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Traveling solo can be one of the most rewarded and exciting challenges you can face, but it can also be rather daunting. During my 5-month solo adventure in South East Asia I had my bag snatched in broad daylight by a passing motorbike. While I had taken a number of necessary precautions to ensure this didn’t happen, there was definitely more that could have been done. Read these four travel safety tips and how they could’ve helped me avoid having my bag stolen.
Travel Safety Tips
Written by: Annie Jarvis
Locking away my Passport
If I had been carrying my passport on me the day I was mugged it would be long gone with my other possessions. Luckily I had followed the advice of a number of travelers including Travel Fashion Girl and had locked my passport in the hostel locker. My passport was my most important and valuable possession during my travels and while I was devastated by the loss of everything else I was unbelievably grateful to myself for not carrying it around with me.
Although it isn’t always necessary to lock everything away (if you go on a day trip you may want your phone and camera), I know that I could have spent a little more time ensuring I only had the bare necessities on me when leaving the hostel. Because your passport is one of your biggest valuables, I’d consider this to be the most important of these travel safety tips.
Read this post to learn how to keep your passport safe while traveling.
One of the biggest things I have learnt from my experience is to separate my valuable items and keep those I do not need locked away. Unfortunately the purse that was stolen was carrying both my credit card and my debit card (the only two cards I had on my trip). This meant that I had absolutely no way of taking money out of the bank and created the hassle of having to constantly visit Western Union.
From now on I know to separate my cards and leave one with my passport (along with emergency cash), ensuring I am able to access money even if the worst should happen.
Please read this post to learn about anti-theft options for travel.
As well as packing more appropriately one of the most important lessons I have learnt is to not get lazy. No matter how hung-over you are or how comfortable you feel if you start to act careless with your possessions someone will notice.
On the day I was mugged I had my handbag hanging over the shoulder closest to the road. This made me an easy target, which is why my possessions were taken and no one else’s. From that point on I ensured that my bag was fastened securely over my body and I walked away from the road.
For extra precaution, try using anti-theft travel shoulder bags like these.
The biggest thing I learnt from this experience is that everything is replaceable. I came out feeling stronger; knowing I had learnt a few valuable lessons and also knowing that I could carry on traveling once everything was sorted.
However, had I taken a few extra precautions and followed these travel safety tips I may well have prevented myself from being robbed. If I follow this advice in the future I know that should the worst happen, it will make moving forward that little bit easier.
Anti-theft Travel Accessories
While theft isn’t 100% avoidable you can definitely take precautions to avoid it.
Do you have any travel safety tips to share? Please comment below!
For more travel tips, please read:
- Ten Step Packing Guide for Southeast Asia
- My Over-the-top Tips to Protect my Laptop while Traveling
- Hostel Backpacking Checklist
- 8 Budget Travel Essentials
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Author Bio: Annie Jarvis is relatively new to the traveling world and has just completed a five month journey around South East Asia, India and the US. She loves diving, skiing, cooking and hiking and in particular she loves to write about her adventures on her Refreshing the Page blo