How to Avoid Being Robbed While Travelling
You might have heard endless stories about people getting robbed on vacation or you have watched it on the news. You might have some family members and friends who have gone through such tragic experience themselves. If you have never been robbed and you think it is just a myth, the truth is that it is not.
While there are no magical trick to keep yourself safe, there are a few things that you can do to keep yourself safe while you are travelling.
- At the airport, most theft occurs at the airport security. As most surprising as it sounds, it is true. Thus, you need to put your most expensive items such as your purse and your laptop through the machine at the end so that they come out exactly when you go through.
- When you are on the plane, you need to store your valuables on your body. This the time to make use of bra stashing or keep your purse on your lap and sleep with your arms around it.
- Avoid putting anything valuable in your plane seat pocket.
- It is best not to travel with your passport while roaming around in a new city. Make a photocopy of the passport and keep it in your purse. Store all your important documents and most of your cash in your safe at your hotel room.
- Take whatever you need for the day and keep all the remaining back at your hotel. It will not only keep it safe, but you will be able to roam around without having to worry.
- If your hotel do not have a safe, hide your documents or valuables at random places, for example in dirty laundry bag.
- If you are a frequent traveller, you can invest in a good money belt to stash your money in while travelling.
- If money belt is not your thing, you can use a cross body bag that is worn close to your body. Remember to have one hand on it at all times.
- Do not keep all your money at one place. Divide the money and credit cards between your inside pockets, money belt and your bag so that if one is stolen, you do not lose it all.
- If are worried about your small jewellery, you can store them in small empty bottles that will go unnoticed. If you wear contact lenses, you can store them inside the cases.
- Keep your phone in a zippered pocket so that it is not easy to take it out without you noticing.
In the end, no amount of advice can replace your biggest asset as a traveller – your instinct. If something doesn’t feel right, get out of that situation and go somewhere you feel safe.