My friend, Sam, is planning a trip to the USA very soon and has a question about keeping her belongings safe:
We’re going to be staying at an Airbnb apartment during our time in NY. There won’t be a safe or a locker where we can store valuables like extra cash and our passports. What would you suggest we do?
While it is unlikely that anything will happen to your belongings in your Airbnb apartment rental, I say it’s always better to be prepared and have some basic measures in line… just in case.
First of all, don’t bring anything with you on your travels for which you can’t fathom the idea of being lost or stolen. Take cheap costume jewelry instead of your real bling, and don’t bring a laptop or fancy camera if they won’t be used a great deal. Smartphones tend to be enough these days!
The simplest setup to protect your belongings left in your room is to have them out of sight and locked up in your luggage. Always, always bring a luggage lock for your suitcase or backpack (if it’s the type that can be locked) because it will serve the purpose of keeping your belongings safer both in-flight and in your rental apartment.
There are also retractable cable locks you can get to sort of lock your luggage to a fixed object in your room. This is great for smaller bags that can easily, and discreetly, be taken and broken into later.
Or, you can get a portable safe bag. PacSafe make some that are lined in a slashproof eXomesh and come with a cable you can lock to a fixed object. Some are just big enough for phones, passports and money, or you can get larger ones that fit a computer.
Another way to go about keeping your stuff safe is to hide it in other stuff. So, you can put money in a tampon box or wrapped up in a sanitary napkin (who’s going to look there?!). An empty shampoo bottle or lip balm tube can be a great hiding place for money and jewelry.