While traveling can be a great experience, there’s also, unfortunately, an experience that many travelers dread — being pickpocketed, not only while wandering the streets but also at the airport.
One way to stop their plans is by using a decoy wallet also known as a mugger’s wallet. Decoy wallets can help in situations where you’re told to hand over your valuables. Many travelers fill their decoy wallets with small amounts of cash, expired bus passes, and even old receipts to make them look more believable.
The Multi-Tasking Must-Have
While there are many travel necessities that have multiple uses, one of the best items you can pack for your trip is a light shawl. It is a must when it comes to long-haul flights.
Not only does a light shawl double as a sarong or even towel on a beach trip, but it can make a quick blanket for chilly flights or public transportation with strong air conditioning. Shawls or other coverups are also a necessity when visiting certain religious sites in order to be respectful or gain entry. You can even fold or roll up the shawl to make a simple pillow for some much-needed mid-travel naps.
Not to scare you, but one of the most germ-ridden items during your trip is your shoes. From maneuvering around airports to running around some less-than-sanitary outdoor markets, your shoes get quite the workout during a trip.
That’s why we suggest storing your shoes in an actual shoe bag or, at the very least, a plastic bag from a grocery store. Separating your shoes from your clothing is a good way to keep your items clean during a trip. Can't find a plastic bag? Some travelers simply use the hotel’s provided shower caps to wrap around their shoes!
Keep Clothes Smelling Fresh
Let's be honest; after a few days of traveling, things can get a bit stinky. And when you are traveling back home with a connection flight, things can get extremely stinky. From long hikes to even spending entire days exploring a city, it's only natural that our clothes will pick up some rather unpleasant smells.
To keep things more fresh than funky, a good travel hack is to throw in a couple of fabric softener sheets into your luggage. Not only do these dryer sheets impart a nice fresh scent, but gently rubbing one against your clothes can actually prevent annoying and embarrassing static cling.
Beware of People Being “Too Nice”
Though every country has its own communication styles, it's generally suggested to be suspicious of anyone being TOO nice to you on your travels. When you find yourself in the airport waiting for our next bonding announcement, pay attention to what is happening around you.
People placing bracelets or jewelry on you, stopping you to ask directions, or making small talk often either want you to pay for something or are distracting you while another person pickpockets you. It goes without saying that you should never accept food or beverages from a stranger, as this is also a common tactic to take advantage of tourists. Ultimately, it's better to be considered standoffish but stay safe.