There is never a good time to lose a valuable especially if you are traveling and are dependent on it (phone, passport, keys, wallets, etc.) Here are some simple steps that can keep you from having to call or visit a lost and found.
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Protecting Valuables 101 – Airports
1) Airport TSA Security
– Empty your pockets and put all your valuables into a specific compartment of one of your bags. This will make sure your wallet, keys, phone, headset, etc. don’t end up falling or getting left behind in one of the security buckets – there are enough things to be juggling during this process especially if you are traveling with children.
– Only get out what you need and once you are done with it put it away. It will make it a lot more comfortable having only a few necessary items out. In fact, organizing what you need in advance will help you avoid needing to rummage through your things.
– If you were sitting in the waiting area check your seat and the floor before you leave. The deep seats make it easy for things in your pocket to slip out onto the floor.
– Check outlets for chargers. You might be tempted to disconnect your device and not also your charger. Make it a habit to disconnect the charger from the wall and put it away.
– Check your seat, seat compartment and underneath your seat before you deplane. You will be surprised how many times you will find you actually forgot something.
– Don’t put any items of value in the seat compartment in front of you. We all have the tendency to make our seats our temporary home especially during long flights. To add to this the limited space make it very tempting to stuff things into the compartment in front of you.
Protecting Valuables 101 – Home
1) Consistent location
– When you get home, put your keys away in drawer or hang them up
– Have a drawer for your wallet and sunglasses
– If you are out of the house, always put your keys in your right pocket or in a specific compartment of your purse