January 31, 2017
The sad truth is that there are too many people looking for the opportunity to relieve you of your cash and credit cards, particularly when you look the part of the tourist. If you’re immersed in enjoying a tourist attraction or entertainment, that is one of the best times for pickpockets to make their move.
Others are out to skim the personal identification information off your passport and credit cards, so they can steal your identity and cause you no end of grief as you attempt to straighten the mess they so selfishly made for their own gain. We are able to spend (or charge) our hard-earned dollars quite readily ourselves when we’re traveling….we don’t need anyone else to help us do that…thank you very much
It’s not all doom and gloom, of course. We certainly don’t intend to scare you…or put you off the joys of travel….however, we do want to make you aware that your travel safety, in many regards, lies squarely with you and you alone.
We’re not talking about ‘hiding’ your cash in the Caymans or in a Swiss bank account….but you may find our tips ‘valuable’ in protecting your valuables.
Following are a number of items you can employ to foil would-be thieves. You may wish to consider getting yourself one, or a combination, of these travel safety products:
1. Neck wallet or neck stash – This item is similar to a money belt, but worn around your neck.
Tarriss RFID Passport Holder and Hidden Neck Wallet
2. Hidden money belt – These belts are available in a variety of sizes and styles, so you can be sure to get one that suits your personal taste.
Tarriss RFID Money Belt
3. RFID-blocking passport sleeve – Thieves don’t need to be right near you to skim personal information from your passport; they can do so while standing several feet from you.
Aerb RFID Passport Protector | Source: Amazon.com
4. RFID-blocking credit card sleeve – This is another travel safety item that will keep your personal information safe from identity thieves.
I3C Anti Theft Credit Card RFID Blocking Sleeves | Source: Amazon.com
5. Hidden leg pouch – It’s a very good idea to separate your cash while you’re traveling…..’divide and conquer’ so to speak.
Eagle Creek Hidden Leg Wallet | Source: Amazon.com
You could carry some in a hidden money belt, some in a neck stash, and some in a hidden leg pouch. That way, if one item is stolen, at least you still have a backup.
These are some ways you can protect your cash, and your identity, as you travel. Go out and enjoy all the ‘touristy’ things that you want to, just take precautions ahead of time – be prepared before you even set foot on your departure flight….and be vigilant wherever your travels take you.
Written by Emma Ghattas