This one is a pretty boring topic, but an essential one when it comes to travelling. Although we like to think that all travellers are friendly, honest and not going to steal your stuff. Unfortunately there is always some. Not only are other travellers an issue. But also local people and pickpockets are often a problem.
I have only had one experience of theft, and this one was actually in Australia. I washed all my clothes in the washing machines and then hung them out to dry, on the provided washing lines. When i went to back to collect my clothes at the end of the day, they were gone, so someone had unfortunately stolen them. This was very annoying as there was really nothing i could've done about it, and also at the fact i had to go out and buy all new clothes. So that's just to let you know it does happen. Here are my tips on how to keep your valuables safe when travelling.
Always Keep Valuables With You- One of the best ways to make sure your valuables stay safe is by keeping them with you at all times. This can sometimes be difficult, but by keeping your passport, phone, and any other important items in your bag and carry it around with you. A lot of first time travellers use money belts. I bought one when first leaving on my travels and never used it, i just found it very annoying, and it would probably end up drawing more attention to you. So that's something i wouldn't recommend
Get Travel Insurance- Another way to protect your belongings is by getting travel insurance. This may cost you a little extra and it can't be used for stuff like your passport, or get all those photos of your camera back, but by getting travel insurance it just backs you up a little bit in regards money loss. And at least then your belongings are protected if they are stolen.
Use Security Deposit Boxes and Safes- Most hostels will have little security deposit lockers that you can put your valuables in like your money and passport. So make sure you take a padlock, and make use of the boxes, they're a really good way to keep your valuables safe. Also get a padlock that has numbers to unlock it and not a key, because a key is just another thing for you to lose.
Keep Valuables out of Sight- Just in general keep your valuables out of sight, lock them away, don't go around showing them off. Don't leave expensive laptops and cameras on your bed, put them away under your bedsheets, or in your suitcase. This goes even more so when in the streets where pickpockets could be, don't go flashing large amounts of cash, but this goes the same as for anywhere. When charging items put them under pillows or sheets.
Just in General Use Precaution and Be Aware of Your Surroundings- In general be aware of your surroundings, and keep a keen eye on your belongings. Don't leave items in dodgy places. Be aware of your valuables and know where they are.
Spread Out your Stuff- This one goes for cash more than anything and i swear by it, don't leave all your cash lying about in the same place, so don't keep it all in your wallet. Spread it out, so keep some in your wallet, some in a suitcase, some in your backpack, some in a sock in your suitcase. If you spread it out, if someone then does find it and steal some, at least they only get a little amount and not it all. Then you're not going to go without to much and it's not going to be as much of a problem.
Be Aware on Public Transport- This is particularly important especially when on sleeper buses. When it's harder to keep an eye on your belongings, obviously because you're asleep. I've heard stories of people going to sleep in Thailand on overnight buses and young kids would sneak under the seat and steal your stuff so just be aware and be careful, maybe put your valuables in your pockets, zipped up. Just make sure there is no way for someone to get to your bag. Usually of course you're going to be fine, but just use precaution.
Wear Your Rucksack on Your Front- When walking through crowded places, where there may be pickpockets and where there are a lot of people. Wear your rucksack on your front rather than your back. This way you can keep an eye on it, and someone can't open it from behind when you're not looking, and steal your stuff.