When you’re away from home, it can be hard to feel secure. You’ve got your home situation in a clear routine. You lock your doors. You set your alarms. You double check that your car doors are locked after you park in your garage, and you carefully shut the door. Maybe your valuables are locked away in safe inside your home. Maybe they’re kept in the bank. In the modern era, many of us don’t carry cash on us.
But everything changes when you go on vacation. Suddenly, the security of the place in which you’re living is unfamiliar. Many people prefer to carry cash when traveling in case of an emergency, especially when they’re out of the country. You also have a new set of worries when it comes to valuable items. Losing your ID or passport while overseas would be a big problem. Having items stolen from your luggage might leave you high and dry, with no replacement to fall back on.
Fortunately, there are ways to protect the things you value most when you’re away from home. The following tips will help you stay secure when you’re on the road.
Invest In A Luggage Lock
Even if your suitcase comes with a pre-installed lock, a little extra security can only help. The best locks on the market give you a wide variety of options when it comes to the type of lock you want. You can choose:
- Standard combination locks that open with a series of numbers. The important trick here is to make sure you don’t write that number down anywhere! Choose something you can store in your mind.
- Word combination locks. Some of us aren’t very numerically oriented, and that’s okay—there are good locks on the market that opens with a series of letters, too. Don’t choose a word that’s too easy to guess!
- Key locks. If you want to keep the power of opening the lock separate from the lock itself, a key lock is a good choice. No memory necessary here either.
- Key card locks are like key locks, except that the “key” is a swipe card similar to that used in most modern hotel rooms. This is a good solution because you can keep the key right in your wallet.
- Double cable locks allow you to not only lock your suitcase closed but also tether it to an immobile object such as a piece of furniture. This is a great asset if you’re going out for the day and you’re not fully confident about the security of your lodgings.
If a lock is stuck or you forget your combination, contact a traveling locksmith and they will be able to assist you.
Store Personal Items In An RFID Blocking Wallet
Radio Frequency Identification, or RFID, is a technology used in many forms of identification, including passports and some drivers licenses. RFID chips are also present in credit cards. That’s good news when it comes to making a quick financial transaction or allowing a police officer to quickly look up your information during a traffic stop, but it can be bad news when it comes to your security.
Why is that? Well, pickpockets who are tapped into technology have evolved with the times and can use handheld RFID readers to scan your information, taking it for themselves. Nowadays, a thief doesn’t even have to physically steal your credit card to steal your credit card, and it’s a threat you need to be aware of.
Fortunately, the lines of defense are evolving just as quickly. Before you travel, buy yourself an RFID blocking wallet or bag, and make sure your identification and credit cards are always stored inside. The technology of the wallet counteracts the RFID reader, so it can’t pick up any of your personal data.
Cash remains the easiest type of currency to steal. When possible, prioritize the use of credit cards over cash on your trip.
Choose A Good Hotel
Before booking your lodgings, do your research. Regardless of your price range, you should be able to find a place with good security that will make you feel comfortable. Some things to look for include:
- Location. Learn about the city in which you’re staying and choose a hotel in a safer part of town where you might feel comfortable being outside at night.
- Outside doors that lock after midnight are always a good sign. Your hotel key should admit you, but no one who isn’t staying-or working-at your hotel will be able to have access.
- Once you arrive call the hotel from a cell phone and ask to speak to yourself. If the front desk gives out your room number, red flags should go up. They should connect the phone call without giving out any information that reveals your location.
- Ask for a room on floors four through six. This is about as high as a fire ladder can reach, in the event of an emergency. However, it’s high enough to get you off the street level, where burglars might enter through a window.
Traveling can be stressful, but with the proper precautions, you have nothing to worry about. Stay safe and bon voyage!