As the creator of a solo travel blog, I often get about safety as a woman roaming the world on her own. While there are many safety tips I could provide — you can read 17 of them here — one I wanted to dedicate an entire post to was pickpocket-proof clothing.
Pickpocket-proof clothing is something I discovered about three years ago with Clever Travel Companion, when I began using their underwear and undershirts. I still use these products today. Since, I’ve also discovered a company called Clothing Arts that also has a line of these safety-driven items.
What made me think to write this post was a recent trip to Colombia, where I did a bike tour in Bogota. The capital is known for being rough, especially when it comes to thieves, and I wanted to be prepared; however, I also wanted to bring money for tips and food and my camera for photos.
My solution? I carried money, ID and a credit card as well as a sleek camera phone in the underwear, which features hidden interior pockets so robbers won’t even know you have valuables on you.
During a portion of the tour when we were off the bikes, a woman I’d been chatting with got pick-pocketed in broad daylight. She had zipped her iPhone in her jacket pocket, and a thief had sneakily unzipped it and retreated with the goods. Luckily, a group member spotted it happening and the phone was retrieved.
But, what if it hadn’t been? Sure, it’s just an object, albeit a $500 one. While the situation wasn’t life threatening, what if the robber had threatened the woman at gunpoint? Or with a knife?
In Colombia, they have a saying, “Don’t give papaya.”
The statement doesn’t refer to a literal papaya fruit, but the fact that in Colombia if you show someone you have valuables and make them accessible, you also make yourself a target to be taken advantage of. Don’t be a papaya.
Wearing my pickpocket-proof clothing, I eliminated myself from the group of targets, as I looked like a girl who wasn’t even carrying cash. Anyone who would have slipped their sticky fingers in my pocket or jacket would have come out empty handed.
This is why I recommend pickpocket-proof clothing to not only solo travelers, but all travelers. Not only does it give you peace of mind knowing you’re not a target, it’s also comfortable and affordable.
Stay safe. Don’t be a papaya.
*Disclosure: The pickpocket-pocket proof clothing link at the top of this post is an affiliate link. You can find a non-affiliate link here. Purchasing from the above allows me to make a small percentage of money from the sale to keep this blog running. Regardless of which link you use, pickpocket-proof clothing is something I truly believe every traveler should own.
Featured image courtesy of Laura Mason