How to Avoid Being Robbed on Your Next Big Trip Overseas

Posted March 11, 2021 by in Lifestyle

Are you ready to start traveling again? Of course you are, who isn’t? It’s been tough for world travelers to stay put over the past couple of years, and each day draws us closer to the travel floodgates opening once again. While this is amazing news, it’s even more important to stay safe because opportunists are waiting in the wings for tourists to start filling their streets again.

In this article, you’ll discover some nifty travel accessories along with tips to keep your possessions safe during your next trip overseas. Plus, you’ll find that most of these tips and tricks can be used in everyday life or for domestic travel:

Girls taking a selfie in front of a luggage back before a trip.

Tip #1 – Consider a Hidden Money Belt

Most people who invest in a hidden money belt do it all wrong or choose the wrong belt. In fact, there are paper-thin waist belts made for running that are better than a lot of waist packs sold as hidden money belts.

The key to using a hidden money belt is to put only your most important possessions in it when you absolutely have to. For example, when you transit through the airport, train station, bus station, or any other crowded spots between destinations. Once you reach your destination, there’s no reason to bring your passport, too much cash, or unnecessary credit cards outside with you.

Next, the second important tip is to only put items inside the money belt you don’t need direct access to, e.g. credit cards and passports. This way, no one sees you access your money belt, which virtually eliminates the chance of your most important possessions being stolen.

Tip #2 – Ditch the Large Traditional Backpacker Backpack

Most backpackers may find this tip counterintuitive, but when you land in a new place with a giant backpack on your back with straps dangling and what not, you’re essentially screaming to pickpockets, “Hey look, I’m a tourist!”

To avoid this problem, consider investing in a good anti-theft travel backpack with a stealth appearance. The helpful anti-theft travel gear guides at this site will provide you with plenty of ideas for anti-theft bags, money belts, and travel locks. 

Then, it’s wise to pair that new pack of yours with a small rolling suitcase that any business professional may use. By doing this, you blend in with the locals better and prevent drawing unwanted attention.

Tip #3 – Mix Up Your Locks

You know those popular TSA locks that look like they could be cut with a pair of scissors? That’s the type of lock that’s smart to avoid both indoors and out. Instead, consider investing in more than one type of lock.

Minimum-security TSA locks are good while you’re in the airport, but they’re not the best once you arrive at your destination. After you check into your hotel or Airbnb, it’s time to beef up your security by adding more layers.

To achieve this, mix padlocks, cable locks, and other types of travel locks that allow you to fix your suitcase or pack to a fixed object such as a bed frame. In the end, you’ll feel a lot better about leaving your important possessions behind while you cruise the streets.

Tip #4 – Choose Accommodations with a Safe or Lockbox

If you’re the type of traveler who enjoys meeting locals along your travels or inviting guests back to your place, an electronic security safe can be a true lifesaver. Nowadays, with the popularity of Airbnb and Booking on the rise, it’s possible to check for a lockbox or safe before you book.

With a safe at your disposal, you’ll save yourself a lot of time securing your possessions before going outside. Then, when you host guests, you won’t have to worry about stashing your valuables beforehand. Finally, be sure to check out this important tip to ensure your hotel safe is secure enough to store you laptop and other valuables.

Tip #5 – Don’t Underestimate the Power of the Stash Can

There are a ton of stash can options available online, and they’re good for storing cash you might not feel comfortable putting inside a hotel safe. One of the classic stash cans that’s still available is the Barbasol shaving cream bottle. However, don’t limit yourself to the shaving cream stash can because there are some really clever new options.

For instance, there are stash hairbrushes, soda cans, cleaning supplies, and even items like hidden storage shoe inserts. The bottom line is that these items give you the ability to hide cash and other valuables in plain sight.

Also, if you’re worried about a stash can taking up too much room in your luggage, the solution is to fill it up with items before packing it in your bag.

To avoid being robbed along your travels, all it takes is some common sense and thinking outside the box. Once you get into the proper mindset and add a few of these items to your collection of travel accessories, your travels will go a lot smoother.

Plus, eliminating the need to worry about being robbed will make your next trip overseas the carefree one that you deserve.