Daniel is a copywriter who has well and truly been bitten alive by the 'travel bug'. After ticking off several North American National Parks and exploring Europe by train, his sights are now set on South East Asia. Usually with at least one camera locked and loaded, you'll find Daniel wherever there are mountains, lakes or beaches.
Navigating new destinations should be thrilling, not threatening. Our handpicked collection of the best travel gadgets for safety, including compact personal alarms and sleek luggage trackers, ensures that you stay secure while enjoying your adventures wherever you are in the world!
Hidden Camera and Bug Detector
Hidden cameras and bugs are usually top of the list of people’s travel concerns, especially in Airbnbs. Fear not, a hidden camera/big detector is one of the best travel gadgets for safety you can invest in.
Simply use the device as you walk around your accommodation to check for any hidden surveillance equipment. You’ll be able to sleep sounder at night, and you’ll feel Jason Bourne – win-win!
Having a personal alarm in your bag or your pocket is a great way to stay safe when traveling. Most personal alarms in 2023 are designed to look like chargers or even padlocks, so they won’t draw suspicion. Simply turn the alarm on, usually by pushing a button, and others around you will be alerted to the danger you’re facing.
If you’re staying in a hotel but are wary of someone walking in as you sleep, a small door alarm is a travel essential for safety. They are typically very easy to install and are loud enough to alert you (and scare off the intruder), without waking everyone in the hotel.
Just make sure to put out your ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign to avoid any confusion with the housekeepers.
There’s only one thing worse than your airline misplacing your luggage: having your bags stolen by someone else. That’s why a luggage tracker is one of the best travel safety essentials. All you’ll need to do is place the tracker inside your luggage and using an app you’ll be able to pinpoint exactly where it is at all times.
When purchasing, make sure the tracker is compatible with the devices you use (e.g. Apple vs Android).
Portable Safe Bag
There are some things you don’t want to leave in your hotel room or Airbnb. But equally, you don’t want to be tied down to them if you’re by the pool or on the beach. That’s where a portable safe bag comes in as one of the best travel gadgets for safety.
Unlike a cumbersome traditional metal safe, these bags are lightweight and small. With a password lock, you can attach the bag securely to a fixed object and you can rest assured no one is going to walk away with your belongings.
Hear us out, if you get the right money belt, it can do a great job in keeping you safe when traveling. As long as it sits flush to your body and doesn’t obviously protrude, any potential pickpockets will be none the wiser. Many money belts now also use RFID-blocking technology to ensure thieves can’t ‘tap and go’ with your credit cards.
Hair Scrunchies with Money Zip
If a money belt isn’t up your street but you still want to keep your cash secure, try out a hair scrunchie with hidden zip pockets. With enough room to throw in a few folded-up bills without drawing attention, it’s a great backup in case you were to lose your purse when traveling.
The priciest item on our list, an anti-theft backpack can go a long way in making you feel safe when traveling. Typically with room for a laptop, your passport, immigration documents, and other key essentials, you can rest easy knowing your belongings are safe. With materials safe from rips or cuts, interlocking zippers, and a carry-on-friendly size, an anti-theft backpack is a must-have for any traveler.
Travel Size First Aid Kit
A small first aid kit is one of the most simple but effective ways to stay safe when traveling. Easily squeezed into a backpack, these kits typically contain everything you could need – bandages, sterile swabs, burn dressing, and so much more.
Another great gadget for staying safe when traveling is the simple, but highly effective, doorstop. Taking up less room than a book, the mighty door stop will stop intruders from getting into your room. Newer versions typically come with a built-in alarm that will sound if someone tries to tamper with it, too. Just wedge it securely under your door and rest easy knowing you did not have any unwanted visitors during your stay.
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