We all know the feeling. You’re going somewhere and you want to bring certain things, but you’re worried about the travel logistics and risk of bringing anything valuable with you. This is especially the case when you’re going abroad. It is difficult to determine what you should bring and what you should leave at home. If you want to bring expensive or sentimental items with you, it will be even tougher to decide. While you can get digital trackers for your valuables, that doesn’t mean you will avoid getting them lost or stolen. Wherever you are going, here are some tips for traveling with your valuables.
One of the most popular things to bring with you on a trip is a camera, but they can be quite expensive. If you have more than one camera, think about bringing the cheaper or less sentimental one. A lot of people these days are opting to just use their phone’s camera because they are high-definition and easy to use. But if you want to capture your travels more clearly and professionally, bring your camera but be careful to keep in a case and safe when out and about. Be careful not to let it get damaged or stolen and you will return with your memories captured in some beautiful images.
If you’re traveling for work or simply need to get stuff done when you’re on the road, bringing a laptop is sometimes necessary. If you have more than one computer, bring the one that you won’t be devastated to lose or break. If you can afford it, buy a cheaper travel laptop, perhaps one that is more durable than the average lap computer. It can be difficult to avoid bringing a computer with you on your travels, but if you keep it safe with a lock on the case and tucked away from view, you can avoid anything bad happening to it.
Jewelry can be a tough one. You want to look your best when you go out to dinner or a show in a nice city, but it can be risky to bring necklaces and rings with you. You don’t want to get robbed. You don’t want to lose it. You don’t want to accidentally break the jewelry while you’re gone. While you should keep any jewelry you bring in a safe case tucked quietly away so that no one can see it when you’re not wearing it, you can also look into alternative forms of jewelry to bring on your travels.
Recycled gold and metals are not only cheaper, they are less harmful to the environment. Lab diamond jewelry is more affordable than mined diamonds and avoids all the ethical perils that are involved. Anyone who is looking to steal jewelry probably won’t know the difference, but if you do end up getting it stolen it won’t be as devastating as losing a stone that took blood and sweat to produce.
There are a variety of reasons you may be traveling with sentimental items. You could be bringing a family member or friend a memento from your past or you may simply carry a locket with a photo of your mother. Whatever sentimental item you are traveling with, you should keep it in a special place. While it may not even be valuable, keeping it in a particular spot will help you avoid misplacing it. There are a variety of sentimental things we carry around just because we want them near us. If this is the case for you and you want to bring something with you on your adventure, be careful not to lose it. You don’t want bad memories because you lost something that was important to you.
When it comes to any of these valuable items, packing them with you is a great way to avoid losing something valuable or having it stolen from you. Checking valuables on the plane may seem like a good idea, but what if your bag gets lost? You should think ahead about all the scenarios that might come up when you are traveling. In general you should try to leave anything expensive at home, but if you have to bring your laptop or want to use your camera while you’re gone, taking the extra steps will prevent something bad from happening. If you take proper precautions, you won’t regret having your things in order and safe with you when you return home.
Ryan Beitler is a writer, journalist, and travel blogger who has written for many publications.