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

Vegasmike6 - what you term a "day bag" is what we call a backpack. And by backpack I'm not referring to the 70litre packs that you strap on your back around the waist. I use a money belt when in Asia and wear cargo shorts - plenty of nice pockets for holding stuff.
Trust your dodgy room or take your passport, money, etc to the beach

Don't stay in dodgy rooms and you won't have this dilemma. Two of the places recommended I didn't stay in. I took one look at them and that was it. It isn't worth paying cheap money for a cheap place if it's on the dodgy side and/or in a bad area. Better to spend a little more and have peace of mind.

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

Quoting Whistler 2

Don't stay in dodgy rooms and you won't have this dilemma.

Well that is certainly true. I stayed in rooms under $10 in every city in VN. Not all were dodgy, but they certainly did not offer a room safe. The door locks were a joke. Some members bumping around SEA countries are just not going to stay in more expensive rooms. Their budget will not allow $25-30/ nite rooms. That is why I suggested Pac Safe to secure their bags. Or use the hotel safe or locked drawer for valuables. I use an undergarmet pouch for valuables. A thief would have to strip me to find it. About the best option while traveling in SEA.

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

What I have decided to do, is buy a pacsafe stashsafe 100. This has two compartments which can be locked, with several small pockets in each, and it can be locked around your waist or any solid object. You can have everything unlocked, some things locked, or everything locked.

You can wear it with one pocket locked, with passport and larger amounts of money, and one pocked unlocked with camera and smaller amounts of money.

If you get in a situation where you need to sleep at an airport, or a room without a good lock, or share a room with people you don't know very well, you can sleep with it locked around your waist.

You can still use hotel safes where they are available. But this is handy if you are a place where good security is not available.

You don't need to carry a huge amount of money, but use an ATM card.

This could be hidden under clothing if you travel in a cooler place and wear thick clothing.

It is large enough, so you could not hide it under clothing in a hot place, where you wear thin clothing.

There is a larger model available, if someone needs a larger size.

14. Posted by munirfarha (Budding Member 8 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?

i would not leave valuables in room of Burl-Al Arab

never ever leave valuables (documents or cash or electronic gadgets) in your room

EVER!!!!!!

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

Quoting aus89

What I have decided to do, is buy a pacsafe stashsafe 100. This has two compartments which can be locked, with several small pockets in each, and it can be locked around your waist or any solid object. You can have everything unlocked, some things locked, or everything locked.

You can wear it with one pocket locked, with passport and larger amounts of money, and one pocked unlocked with camera and smaller amounts of money.

If you get in a situation where you need to sleep at an airport, or a room without a good lock, or share a room with people you don't know very well, you can sleep with it locked around your waist.

You can still use hotel safes where they are available. But this is handy if you are a place where good security is not available.

You don't need to carry a huge amount of money, but use an ATM card.

This could be hidden under clothing if you travel in a cooler place and wear thick clothing.

It is large enough, so you could not hide it under clothing in a hot place, where you wear thin clothing.

There is a larger model available, if someone needs a larger size.

I would not wear one of those things mate - I googled to see what it looked like, and that's what's known as a "bumbag" out here. One of the things I was advised about by many Asian travellers, was not to wear one of them - they stand out like a sore thumb. I bought one of these - but in light tan. They fit under your clothes and can be tucked down your trousers/shorts.

Whether you carry cash or ATM cards - they are still valuable. I'd much prefer to use cash over ATM's anyway.

It is large enough, so you could not hide it under clothing in a hot place, where you wear thin clothing - where you're going it is hot, I found that even the money belt became a bit of a nuisance sometimes. I did give up wearing it when I was in Penang and Malacca. Wearing cargo shorts has advantages with all the pockets. Although I put passport in the hotel safe in the first and gave it to the owner of the second for safe-keeping.

If you want to purchase one then by all means do so, but do get a money belt to wear around when you're out. I wore the camera strap around my neck and at other times just held it.

16. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 6y

I left my passport jacket in my jacket, and it was stolen, the moron thought it was my passport.

I always asked the people in the front desk to keep my passport locked in their drawer. Most of them, dont know why I do it.

Laptops and gadgets, lockers are never 100% safe.

17. Posted by chrisvasil (Respected Member 102 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?

Not a good idea. We mostly lived in guest houses in SE Asia. The only thing that might worth some money is the Rolex spoon we got for free in a gift store in Europe. We believed that someone stole the spoons when we left our luggages in the hotel. So don't bring anything that's not replaceable with you while you travel.

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19. Posted by arida (Full Member 17 posts) 6y

I have got this waterproof beach 'capsule' that you can wear around your neck on the beach that you can keep an emergency amount of cash in and maybe some keys or bits and pieces. They seem to sell them in lurid pink or green and the pink one looks a bit phallic so looks a bit silly hanging round your neck - get the green one!

My tip is just never keep all your valuables in one place as if it all goes in one hit then you'll have a lot of inconvenience to go to when you have to file a police report and replace everything. I always have emergency cash in a couple of places, copies of all my important documents passport etc in each bit of my luggage and copies in my email inbox. I always take more than one bank card too and keep those separate so if one won't work in the ATM or gets lost of stolen then you have a 2nd option. Maybe a few travellers cheques for back up too would be a good idea.

20. Posted by Ofie (Budding Member 22 posts) 6y

ahh!! this post really scared me.... im so scared of losingmy passport.. that is something i should keep on me at all times? or go with the safe idea?

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