Traveling is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding activities that you can give yourself. From exploring new destinations to sampling the local cuisines, these experiences will stay with you for a lifetime. Sadly, one way to dampen or ruin a travel experience is theft while you’re on vacation.
Usually just being aware of your surroundings and adhering to everyday safety precautions is enough to keep you enjoying your trip uninterrupted. But sometimes a little bit of extra protection can go a long way. Below, we’re highlighting 7 theft-proof travel accessories you should be using on your next trip.
Bluesmart: Smart Luggage
The design and function of suitcases have come a long way over the past few decades and the Bluesmart Smart Luggage shows just how far they’ve come. By integrating technology into their designs, you can now have a piece of luggage that weighs itself, can charge devices with USB connections, and best of all, keep track of where it is at all times through an app you can view on your phone. No more arriving at your destination wondering where your luggage is!
Trakdot Luggage Tracker
If you already own luggage that you enjoy or find the cost of the Bluesmart luggage is out of your price range, opt for the Trakdot Luggage Tracker. For less than $50, this luggage tracker fits right inside your luggage and will track its progress from check-in to arrival via an app on your phone.
At the very least, while your luggage is in transit, keep the contents safe by using luggage locks. Opt for locks with combinations that you can set so you don’t have to worry about losing the key to unlock them. Use them on your luggage zippers to help deter any theft or unwanted hands in your bags.
Once you’re in a destination, keep your valuables safe when you’re not in your hotel room by using a Pacsafe. This wire-mesh locking system comes in a variety of sizes and works by fitting it over your suitcase. You can even lock the Pacsafe to something stationary or anchored in your room so your luggage can’t be taken. Pacsafe also offers a line of day bags and backpacks with slash-proof straps and built-in wire cages for added security when you’re out for the day.
Travel Scarf with a hidden pocket
Money belts have long been used to keep extra cash and passports safely hidden while out exploring a new destination. But they’re not always the most comfortable things to wear. A scarf with a hidden zipper pocket is an excellent alternative. Not only will they keep your passport and extra cash securely hidden, they’re fashionable too.
RFID Blocking Wallet
Did you know that it’s possible for someone to steal your credit card and passport information by just standing a few feet away from you? RFID, or Radio Frequency Identification, is a form of technology that uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a tag or chip that’s been embedded in an object. Some credit cards and passports use RFID technology and thus can make it easy for someone with an RFID reader to skim that information from you without ever handling your credit cards or passport. Think of it as electronic pickpocketing. An RFID blocking wallet prevents potential thieves from being able to read your electronic information and is useful not only while you’re traveling, but when you’re back home as well. Women’s RFID wallets are also available
In addition to keeping your physical things safe, it’s equally (if not more) important to keep your online identity safe too. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows you to connect to another network over the internet while maintaining a secure connection. Anytime you’re connected to a public wifi network at a hotel, airport, or café without a VPN, you’re opening your device to potentially being hacked. There are many VPN services available online, including Private Internet Access, which works on many devices and operating systems and costs less than $10/month.
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