Got a holiday planned?
You should consider buying a new suitcase if the one you have is extra colourful. An expert revealed that eye-catching luggage can draw negative attention towards you.
Shahzad Ali, security expert and CEO of Get Licensed, said: “Although a new and colourful suitcase may look more fashionable, it won’t only be attractive to you. It’s best to choose a more common-looking suitcase, and if possible, a worn-out one – as to not stand out from the crowd – and with it, a high-quality padlock.
“This can make a big difference in keeping your items safe. You can add an identifier, such as a ribbon or sticker, to avoid getting your luggage mistaken for someone else’s whilst still remaining subtle.”
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The security guru had some other words of advice for keeping your luggage safe too, Express reports. These include:
Organise your items before flying
The expert recommended: “When packing, organise your items in three categories: extremely valuable (such as documents, credit cards, mobile phones and larger sums of cash), valuable (such as jewellery and other expensive items) and less valuable (such as clothes and self-care products).
“The extremely valuable items that don’t need to be used often at the airport should be placed in a money belt that will stay close to your body at all times until you reach your destination.
“The ones that need to be used at the airport should be placed in a small handbag or fanny pack that will stay in front of you at all times. When they’re not needed any longer, these items should be placed in the money belt. Larger valuables, such as laptops or tablets, can be placed in your carry-on luggage.
“Valuables such as jewellery should be strategically hidden among less valuable items, such as clothes, in your checked luggage.”
Keep valuables in plain sight
Shahzad said: “This may seem obvious, but with so much to pay attention to at the airport, it’s common for people to think things are under control when they may not be.
“Make sure all items are placed in front of you and not behind. Consider investing in a tracker for your checked luggage, as it can come in handy in case it gets lost.”