There’s always the risk of your valuable, lovely possessions being stolen. It sucks. Alas, it is apart of living in the big, wide world. Here’s what we’ve learned to keep our precious items safe when on the road:
- If you’re staying in a hostel or hotel, and don’t want to take your valuables with you: always, ALWAYS put your valuable items in the onsite locker before heading out. If you don’t have a locker, ask reception about what lockable, safe place they can offer you while you’re out. If you’re staying in super basic accomodation that doesn’t offer a locker: ask at the local train station that you’re leaving / coming back to, or the manager of the day trip that you’re heading to if they offer lockers. If you can travel really light, you can keep your valuables with you at all times in a backpack.
- If you’re heading out with your camera, laptop, tablet, phone or other thief-attracting items, put them at the very bottom of your handbag or backpack under other items. If someone manages to get their hands in your bag, at least make it a little more difficult for them. You’ll hopefully feel them digging around before they actually manage to close their fingers around something.
- Pull your bag around to the front of your body when passing through crowded public areas, and always keep your bag zips closed.
- Be suspicious of everyone. If you make new friends, don’t trust them with your precious belongings so easily. Make sure you’re getting some seriously honest vibes from people before asking them to watch your stuff. It is always a huge risk! You may never see them or your awesome camera again. Better yet, never let your belongings leave your sight. They’re yours, and the best way to keep things safe is to watch them at all times.
- Don’t tempt any criminals passing by: keep personal / valuable items out of sight. Keep your room, bag, car, bike – looking as boring as possible for on-lookers.
- If your outfit and behaviour scream ‘I’m a tourist’, prepare to be targeted. Keep things low-key and casual to avoid standing out.
- Email yourself and a couple of reliable loved ones a copy of your passport and other personal travel documents like your insurance policy. You will always have a copy accessible.