Travel Safty - How to keep your belongings and cash safe
It is likely (much) less terrible than what you think.
There are places that you must not hang out at night, and there are places that you can not catch a taxi on your own, as opposed to places to open your laptop freely in a coffee shop or spend money from the ATM in the middle of the night.
You will not know these things until you arrive and recognize the destination, so consider it. Despite all this, there are still rules to keep them always, no matter where you are, and I will try to focus on the next.
1. What is not used does not take. This is probably one of the most important principles: on the subject, and in life itself. Take your Passport — one of your most important things, in your own identity in a foreign country, but something you use very little. Passports and other documents always stay at the hotel/hostel. I'm not just talking about theft. Therefore, not just a passport, but everything you don't need, do not to get out of the room, otherwise, it would be just a provocation of fate. For specific passports, because you would like to have some identifying sign in case you need to, you'll always have a photocopy of your passport, and you'll hold a scanned copy of it (and any other important document). So it's a pleasant night and you decided to go to a pub downtown. For this purpose, you need some cash (for travel, food, and alcohol), a credit card (in case you need to withdraw money or something similar), unlocked (that is without you people), and of course your loyal passport photograph. Is that what you need? Don't take anything beyond. It's best not to take a briefcase, a wallet, an unlikely amount of cash. Max if you get out and rob you so take the minimum possible. It's true for everything: if you go on a week trek and leave unnecessary equipment at the agency/hostel/igloo, take the minimum required, especially if it's expensive and cool equipment (and if it's fragile – in general). At the hostel place the expensive things in the safe or in a cell with a padlock (always bring a padlock), and if there is no deep in the bag and distributed between two cases if possible. Minimalism is the source of happiness of this blog anyway, so do me a pleasant and don't just take "in case we might need to."
2. The important things always take on your body. Sometimes you have to go with all the equipment from place to place and sometimes you want to take a camera that costs 7000 easy to take a short day trip. These things, please note that you will never be on your body – and don't take them off until you reach the hostel, in large. When you go through all the equipment from place to place your passport, one credit card and some cash must be on you, especially if you're walking around in an urban environment (less critical than a short trek), preferably some silver belt. Do not be tempted to download vaginal holsters in restaurants or places of the person, or put the smartphone on the table at the bar for just a moment – you will not believe how fast they can disappear. If you're on a long trip, put bags with expensive equipment and not in the trunk or the cells above your head, and if you're going to sleep it's better to wrap one of the straps around the foot (in some countries) or put your bag in such a way that if someone tries to move it, you'll feel and wake up.
3. Spread risks. One of the most important lessons from the naughty old affair mentioned at the beginning of the post is not to put all eggs in one basket. If you are moving from place to place with all the equipment and you have expensive equipment in addition to cash, passport and credit card, do not put everything in one case if you are taken. Small and critical things like a credit card, smartphone, and passport as aforesaid,
4. Bring as few precious things as possible. It is better to bring as few things as possible to return without them. This is true for everything, and not only theft – in such trips the equipment tends to be forgotten from behind or broken/damaged, and if this equipment was expensive and the painful blow from normal. If you have a smartphone B, a bit weaker and used (but good work) – it's better to bring it and not the new iPhone you just bought at 3000 shekels. If you don't work on a remote control trip, it's better not to bring a laptop and make it a tablet or just a smartphone. The rule to follow is 'less expensive!', fragile and sophisticated electronic equipment; Who knows, you might even read some book on the road. Almost any item, including clothes, bags, and area equipment, that you can get used or second-hand – preferably. The fine print. And that's the Guiding principles – keep them safe and be fine in any situation (almost no hundred percent). In addition to the guiding principles, here are some individual tips:
– Money and credit Can I get a wallet? Not bring? Buy especially? Withdraw money or iron? Should I bring dollars from home or not? A lot of questions are about taking care of money on a trip, and the answer is that in large, the matter, as usual, varies according to the destination. As a general law only means that commissions are always better to iron on credit or to exchange dollars than to draw cash; The problem is that in many places (especially in the destinations of thermal travel), it is especially cash, so the main options are to withdraw from an ATM or bring dollars from the house and convert to the destination. My advice about this is: bring as much as possible cash from home – a lot of dollars in the bag are a big loss in case of theft or loss. So what do I do? To bring a few dozen dollars (in my opinion, up to a hundred), just to convert a part with landing until you find an ATM (for visa and public transportation), and maybe keep a few in the bag just in case. It is much better than a risk to withdraw a credit card at an ATM (if this is a place that does not usually get credit), that in the worst case of theft, you can call and cancel the card and even get a refund on transactions made in it – whatever happens with cash, of course. In any case, you must bring two international credit cards (note that they are such), in case one is stolen, lost or broken (last happened to me) – one is always on you and the other in the bag (in a relatively hidden place) – not to keep both of them together, and of course not to forget to keep both the Code of Attraction--on the phone, on the page and in the email. How to put things on you? I think enough of a minimalist purse that is also suitable for currencies, which will put some cash in it and perhaps also a passport photograph. Put the credit card in some hard plastic pouch (not broken — again, from experience), preferably not inside the wallet. And of course there's no point in bringing the big purse from home, and there's no reason to put a high amount of cash in your wallet (unless you really need) – just what you need to get to the nearest exit until you return to the hotel/hostel. I think that inventions such as "dummy purse" and that will not help you a lot (bandits know all the tricks), so it is preferable to focus on reducing risks. – Pictures and video Safety in your travels, a matter that can be very painful. I personally have a relatively simple solution: at the end of every day, if possible, I transfer the photos from camera/smartphone memory to a disk-on-key or a separate memory card and once I reach a place with Internet connection I upload the photos to the cloud. As soon as the pictures are in the cloud, I'm much calmer in case of theft, and I'm investing in it for a while, even if it means there's a slow connection and need to sit and wait. I did it regularly in South America in 2012 when the essays were not something and sometimes I had to wait for the computer at the hostel to be free and then sit in an hour until it all came up.