How to keep your belongings safe whilst travelling

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When it comes to travelling, one of the most important tasks is to keep yourself and your belongings safe.

It’s something that you need to be aware of at all times and can make even the simplest trip stressful.

Here are a few tips on how to keep your cool, and your wallet, on your next trip:


  • Keep cash and credit cards as well as photocopies of important documents in different places
  • Wear all bags on the opposite shoulder to the one facing the road to decrease the chance of someone snatching the bag as they are driving
  • Be aware of your surroundings – if it looks unsafe, leave
  • Lock the doors and windows of your hotel room


  • For long trips ensure that you have a spare credit card that you can activate if your original gets lost or stolen
  • Be careful about taking money out of ATMs, if possible do it near banks or hotels where security will be a little better, or buy everything on card
  • Put locks on your handbags
  • Close the blinds at your hotel so outsiders don’t know if you’re there or not


  • Take down serial numbers of all electronic goods that you are travelling with
  • Stash credit cards inside your shoes
  • Sew extra pockets on the inside of your pants
  • Hide valuables around the hotel room i.e. under the bed
  • Put something big, like a chair, or fragile, like glass, at your front door when you go to sleep so that you can hear if someone tries to break in. Be careful with this one if you are a sleepwalker and be aware that this may not be the safest option in the event of a fire

What not to do

  • Don’t use waist or neck wallets, not only are they uncomfortable, but they also put a huge target on your belly
  • Don’t put your wallet or passport in your pocket; they’re called ‘pick pockets’ for a reason!
  • Don’t look too ‘expensive’ or ‘touristy’ when walking around foreign streets
  • Don’t leave valuables lying around your hotel room, at the very least put them under some clothes

Have I left something out? What are your tips for keeping your belonging safe whilst travelling?

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