Safeguarding Your Possessions
Use a day pack for your most valued possessions and
carry it with you on planes, trains, buses and automobiles.
Set up notifications of international transactions
with your charge card company and check on free wifi occasionally to
ensure your card hasn't been compromised.
During travel in congested areas, carry your day pack on your chest. Turn the pack so the zippers are
against your chest. Don't feel awkward - it sends a clear
message to pick pockets that they won't be successful in approaching
you. They will pick an easier target instead.
Don't hang your bag over the back of a chair. Secure the strap under your chair leg when sitting.
When touring a city, leave most of your valuables in a
hotel safe each day. Tuck a little cash and a charge card in a
secure zippered inner pant pocket. This adds safety and is easy
to access when you need to use it. If you think you need a money
belt during sightseeing, you are carrying too much with you.
Plan to lose everything that day and you will be surprised how much
more enjoyable your day will actually be.
Don't keep anything in open pockets that you aren't
comfortable losing. When you feel a hand in your coat pocket and
turn to see the back of a woman walking away with her young child, be
thankful you don't have to run after her and try to get something
When touring, don't bring jewelry. Having your
favorite necklace ripped off your neck by a bicyclist in Rio can spoil
your impression of the Copacabana beach and the city.
Remember that the higher the concentration of people,
the better it is for pick pockets. While you are jammed elbow to
elbow with other tourists in the Palace of Versailles and your hands
are over your head to take pictures, whatever you have below your
neck is at risk.
Carry a pocket camera that slides deep in a pocket or
store it in a Velcro pocket. This not only keeps the camera
safe, but it allows you to look less like a tourist just by storing
it. Thieves are targeting the person who has their hands full
managing that bulky camera.
For international travel, cell phones can be problematic. You must
obtain an expensive plan from your provider or buy a new SIM card for the country you are in, which may be
difficult. Also, not all SIM cards work in all cell phones. However,
cell phone is still a great way to keep in touch over free Wifi.
iPads and Tablets - Free
wireless is becoming more and more common at coffee shops, B&Bs and
even major hotels. In addition to its email and internet access, you can
install internet calling applications and buy minutes to your home country.
Even without the internet, you can
still have access to books, music, games, contacts and a calendar. A
Camera Adapter allows you to back up your photos from an
SD card onto the tablet. Leave the bulky laptop at home.
Battery Charging and Electrical Adapters: - there are inexpensive adapters available for
countries around the globe, so it's easy to use your portable devices
wherever you go. You can also purchase inexpensive, yet reliable camera
batteries and battery chargers from places such as eBay and Amazon. Try to ensure you've got backup power with the least amount of wiring to
transport. Want to know which electrical adapter to bring with
you? Check out our database
search by country or region.
The secret to easy travel is packing lightly. You
will be amazed at how many weeks you can travel with nothing more than a
20 inch suit case and a small back pack. Make sure the suit case has
rollers. Put your liquids and small metallic souvenirs in a clear plastic
bag and stow this in the back pack, so you have easy access at airport
security. Carry your luggage with you on and off airplanes, trains,
hotels and cruise ships. You'll wonder why you ever used to check
Some space saving ideas:
Small bottles of shampoo, sun tan lotion and tooth
paste take up less space and don't cause problems at airport security
Pack the toiletries on top where you don't have to dig
them out each night. A separate see through container is easy to
hang in a bathroom and makes it easy to access the contents.
Buy quick dry clothing such as socks, undergarments,
pants and shirts from travel or sporting stores. Wash these in the evening with
hand soap and warm water. In the morning they will be dry and
ready to wear or pack. You can reduce the amount of clothing you
bring by more than 50%.
For cruiseship formal nights, a man can get by with one dress shirt,
one tie and a good pair of casual pants. Leave the suit at
home. For women, mix and match a couple tops and skirts for
formal situations. Leave that good dress at home.
For those with fair skin, buy a broad brimmed hat such
as those sold by tilley.com They aren't the most stylish, but
they protect the face and neck. Plus they fold away easily when
Make your clothing multi purpose. Pajamas, a
long sleeved T shirt and a light gortex shell can help you survive freezing
temperatures in Chamonix and downpours in Rome. Mix and match
layers of clothing to the weather conditions and leave your heavy coat
Get a good quality walking shoe that will also work
for the formal night on a cruise for men. Avoiding the need for extra
shoes saves a tremendous amount of space, but is a major challenge for
women trying to pack light.
Locking Your Luggage
Don't lock bags at the airport check in.
Security staff do random inspections of bags after check in and will
open locks with lock cutters or tear into the bag if necessary to gain
entry. If its too valuable to lose, carry it on the plane. Visit the Transportation
for packing tips and suggestions on how to secure your baggage
during your next trip.