We’re usually talking about credit cards, cash, passports, cameras, and purses (very rarely do big backpacks get stolen).
Thieves go where the tourists go. Stealthy pickpocketers + bag snatchers = What YOU need to prepare for BEFORE you travel. You need to come prepared with ways to hide your money and jewelry while traveling.
Thieves are looking for tourists who have their guard down in that “nothing bad ever happens on vacation” mode. Whether it be gracefully sliding your phone out of your pocket at a bar in Bali or stealthily stealing your purse while you’re sleeping on a bus in Vietnam…they are good at what they do.
The good news is this: Thieves are opportunists. Don’t give them the open opportunity to take your shit…and they won’t. It’s sincerely that easy and once you’re prepared, there’s no reason to be scared.
So, listen up while I spit some travel safety tips and wisdom!
Only take cash out to the bars – not debit cards.
Don’t set your phone on the table while you eat.
Don’t set your purse on the ground or hang it on the back of your chair.
Carry these TSA-Friendly Locks for hostel lockers and to lock your luggage during transit.
While on overnight buses, sleep with your cross-body purse on your body + your purse zipped.
Don’t store your purse or laptop bag in under the bus (in the luggage compartment) on long-distance buses.
Wear your concealed money pouch under your clothes (you wouldn’t believe how many people don’t understand this).
For country-specific safety tips, get your copy of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guidebook before you go!
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I see it all the time. Solo travel girls walkin’ round big cities or sipping cocktails in crowded bars with their purse gently dangling by their side, either half-zipped or no zipper at all. I SEE IT and the THIEVES SEE IT. Don’t be that girl. Don’t make yourself a target and follow my simple tips above.
Oh, and once you’re done reading this article – let your anxiety go. You are officially more prepared than most travelers which means, you’ve officially not the target anymore.
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I'm a bestselling author, hotel reviewer and pickleball player. I teach women how to travel the world solo without going broke or getting kidnapped.
In 2011, I left Seattle with just $200 in my pocket to travel the world solo. Today, I'm the founder and creator of The Solo Girl’s Travel Guide, the #1 travel guide book series for women - and the author of The One-Way Ticket Plan.