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How can you ensure your stuff doesn’t get stolen during your trip?

While vacations can be all rosy and fun, there might be constant anxiety about keeping your belongings safe, especially if you are traveling alone. What if you need to leave your luggage and visit the washroom before boarding your flight? Or, how do you ensure your belongings are safe at the hotel while you explore the world outside? The following tips can help you avoid such scenarios and take care of your belongings better.

Keep a note of your belongings

The first and most crucial step before going on a trip is to make a list of your belongings. For instance, make a detailed list of your luggage, handbags, and other stuff you carry. Remember, things inside your luggage might get stolen too. A proper list can help you tally your belongings occasionally. Such a process is indeed beneficial while you receive your luggage after security checks, etc.

Making a proper note of your belongings is also a healthy way to take care of them and become a responsible person. We all love to stuff our favorite and essential  items in our bags while we go on a trip, and losing them can be heartbreaking. Hence, a list might help!

Lock your luggage well

No matter where you travel, even if it is a journey of a few hours, it is vital to lock your luggage well. People often tend to leave their belongings open as soon as they check in to the hotel. However, such practices can increase the chances of theft. Remember, the hotel authorities can always unlock your room for cleaning and other purposes, even when you are out. Though the probability is low, you can never really be sure enough. If you keep your belongings locked, there are no chances of theft. Suitcases or handbags have several multi-locking systems to prevent theft of any item within it. It would be best to get such bags to avoid losing your favorite items, while you enjoy your dream holiday!

Insure your items

If you are carrying any expensive item on your trip, one of the easiest things you can do to protect your stuff is by getting travel theft insurance.  Certain items, if lost, can cause a huge loss to the owner, and at times, it is impossible to purchase them again! You can also add ‘Extra Coverage’ to your existing home or renters insurance policy to protect expensive things—given it doesn’t already cover the stuff you could potentially lose.

Select good and reliable hotels

The chances of theft maximize when you check in to a hotel that might not be reliable. Of course, there might be ward boys and others who might pick up things if you leave them in the open. On the other hand, it is pretty tedious to lock all your belongings every time you go out. Hence, the best bet would be to go for a good and reliable hotel. Such hotels have fantastic security with proper CCTV cameras installed at every corner. You could easily monitor who entered your room if you find your items missing. Moreover, owing to the top-notch security in such hotels, the chances of theft can be nullified.

Use a lock and chain for your luggage

If you need to wait at the railway station or airport for several hours, it would be best to carry a lock and chain to tie your belongings. Of course, you cannot sit at the same place without dosing off or visiting the restroom if the wait is too long. Using a lock and chain helps you tie your belongings to a chair or any object at the station or airport to avoid theft.

Conclusion

The chances of theft in public places are quite prevalent, and hence tourists must ensure they take care of their belongings. While, on the one hand, this might look tedious at first, using the tips mentioned above can help you protect your belongings better. Using an efficient lock system or tracking the CCTV at hotels can be a smart way to avoid thefts or at least track the thief even if this occurs. Additionally, tourists should also be careful and not leave their belongings here and there to prevent such situations.

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