When planning a trip, it’s important to consider what items you are taking with you, especially items of value. While you shouldn’t take anything you can’t afford to lose, items like credit cards, passports, electronic equipment, or important documents are necessary to carry while on travel. There’s no sure way to prevent unfortunate incidents from taking place, so it’s important to cover the bases when securing your personal belongings.
Keep Your Valuables with You
While you should leave unnecessary valuables at home while traveling, it’s important to know how to keep important items as protected as possible.
- Don’t put jewelry or medication in checked bags. Anything of value, medication, or even makeup that you may need is best located in a carry-on. It’s always a good idea to have a change of clothes and essentials in case your luggage gets lost or stolen. There’s no guarantee what’s happening with your suitcase behind the scenes, so anything valuable should be kept on your person
- Use a waist belt or neck bag. For items such as your ID, passport, and other travel documents, ensure they are protected by keeping them close by and hidden under clothes. If carrying a purse or bag, wear it across your body to avoid it dangling by your side.
- Store items in unorthodox places. If you must leave valuables unattended or stored in your hotel room, consider hiding items inside of clothing pockets or in hollowed out toiletry items. Your items have a better chance of being overlooked if hidden in inconspicuous places.
Get Travel Insurance
In case of lost luggage, trip delay or cancellation, or medical necessity, travel insurance protects against unforeseen circumstances that could disrupt your trip.
- Get a policy that covers travel to high-risk areas. If your trip brief shows that you are heading to a high-risk destination, get adequate coverage in the event of an evacuation, kidnapping, terrorism, or other dangerous events.
- Medical expenses may be covered. If you find yourself in a medical situation while traveling, it can be stressful, especially if you’re in a foreign country. Sometimes referred to as travel medical insurance, these plans can cover doctor visits, hospitalizations, emergency medical evacuation, and prescription medications.
- Most policies offer a direct line of support. Traveling in an unfamiliar area, especially if you are not fluent in the local language, can be stressful. Speaking with an expert trained in your particular situation can provide peace of mind and help expedite claims rather than doing it solo. Insurance companies can also help you locate access to medical care, pharmacy, and more. Most travel insurance policies offer a direct way to get around-the-clock assistance.
Protect Your Luggage
Planning ahead of time and using appropriate precautions can help ensure your valuables remain secure.
- Don’t leave your bags unattended. Always keep your luggage with you or have a trusted traveling companion watch
your bags. When storing luggage in your hotel room, keep the bag locked to make it difficult to entice an opportunistic thief. TIP: Zip ties can be used in lieu of locks when in a pinch.
- Hide luggage tags. Purchase an ID tag that has a flap to conceal your contact information. Thiefs often stand around airports and train stations looking for your home address to loot while you are away.
- Use bags with zippers. This avoids individuals reaching in and grabbing items. It also protects you from someone slipping a non-permitted or illegal item inside your bag and unknowingly carrying it on the plane.
- Don’t put jewelry or medication in checked bags. Anything of value, medication, or even makeup that you may need is best located in a carry-on. It’s always a good idea to have a change of clothes and essentials in case your luggage gets lost or stolen. There’s no guarantee what’s happening with your suitcase behind the scenes, so anything valuable should be kept on your person.
- Decline any offer to watch your valuables. Even if you’re running to the restroom or grabbing a quick cup of coffee at the stand in-view of your chair. Ask your neighbor to save your seat in the waiting area instead and take everything with you.
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