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1. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

...you want to go for a swim but because your a lone traveler and you have items on you like money,passport,camera...ect so you don't want to leave it on the beach.
I am off to Asia next monday and I`ll probably be asking really odd questions by then so heres the first.

What do you do with your important items/documents when on the beach? lock it to the sunbed? bury your bag and cover with towel? put into a waterproof bag and tie it to ur leg? (bit extreme).

I don't think I would be happy leaving all my stuff in a hostel.

Jim.

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Depending on where you are, sometimes they have lockers in the changing area. Other than that, I can't imagine (picturing you diving with a big plasic bag tied to your leg;) )

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Yeah, Ive been pondering this one a lot as well....will watch this thread with interest

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

I had a friend (don't we all!) who had her backpack stolen off a "guarded" beach in Mexico, ironically because she didn't feel safe leaving her stuff in the hotel room. She spent much of her vacation trying to get a new passport.

I wonder if local Post Offices or banks can store important documents for a few days...? Then you could just carry a few dollars and your debit card in a plastic bag when you swim (get trunks with pockets!). Maybe someone should invent a water-proof backpack for the nautically inclined backpacker...

5. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Someday I may get a life...until then..........

http://www.waterproofcases.net/pakpak.html

6. Posted by JimRL (Full Member 38 posts) 11y

Thanx Cupcake but a bit late to order one and I`d still worry about my camera equipment.

Id like to know who needs to take a hand held barcode scanner into the sea? unless its Tesco who plan to build underwater supermarkets!

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I would leave it at the hostel/hotel

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

You'll find very trustworthy locals on the beach who will gladly look after your belongings. I find that the more precious your belongings are, the more willing these people are to look after them. So if you have cash, a passport, and perhaps the key to your room, feel free to make use of their services.

You'll find these friendly people on most beaches, but they are especially prevalent on the beaches of Rio, and also Bali and other parts of Asia.

9. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Hi JimRL

Sometimes it's a matter of choosing between the lesser of two evils. If you go somewhere on your own, and your valuables are at risk of being stolen, lost OR damaged ... then it may be better to leave them locked & hidden in your room or at the reception area. When I do take valuables to a beach on my own, I carry a small day bag with a combination lock. I try to place it near other foreigners sunbaking or in front of a massage stall. I then throw a sarong or towel over the bag. One other thing - wrap your valuables in small black plastic bags. Apart from preventing water damage, it makes them harder to see inside a bag or whatever.

Cheers

10. Posted by s0f (Full Member 163 posts) 11y

Quoting tway

I wonder if local Post Offices or banks can store important documents for a few days...? Then you could just carry a few dollars and your debit card in a plastic bag when you swim (get trunks with pockets!). Maybe someone should invent a water-proof backpack for the nautically inclined backpacker...

Some hotels say they have safety deposit boxes and lots of hostels have lockers. I'd leave my valuables there then leave the key at the desk and then the only things I have to worry about are my clothes and towel!

Take a combination lock for lockers at hostels - you don't want the hostel staff to have access to your locker, and that way you don't need to take a key with you to the beach either.