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Tips for Keeping Your Items Safe While Traveling

Backpack with red combo lock - Ometepe, Nicaragua

Backpack with red combo lock – Ometepe, Nicaragua (photo: Dave Lee)

Are you planning a trip in the near future? Maybe you're taking that dream vacation to Paris you've always dreamed of or are heading to the mountains of California.

If you're going to be traveling soon, you should be proactive about not only your safety but the safety of your belongings as well.

Today, we are going to learn some helpful tips that will keep your items safe while on the go.

Secure Your Luggage with Locks

One overlooked area of travel security and safety are luggage locks.

In order to keep your items safe, you'll need to buy a set of locks for each backpack or piece of luggage you bring along.

If your bags come with a set of locks, make sure to use them. While these locks may seem small, they will keep out opportunistic thieves who can strike in broad daylight.

Many pickpocket types will take items from backpacks and luggage while the owner is sitting right next to them. But, a good set of luggage locks will stop them in their tracks.

Most thieves will not even attempt to steal items from your luggage if they notice they are locked. Thieves are lazy. They prefer easy targets.

Mail Your Belongings to and From Your Destination

If you're worried about your valuable items getting lost in checked baggage, why not mail them?

By mailing your items to and from your destination, you'll make sure that they'll get there safely.

But remember to get those packages insured by the postal service so that you can get your money back if something happens.

While normally the items you mail will be safe and sound, if something does happen, you'll be completely covered.

This will also save you some money on those ever-growing checked baggage fees.

Additionally, if you're shipping your items to a hotel, make sure to speak with a manager and let them know when to expect them.

When they arrive, the hotel will put them in a safe place, such as a luggage storage room, so that you can retrieve them when you check in.

Take Advantage of Your Hostel or Hotel Room Safe

If you're staying in a hostel or hotel, a great way to protect your valuables is to use your room’s lockers or safe. Any hostel worth staying at will provide securable lockers.

In hotels, small safes are great for keeping items safe. Jewelry, important documents, and other smaller valuable items will be secure inside.

If you have larger items that you want to keep safe, ask the person at the front desk if they have a larger safe. Many hotels and hostels will hold larger items for guests.

As you can see, these tips will help keep your valuables safe while you're enjoying your travels. With so many threats out there these days, taking small steps to keep your belongings safe is highly important.

Remember that it only takes a few seconds for someone to steal your stuff right out from under you.

So, make sure that you lock up your luggage and use the hostel lockers and hotel room safes. This can give you peace of mind knowing your items won’t just get up and walk away.

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This post was brought to you in partnership with Security.org.

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Ivo

Wednesday 1st of November 2017

pretty good is a steel cable lock with long cable, you can lock and tie you backpack on the beach to umbrella or sunbed :)

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