Travelling can be a seriously enjoyable way to spend your time. You can see places you've never been, try new foods and experience new cultures. Because you'll be out of your element and in unfamiliar areas, it can be tricky to make sure your valuables are safe in the airport, on the plane and even at your destination. Here are some tips to keep your devices, wallet and information out of someone else's hands:
Many people tend to over pack when preparing for a trip. They may bring too much stuff, from extra clothing to more credit cards than necessary and even multiple technology devices like tablets, readers and music players. Not only do these items take up room in your suitcase, they can also add up to be pretty heavy. If you aren't sure you'll use your iPad or you don't need multiple credit cards, opt to leave them at home. This way they are safe and sound and you won't have to worry about them. It's also a good idea to carefully consider what you will need and bring only that with you when you leave your hotel or hostel.
Use the hotel safe
You will need to bring some valuables while you travel. If you're headed overseas or out of the country, that will mean bringing important identification information like your passport as well as your wallet and cell phone. When you're not using these items, it's a good idea to stash them in the hotel safe. Also consider placing jewelry that you're not wearing in the custody of the hotel staff. They will give you a receipt and remind you to bring your things with you when you check out. They can store anything from laptops and tablets to diamonds and cash. You may even be able to get your own personal safe or gain access into one that is in your room. This way, you put the items away and remove them with no go-between person. And you can get into the safe whenever you want.
Carry a crossbody bag
Petty thieves are opportunists. When it comes to carrying your things, you want to make sure you're not an easy target. Backpacks are not always the best option for holding your wallet and other items, as someone can reach into them from behind without you knowing, even if there is a zipper. Instead, opt for a bag that is crossbody. You can easily hold it in front of you when on public transportation to ensure no one is rifling through it. Look for one with a thick strap or a chain, as this makes it difficult for tricky thieves to cut the strap and run away with your bag and its contents. Make sure your bag is zipped properly unless you are reaching into it momentarily. This will prevent things from falling out and strangers from stealing your personal items.
It's also a good idea to purchase travel insurance. This will keep you protected in the event that your belongings are lost or stolen while you're on vacation.