8 Products You SHOULDN’T Be Traveling Without

October 14, 2017

The scariest thing about traveling these days is getting your things stolen! You can trust people all you want, but there is always a chance that you will open your bag  and things will be missing. On our recent. trip to Thailand we took precautionary measures to make sure we had all of our belongings secure. There was ONE day I left my suitcase unlocked and BAM!!!! Things were stolen. Clothes, workout gear, and medication. I had been so careful the whole time we were in Thailand so I couldn’t believe that it happened. I know that they are just material things and they don’t really matter, but it never feels good to be violated like that. So that is my inspiration behind this post! I am sharing the amazing products we use to keep our things safe… and some great tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

TRAVEL LOCKS: These are the travel locks that we have been using and we love them! They are TSA approved and heavy duty. We haven’t had any issues with them and not a single one has broken. We love these ones because they are short enough to not drag on the ground and light weight enough that they don’t mess things up when we weigh in our bags. Whenever we leave our hotels we always lock up our suitcases with anything expensive inside. We also put them our backpacks as we carry them through the airports. It gives me a good piece of mind knowing everything is locked!

SUITCASE BELT: Very similar to travel locks. This suitcase belt is like wrapping a present with a lock on the outside! It crosses your suitcase both ways preventing it from being opened. It is also very good for overstuffed bags that could pop at the seam during flight. It will hold everything securely inside while being locked from the outside.

TRAVEL SAFE: Okay seriously I don’t know how we ever lived without this thing! This is by far the best purchase we have made for traveling. This travel safe is small enough to carry with us all the time, but big enough to fit anything we need inside. We lock out passports, credit cards, and any other important documents in it. The last thing you want is to get any of those things stolen while abroad. We have even used it to put our wedding rings and other things inside of it while going out for the day. This safe has a 4 combination lock on the front with a bungie door on top of it. It also has a cable around it so you can hook it onto a stationary object. We usually hook the cable to a bar inside our suit case or something stable in the hotel room we know it isn’t going anywhere!

ANTI THEFT WALLET: Pick Pocketing is HUGE in foreign countries, especially Europe! This anti theft wallet has compartments for you passports, credit cards, cash, coins, and other travel documents. It also has RFID technology built in so that electronic pick pocketing is BLOCKED! If you don’t know what electronic pick pocketing is… People can now scan your credit cards and ID cards without even having to touch them. So they can steal you identity without you knowing it! This RFID technology blocks them from being able to do this! Scary stuff. This wallet also has a neck strap so you can wear it under your clothes without anyone knowing where it is. Brilliant!

PASSPORT HOLDER: This one is very similar to the anti theft wallet. The same RFID technology in more of a wallet style product! This now comes in 13 different colors and is pocket sized.

NECK PILLOW: Don’t forget your neck pillow! I don’t know how we would survive our long flights with out these. I love this neck pillow because it fits in a bag that can strap on to your carry on, and you can wear it on either the front or back of your neck!

Plug Converter: Believe me when I say this… You will need this at some point. This is the cheapest and most effective worldwide plug converter I have found. It can form to any plug on the front and the back so you won’t need to invest in a bunch of different converters. Be careful when you take your own plugs to a foreign country. If the wattage is different then yours, you can start a fire or have your electronic blow up! This converter will also convert your power safely so you don’t have to worry about that!

Travel Insurance: Of course the last thing you can do is invest in travel insurance! It is so important to pay the small fee in order to keep yourself and belongings safe. Most people think they won’t need it… But when you have thousands of dollars worth of things missing, you’ll wish you had! We use World Nomads Travel Insurance and love it! It is super affordable, and covers everything you can think of. They will even cover you if you have already left on your trip before buying.

I hope this post can be helpful for all of you! These are all products that I personally use during my travels to give myself piece of mind. I can enjoy my vacation so much more knowing that all of my things are SAFE! They are all super affordable and 100% worth the cost! Happy and safe traveling to you all!


  1. Catholic Pilgrim

    October 14, 2017

    I know the feeling. When I was in Rio, the housekeeper where I was staying at stole my camera which was kept in my unlocked suitcase. What added insult to injury was that she exchanged it for a carton of cigarettes. It wasn’t a professional camera, but still.

  2. Catholic Pilgrim

    October 14, 2017

    Anyway, I’m glad you and your husband made it safely to London. Keep us informed of your adventures. God bless!

  3. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 14, 2017

    Wow how crazy! I have learned that a lot of people will give anything it cigarettes is some places. You can never trust anyone. I’m paranoid now! Thank you, we are happy to be in London safe and sound!?

  4. kiltedwalker

    October 15, 2017

    A brilliant article Kelsey.

    Yes, and unfortunately, things do get stolen. The worst thing that can happen though, is that your passport gets stolen. It is key to getting all of the other services you need when you have been robbed abroad.

    So, after 30 years of travelling abroad, I can’t stress this enough – KEEP YOUR PASSPORT SAFE

    Mine lives in a slimline money belt, which I wear 24-hours a day. So, even if I lose everything else, I still have my passport (my credit cards live there too).


  5. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 15, 2017

    That’s my worst fear is that my passport gets stolen and I’m stranded! We keep ours in our travel safe ?? Makes me feel a little bit safer!

  6. Anonymous

    October 17, 2017

    I loved this article and since its closer to the holidays it will come in handy .

  7. stephanieparker7887

    October 17, 2017

    So sorry that happened to you! It is so helpful to know items like these are out there to help keep our things safe.

  8. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 17, 2017

    Thank you! I hope it will help some people out!

  9. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 17, 2017

    I seriously don’t know how I ever traveled without them! It makes me paranoid to think about it?

  10. Admin

    October 18, 2017

    Nice and very helpful but while reading it I always wished if you have also uploaded the respective pictures of all those needed /essential products.

    Thanks anyways.

  11. Leah Beth Grubb

    October 21, 2017

    I love the idea of the safe passport holder! Definitely going to be getting me one of those.

  12. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 21, 2017

    They’re awesome! It’s so crazy what people can do these days to scan all your info from 10 feet away. So scary!

  13. Tasmanian Traveller

    October 21, 2017

    Recently I read a scientist’s take on neck/head pillows; he said they should always be worn from the front so that your head doesn’t/can’t drop.

  14. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 22, 2017

    Wow that’s interesting. And makes a lot of sense! I’ve kinked my next so many times on an airplane. I need to only wear it in the front.

  15. haisacalatorimsite

    October 22, 2017

    Good idea! It is better to think at solutions that help you enjoy your holiday. Thank you!

  16. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 22, 2017

    Thanks for reading!?

  17. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 22, 2017

    There are pictures of the products under each of the descriptions. Maybe you aren’t able to load the pictures for some reason. Sorry!

  18. brewlabsblog

    October 23, 2017

    About travel adapters – most of them have some kind of circuit protection or a fuse. I had a fuse blow in mine with only a USB device connected overnight and could not find a replacement anywhere. So if it has a fuse – take a spare or two just in case.

  19. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 24, 2017

    This one will also change the wattage in your device to avoid that problem. I haven’t had any problems using any type of plug in device! I’ve been scared of that happening but haven’t had it yet!

  20. brewlabsblog

    October 24, 2017

    My Kross unit does the wattage adjustment as well and I was just charging an iPad overnight (so shouldn’t cause any overload) when the fuse went on me – just a random power spike I guess. Just happened to me 5 days ago. Bottom line -if it as a fuse or battery or whatever that can fail – bring a backup. PS: I love your travel site. Kudos to you and yours – experience the world and make it your lifestyle as you are doing. You will NEVER regret it.

  21. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 24, 2017

    Wow that’s scary! I’m just waiting for it to happen someday to me. And thanks so much. We are having a great time!

  22. travelingmichiganblog

    October 25, 2017

    This is nothing short of the truth. Great article, and helpful. I’ve also spent some time traveling the world and unfortunately have had things stolen. Never a great feeling, but definitely a live and learn. 🙂 Keep blogging, your page is great!

  23. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    October 26, 2017

    Thanks so much!

  24. Nina Tiberi

    November 3, 2017

    Thank you for posting this! I am heading to London to see Family in a few months and this has helped me! I’m ordering passport holder right now! also, I think a portable phone charger will help if your constantly on the go!

  25. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 3, 2017

    So fun! Have a good trip. London is the best city in the world! Glad you could get a passport holder… and yes the portable changer is a must! We have then but always forget to take them with. It has gotten us in trouble a few times ?

  26. A.Kane

    November 5, 2017

    I really enjoyed your post regarding the eight essential items to have when traveling. A few of these I already had, but I didn’t know there was a wallet designed to help prevent hackers from getting your card numbers. I got my card number stolen at Target last year, I want this wallet in general.

    The travel safe case and external locks for luggage was also interesting. My fiancé and I want to travel to Japan for our honeymoon, dream of his, and we are certainly going to get a few of these essentials before we go! Thank you!

  27. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 5, 2017

    Glad it could be a help! Hopefully you make it to Japan. Happy traveling!

  28. Anand Bose

    November 6, 2017

    Thanks for the information. A good write-up there. Anand Bose from Kerala

  29. fawncaveney

    November 7, 2017

    I love the helpful information on this post!! Thank you Kelsey and thank you everyone else who shared important information too.

  30. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 7, 2017

    Glad you liked it!?

  31. Tiru

    November 8, 2017

    Hi Kelsey,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂 . Thanks for sharing this piece of information! I do carry the locks when i carry suitcases, but was not able to find a suitable one for my rucksack 🙁 Would love to hear if you have some tips for proper backpacking 🙂

    Love, T.

  32. Vijaya Baskaran

    November 12, 2017

    good and useful information, put together well ,thanks VB

  33. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 12, 2017

    Thanks for reading!?

  34. MichaelStephenWills

    November 14, 2017

    Add zip ties and a nail clipper to cut them…use to secure outer pockets of luggage, etc.

  35. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 15, 2017

    Yes, great tip!

  36. Gibbs

    November 16, 2017

    As a global traveler, I have come to many conclusions on how to travel and how to pack, this is a good post!

  37. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 16, 2017

    Thank you!!

  38. Esther Maranian

    November 16, 2017

    I have to admit I often leave my case unlocked even though I carry padlocks around with me when I travel! This article is a great reminder to take more care when you’re traveling 🙂

  39. Anonymous

    November 27, 2017

    Thank you for tips.. this is very helpful..

  40. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 27, 2017


  41. Shubha Naidu

    November 28, 2017

    True! Neck pillow is such a necessity when you’ve to catch up on your sleep in the early morning flights! 🙂

  42. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 28, 2017

    Amen to that!

  43. Tiffany

    November 29, 2017

    Yes Yes Yes, I totally agree with all these things!! Another item I can’t travel without is my Battery pack to be able to charge my electronics!! Neck pillow I never thought about, but I agree, I dont think I have gone on one plane ride without it!!

  44. kelseysimmons12@gmail.com

    November 29, 2017

    Yes the chargers! We always seem to forget ours though…. and get stranded phoneless!😂

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