Making This Mistake Could Ruin Your Vacation


Nothing puts a damper on vacation like reaching for your smart phone or wallet only to find it’s gone. Often signs warning of pick pocketing activity in popular tourist places are actually helpful for pickpockets too! Why? Because as soon as we see that warning sign, our instinct is to immediately reach for our valuables to be sure we haven’t already been a target.

Pickpockets watch for tourists to check their valuables then follow them to another location before helping themselves

The number one target item today is a smart phone, not only for the phone but mostly for the data it contains.

DO make sure your phone and its SIM card are both protected with a PIN

DO Keep a record of your phone’s IMEI number (dial *#06# to locate it) that way you can block it in the event that it is pick pocketed.

DON’T keep your drivers license with your credit cards, you don’t want thieves to have your money as well as your birthday and home address!

DO keep a spare credit card in a different location Light as a feather, cool as a breeze, blocks 97% UV scarf

DON’T keep your wallet in your back pocket

DO keep a simple rubber band around your wallet; it makes it harder to slip out of a pocket

DO keep backup copies of passport, insurance documents, driver’s license etc in a secure location preferably online so you can access them easily in the event you are a victim.

Most of all be aware of your surroundings, be suspicious of anyone trying to misdirect your attention, or groups of people who “accidentally” bump into you


About sunnysleevez

I'm a freckly red head, originally from London now living in LA with 2 pale children. Frankly with our coloring we have no business being such an outdoorsy family and living in southern California. I grew up in a time when factor 8 sun milk was considered the best protection available to combat the hot rays of a holiday in southern Spain, that lead to 3rd degree burns and the rest of the vacation spent in the shade of our apartment. As a family we love to be outside, going to the beach, camping, swimming & hiking. We can't completely avoid the sun (nor should we) but taking sensible measures to avoid unnecessary UV damage is a priority. How do we do that? By staying in the shade in the middle of the day, wearing sun protective clothing (that's why I created Sunny Sleevez), a broad brimmed hat, UV rated sunglasses, using chemical-free broad spectrum sun screen on exposed areas & eating a healthy diet with as few chemicals as possible & lots of antioxidants.
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26 Responses to Making This Mistake Could Ruin Your Vacation

  1. Simple but great ideas! Thank you!

  2. visualriver says:

    Great tips for everywhere we are. Thanks!

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  4. Valerie Penny says:

    This is a really useful article. I have reproduced it, fully acknowledged to you and your site, on my own site at…-sunny-sleevez/. I hope you like it. Please let me know.

  5. Being pickpocketed is so unpleasant – I only had it happen once, and thankfully they only got some cash, but it was still an awful experience.

  6. Deniza says:

    This post was written for me and my mum I guess! 🙂 I’m on vacation and these tips are very useful, thank you so much for sharing! Have a great day.

  7. bhudav says:

    My very simple advise just keep your money away from purse

  8. raaina says:

    Excellent tips! I didn’t know about the rubber band thing.

  9. Robin says:

    A friend who was recently traveling in Greece was the unfortunate victim of a pickpocket. These are all great tips to know before traveling…or just for being in a crowded place.

  10. Evonne R. says:

    Reblogged this on Glitter Fantasy… and commented:
    Great info here! Being from NY, I might stress a “muggers $20”, in smaller bills like $1s and $5s, so if you ever are (Goddess forbid) accosted, you can throw that cash away from you and run. Small.bills make it look like.more than it is, which is more tempting to would be assailants!

  11. As a frequent traveler I think your list is amazing. Thank you!

  12. Excellent tips – thanks

  13. Ink Pastries says:

    Reblogged this on Ink Pastries and commented:
    I don’t generally re-blog how-to kinds of articles but this one seems very helpful and I know several people who have had their pockets picked in Europe while on vacation.

  14. dayphoto says:

    You are so right, it could just ruin your day for sure!


  15. Reblogged this on christianliving2014 and commented:
    Great write

  16. Great write. Shared it. I hope you have a great day.

  17. As a frequent traveler I have to say this pretty much sums it up. Great job!

  18. simplystacy05 says:

    Great tips!

  19. Bhavika says:

    This is such a useful post. Thank you so much.

  20. Watch out for people who want to give you things too. In Spain there are people who try and get you to take a sprig of rosemary and if you let them get close enough to you for you to take it from them they will take something from you.

  21. Jade Sutton says:

    Very helpful suggestions!! Thank you for posting!

  22. Great advice! We always carry a 2nd backup wallet. Store one credit card & passports in a safe place like the room safety deposit box. And always travel with health insurance.

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