Let’s be honest; we’ve all pulled our hair out (and maybe cried a little) when trying to decide what to pack. Though no matter what you put in your carry-on, travel safety gear should be high on the packing list.
You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again:
Nothing should come before your safety.
While there are myriad beautiful places to explore filled with good people, the truth is we live in an unpredictable world where anything can happen at any minute.
My intention isn’t to scare you from traveling; but to make sure you’re prepared for the worst, even if it’s unlikely to happen.
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To help, here is a personal travel safety gear list that I use myself, including:
I’ve written about these apparel pieces a lot in my eight years of blogging, and for good reason:
These pickpocket-proof garments are my favorite travel safety gear essentials, as they feature hidden interior pockets so crooks never know you have credit cards and cash.
This keeps your valuables safe, while alleviating you from needing to carry a purse.
My favorite Clever Travel Companion Garments include:
- The leggings featuring two secret pockets
- The boyshort underwear with two secret pockets (so comfortable!)
- The unisex tank top with hidden front pocket (I often wear this as an undershirt)
- The unisex striped long johns with two secret pockets (love these if I’m traveling somewhere cold)
- Striped t-shirt dress with zipper pockets (so stylish I’d wear it even if it wasn’t an essential piece of travel safety gear)
All of the above-mentioned garments take up almost no space, making it easy to have a travel safety plan while flying with only carry-on luggage.
The best way to keep your valuables secure:
Invest in travel safety gear that hides them so thieves have no clue what you’re carrying.
This heavy-duty safety essential is possibly the best travel money belt on the market, and eliminates the whole sweat ring issue that comes about from traditional under-your-pants money belts.
The hidden pouch is large enough to offer easy access to your money, while the belt itself is adjustable for increased comfort.
You don’t need to take my word for it. Active Roots offers a 100% Money Back Guarantee if you’re not satisfied with their secure money belt.
I carry my personal safety alarm everywhere, both at home in New York and on the road.
It has a wrist strap, so you can wear it like a bracelet and easily press the button to have it blare louder than an ambulance.
Attackers — both humans as well as animals like bears — will get scared and run off. This means you should also wear this while hiking solo or trekking in a group.
I tried it out in my Brooklyn bedroom and think I woke up the entire Bushwick neighborhood.
This is another powerful piece of travel safety gear that scares using loud sound.
I’ve been wearing my Fox Sonic Safety Whistle for about three years. It especially makes me feel safer when hiking solo, as I’ve had issues with angry dogs chasing me on trails in the past.
As with the personal alarm, this safety whistle can scare away both humans and animals.
The scary truth:
Like your apartment, your hotel room can be robbed.
Or worse, as we’ve seen in recent years.
A rubber door stop is a good travel safety item to bring that can add an extra layer of protection to your guestroom.
Not only is it an inexpensive purchase that can save your life, it’s also super easy to install. Simply place it under the door from the inside.
Now, there are a number of anti-theft travel backpacks on the market; my favorite, however, is the Ambor Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack.
Well, not only is this anti-theft backpack lightweight and comfortable, with an ergonomic design; but it also features a theft-proof combination lock and durable pickpocket-deturing zippers.
Flashpackers and technology-loving travelers will also appreciate the laptop pocket and built-in charging port (power bank sold separately).
Another reason to feel secure:
Ambor offers a 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and a 1-Year Warranty.
While Skype is good when you have strong signal— if it’s weak you won’t hold the connection — I like KnowRoaming for when I want to make calls to landlines and cellphones without needing Wi-Fi.
It’s a simple sticker you affix to your SIM card to get local rates and, if you opt for it, unlimited data.
I like it for keeping in touch with family and friends and updating them on my whereabouts.
Moreover, as a solo female traveler who goes on numerous road trips each year, it’s imperative I have a working phone in the car at all times.
I actually purchased KnowRoaming for the first time when I went to Iceland in winter solo and rented a car. Iceland is wildly windy, and cars tip regularly, so having a way to make calls from anywhere made me feel a lot safer.
As a cyclist, it’s important that when riding at night I’m visible to cars.
While a helmet, bike lights and bright clothing help with bike safety, I like glow brackets and glow vests to make sure I’m definitely seen.
And hey, if you’ve got a rave to go to they can act as a funky accessory, as well!
9. Emergency App (free; iOS & Android)
Developed by the American Red Cross, this all-inclusive app serves as a “go-to” resource for what travelers can do in the case of 14 different types of emergencies and disasters within the U.S.
Users can customize more than 35 emergency alerts based on their location and where their contacts live.
The app also contains a kit of emergency first aid info advising on everything from heart attacks to heat stroke.
10. Neck Wallet
Raise your hand if you love carrying a heavy purse when you explore a new city?
Hands fly down.
Which is why I love this helpful travel safety gear item, which stores my keys, cards and cash in a lightweight travel wallet that is worn like a necklace and gets tucked into my shirt.
Think of it as a money belt, but with less sweat stains in hot destinations.
If you like to work out or go jogging, you won’t need to carry your keys in your hands or awkwardly tie them to your shoelaces.
Can you tell I love safety travel gear with hidden pockets?
Speakeasy Travel Supply Co was started by fellow travel bloggers from Beers & Beans, based on their own travel safety needs.
These hand-made scarves come in a wide-variety of patterns, with styles made for all seasons (so yes, you can totally find a hidden pocket scarf to wear in Thailand!).
But the beauty isn’t just in the style, as the hidden pouches on these scarves offer a place to secretly store you valuables.
What are your must-have travel safety gear items? Please share in the comments below.
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