Keeping stuff safe while backpacking around

Travel Forums General Talk Keeping stuff safe while backpacking around

1. Posted by cperigen (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I've been racking my brain on how to keep items safe while at the beach or diving or whatever.

If I'm out and about, I'll need money and identification (i.e. cash and passport) but what if I want to hit the water in my bikini? Where do the valuables go then?

I don't want to come out of the water to find all my worldly possessions have vanished!

2. Posted by heyyo01 (Budding Member 19 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Right , I have come out of the water to discover things stolen . My only fruitful suggestion is to find like minded people to hang with while you are at the beach or diving , and even then be discreet . I don't bother with too much gear either . Good Luck .

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't take my passport around with me normally, unless I'm actually travelling/flying that day. A copy should suffice in case you do need it during the day. Cash is more difficult, and I guess my best advice is "take as little as possible when hitting a beach"... I have buried it in the sand under a slipper before, but even then the good thieves know to keep an eye out on single travellers and watch them before they head into the water. Mind you, this is probably not a problem on every beach either, but it pays to be wary.

I'd also recommend in general not taking all your (credit) cards with you every time you go out. That way if you do get robbed and lose all your cash/cards on you, you still have access to a back up card in your luggage/safe back at the hostel/hotel.

4. Posted by LesleyAnne (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Good question cperigen! I'm a virgin traveller and would like to know anyone elses feedback on this one. I'm guessing it's more about common sense. I like your idea Sam I Am about hiding it in the sand!

5. Posted by cperigen (Budding Member 8 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I just bought a dry pak and am loving the idea of using it. It's the size of a small satchel, floats and can easily be tied around your waist or shoulders. We'll see how that goes. I was tempted to buy a smaller one as well but am not sure I'll want to pack both (trying to pack super light).

I also bought a lock so that if I do put something in a locker at a hostel, at least it's my own lock.

As a single traveler, I'm not comfortable leaving my stuff in the sand. I think the dry pak is a compromise all around!

6. Posted by tweetme (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

A handy solution that allows you to take your valuables with you to the beach is a water-wallet. This waterproof wallet with a neck or waist strap for greater convenience is a terrific way to store your credit cards, keys, driver's license, cell phone and cash. They are reusable and a great investment if you are an adventurer or a frequent traveler.

7. Posted by sheds141 (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

beware of dry bags. Some of the smaller ones are still called dry bags but have a very small disclaimer on the tag saying not dry proof when submersed. I had one when i floated down a river in Laos and it got damp inside, lucky my camera is 10m water proof and the money dried easy. I highly highly recommend you do not take you passport with you or any other valuables leave them at your accommodation!!!

8. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

living on Bonaire the "divers Paradise"I can tell you they have the same problem when the park there car at the beach and go diving.

the use mostly water proofed small containers to put money or there sunglases can get them at sport shops,they come in different sizes.
simple and cheap to take in the water for swimming and snorkling would be if you put your money and a copie of your passport first in a small Ziplog bag and then in a little bigger one.

9. Posted by axllee (Inactive 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It's better that you should leave all of your important personal documents and valuable things at your accommodation.

My idea is that you can go with another person and then you both can take notice of your things. If you go alone, just bring along as few valuable things as possible.

10. Posted by urleandy (Budding Member 9 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you are going to beach alone, you better leave your valuables in an information or help desk of a beach hotel.