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1. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Just wondering the best way to keep a hold of valuables while away - ive heard the usual horror stories of people getting mugged etc, are safe's in hostels generally safe for passports credit cards?. My first 6 weeks are in asia and the idea of carrying these around all the time does not appeal to me. If you're leaving passport in a safe what do you generally use as identification? Happy Travelling - Johnny D

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I generally tend to take these things with me when I leave the hostel (well, really only the passport as I always have my credit cards on me anyway!), unless I'm really confident the safe is a good one... one of those things you slip around your neck and hang close to your body can be good for this (although you can sometimes end up looking like a dork with some of these things too ).

I just think that you stand less chance of actually being mugged in public carrying this stuff, than someone robbing your room while you are out...

3. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 9y

Quoting johnny_d

Just wondering the best way to keep a hold of valuables while away - ive heard the usual horror stories of people getting mugged etc, are safe's in hostels generally safe for passports credit cards?. My first 6 weeks are in asia and the idea of carrying these around all the time does not appeal to me. If you're leaving passport in a safe what do you generally use as identification? Happy Travelling - Johnny D

I tend to leave my passport and some cash in the safe if the place looks trustworthy, when u travel things do seem to run on trust sometimes... Just never leave it in yr room, its either the safe or u carry it yrself -and i would think that there is a much higher risk of u being mugged than the hostel making off with yr passport and cards wholesale, and its not as if if they have much use for them.

In some countries ive travelled in in SEA, the pport is inserted in an envelope,sealed with tape and then u scrawl ur initials across the tape and the envelope as I/D, although this is more so in the less developed countries...

4. Posted by johnny_d (Budding Member 34 posts) 9y

Cheers people thanks for the advice - Happy Travelling!

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 9y

I always carry my passport and stuff anyway, even normally, and only leave it when it is kept by a ho(s)tels reception [this is common practice in Vietnam, for example]. I do keep some cash and a back up card well hidden in my bag, though it's delivberately well hidden. And also NEVER leave things like chargers lying around, as they look like they might be worth money. I try and leave everything except maybe some clothes locked in my bag when i leave most hostels. Maybe overly paranoid, but with the number of stories you hear of people loosing cameras/MP3 players/chargers etc which are left in hotel rooms (and i know several this has happened to), means i figure i may as well take basic precautions at least.

6. Posted by summer910 (Respected Member 1342 posts) 9y

^ Yeah, I tend to take my valuables with me too - better to be safe than sorry. So things like my passport, camera, mp3 player... they all come with me when I go out for sightseeing. Bulky, but at the end of the day, you know they're safe with you. Maybe I'd stick the charger into my luggage (keep it locked, of course), and I don't make use of the safe. I make sure nothing important or valuable is lying around for easy picking.

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 9y

get photocopies of important documents... two or three copies of each and keep them in different places. When asked for you passport by the police for instance, hand them the photocopy and say your real one is at the hostel... that's what I do. Then they can't lure me into some back room with a phone book...

8. Posted by meli1984 (Full Member 6 posts) 9y

great advice..

photocopies of everything are important - also copy your visas etc (and i dont mean the credit card type.. though having that info copied somewhere is a good idea too)..

you legally need to have passport ID on you at all times while abroad (unless in an EU schengen zone, then a vlaid EU ID card is enough if you have one), but showing a photocopy should be enough.

I know someone who scans their passport, visas, other important documents and emails them to himself (to a web-accessed account eg hotmail or gmail) before travelling anywhere a little dodgey so that if the brown stuff hits the fan and he loses everything he can still access these documents.. i thought it was kinda clever..

9. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 413 posts) 9y

That's a good question, what to do with valuables. Especially if you are travelling alone, and want to swim at the beach or go to a public bath. Obviously you don't want to leave your passport or wallet in a sketchy coin locker. (Did that once, but spent the next half hour swimming close to shore, with one eye on the lockers.)

One thing I've learned- money pouches are not worth it. Too bulky and uncomfortable. Better to just put passport and wallet in a deep front pocket.