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1. Posted by aus89 (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

How secure it it to leave valuables locked in a backpack in a hotel room in Asia while you go away?

I am thinking particularly of while swimming, or walking along the beach. Much of the other time valuables could be carried.

Has anyone had things stolen from a hotel room?

2. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 6y

A very unwise way to travel. Theft happens all the time - this is what safes are for!

3. Posted by aus89 (Budding Member 21 posts) 6y

Do the cheaper hotels have safes?

What will a safe cost?

4. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting aus89

Do the cheaper hotels have safes?
What will a safe cost?

No, most of the cheaper rooms in SEA do not have room safes. But you do have several other options. Most of the cheaper hotels will let you leave valuables in their safe behind the front desk. Or in a locked drawer. Take several large manila type envelopes with you. Place your passport, air tickets, money etc. in the envelope. Seal it and sign across the seal. This is better than leaving valuables in a dodgy room. If you don't like that option, Pac-Safe allows you to leave your BP safely in your room. Also handy when your bag is on a plane/bus/boat and out of your sight. Theft is always a concern when traveling, Pac-Safe makes it very difficult for for the thieves.

5. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 6y

My question is very simple - why are you traveling with valuables in the first place. If we're talking money, passport, then keep them on your person. I travel with a cheap Casio watch that is not worth stealing, and I refuse to travel with a computer or cell phone. My motto in life is "Keep it Simple".

Better quality inexpensive lodging does have electronic safes in some hotel rooms - my $30. Gia Thinh Hotel room in Hanoi, for instance. Where there is none, the desk clerk can usually provide a safe alternative.

6. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 6y

Quoting aus89

How secure it it to leave valuables locked in a backpack in a hotel room in Asia while you go away?

I am thinking particularly of while swimming, or walking along the beach. Much of the other time valuables could be carried.

Has anyone had things stolen from a hotel room?

Valuables? Apart from a watch, I take no jewellery. Keep you passport on your person at all times or place it in the hotel safe at reception. At one of the guesthouses I left it with the owner.
Keep money, credit cards, etc in two or three different places, that way if one lot gets lost or stolen you have backup. You should note that most insurance companies do not cover the loss of moneies if left in suitcases or backpacks.

And never, never, never carry your passport, travel documents, credit cards, money etc in your backpack. A favourite pasttime is bag slitting - the bottom of your pack gets cut, out falls your stuff. Only carry things you don't mind losing in your backpack.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Apr-2010, at 15:25 by Whistler 2 ]

7. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting Whistler 2

And never, never, never carry your passport, travel documents, credit cards, money etc in your backpack. A favourite pasttime is bag slitting - the bottom of your pack gets cut, out falls your stuff. Only carry things you don't mind losing in your backpack.

Sandra,
I think almost all BPers use a day bag, waist bag or undergarmet pouch for passport, money, credit cards, etc. I use the waist pouch. Carry my daily money in my pockets and try never to show the pouch in public. Make it difficult for the many thieves out there is my advice.

8. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Quoting Daawgon

My question is very simple - why are you traveling with valuables in the first place. If we're talking money, passport, then keep them on your person.

Johnny,
I think our new poster is concerned about safety when hitting the beach/swimming. When you travel alone, this is always a dilemma. Trust your dodgy room or take your passport, money, etc to the beach. Taking your valuables to the beach is foolish. Trusting those cheap locks in many SEA rooms is foolish as well. That is why I suggested using the hotel safe or locked drawer. Best option when you don't have a room safe. Or use Pac Safe to secure your backpack.

9. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 6y

My local REI Store is full of all sorts of neat waterproof containers that one can use for cash, cameras, cell phones, cameras, passports, etc. They do online/mailorder from Seattle USA.

10. Posted by vegasmike6 (Travel Guru 3562 posts) 6y

Johnny,
Lots of handy items there. I still don't take my valuables to the beach. My hotel safe is the better option IMO.