How to protect your valuables while traveling

One of the owners of Irv’s Luggage recently went on a cruise in the Greek Islands. Upon his  return he approached me with a blog idea. He was amazed that everywhere he went in Greece he was given a lecture, by the cruise staff, about problems with theft.  Looking around at his fellow cruise mates he soon realized why; to quote him directly “Their travel wallets were worn like cow bells around their necks, basically alerting the thieves…. here I am, here is my money and passport, …..come rob me!”

Today there is a wide selection of travel wallets available in the marketplace.  Some are more secure than others, some cost more than others; but regardless of which money belt or neck pouch  you choose, the key to their effectiveness, is wearing them under your clothing.  A small amount of spending money or one credit card, can be placed in your wallet or handbag; however the bulk of your valuables, need to be in the travel wallet, out of sight, under your pants or shirt; and your travel wallet should not to be opened until you are in a secure place: your cabin on the ship, the tour bus or a hotel room.

Thieves are found throughout the world, I am not picking on Greece; if you are smart enough to purchase a travel wallet please be smart enough to use it properly!!! Happy and safe travels from Irv’s Luggage!



Margaret has lived, studied and worked in Rome, Italy and Paris, France; she has also traveled extensively throughout Europe, the United Kingdom, Africa and North America. Margaret currently resides with her husband and two sons in downtown Chicago.

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3 Responses

  1. Lila Luggage says:

    I just returned from a business trip abroad and I was amazed at all the signs of wealth from the unknowing travelers. From their luggage to their flamboyant jewelery – it makes it too easy for thieves these days. People are making an impression, but not necessarily a safe one.

  2. Renee says:

    So true, which I think was his point as well. Be discreet when traveling abroad, don’t flaunt your valuables and be conscious of who is around you at all times.

  3. Bandit Wallet says:

    In addition to using a travel wallet – bundle things together with a Bandit Wallet so things stay together and not slip out of your pockets. Takes up minimal space and keeps things tidy. Happy Travels.

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