The traveler's trail is a boulevard of tragic stories of lost iPhones, Android Devices that (like in their clever commercials) grew legs and ran away, pilfered ergonomic earphones, stolen laptops, absentee underwear and most seriously, misplaced passports. Losing your stuff while traveling sucks, not only because of inconvenience, the stress, the replacement costs but more importantly because of the time it takes that could be spent enjoying travel, doing cool things and connecting with interesting people. This article will present some bizarre memory systems, life hacks and uncommon yet practical solutions for not losing your valuable stuff while traveling.
Consistency of Placement
The most common sense (yet uncommonly practiced) solution to not losing your stuff is this simple: keep your things in the same place. One of the biggest reasons people lose things, temporarily and permanently, is that they leave them in new places because of convenience or absentmindedness. You are rushing to meet friends for dinner so you leave your shaver in the hostel bathroom or you are exhausted after a long flight so you fall asleep with your laptop on your bed. Resist this temptation, and create a system for keeping your stuff in the same place.
Here's a few practical examples:
- My passport - Goes in the back internal zipper container of my backpack or in my left pocket next to my wallet.
- My iPod Earphones - Goes under my pillowcase while I'm sleeping or wrapped around my Android in my pocket.
- My Fancy Fedora - Goes under my bed behind my toiletries case.
- My Laptop - Goes in my backpack under my bed or in a safe box.
- My USB Cables - Goes next to my underwear compartment in my luggage.
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