Tourists might end up missing out on a relaxing swim at the beach with friends and family because it feels like too much of a risk to leave unattended valuables behind.
He told Express.co.uk : “The first time I realised the importance of this issue was on a sunny afternoon in Phuket, Thailand.
“I was basking in the golden sunshine, completely lost in a gripping novel, and I barely noticed the swift fingers that made off with my backpack. It was a wake-up call, and it’s an experience I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.”
According to police, thieves are increasingly using distraction techniques to steal from tourists.
Nick said: “My most recommended measure for beach-goers is investing in a good quality waterproof bag or pouch for valuables.
“I once bought a budget friendly, portable safe for a trip to Bali, and it turned out to be a gamechanger. It was large enough to fit my essentials, and with a combination lock, it offered a level of security that allowed me to take that much-needed, worry-free dip in the ocean.”
A bag with a lock could deter any would-be thieves from targeting a swimmer’s belongings as the safe may be too heavy to escape with.
Nick said: “The ‘buddy system’ is a commonly used concept on crowded beaches, where a group of family or friends take turns watching everyone’s belongings. It’s a super handy trick, but don’t sweat it if you’re rolling solo.”
He recommends speaking to another solo traveller or group and asking them to watch belongings.
Solo travellers could even take it in turns to watch each other’s things, giving everyone the chance to take a dip in the sea.
Keep things hidden
Nick said: “Try not to flaunt expensive items. As the old adage goes, ‘Out of sight, out of mind’.”
It’s best not to bring anything expensive to the beach and if it’s unavoidable, make sure to keep it hidden.
He added: “A friend of mine, a seasoned surfer from Australia, often buries his car keys in the sand under his towel, a clever trick worth considering.”
While this trick might be a great way of concealing an item, tourists will need to make sure they remember where they put it.
Nick Kembel shares travel advice on his blog.