Top 10 crazy, but useful, tips
Some of the best tricks don't require deep pockets. Here are a few clever suggestions to try out on the road:
If you've got a long camera strap, then hook the camera to your belt. This may protect it from hitting the ground when dropped, and may even stop a snatch attempt.
Tape your shiny new camera or laptop with scungy old electrical tape and stickers to make it look old and ratty.
Plaster your bags with locks. They may be cheap, easily cracked or broken locks, but they'll make the bag next to yours look like a much more attractive target. Sorry, bag next door!
Regularly back up your memory cards to USB drives or DVDs, and mail a copy home.
Remove or cover any brand labels on your carry bags, and rub it with sandpaper and some dirt to make it look old. The less you advertise, the better.
Use a security cable or bicycle lock to tie your locked suitcase or laptop bag down to an immovable piece of furniture in your hotel room for things that won't fit in a hotel safe. Also, if you have to put your laptop bag on the floor when out and about, try to put the strap around your chair or table leg, or even your own leg, to prevent bag snatchers.
Buy a cheap watch, rather than pulling your smartphone out to check the time.
Get a waterproof bag from a dive shop. If your bag takes a dip when moving from jetty to boat or back, at least your essential electronics will survive. Zip-lock bags for your electronic gear are equally helpful, and they come in a range of sizes.
If you're catching a sleeper, dim the lights on your phone, camera, or MP3 player to avoid drawing attention in the dark. Also consider sleeping with your most valuable items in one bag, which you can hug like a childhood teddy bear or even use as a pillow, also placing the strap around your arm.
Scan or take a photo of your passport, travel documents, credit card, insurance policy, and visas, then save it to an encrypted USB drive or other storage device — and even email it to yourself. That way, should you lose any of your documents, you'll have an electronic version as a backup. Just be sure not to keep it in the same place as your passport.
Be safe and vigilant at all times, and remember that you're not on your home turf, and thieves know the lay of the land better than you do. Never leave your belongings lying around, and, to put it simply, don't trust anyone.
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