You don’t want to worry about personal security when you’re traveling, but it’s hard to avoid. Few things ruin a trip quite like having your money and ID lost or stolen. But how do you avoid letting security concerns overwhelm your enjoyment of your trip? Here’s some advice from years of travel experience.
#1 If the loss of an item would ruin your trip (like your passport or credit card) it should be kept in a security wallet. The two most popular styles are the neck wallet and the money belt, both worn under your clothes and only accessed when you’re in a secure location. I recommend keeping a small amount of money ($50) in your handbag or pocket for minor expenses throughout the day (like gelato) but large sums or cards stay undercover in this security wallet.
#2 Invest in a cross body bag. Again- your passport, credit card and the bulk of your cash should stay in your security wallet, but that still leaves your phone/camera, walking cash, guidebook and sunglasses in your day bag, and you don’t want to lose those either. The easiest bag to keep an eye on is a cross-body bag carried in front of you.
#3 Protect your data. I always recommend a security wallet that protects your items with RFID blocking fabric so you can’t be “electronically pick-pocketed”. RFID payment technology was designed to add convenience to everyday life, but it can also offer a way for thieves to obtain your data via scanner without ever reaching into your bag.
Features to look for in a security wallet:
- RFID blocking technology
- Moisture wicking, breathable fabric
- Soft, elastic waistband or adjustable neck strap
- At least one zippered pocket for organization