How To Keep Your Valuables Safe When Traveling The World

We love traveling because it takes us out of our comfort zones. We dive headfirst into a city and culture unlike anything we’ve known, and the vulnerability necessary to do so feels thrilling. However, it also means we’re more at risk of falling victim to crime than at any other time.

How To Keep Your Valuables Safe When Traveling The World
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Even if you live in a city with a high crime rate, you probably aren’t as vulnerable as when you’re traveling. This is because you’re accustomed to doing what’s necessary to protect yourself. That is not true elsewhere in the world. Here is what you need to do to keep your valuables safe when traveling.

Insure your possessions back home

If you’re relatively new to traveling, you’d be forgiven for assuming that you need to cover your possessions with travelers insurance. But this is not actually true. Rather, you need to make sure you have travelers renters insurance. You should have renters insurance in any case. If you don’t, it’s high time you signed up.

Renters insurance covers your possessions for theft no matter where you are in the world. Whether your phone is stolen from your home or in another country, your insurance will still pay out. Ideally, you will never have to claim from insurance. However, no matter how well prepared you are, life is extremely unpredictable when traveling.

Research crime against tourists

Before traveling to a destination, many people look up the crime rates to determine how dangerous it is. But crime rates won’t tell you what you need to know. For example, a city can have high rates of crime that are caused by gang violence in areas you’ll never visit. On the other side of the spectrum, a city that is very safe for residents can be risky for tourists, who criminals target because of their vulnerability.

You need to research what types of crimes are commonly perpetrated against tourists. This will help you with practical preparation for your trip, without causing undue fear over things you are never going to face.

Pack light when it comes to valuables

The best way to protect your valuables when traveling is to not take them at all. The reality is that no matter how careful you are, you are more likely to lose stuff when traveling than at any other time. You may feel certain you packed a piece of jewelry, only to find you’ve left it at your hotel or Airbnb. You might take all the precautions against theft, only for your bags to be lost by the airline.

Your phone and laptop are the easiest to keep track of, considering the fact that you almost always know where they are. A lost phone or laptop is also the easiest to replace. But priceless heirlooms, jewelry with sentimental value, and other valuable items can easily go missing and you’ll never get them back. In these cases, the money you get from your insurance claim will mitigate only the financial blow.

If you love jewelry, you’ll want to wear it everywhere, but take the time to think about whether it is actually worth taking it along.

Keep a packing list

Finally, a handy way to keep track of your valuables is to make an inventory when packing them, especially when it comes to jewelry. Each time you leave a location, go through that list all over again. If you are traveling with valuable clothing, include your fashion as well. It will be easy to determine whether you’ve packed all of your shirts if you know exactly how many you brought along in the first place.

At the very least, this will alert you to the fact that something is missing sooner rather than later. You’ll have the chance to retrace your steps. If you only notice an item is missing once you’ve already left a city, the chances you’ll get it back are extremely low.

Part of the thrill of travel is that we are open to new experiences and therefore more vulnerable. But the possibility of falling victim to crime never feels good. Make sure you’re prepared for safe travel and consider leaving your most valuable possessions at home.

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