How to Avoid Theft while Travelling?

March 22, 2014 3 min read

“We travel not to escape life, but for life to not escape us.”

Travelling is inevitable. Whether you're bitten by the travel bug and like to roam around to see what the world has to offer, or you travel out of necessity, whether visiting home or returning back after a business trip, you will travel in your life.

With travelling comes the risk of getting our valuables stolen from you or even worse, getting mugged. But then, even if you aren't travelling, you could be robbed. Only in travelling, that risk slightly increases as you are not familiar with the place and probably look out of place. Instead of letting the thieves and scoundrels put a stop on your travels or make them any less enjoyable, become smarter than them and have fun on your travels. Here are some tips for you!

  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Do not plug in your headphones when you're walking down the street. If someone seems untrustworthy, keep your distance. Do not ignore everyone, everything or have a perpetual frown on your face but not be naïve to such situations either. Enjoy yourself, but be careful at the same time. Trust your instincts, they are usually right.
  • When on a bus or a train, tie your luggage with the pillars or your seat with proper locks so that no one can steal it when you're asleep, or unaware. For this, use cable locks which you can use to tie around your back and secure safely. These locks have a long cable which can be wound around the luggage and secured with a lock.
  • Lock your luggage as well. Do not leave the zippers unlocked, as someone can easily open the zipper and take out valuables. Use sturdy locks to lock your bag safely so that no one can open it easily.
  • Do not keep all your valuables on you at all times. For example, if you are simply roaming around, keep your laptop/ iPad and such gadgets back in your room. Also, separate your cash. Do not keep ALL of it in one wallet. Keep some in your pocket, some here, some there. Money belts are a good alternative, but then if you keep on taking out money from your money belt frequently, you will attract attention. So keep only some loose change in your wallet, for daily use and keep the rest in your money belt. And whatever you do, do not open your money belt in public.
  • Stay one step ahead of muggers. Keep a decoy wallet with some old cards and a little amount of money. If they ask for your wallet, give this one and get away from there as soon as possible.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask the locals which areas are unsafe and avoid them after dark. Keep the emergency numbers of that area handy. Also, it pays to be understated. If your clothes and behavior screams “rich tourist” you will be robbed.
  • Invest in good anti-theft travel products such as wallets, backpacks, locks, etc. as they say, better safe than sorry.

Travelling is an experience, and experiences can be both good and bad. Do not let the bad keep you from exploring the good. Stay smart, listen to your gut and keep on travelling!

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