How to avoid pickpockets

Today’s blog comes from Rebecca Whiteman, an STA Travel Student Ambassador and majoring in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University. She loves to swim, cook (eat), and travel. She also loves being out of her comfort zone while traveling because that’s when she has had the most memorable experiences!

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Traveling is amazing, and you will have some of the best times of your life if you go abroad. However, one thing that can put a damper on your trip is getting your money, passport, or credit cards stolen. Here are some tips to help avoid that, and what to do when it happens!

Only take what you need

I was more comfortable when I only brought what I needed for the day. This usually included enough money for lunch or any activities I was planning, as well as an ID and a camera. Personally, I prefer not taking a debit or credit card just in case. However they are sometimes a good safety net in case you get lost or end up spending more money than planned. If you do bring a debit or credit card along, make sure you know how to cancel it in case it gets stolen!

Put valuables in your front pockets

Pickpockets like to steal out of back pockets because it’s an easy target. To avoid this, put your valuables in your front pockets. If you have a cross-body bag, keep it slightly in front of you. It’s much harder for someone to steal from you if all of your belongings are in front of you! Also make sure that your bag has strong straps — I’ve been to some places where people on motorbikes will snatch a purse from someone on the sidewalk. To avoid this, keep your purse facing opposite to the road. A money belt is always a good investment if you’re really nervous, because you can keep all your belongings close to you and under your clothes.

Be aware of your surroundings

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It’s easy to get distracted with all the amazing and beautiful things you’ll see while traveling, but be aware that common sightseeing spots are also hubs for pickpockets. If you stay aware of who is around you, you can enjoy the view while keeping all of your stuff safe!

Have travel insurance

In the unlucky case where your belongings do get taken, having travel insurance can help in replacing or paying for stolen items. You will probably have to fill out a police report, but it’ll be well worth it when all you get money back for your items that were stolen. You can check out STA Travel’s insurance at!

Authored By Rebecca Whiteman – STA Travel Student Ambassador