While international travel has been disrupted by COVID-19, Aussies are still looking to get their travel fix by exploring some beautiful destinations closer to home.
Whether it’s enjoying the fresh ocean breeze at Australia’s top summer sailing destinations or experiencing the sights and sounds of the country’s exhilarating urban centres, not even a pandemic can destroy our love of adventure.
But although we’re all eager to get away, we can’t forget to stay safe.
To relax and enjoy your well-earned vacation, you need to have peace of mind that your valuables are secure. So what are the best ways to keep them safe?
Don’t Take Them With You
There’s a much greater risk of losing beloved belongings when travelling, so it’s always best to leave your valuables at home if you can.
While you may need to take cameras and phones with you, items such as laptops, jewellery, and video game equipment should be left behind wherever possible.
But this doesn’t mean simply leaving your valuables at home. Research shows that vacant and unoccupied houses are most likely to be targeted by thieves, so consider using storage units or even leaving items with friends.
Handy Hint: Some storage providers offer small archive boxes and filing solutions that are ideal for keeping small items such as jewellery, meaning you don’t need to pay out to rent a whole container.
Use a Safe or Security Device
For those items that you absolutely must take with you, a hotel room safe is the best option for keeping your valuables secure and giving you the peace of mind you need to really enjoy your holiday.
For extra protection, hang the ‘do not disturb’ sign on your door to reduce foot traffic through your room. A centralised safe in the property is the next best solution.
However, if there’s no safe available, keep valuables padlocked in your suitcase, deterring opportunist thieves from simply grabbing and going.
Handy Hint: If you’re planning to use a padlocked suitcase to keep your valuables safe, choose a combination lock so you don’t need to worry about losing that little tiny key during your travels!
Say ‘No’ to Bags and Backpacks
When it comes to valuables that you need to keep on your person - such as cameras, phones, money, and possibly your passport depending on local laws - don’t be tempted to pop them into a backpack or bag. These items are usually taken on and off throughout the day, boosting the risk of them being taken or accidentally left somewhere.
Instead, look into on-body solutions like money belts. These items remain on your person throughout the day and keep valuables concealed and safely stored away.
Handy Hint: Only take out what you know you’ll need for the day, such as local currency and credit cards. Leave non-essentials, such as jewellery, in storage or at the hotel to avoid attracting would-be thieves.
It’s Time to Relax
After the unexpected and challenging year that we’ve all had, we deserve an opportunity to relax, but that’s difficult if we’re preoccupied worrying about our most precious possessions.
The good news is that, whether you choose to leave your valuables at home, or take them on vacation with you, there are several easy ways to keep your items safe and secure while you’re on holiday.
Kirsty Morbidelli is the U-Store-It Facility Development Manager whose years of experience in the industry allow her to develop and design customised and tailored self-storage training platforms that U-Store-It’s professional storage consultants use for better understanding their client’s needs.
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