Another Bag Safety Tip (and Don’t Dress Like a Tourist)

reader-travel-tip2Each Friday, we feature a reader-submitted tip as our Travel Tip of the Day. This week’s tip comes from Eva H, who built on the bag-snatching video from earlier in the week, saying:

“Never, never, never, leave your belongings where they can be snatched. Don’t put them on chairs. Keep your arm slung through the strap at all times. Even more important, don’t dress like a tourist. Dress like the people on the street in the place where you are traveling. Booty bags, shorts, big tennis shoes, tee-shirts–a dead giveaway. I live in a Mexican town that is heavily touristy. I can tell a tourist in three seconds. If you dress like a tourist, you’ll get targeted for a ripoff.”

No question: Both bag safety and blending in are important. Thanks, Eva!



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4 Comments on "Another Bag Safety Tip (and Don’t Dress Like a Tourist)"

  1. What type of shoes would Eva suggest for many hours of walking while not looking like a tourist?

  2. Johnny, love your tips especially concerning protection of your property while traveling. The video was very enlightening! Johnny, early next year we will be traveling to various Asian countries, and there will be six adults traveling together. We want to take ground transportation to a major US airport, but because we will each have two bags and a carry on we are in a quandary on how we get there together. Do you know of anyway we can ship our bags securely and then pick them up at the airport or major city where the airport is? That way we could rent a mini van for all of us to travel together to go to the airport.

  3. how do you not dress like a tourist?

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