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Scenario - when you are on the beach or in the pool you have your day pack with you which contains most of your valuables and you don't know anyone else who you could trust on the beach and you want to go into the water ... what do you do? How do you protect your valuables?

Asked by kim bindon via Site_iconWorldNomads.com

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    When I used to swim at the pool I put the towel over my bag and my wallet in my undies. That way if someone went to rummage through my bag, I hoped that my underwear and socks would be a deterrent! Don't leave you bag near an exit, and swim close and keep an eye on it. I might have just been lucky but in 8 years of swimming at the public pool nothing got nicked! over 7 years ago

    Answered by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    A short answer to this question is, dont bring valuables to the beach or pool. Theives in foreign countries are not stupid and look for opportunities to steal your stuff. Putting a towel over it is not a bulletproof safeguard. While living in Barcelona I usually asked American/English tourists if they could watch my bag while I swam. I never had any issues. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Zach H. via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
    • Yep, agreed! Don't trust anyone! Ian C over 7 years ago
    • That's kind of discriminatory, don't you think? What makes you believe that if the person speaks English is reliable and if they speak Spanish they are not...? SilvyJ over 7 years ago
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    Thats not what I was implying at all. I speak english and very little spanish so naturally I would ask an english speaker rather than a spanish speaker to watch my belongings. Once again, I never brought anything of real value to the beach anyway. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Zach H. via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    Your options:
    1. Leave your bag in a locker or room - train station? accommodation front desk?
    2. Don't go into the water, stay with your bag.
    3. Carry documents in a dry bag around your neck, leave the rest on the beach. Enjoy the water! over 7 years ago

    Answered by via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    All answers here sound good. I lock everything up and carry my keys with me when i swim. almost 7 years ago

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    Grocerie plastic bag,towel and no more... Kept motor bike key and hotel key inside pocket of swimming pool. I tell u. someone stole my bag on Kata beach... Camera,cell phone,motor bike and hotel key and 150$ ... He left my sandal there, thank you. I just change motor bike morning after, sorry for the next one,plate number is on key with hotel name. almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Pascal L via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    Sorry Kim, but taking anything of value to the beach is a risk. And as much of a deterrent as Ian's undies might be it's not a guarantee. Options: buddy-up with someone at the hostel and take turns going for a dip while the other one guards the belongings.
    A locker somewhere is safest, but take the key with you when you swim (a shoelace makes a good lanyard to thread the key onto and tie around your wrist - not in a pocket or around your neck.) almost 7 years ago

    Answered by Ask Phil via Site_iconWorldNomads.com
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    what I do is put any valuable you need in a waterproof money belt, which slips under your shorts and go for a swim. over 6 years ago

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    Reef makes some awesome flip flops/thongs/jandals that have hidden compartments in the soles. They're not big enough for passports or anything, but if you want to bring some cash or a hotel key, you can keep those kinds of things in the shoes. You never know, a thief might want to steal your shoes, but I bet they'd be more inclined to steal a bag! over 6 years ago

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