Nick and Dariece | November 9, 2015 11:00 PM ET
5 Travel Items That Keep Thieves at Bay
Depending on where you're traveling, potential theft may be concern, so you may want to have some extra level of security to keep your things safe while on the road. Theft and crime rates can be pretty high in some parts of the world, and while we don't recommend focusing on such a negative aspect of travel, it's always a good idea to be prepared.
You don't need to travel the world with a safe on your back and pepper spray in your pocket to be safe, but with these five items, you can be sure that your gear is secure.
These are all the rage right now and for good reason. Virtually impossible to break into and steal, they look just like a normal backpack. We have the Numinous 55L Theft-Proof bags and they're great. There is a locking mechanism on the bag zippers that has a combination so would-be thieves can't just unzip your bag and take what's inside. Normally, you have to buy bulky combo locks that hang off the side of your bag, but the Numinous packs have it built right in.
They're made of a strong, anti-slash Kevlar material that is stronger, pound for pound, than steel. This means that even if a crook comes into your room prepared with a knife, they won't be able to cut into your backpack. The bag also has a lockable, retractable steel cable that is sewn into the frame of the bag, so while you're out of your room or sleeping on a train, you can lock the bag to a pole or to your bed frame.
If all of this wasn't enough to keep away opportunistic thieves, the zippers in the backpack are also puncture-proof. So long as you're utilizing all of these features, this bag would be very hard to get into or take away. Click Here to pick up a Numinous Theft-Proof Backpack on Amazon.
I'm not talking about those bulky, fanny pack-looking money belts that fold underneath your waistline. If you really want to keep your money in a secure place, then you're going to want to get a money belt that actually looks like a belt.
These are brilliant. They can hold about $1,200 USD at capacity and even if you forget to put it on and leave it in your room, it's unlikely that a robber would look at your belt to find money — especially because these things look exactly like a normal belt. If we had one of these when we were in Tajikistan, then we probably wouldn't have had $1,500 stolen.
Online Security Extensions
Potentially the most important piece of your travel gear that you'll want to keep secure is your laptop. This is where many of your passwords are stored; it's where you access your banking and emails, and it's where you access all of your personal social media accounts.
Not all connections will be secure on the road, so it's important that you take every measure possible to make sure that you're not being hacked, visiting malicious sites or giving away your secret information. A great secure browsing add-on is the Avast Online Security extension. If you're using Google Chrome, you can head to the Chrome Web Store and install this little security safe for free. What Does It Do?
• Gathers data on phishing sites and warns you if you visit one.
• Provides you with access to Avast’s website reputation system, powered by a community of more than 220 million users.
• Shows you a site's rating next to its link in your search results.
• Warns you when you’re visiting websites with a bad reputation.
• Allows you to rate a site with a simple thumbs-up or thumbs-down, thus improving the system and helping other users.
• Automatically redirects you to a legitimate site when you mistype a URL (e.g., llego.com --> lego.com).
• Switches you to SafeZone when you’re visiting sensitive financial sites (requires installation of Avast! Pro Antivirus or higher).
• Blocks those annoying advertising and analytics sites and keeps you from being followed online.
Even if you have a proper money belt, you're still going to want to carry a wallet for day-to-day purchases. If you've ever been pick-pocketed, you'll know that no matter how focused you are on your wallet, they'll get you when you least expect it! This is where the travel tether comes in.
It's a very simple little tool that will thwart any would-be pickpocket in trains, taxis, buses and basically anywhere that you're likely to fall victim to this crime.
It's basically just a retractable steel cable that's attached to a piece of plastic that looks like a debit card. Put this the card in the wallet, attach the locking mechanism to your belt and you're safe from wallet theft.
GPS Tracking Device
If you want to keep tabs on your backpack anywhere in the world, then consider hiding this handy little tracking device somewhere inside of it. These devices have been used to track children, vehicles and remote-controlled aircraft, but they're also perfect for keeping a close eye on your precious backpack as well.
The battery inside only lasts about 80 hours, so you'll have to keep charging it, but if you're going on a long flight and you're worried about losing your bag in transit, this could give you the peace of mind that you need to fly worry-free.
You'll also need a working SIM card, but these can usually be picked up overseas for as little as $5. All you have to do is use your phone to text or call the unit and it will reveal the GPS coordinates of its location. You can even have the unit record audio so you can hear what's going on around your backpack, wherever it is in the world.
There's even a GeoFence function on the tracker that allows you to draw a predetermined area on Google Maps, add the coordinates into the tracker, and if it ever leaves that perimeter, you'll be alerted immediately via a text message. It's also perfect for tracking a stolen bag. Just go online to Google Earth and find out exactly where your bag is located using GPS coordinates. You can then contact the authorities and have them retrieve your backpack for you. Brilliant!
Click Here to pick one up on Amazon for under $30!
Travel Safe, Travel Secure
These five items are sure to keep your travel gear secure from hackers and thieves and they will help you to travel with the comfort of knowing that your important items are locked away and properly tracked. Who knows, one day these gadgets may just save you a lot of money.
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