How you pack and what you bring on a trip can help decrease the chances of losing your personal property as well decrease the chance of someone stealing your personal identity. Here are a few insights on ways to minimize the mishap and increase your chances for a care-free trip.
1. Choosing Luggage
Start by choosing the right luggage. A lot of advances have been made in the luggage industry with regard to protecting your identity. Some features to think about when you purchase your luggage that are integrated into Pacsafe’s travel gear include:
- ·Puncture resistant ToughZip helps prevent pickpocket pilfering and forced entry into all our new Toursafe™ luggage and Venturesafe™ travel pack collections with a ballpoint pen or similar sharp object. It even helps to prevent unwanted items (such as contraband) being unknowingly put inside your luggage.
- ·Bag slashers often like to target outside fabric panels of bags (front, bottom or side), which cause valuables to fall out and into the palm of their hands. Our lightweight slashguard are built into (and concealed) in the most commonly vulnerable areas of bag, protecting your gear from a quick slash-and-run theft. Our new eXomesh® protection in our luggage extends the full length of the bag protecting your gear from opportunistic theft or if it’s snagged by a conveyor belt or luggage handlers.
- ·Interlocking zip pullers ingeniously slide on top of one another and interconnect making it harder for pickpockets to unzip your bag and whip out your valuables. When engaged with the Roobar™ even the most seasoned thieves will be left scratching their heads on how to unlock your bag.
- ·Prevent pickpockets and bag snatchers by locking down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, locking cables and /or attach your bag to a secure fixture with the new Roobar™™ anti-theft anchor lock. The Roobar™ also allows multiple compartments to be locked together with a single padlock.
- ·Lightweight, stainless steel locking cables lets you lock your bag to a secure fixture to prevent thieves from running off with your bag.
2. Carry-On Items
There are a few items that should always be in your carry-on and never checked. Anything that is valuable should go in your carry-on bag. In addition, ensure sensitive or absolute necessities such as passports and medications are with you. Also, keep digital devices that could have personal information associated to them, such as your computer or phone with you. *Note: If the airline requires you to check your bag at the gate due to overhead space limitations, ensure that you take those items out of your bag and bring them with you on the plane. You may want to consider bringing a smaller bag, such as a backpack, that can easily carry those items and can stow under the seat in front of you.
3. Handy Tools
Pacsafe Portable Safes keep your 15 inch MacBook, electronics, passport and more locked up safe and sound in this portable travel safe. Soft brushed lining also protects delicate gear, while the 2 beaded locking device allows you to change the safe size to suit your needs.
With its patented 360 degree eXomesh locking system, you’ll be able to lock it closed and to a secure fixture in your hotel room, by the pool, in a car or in-flight. And when you’re not using it, it even conveniently folds down to fit into your luggage.
You might not know it, but you could have a credit or debit card that uses a tiny computer chip and a radio antenna to transmit account information from your card—even when you’re not shopping. The cards are touted as convenient, but they are also vulnerable to being skimmed without ever leaving your pocket. The information communicated from your card to a card reader can be enough to create a counterfeit card that can be successfully used to make an unauthorized purchase. There are many RFID Wallets available. Check out the selection available by Travelon. Travelon offers a built-in Faraday Shield that prevents an RFID reader from capturing your information – keeping your personal information, personal.
Credit cards, cash, travel documents, passports – these are all valuable targets that thieves have their eyes on. Credit cards that are lost or stolen can be used to disrupt you financially, and identity information can be sold for pennies online somewhere throughout the world before you even realize it. Secure important physical assets at all times. Scottevest has clothing and gear that fits into your wardrobe with multiple hidden pockets throughout and they even have some RFID-blocking options. You can choose from jackets, pants, vests and more that let you transport your valuables inconspicuously. Scottevest even offers a pickpocket guarantee.
4. Use a TSA-approved Travel Lock
A TSA approved lock can come in handy. Obviously, it can be used on your luggage to not only prevent your luggage zipper from opening and your personal belongings from falling out, but it can also serve to deter those who are eyeing you and your luggage as a theft opportunity. In addition, you can also use the lock once you arrive at your destination. You can use it to lock your luggage when you leave your room or to lock a locker if you have access to one. You may want to think about bringing one or two extra locks. You never know. Click here to learn how Travel Sentry® Approved locks work.
5. Limit Credit Cards and Other Identity Docs
Taking credit cards and other documentation with you on vacation is convenient, but not the safest. All unnecessary credit cards and documents should be left at home. Bring no more than two credit cards and ensure your bank knows that you are traveling, especially if you are abroad. Make sure to collect your credit card details including the toll-free number in case it does go missing. Only store that information in a secure location, such as DataVault – you can also photograph your information and store them in a secure app that requires a special code to access the information.
Do not bring your social security card, birth certificate, checkbook or any other item that can identify anything about you if you don’t need it. If you don’t plan on giving out business cards, don’t bring those either (just tell the person to give you their email address and you will email them your contact information – you can also share your digital business card by texting it).
Travel and vacations are much better when you can concentrate on your job or having fun. With a sensible packing strategy and some extra travel tools, you can optimize your chances for a worry-free trip.