Travel Safety Gear and Checked Valuables

I run the Practical Travel Gear Blog in addition to this one, so that’s always a good place to stop by if you’re looking for gear that works well and won’t cost you your life savings. Sometimes I get commissioned to do some gear round-ups for other publications and recently I did a bunch for a new site called

travel lockIf you’re the type that thinks danger lurks everywhere—or you just want to be cautious on the road—check out this one: Best Travel Safety Gear.

There are a couple of money belt versions, a cool Pac-safe bag, and one of my favorite cheap items: the retractable cable lock. Why no luggage locks for the plane? Well, you shouldn’t have anything valuable in what you check. After all, you need a TSA-approved lock so they can get in and there’s always going to be someone with sticky fingers out there. Here are a few choice lines from that linked story, about a TSA employee in Newark.

Authorities raided his home last week and seized, among other things, “66 cameras, 31 laptop computers, 20 cell phones, 17 sets of electronic games, 13 pieces of jewelry, 12 GPS devices, 11 MP3 players, eight camera lenses, six video cameras and two DVD players.” Brown confessed that he started stealing beginning in September 2007 and has put most of the items up on eBay.

On another note, I’ve got a new story out in GoNomad about a family trip to Vancouver and Vancouver Island: Slow Food and Fast Sightseeing.

No matter where you live, if you want to have a happy weekend, don’t turn on the TV.

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