Store Your Valuables In A Kid’s Bag When Travelling To Avoid Theft

Store Your Valuables In A Kid’s Bag When Travelling To Avoid Theft

The #1 nightmare scenario when travelling abroad is having your luggage stolen, especially if it contains your passport, wallet and other important valuables. Children’s bags, on the other hand, are typically filled with lollies, stickers and stuffed animals — which makes them a far less tempting target for thieves.

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Reader Mark wrote in to explain his tip:

I travel with a basic children’s backpack (the more pink the better) and put all my valuables within. It’s the last place a potential thief will look. It would also make them easy to spot running away with a Barbie backpack under their arm.

The trick obviously suits parents best, but as long as you don’t mind getting occasional odd looks from other travelers, we suppose it could work for anybody. (You might want to keep a closer eye on any tween girls in the vicinity though — we hear those pink Barbie bags are highly coveted!)


  • I’ve heard of ‘like stealing candy from a baby’ but never ‘like stealing candy from an adult’.
    Just have a case that looks unique from everyone else, not necessary like it belongs to a child.

    • But that defeats the purpose. You want a case that thieves WON’T perceive as a target. Your case would do the opposite as it would stand out and draw attention because of it’s uniqueness.

    • The unique look would make it easier to spot, but the main point is, people that might be looking to steal a bag, would probably not bother with a childrens bag as they would assume it doesn’t contain much of value, they would go for one that looks more likely to contain valuables.

      Just make sure your unique bag doesnt look expensive

  • I have occasionally (when I felt I could withstand the strange looks) travelled with my laptop and a stack of hard drives in a Wiggles backpack specifically because it didn’t scream “technology here!”.

  • I’ve heard something similar about hiding valuables in kids rooms to fool burglars. They open the door, see it’s a kid’s room, and assume there’s nothing of value in there so they don’t bother. This tip, as I recall, came from a former burglar. Of course, given how spoiled some kids are these days, that may not work… >_>

  • If your Passport is in your luggage your doing it wrong.

    Think about this, do you leave your license at home when you drive? No, it’s your ID. A Passport is the same thing, you need it on you at all times when travelling abroad. Also get a wallet just for travelling, leave your normal wallet at home (or with your parents) and use the other for travelling, if you lose it your cards and license are safe at home. And you can cancel and reissue the card you lost.

    • I agree completely. If you’ve left your wallet or passport in a situation where they can be stolen, you need to rethink things. I only ever carry my wallet, passport and mobile phone in my front pockets – makes it much more difficult to pickpocket that way. My laptop is in my carry-on backpack, which never leaves my side.

  • Hmm, not sure about this. The child of a friend of mine recently had his school bag stolen. He’s 10. The parents couldn’t work out why anyone would want to steal a kids school bag. I pointed out to them that kids school bags will often contain, mobiles, iPads, DSi, laptops etc these days. In other words, easily flog gable high value goods.

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