I recently wrote a post about how I pack my laptop and other valuables. Now I want to further explain my anti-theft strategy and how I prevent my most valuable items from theft.
My Packing Strategy to Protect My Valuables
It may sound strange but how I pack my belongings has mostly to do with the safety of the region where I’m traveling.
How do I know if a place is safe?
- A use Lonely Planet travel guides and they usually have information about safety
- While I find government warnings to be quite extreme, I do take a look when I’m traveling to an unfamiliar destination
- I Google it! I search for things like “tourist scams in Belize” or “is it safe to travel in Thailand”
- Word of mouth also helps if you ask others, such as in TFG’s Facebook group or people that you know
In Low Crime Areas
As mentioned in this post, I usually carry my most valuable possessions in my day pack but this can vary by location. If I’m in an area with low crime then everything stays packed as listed above. So long as this bag doesn’t leave my back or my lap I’m good to go.
I normally carry my passport in my daypack, but my cards and cash in my bra stash.
This is my preferred way of packing.
What is a day pack? Find out by reading this post!
In High Crime Areas
However, if I’m in an area where crime is higher and muggings are common then I split up my valuables because if one thing gets stolen I won’t lose everything. For example, I might pack my laptop in my locked suitcase along with my camera and place my phone and external hard drive in my daypack or vice versa.
If one item gets taken, I still have a backup that would carry me through.
In these high risk areas I ALWAYS carry my passport, cards, and money on my body while traveling (planes, trains, and buses NOT sightseeing) using anti-theft items such as underwear with pockets and my bra stash.
t’s always good to split up your cards and cash!
Please read this to find out about more anti-theft products.
Here’s What You Have To Remember About Theft:
All you can do is take precautions to prevent it, but if it’s going to happen it’s going to happen. Just give up your things and don’t put yourself in a risky situation.
Thankfully, in almost seven years of full-time travel this strategy has worked for me. You have to determine what works for you. This is just a system that makes the most sense for my travels.
It’s important to note that I mainly use my daypack to transport these items for travel days on trains, planes, and buses. Once I arrive at a destination I transfer these valuables to my lockable luggage, hostel locker, hotel reception, or other safe location.
To learn more,please read my strategy on how I keep my passport safe while traveling.
How do you keep your stuff safe while traveling abroad?
For more packing strategies, please read the following:
- 8 Step Strategy To Learn How To Use Packing Cubes and Travel Carry-on Only!
- My Packing Secrets! Do I Really Travel Carry-on Only?
- 5 Anti-theft Travel Bags for Women
- The Best Travel Backpacks