We realize that there are many risks to our personal security while travelling. We also understand that there are many travel accessories that are as important as your choice of luggage. The average traveller carriers a tempting assortment of money, important documents and valuable possessions in a very compact space. This fact has not gone unnoticed by the criminal world. Luckily, for most common travel threats, there are countermeasures that can be taken that are simple, unobtrusive and inexpensive. With this in mind we have assembled a list of travel accessories for your consideration.
Most would-be thieves are looking for easy targets. Making your valuables difficult to steal is one of the best deterrents against most crimes of opportunity. This generally means that you need some container that securely locks your valuables away yet cannot be easily moved. Why not use the hotel’s in-room safe? Well, most in-room safes have a second method of opening in case guests forget their combination. This removes any real security for your valuables. Luckily, there are a variety of portable travel safes that are designed to thwart thieves. See them here.
Pickpockets are at work in every major city around the world. They are a talented and bold subculture of the larger criminal world. If you have ever been victimized by a pickpocket, you’ll know first-hand how swift and talented they really are. Although it is difficult to prevent this type of crime, there are many simple accessories available today that can keep your most valuable possessions out of the hands of pickpockets. See them here. See them here.
All countries around the world have liquid restrictions in place. This means that the nice bottle of wine or liquor that you bought while you were on vacation will not be permitted through security in your carry-on bag so it must be packed in your checked baggage. But wait, whether by machine or by hand, you can assume that your checked baggage is going to be handled roughly so how safe is that glass bottle? You could try wrapping it in layers of clothes but if it breaks, you will be faced with an even bigger problem. Meet the inflatable bottle protector – they protect your bottles against breakage but if they do leak, the spill is contained by the bag and your clothes are kept safe and dry. See them here.
Protect your best travel friend from thieves and slashers. Your expensive backpack or camera bag has served you well, why not keep it out of harms way with a lite-weight steel mesh skin that resists knives, tools and prying little hands. These after market bag protectors come with a metal cable lock for when you need to leave your bag unattended whether in public, a hostel or a hotel room. See them here.
If you have ever traveled by air, you have probably seen that one old suitcase that has broken open and spilled all over the luggage carousel. Even worse, sophisticated smuggling rings can easily place contraband in luggage and mark it for pickup at the destination airport. Protect against either of these scenarios by supplementing your suitcases closure system with either a simple lockable strap or a single-use plastic wrap. Both methods provide piece of mind for you and much better security for your luggage. See them here.
With all the security we endure, it’s surprising that lost luggage is still a problem. As it turns out, it is a big problem to the tune of tens of millions of bags going missing world-wide every year. Losing your luggage can be very costly. Just calculate how much money you have packed in socks alone! Losing your luggage is also very frustrating because you are at the mercy of the airline employees tasked with finding your bags. What if you could track them yourself? Well, now you can with simple electronic tags and Smartphone apps that use the cellular network to report their GPS location. See them here.
Who wants to iron while on vacation? Packing and unpacking can be very hard on your clothes resulting in wrinkles and creases that undo all of your hard work. There are ways to prevent this. A little organization goes a long way… A whole industry has grown up around organizing things and it has recently turned its attention towards how you pack your luggage. You can now enjoy a huge variety of luggage organizing products such as packing cubes, shirt stackers, packable shelves and shoe bags. See them here. See them here.
Although they might not want you to know it, theft is a serious and daily problem for all hotels – even for the best-known brands. The savvy traveller knows better than to trust the ubiquitous in-room safe with their valuables or to leave expensive electronic items unprotected while they are away from their room. You should be able to feel safe in (and away from) your hotel room and with the help of a few inexpensive and easy to use products, you can. See them here.
Pacsafe, the name says it all. They have made their name in the travel industry by providing luggage, bags and travel accessories that are designed specifically with security in mind. Pacsafe is the only line of soft-sided, zipper closured suitcase that we would ever dream of recommending. This is thanks to their many ingenious built-in security features such as puncture resistant zippers and steel wire mesh anti-slashing materials. This is a truly unique line of products that will have thieves passing you and your luggage by. See them here.
One of the most common sources for bedbug contamination happens when we travel. Typically a bedbug infestation will start with a stay in an infested hotel room. Bedbugs are experts at hiding during the day. So, even if you have to been careful to thoroughly examine your room before you start unpacking, you may still be at risk. Short of sleeping in the bathtub with your luggage, there are simple, inexpensive products on the market to protect you from taking bedbugs home with you. See them here.