Top Tips to Avoid Theft While Travelling

How safe is it really to travel abroad? The question has become more relevant due to the increase in terrorism threats around the world. Even though the chances of dying during a flight are extremely low, the statistics show that every year thousands of travellers get robbed or assaulted while they are away from home. Here is an article with tips to avoid theft while travelling.

Use an Anti-theft Purse While Travelling

The most popular way for people to carry their valuables is by using a purse, but there are better options out there. Consider carrying your money and credit cards in a money belt worn at the hip. It can be uncomfortable but you’ll have peace of mind knowing your cash and other belongings aren’t going anywhere. Other items such as keys, passports, IDs, etc. may also fit into this “money belt”. An even better option is to use one of those TSA approved lockable plastic bags (the ones with two zippers) which are available at various airport stores, visit They’re not expensive and make great carry on luggage. If you find yourself flying overseas, consider investing in an anti-theft wallet as well.

Keep Travel Documents Together With You

In case of lost documents, the best solution is to go online and get them replaced. If possible, contact the bank where you have an account or your credit card company to make sure the documents were mailed back before cancelling the transaction. Keep track of all documents so you don’t lose any of them again. Also, if you’ve been travelling recently be sure to update your itinerary with your contacts – just in case they are caught up in terrorist attacks!

Use Luggage with Lockable Zippers

When travelling internationally, make sure you have a bag that’s large enough to hold everything you might need. Use separate compartments to protect things like passports, credit cards, cellphones, and laptops. A good rule of thumb is to double the size of your normal daypack; anything larger than that should be considered a carry-on. Make sure you bring clothes that won’t shrink, too — cotton pants and shirts work best. Shorts and skirts are generally fine unless you plan on swimming or working out. Leave shoes behind if you’re planning to do a lot of walking. Bring a pocket flashlight along, and some water purification tablets if you think you’ll be camping or hiking somewhere. Check online for weather forecasts for each destination. 


Travelling is a risk, and nobody enjoys feeling unsafe while being away from home. So yes, I believe you should always take precautions when getting ready for your trip whether it’s vacation or business. I hope these suggestions will help others enjoy safety while they’re away.