Thats right...like CC says, anything valuable keep with you at all times. Do not ck it in. The only time I left something valuable in my checked luggage was my wallet (money and credit cards). I threw it in there cause we had just made it to the airport to catch a flight from Germany to Italy and I wasnt thinking...I just remember having too many things with me and trying to stick it all where I could. When I got to Italy, the luggage didnt arrive. I had NOTHING!!!! I figured it was lost but it showed up a couple of days later. I never thought they would get it to me because we went from Milan to Courtwayer (the Alpes), two hours away by bus!!!