May 17, 2020 7 min read

  Smart affordable travel gear to enhance a safer  trip in 2020

Traveling abroad can be quite challenging and daunting. Not only the anxiety of being out of your comfort zone but also the uncertainty of being with strangers in a strange area with valuable albeit at times limited resources could be mind bugging. Whether traveling on a budget or even on a splurge, any extra hassle and inconvenience could seriously impact the joy and excitement of your trip. Think about losing your passport in a remote area or say being robbed, or losing your cash, credit card, phone, useful contacts, and documents, etc. How about the turmoil of being assaulted on the streets or even at home.?

The sad reality is in my extensive experience visiting over 52 countries around the globe, while I would say I have been lucky not to have been robbed, I have met and encountered several tourists, who have been victims of at least one of the above-mentioned scenarios.

From my diverse experiences traveling across the Balkan, South America, Europe, Africa, North America, and the Baltics, We would like to share with you some valuable tips as well as some great and useful products to increase security and protection of valuable belongings while on the move.

Below are some smart valuable items that could potentially enable a more convenient and safer trip.

Do not miss out on some general safety tips in a subsequent article to consider when traveling abroad.

Magic Money Waist Belt.

Magic money belt- affordable travel gear

This product is one of my favorites. A belt is often a common part of our clothing. Being able to have a secret pouch to store extra cash especially for the night outs could prove very valuable.

Henry a traveler from Sweden I met in Lithuania recounts keeping a big chunk of his night money in the secret pouch of his money belt while keeping a small amount in his pocket. On several occasions, taxi drivers trying to overprice tourists would lower the charge upon realizing that 'he did not have so much money on him'.

A must-have for night outs and adventure trips!

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Related items; The money Pouch

Money Pouch

 

 

Secure money and items Waist belt

cash and items waist belt

Paul from France recounts often overspending or misplacing cash on night outs. By storing his emergency money in his belt, he always had somewhere to rely on when it was time to go home.

Even Eden from Germany I met in Medellin Colombia recounted once when locals in Bogota tried to rob him and a friend. The muggers ended up collecting just some coins and small banknotes after they showed their barely empty pockets. Guess where the real Dollars and Pesos were stored?

As a general travel word of caution,  In case you are hiding or storing your valuables always have some easily available small cash as a decoy to ‘appease the robbers” Some muggers have been known to hurt tourists with “ too little or no cash on them".

I seriously encourage outdoor-loving travelers getting this money belt especially for night outs or even as a secure storage location for storing valuable cash in general. 

GET YOUR OWN MONEY BELT HERE 

 

Smart Alarm Door Bolt.

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A few months ago, you might have read or heard from the media about the teenage girl on a vacation in Ayia Napa Cyprus who after returning to her hotel room from a party night was woken up by some stranger who had broken into her room trying to assault and abuse her.

An alarm door bolt like the smart device above might play a role in thwarting such an intrusion by not only keeping the door bolted but also sounding a repelling noise and scaring the hell out of any would-be infiltrator.

I personally became aware of this product on a vacation to the Caribbean Island. An apartment mate-Kesi would use this on her Airbnb in a neighborhood that could sometimes be rowdy late at night.

This Alarm door belt is light and would easily fit on a carry on without any significant hassle.

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Steering Wheel Securing Belt

anti -theft car  band- affordable travel gear

I chose to add this product on the list because of its practicability for travelers with cars especially to remote areas or even areas where car theft via jumpstarting is pretty rampant. An interesting belt to secure and keep your car and even other mobile machines from being steered away.

Intrigued? GET YOUR OWN STEERING WHEEL BELT HERE

 

Anti-theft bag.

Anti theft bag

One of the major problems moving in large crowds especially on a busy street in big cities;  be it at  ‘La Rambla’  in Barcelona-Spain or the ‘Carrera Séptima’ in Bogota-Colombia, or Paris in France, or even say Bellin in Germany..... just to name a few, is having to be extra vigilant for pickpockets, ensuring the zips and pouches of any bag one is carrying are all closed or sealed.  A bag like this beautiful & trendy feminine piece with a practical anti-theft function serves that role in thwarting attempts from pickpockets. Even though this would not dissuade a determined mugger who might go as far as grabbing the whole bag, it would however make life very difficult for anyone trying to claim a  quick catch. Besides, the bag straps provide extra binding and attachment to the body.

Extra security via the anti-theft function provides extra relief and comfort while traveling especially on all too busy tourist and local streets

 GET YOUR OWN BAG WITH ANTI-THEFT FUNCTION HERE

 

Mini Key Finder & Anti-lost Whistle Localizador

key finder

Tired of endless searches of  lost items; keys, phones, etc

Let this Smart item finder ease your malaise!. Great to use during weekend getaways and vacations.

Some of the features this smart device offers are:

-Cute design, nice, & easy to use. 

-Small in size, portable and convenient
-Find your key or any other items easily
-Remote control by sound
-Whistle or shout within 7 meters to make it beep and flash
-It comes with a chainring and an installed battery as well as a LED torch With ON/OFF Switch.

key finder

GET YOUR OWN MINI-KEY FINDER HERE

 

Personal Security Alarm Key chain

Personal security alarm

This is one of Sarah's favorite travel gadgets; Sarah a routine solo traveler from Toronto has had to use her personal security alarm to dissuade would-be intruders and abusers at least twice. It's sharp noise, surprises and scares any intruder or abuser adding some extra sense of security and deterrence.

Ideal for women, ladies, young girls and vulnerable individuals  to carry along in areas of possible abuse

It could also be used in locating and identifying individuals in need of attention as well.

An extra bonus is a variety of colors to choose from as well as the extra key chain function

GET YOUR OWN PERSONAL SECURITY ALARM KEY CHAIN HERE

 

Combination Padlocks

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pad locks . affordable travel gear

This is obviously a no brainer. I  however felt it important to add it to this list as often times many individuals travel with valuables with no real possibility to secure or lock it up… A device like this helps to bundle and temporarily secure your belonging especially if you plan to be away for a short while. This is particularly practical for short visits to the restroom or to check the information board etc.

Tony I met in Bolivia recalled strapping her travel bag while napping with a lock like this on a long intercity or international travel which could sometimes last up to 25 hours in a bus.

On a trip to Ireland in late 2017, I Spent time at a hostel with nice lockers and storage compartments for personal belongings and luggage albeit requiring a personal padlock.

With no padlock taken along, I had to cough out a significant Irish chunk of Euros to purchase one (added to the comparatively expensive hotel/hostel booking rates), to be able to lock up my stuff. As if that was not annoying enough, on a night out I misplaced the key of the relatively expensive padlock and had to pay extra the next day for the storage to be broken open. Having secure combinations padlocks like the one below gives you the possibility for extra security at the same time, less worry or hassle of misplacing any keys while enjoying your trip.

padlock

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Smart Metal screw Cash storage

metal screw cash storage

You are sure flabbergasted like me at the ingenuity of this product. Try it out. A light metal to disguise the presence of cash. Use during your next vacation abroad or even at home.

GET YOUR METAL SCREW CASH STORAGE HERE

 

Outdoor Survival Kit

Outdoor Survival kit

This collection of items speak for themselves. Small handy and useful gadgets especially in the wild. Ideal for the outdoor adventurer even for faraway travels to remote areas. Be aware some of the items within might not be suitable to carry in an airplane cabin rather at the luggage storage area.

outdoor survival kit

GET YOUR OWN OUTDOOR SURVIVAL KIT HERE

 

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