Keep valuables out of reach
Even if you cling to a purse or backpack for dear life, you're still not immune to theft. Thieves can cut bags with a razor blade, and as your cash, credit cards and passport drop to the ground, they'll scoop up the loot before you even know what's happening.
So, it's essential that you keep vital items directly on your person. In the old days, people stuffed passports and cash into socks or bras. Now
special products--money pouches, fanny packs and
travel vests--provide added security. Whatever your
method, keep your most valuable items in an
accessible place. Here are some specific ideas:
- Move your wallet to your front pocket to
- If you're traveling with a car, lock valuables in the trunk so they're out of sight, just as you'd do at home.
- If you carry a purse or backpack, don't place cash, jewels, and so forth inside. Keep them on your person.
- For cash, credit cards and important documents like passports or plane tickets, consider a money belt or money pouch. A money belt goes around your waist underneath your
clothes (or you can actually purchase a regular
belt with a hidden compartment), while a money
pouch hangs around your neck and can be
concealed beneath your shirt. Both allow you to
keep your valuables secure and completely out of
- Travel vests, with their secret pockets and
hardy construction, keep valuables hidden and
- Fanny packs scream tourist, but they do
permit you to keep valuables zipped up in a
single place and always in view. It's a good
idea to keep the pouch in front of you, instead
of at your back.
- Never travel in an unofficial or unmarked
taxi. First of all, you're likely to be
overcharged. Second of all, your driver may take
you to an ATM to make a big withdrawal--which he
plans to keep.