Most trips involve accommodation: dormitories, shared rooms, family stays, cabins, campsites, and more. And although many hostels do a great job offering lockable individual lockers so that each guest can safely store their belongings, sometimes there are some people with little honorable intentions who will try to take over the properties of other people. If it happens, this can be a serious blow to your travel plans or it can even completely ruin your entire trip. Here are some tips that will help you reduce the chances of finding yourself in that situation:
Choose the Right Backpack/Baggage
As we explained in this article, it is essential to select a backpack or bag adapted to the needs and requirements of the trip. In short, you should be able to block all accesses that lead to the inside of your bag. Otherwise, you are leaving inviting friends of the alien to snoop inside your backpack in search of valuables.
Be Aware Of the Type of Accommodation You Choose
Low budget accommodation is not always associated with security. However, there are two basic rules that can help you ensure the safety of your valuables when you leave them in the type of accommodation chosen.
- If you have the option, always choose brick and cement rooms before wooden cabins or palm trees. Despite being much more picturesque, cabins are the main objective of thieves, simply because they are easier to access by force.
- When you are shown the room, before deciding whether to keep the room or not, check that all doors and windows in the room are equipped with locks that work – so you can use them to prevent access to the room when you leave or you are sleeping inside.
Keep Your Things in Order
Many people treat the rooms of the hostel as if it were their own home, leaving everything scattered around the room and their bags completely open. If you stay in the bedrooms, a shared room or even a private room, leaving things loose and outdoors is just an invitation to get robbed. Ideally, every time you leave your hotel room/hostel, try to put everything that has something of value to you, inside your closed bag and padlock (s).
Use a Padlock for Your Backpack/Luggage
In addition to keeping things organized inside your backpack, you must correctly lock all the zippers on it in order to avoid easy access to your interior. It is best to place locks for security.
Do Not Leave Your Backpack/Luggage Unattended
When you arrive at a new place, especially if you are in areas of agglomeration, such as the train or bus station and you go, for example, to ask how to get to your accommodation, do not even think about leaving your luggage without you or someone from your trust watch over you.
A better habit is to always have your bag near you. That does not mean that you cannot get it out of your back, but make sure that, wherever you leave your backpack, you worry about slipping one of your legs, or the leg of the chair, through at least one of the handles of this one. That way you can avoid seeing your backpack fly away after being snatched by some thief.
Distribute Your Cash
Considering the worst possible scenario where your suitcase is stolen, our recommendation is to distribute your cash in small caches inside your luggage and your clothes. For example, you can place a wad of bills inside your suitcase, another inside your small backpack, a third in the inside pocket of your jacket or daily jacket and the last wad inside the tongue of the shoe of one of your sneakers.
Use Zippered Pockets
More and more we see people with pants with a zipper in all pockets. This is a very functional feature because it will dissuade thieves from trying to reach the “reward” that is inside the pockets of your pants. However, if the pockets of your pants do not come with a zipper, it is as simple as getting a piece of Velcro and sewing it to the pocket and part of the corresponding trousers so as to be able to hold that pocket.
Pay Special Attention to Your Most Valuable Devices
Not all things in your luggage have the same value. And that’s why you should devote more attention to your most valuable items: laptop, camera, passport, and others. What we mean by this is that maybe there are situations where you may want to take all these things with you in your backpack when you leave the hotel. But there may also be other situations in which walking around with so many valuable gadgets inside your bag might not be such a good idea and you’ll be better off leaving everything tight inside your room. This decision can only be made by you according to your own evaluation of the place you are visiting and the type of accommodation you chose. In case you are not sure which option to choose, sometimes the hostels offer the possibility of leaving some important belongings with them; Ask at reception. A very recommendable thing is to carry your personal identification at all times. This can be achieved by carrying your passport with you at all times.
Beware Of Showing Your Valuables Openly In Public
A rule of thumb that many people do not consider is not to openly show your valuables. The latest tablet, your new mobile phone, the camera with which you take your photos, etc. You could attract unwanted attention – even in shared areas in your hostel. So it is better to try to go unnoticed at all times.
We know that many of the ideas and tricks mentioned here could be quite obvious and intuitive for many seasoned travelers, but perhaps not so much for newer backpackers. So if with this post we can inspire more caution among fellow travelers and help increase the security rate on their trips … then we can say that we have achieved something.
Finally, you have to realize that if someone really wants to steal your belongings, there is no doubt that he or she will find a way to do it. The goal here is to put as many barriers as possible in order to make it harder for them to achieve their goal and, hopefully, to persuade them to even try it.