How to protect your valuables while traveling

One of the owners of Irv’s Luggage recently went on a cruise in the Greek Islands. Upon his  return he approached me with a blog idea. He was amazed that everywhere he went in Greece he was given a lecture, by the cruise staff, about problems with theft.  Looking around at his fellow cruise mates he soon realized why; to quote him directly “Their travel wallets were worn like cow bells around their necks, basically alerting the thieves…. here I am, here is my money and passport, …..come rob me!”

Today there is a wide selection of travel wallets available in the marketplace.  Some are more secure than others, some cost more than others; but regardless of which money belt or neck pouch  you choose, the key to their effectiveness, is wearing them under your clothing.  A small amount of spending money or one credit card, can be placed in your wallet or handbag; however the bulk of your valuables, need to be in the travel wallet, out of sight, under your pants or shirt; and your travel wallet should not to be opened until you are in a secure place: your cabin on the ship, the tour bus or a hotel room.

Thieves are found throughout the world, I am not picking on Greece; if you are smart enough to purchase a travel wallet please be smart enough to use it properly!!! Happy and safe travels from Irv’s Luggage!

3 responses to “How to protect your valuables while traveling

  1. I just returned from a business trip abroad and I was amazed at all the signs of wealth from the unknowing travelers. From their luggage to their flamboyant jewelery – it makes it too easy for thieves these days. People are making an impression, but not necessarily a safe one.

  2. So true, which I think was his point as well. Be discreet when traveling abroad, don’t flaunt your valuables and be conscious of who is around you at all times.

  3. In addition to using a travel wallet – bundle things together with a Bandit Wallet so things stay together and not slip out of your pockets. Takes up minimal space and keeps things tidy. Happy Travels.

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