The last thing you want to have to deal with while traveling is a stolen credit card or smashed phone screen. Don’t let anything spoil your travels, by taking note of these simple tips.

Cover it up

Protect your trusty traveling electronic equipment from accidental knocks with camera cases, smartphone or iPad covers. These will also reduce any damage from the elements such as sand, seawater, heat or rain.

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Ensure you’re insured

Insure any equipment you have so you’ll be covered if anything is lost, stolen or broken. It’s also probably best to take second hand or older goods rather than your latest tablet, camera or phone.

Memory test

Memorise PINS and passwords instead of having them written down in a diary or on scraps of paper. Prying eyes can invade your privacy and your notes can get lost, wet or torn.

Bag it up

Make sure any bags, rucksacks or bum-bags you use have secure zips or even padlocks. Swinging your rucksack loosely on your back can lead to nimble fingers opening it from behind and stealing some or all of your possessions.

Paying cards

Consider taking a prepaid top up card either as an emergency or as your main card. That way, if it goes missing, you will only lose access to a small amount of cash. Taking more than one card? Take one out at a time, so that you will have another to fall back on if you lose one.

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Make Copies

Take photocopies of your passport, or memorise your passport number, and make sure you have hard copies of all the important documents you need. Try not to store them all together as it means double trouble if they go missing.

Keep it safe

Make use of safes if you are staying in a hotel or hostel, but do your research beforehand on review websites to see what other guests have said about the safety standards.

Waterproof things

Rucksacks and bags can be protected by double bagging them in waterproof covers. Not only does this prevent water from leaking in, but they also offer an extra layer of protection from sneaky fingers on public transport or when out and about.

With all these tips in mind, the main way to prevent anything going wrong is to just generally keep your wits about you at all times. Do not leave anything unattended or for new found ‘friends’ to look after.

Most importantly, remember to have fun and not let anything ruin your travelling!