SET THE SCENE…
You are away witnessing a fantastic atmospheric carnival. The music is energetic, the costumes vibrant and the cheers from the surrounding crowds are getting you all excited. You are enjoying yourself so much you do not want to lose these memories and reach into your pocket for your camera/phone to capture the moment, only to discover it has gone! Vanished! All your photos, messages and saved confirmations lost.
It’s a horrible feeling. So, here are a few tips to help reduce those wasted hours filing Police reports, contacting Insurance companies, and, losing precious time.
There are a few gadgets on the market, albeit Geeky, that can really help protect your valuables:-
SPLASH PROOF BAG:
These bags have wire mesh inside the bags to prevent
thieves from cutting the side of your
bag and stealing valuables.
A super attractive number that is slimline that
hugs your body under your clothes. This sexy little number
is far safer than carrying your wallet in your back pocket.
Sounds silly but there you are wondering the streets
exploring the Piazza’s of Italy or the Markets of Asia
with a smart lush looking backpack over your shoulders.
Looks great, huh? To potential thieves the backpack
looks great too…. a perfect target.
KEEP VALUABLES OUT OF SIGHT:
Especially on any modes of public transport and
in cafes/restaurants etc. DO NOT advertise that you
have anything worth stealing – cameras,
mobile phones, a wad of money etc.
UTILISE HOTEL SAFES/LOCKERS:
Wherever possible utilise the hotel safes and lockers.
They are usually bolted to the inside of the wardrobes.
Some come with a key whilst others have a
4-digit pin code to enter (that is configured by yourself).
If your room does not have a safe ask reception if
they provide them behind reception.
Ensure you hold the key.
SPREAD OUT YOUR BELONGINGS:
So, you are carrying a few ATM bank cards and travel cards.
Do not place them all in one place (especially if no room safe).
Spread the items in various places. If the worst does
occur at least you have not lost everything.
Remember, if you are going to use pre-paid
travel money cards instead take a
second one as a back up.
Most places will offer a second card for free.
DON’T FORGET TRAVEL INSURANCE!
I cannot stress this enough. It does not matter how savvy
you are or the fact it may never have happened to you,
you cannot avoid unforeseen accidents or disasters.
It happens! You could drop your phone/camera and break it;
lose your passport; the airline loses you baggage etc.
If a mishap occurs you will want to be protected.
DO NOT scrimp on travel insurance. We are not talking extended guarantee’s on electrical products, for example,
we are referring to keeping safe when overseas
in a foreign country. Travel insurance will also
cover any costs should you take sick and require
a doctor or hospital.
Now I am not trying to say the World is a bad place and that travelling is filled with constant dangers because it is not. However, being prepared and reducing your chances of becoming stuck somewhere is worth the effort.