Keeping your things safe while travelling

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 25) — It’s still summer (or dry season, if you want to be pedantic) for another few months.

Despite the searing heat, this time of the year really has a way of stoking the wanderlust in all of us, whether it’s a road trip with friends or a backpacking trek across the country.

Regardless of what journey you take, you’ll likely need to take valuables with you like money, your cellphone and your passport.

Pacsafe tells you how you could keep these things from suddenly disappearing.

1. Be aware.

Although you may be enamored by the sights, sounds and smells of the new and wonderful places that you're going to, always be mindful of where you're going and, more importantly, where you've been.

For instance, if you're entering an area where there are fewer tourists and more shady characters, quickly and confidently go back to where you came from.

Remember: One man's complacency is often another man's opportunity.

2. Travel in a group.

If you're travelling with friends or family, the good, old buddy system is still an effective deterrent for wannabe crooks.

In addition, it's a good idea to tell your loved ones where you're heading off to, especially in case of an emergency when they may not be able to communicate with you.

3. Beware of scams.

You come across a mendicant begging for alms in the street.

Being the kind soul that you are, you get some money out of your bag to give away.

Be wary, though, as your kindness could quickly turn to sadness when you realize someone with lighting-quick fingers has taken something precious from you.

Regardless of whatever or whoever you encounter in your travels, always make sure to secure your valuables.

4. Be discreet.

Let's say you're carrying with a big chunk of your annual bonus in your wallet and you intend to have a really good time in your travels by burning through it.

Make sure to keep that plan to yourself.

Waving thick wads of cash around (or constantly clutching your high-end smartphone) draws unwanted attention to you like flies drawn to honey.

As much as possible, keep these things away from prying eyes.

5. Carry your valuables.


In line with the previous tip, travel experts recommend carrying your most precious possessions with you at all times. A secure bag like a backpack is typically the best way to carry things around while travelling.

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Pacsafe takes things a step further by having bags equipped with eXomesh, which is made from high-tensile steel wire that make their bags practically impervious to knives and other sharp objects.

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The same technology is used in the Carrysafe strap, which prevents thieves from slashing your bag strap and running off with your everything.

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For additional security, the company offers the Roobar locking system, which works as an anchor for your bag zippers and straps. It could even be used to secure your bag to an immovable object.

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And finally, identity thieves packing RFID readers will be foiled by the company's RFIDsafe blocking material. It works by blocking out virtually all transmissions between 10 Mhz to 3 Ghz, which covers the radio frequency used in most e-passports and credit cards.

So wherever your travels may take you, just remember these five tips to keep your belongings yours.

PACSAFE is located in Glorietta 5 G/F, SM Mall of Asia 2/F and SM Seaside Cebu 2/F. It is also available at all branches of Urbanize: Gateway Mall, Shangri-La Plaza, U.P. Town Centre, Glorietta 3, Uptown Mall BGC, Alabang Town Centre and Kiss & Fly in NAIA 3. It is also available in Soledad Nuvali, Serin, and The District in Cavite.