your luggage 100% safe when travelling.

    Keep an eye out for thieves

    Touristic spots are always crowded with thieves, but there are a couple of things you can do to prevent being an easy target. First of all, don’t wear any backpacks. Keep your money and your documents in either a cross body bag or a fanny pack. Moreover, stay away from people who offer to carry your luggage in public transportation stations. When you do travel with cabs or other forms of public transportation, keep your electronics with you in a bag separate from the main luggage. That bag and the money belt should be with you at all times, and you should never give it to a bus driver or the cab driver to put it in the trunk.

    Stay safe at the hotel

    First of all, it is best to avoid booking rooms on the ground floor, as these rooms are quite easy to break into. Moreover, avoid storing your valuables in the room safe which can be accesses by most of the hotel staff, and instead ask if you can store them in the hotel’s main safe. But no matter what you do, you should never leave your money and your documents at the hotel, or in any other spot. Those things need to be with you at all times.  

    Be extra careful on the beach

    A day at the beach can fully recharge your batteries, but only if you don’t spend it worrying about your valuables. To prevent thieves from targeting your belongings, buy a thief proof backpack (with a secure locking system and a cut resistant structure) and lock it around a secure spot like a tree or a grounded steel bar. You could also buy a waterproof bag in which to keep some money, your keys and your smartphone when swimming. Moreover, when you are at the beach, always use floating keychain to keep your keys safe. You can order quality floating keychains online, but make sure to pick one big enough to handle the weight of your keys.

    Sleeping in public places

    Sleeping in a train or a in hostel can be very dangerous, so you need to be extra careful in these situations. If you don’t own a thief proof bag, make sure to sleep with your bag wrapped around your hand or under your head. Moreover, avoid falling asleep with your headphones on, and try to be alert and wake up if you hear a noise or you feel a nearby movement.

    Mail your souvenirs

    If you enjoy buying a lot of souvenirs when travelling, you might want to mail or ship them home before you return from your vacation. Packing them with your main luggage will add a lot of extra weight, and it will make it more difficult for you to take care of the things that are really valuable.


    • Tom La Vecchia

      Founder of New Theory & X Factor Media

      Founder and Publisher of New Theory Magazine and Podcast. Serial Entrepreneur who loves wine, cigars and anything that allows to people to connect and share experiences.

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