There are bad people in the world. Bad people that take advantage of oblivious tourists. Don’t be one of those oblivious tourists, because chances are that if you’re an oblivious tourist you are also a travel wanker…a travel wanker that those bad people steal from. So how can you keep your shit from being stolen? There’s heaps of things you can do to minimise the risk, and conveniently there are a bunch of helpful hints below!
- Keep your sources of money separate. It’s a good idea to keep some emergency cash stashed in a secure place amongst your luggage at your accommodation. You can also have multiple bank access cards that can similarly be stashed in different places so if you do become a victim of theft, you always have money available.
- Make sure you have travel insurance. Pretty obvious why you should have travel insurance. If you don’t think you need it, you need to reevaluate your life choices
- Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t be too paranoid, but make sure you are aware of who is around you, particularly on crowded public transport, people walking too close, or people who are potentially trying to distract you.
- Scan copies of your passport and license. Give one to a trustworthy person at home and keep one in a separate location to the one you carry with you. Heck, put one up on the cloud so you can download it if you need it. And why stop at your passport? Keep back ups of any travel confirmations, accommodation bookings, and literally any important piece of paper. It’s much easier to have a back up than it is trying to talk to the embassy about getting a new passport when you can’t prove who you are.
- Don’t be a drunken
douchewanker. Yes, drink! Enjoy your holiday! But if you get to the point where you’re lying in a gutter, I refer you back to the second point, where you need to reevaluate your life choices. You’re much easier to be taken advantage of if you’re drooling all over yourself.
So there you have it! For more super cool tips to keep your shit together while travelling, check out these 20 ways to stay safe and prevent theft while travelling 🙂