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
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.
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.
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