Travel Gear: Safety and Security

Anne Burke Clients have all heard those scary stories about getting ripped off while traveling overseas. Unfortunately, these things do happen. But taking a few precautions can make the difference between a fabulous trip and one scarred by a bad memory. Here are some products that will help clients reduc

By: Anne Burke

Clients have all heard those scary stories about getting ripped off while traveling overseas. Unfortunately, these things do happen. But taking a few precautions can make the difference between a fabulous trip and one scarred by a bad memory. Here are some products that will help clients reduce their vulnerability to theft and assault.





1. Secret Stash
The All Terrain Money Belt from Eagle Creek looks like any other. But a secret, zippered compartment on the inside hides folded bills and small pieces of jewelry. It’s made from nylon web and comes extra long, so small waistlines can cut off excess length. Opens with quick-release buckle. Four colors. $15. www.eaglecreek.com





2. Safely Tucked Away
We like the old-fashioned neck pouch but not everyone does. The Clip Safe and Leg Safe from Austin House are two new ways to hide your ticket, credit card, passport and cash. The Clip Safe is worn inside clothing, clipped to the waistband. The zippered cash and credit card compartment is easy to reach without removing the pouch. The Leg Safe attaches to the calf with Velcro closures and has three zippered compartments. Both are lined with moisture-wicking Coolmax and feel good against the skin, although the Clip Safe is a little uncomfortable when sitting down. $12 each.
www.austinhouse.com






3. It’s a Scream
The Xscream Carabiner personal security alarm from Bison Designs is one of the simplest devices we’ve seen to scare off a would-be assailant or robber. The “on” switch is just like a flashlight’s. Push it up and the alarm sounds. Carry it in your pocket or fasten it to a purse or belt loop with the snap hook. Great for kids and teens. Comes with three LR44 cell batteries. $10. www.bisondesigns.com






4. Sleep Easier
Hang the Personal Door Alarm from Austin House around the inside of your hotel room door and set the switch to “on.” Any small vibration will trip the alarm. Nine-volt battery not included. $10. www.austinhouse.com






5. But Wait, There’s More
The Security Plus Personal Alarm from Walkabout Travel Gear does more things than a Ginzu knife. Pull the pin, and an alarm sounds. (Stick the pin back in to silence the alarm.) Attach it to your hotel door or laptop, and the alarm trips if an intruder opens the door or a thief disturbs the computer. Put it inside your purse and attach the lanyard to your belt loop, and the alarm sounds when a thief tries to make off with your bag. Includes built-in flashlight and battery. $15. www.walkabouttravelgear.com

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