How to Keep Your Valuables Safe and Secure on the Beach

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On your travels there will be many occasions where you will want to visit the local beach – whether you are in Bermuda, Brazil or the Balearic Islands. Enjoying a sunny afternoon lounging on a beach towel, reading a book, watching the waves and going for a swim is a wonderful travel experience.

However, visiting the beach on your travels can be a dangerous situation when it comes to thieves and pickpockets. Many less-than-honest individuals like to frequent the beach because they know that people will have their guard down and will take their eyes off their possessions while swimming or sunbathing. How can you make sure that your relaxing day at the beach is not ruined by having your stuff stolen?

1. Take as Little as Possible

There is really no reason to take a lot of valuable items to the beach. Instead of bringing your entire wallet with all of your credit cards, you can just bring enough cash for the day in your pocket. Leave your electronics, jewelery, credit cards and other valuables locked up at the hotel or hostel and just take the very basics with you.

2. Be Aware of Your Surroundings

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Be alert and keep an eye on what is happening around you. There is no need to be paranoid, but if a group of young people start playing around near you it is a good idea to keep an eye on your things.Sometimes pickpockets will stage a distraction, such as someone spilling something on you, so that their accomplice can snatch your stuff when you are not looking – so be aware of this.

3. Consider a Waterproof Case

If you really need to take your phone or iPod to the beach, you could try using a waterproof case. With this type of case, you will be able to carry the phone on you at all times even when you are in the water – so that you won’t risk losing it.

There are cases that are designed to hang around your neck which are made of waterproof plastic and will protect your electronic devices from water. Make sure that you test your case first before you use it on your phone, just to make sure that the inside really does stay dry!

Also, the most important thing to remember when you are using a waterproof case is that the ocean can be a thief as well. If you let go of the case or a large wave pulls it from your neck, your valuables will take a swim with the fishes. Make sure that you keep it secure and close to you at all times and if you are going to be enjoying strenuous water sports like surfing or water-skiing you might want to try another strategy.

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4. Go With a Group

Another strategy is to visit the beach with at least one other person, or with a group of people. There will be someone to sit with the towels and bags while the others swim and you can take turns watching the stuff. Visiting the beach in a group will make it much safer, as there will be more eyes on your belongings at all times. If you are sitting together and talking, put your bags in the centre of the group in the middle of everyone – rather than around the perimeter of the group where they could be taken more easily.

5. Sunbathing? Wrap a Strap Around Your Wrist

Don’t be fooled into thinking that your belongings are safe when they are next to you on your beach towel while sunbathing. Thieves can be very sneaky and if you close your eyes and drift off for a while, you might wake up to find your wallet missing or your headphones no longer connected to your iPhone.

If you plan on chilling out for a while and lying back in the sunshine, make sure that you have the strap of your bag wrapped around your arm so that you will be woken up if someone tried to reach inside it. Also, keep your electronic devices underneath your body rather than resting beside you.

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You could also use your bag as a pillow, so that it is underneath your head while you are resting. At this point there is no way that someone could remove it without disturbing you.

Don’t let a great relaxing afternoon at the beach be ruined by having your valuable possessions stolen. With these tips in mind, you will be able to keep your belongings safe and secure while you enjoy beaches all over the world on your travels.

About the Author: Kelly Dunning

A Canadian freelance writer with a love of art, culture, literature and adventure, Kelly loves exploring foreign lands and expressing her experiences through the power of the written word. She and her English boyfriend Lee run Global-Goose.com, packed full with guides, stories and inspiration for those who dream of travel. They have been location independent and travelling the world digital-nomad style since 2011, with no address, no car and no fixed schedule.

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