Having your backpack stolen or pickpocketed can put a damper on your, if not, happily travel mood. Different traveling modes guarantee different degrees of safety. For instance, you’re likely to get robbed when using a public bus than a taxi. Nevertheless, your belongings are never entirely safe whenever you’re out on the road. Spreading your belongings in different travel bag compartments is one way not to lose all your items when a pickpocket strikes. Multi-pocket backpacks come in handy when evading complications that come with putting all eggs in one basket. Imagine losing your passport, money, phone, and credit cards for a reason as simple as not locking your bag. You certainly wouldn’t want to experience that.
The following are a few guidelines on how to keep thieves at arm’s length when journeying with your backpack.
1. Lock your zippers
Do you have a means of locking your zippers? If you answered yes, you just dodged the first bullet; the pickpockets. Bag combination locks top our lock-system recommendation list for any traveler out there. They are simple to operate, and you don’t need a bunch of keys to lock or unlock them. All you have to do is create a unique digit code known to you alone. You enter this digit whenever you need access to the contents of the load.
Tip: The combination lock with the long neck accommodates more zippers.
If you didn’t find a combination lock, a regular lock with a key would suffice; as long as you’ll be sure to keep the key safe, e.g., in the interior pocket coat.
2. Never let go
Backpacks are generally small-sized compared to travel packs like suitcases. There’s absolutely no reason for you not to be holding your bag at any given time with the two straps. You can wear it on your bosom as opposed to the regular back wear. The waist straps would prove useful at this moment. Whether you are conversing with your seatmate or sleeping, link yourself to your bag somehow.
3. Distribute your belongings across multiple pockets
Putting all your items in one compartment while moving is a practically tempting fortune. If a thief should navigate through your bag, chances are they’ll take away everything easily and at an impressive speed. If you had your items in different pockets zipped and strapped, there’s a possibility that you’ll interfere with the mugger’s any furthers plans and save some (if not all) your items.
4. Attach importance with depth
Stash your most valued items at the bottom of your backpack. That gold bracelet your best friend gifted you last Christmas, store it deep in the rucksack. It will be harder to access should some sneaky thief attempt to reach the top. He may only manage to take the $0.30 pocket tissue that you took from your sister’s dresser, anyway.
5. Starve the thieves
Don’t overload your backpack—the fatter the load, the fatter the thief attraction. You wouldn’t cry much over losing a pair of jeans and two t-shirts as you would a bag full of office wear and a laptop.
All you want to do is keep your backpack contents intact and have a splendid trip. Don’t be lazy. Take your time, organize your pack, and secure your belongings. One hour of looking for your combination watch may save you from one hour of crying your eyes out after your brand new laptop gets stolen.