Pickpockets and thieves are all too common wherever your destination may be. Visiting a 1st world country does not guarantee you can avoid backpack theft.
In fact, thieves thrive in places popular with tourists. And you might not even suspect they're thieves.
Thieves love tourists because they know tourists have a lot of money on them, furthermore, they have a lot of stuff on them.
Losing your stuff is not only costly but could greatly affect your plans as well. As a result, you might even need to cancel some parts of your trip.
Here are some things you can do to avoid backpack theft while backpacking your way to different places.
Use an Anti-theft Backpack
This does not guarantee that your stuff will stay safe, but nevertheless, it can deter thieves.
Thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets. When your backpack makes it difficult for them to snatch something, they'll simply move on to the next target.
Lock your Zippers
Needless to say, the backpack must have lockable zippers.
But don't worry if your backpack doesn't have lockable zippers. You can look into tutorials on how to make DIY lockable zippers.
However, this does not make your backpack entirely avoid theft. They can still slash your backpack or steal the entire backpack.
Use a bike chain
Bring a bike chain. It will definitely come in handy to avoid backpack theft.
For instance, you're staying in a dorm-type accommodation and there's no locker. Chain your bag to the frame of your bed.
If you're traveling as a group, chain your bags together. No thief will want to flee with a bunch of heavy backpacks in hand.
Spread your Valuables
The old adage is true: ‘Don't put all your eggs in one basket'.
Don't put all your cash in one purse. Don't put all your IDs in one wallet.
You probably already know why it's wise to do this.
Prepare yourself for distractions. Pickpockets come up with many unique ways to veer your attention away from your stuff.
The distraction can come in the form of innocent looking kids wanting to play with you. Or it could be a helpless elderly woman asking for help.
You don't have to be rude to them. They might not actually be thieves or accomplices. Just keep an eye on your valuables while you're talking to them.
Look After Your Own Stuff
Don't ask strangers to watch your backpack for you.
First, you might be talking to a thief. Second, they might not be able to pay attention to your backpack as they are doing something else.
But you can't blame the stranger. You can't impose the responsibility on them. Be responsible for your own stuff.
Make Copies of Important Documents
This includes your passport, VISA, IDs, credit cards, or debit cards.
This may not be a tip to avoid backpack theft. But it can save you a lot of trouble if they get stolen.
Replacing them is a lot easier when you have a copy of these important documents.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, theft could happen. Don't be too hard on yourself. It's not your fault.