It only takes a brief lapse of concentration to mislay cards and cash on holiday, or, even worse, to succumb to local thieves.
What’s more, complex technology like card skimming means criminals have increasingly cunning ways to relieve you of your personal details and spend your hard-earned money. It’s important to stay vigilant, and thankfully there are plenty of clever gadgets that can protect your money, leaving you to get on with enjoying your holiday.
1: Stop card skimmers - Koruma RFID Stop Wallet
Skimming is a form of fraud where information on your bank card’s electronic strip – and even the biometric chip in your passport – is stolen using a discreet device.
Koruma’s extensive wallet range features clever RFID blocking technology to protect your plastic from skimming.
There are multiple designs for men and women, from smart premium leather with multiple compartments for cash, cards, memory sticks and more, to compact, fashionable purses and travel organisers. Stylish and secure? You bet.
Price: from £16.99
2: Track down your wallet - TrackR
There’s no greater panic than losing your wallet or purse on holiday, but with TrackR’s neat Bluetooth locator you can worry no more.
Whatever you use to carry your cash and cards, slip the slim device inside and forget about it. You can also fix TrackRs to your bag, hire car keys or other valuables.
Then, if the worst happens and you mislay the item, the TrackR smartphone app (iOS and Android) conveniently displays the item’s location on a map, guiding you to it.
And if you lose your phone in your hotel room? Tap your TrackR and your phone will ring, revealing itself.
Price: from £25
Keep yourself and your possessions safe on holiday
3: The really smart card - Wocket Smart Wallet
This intelligent wallet comes with a smart card that cleverly emulates your credit, debit and store cards, eliminating the need to take (and potentially lose) multiple cards on holiday.
Before you travel, swipe your cards through the Wocket scanner to store their details securely on the device.
When it’s time to pay for a round of Pina Coladas, enter your personalised pin number on the Wocket’s responsive touchscreen and select which of your pre-scanned cards you wish to use. The Wocket smart card then remembers details of that chosen card, ready for you to swipe and pay.
The Wocket can be accessorised with additional compartments for carrying cash, and the battery lasts a whole year.
Sadly this gadget can't yet be purchased in the UK, because the technology can't yet deal with chip and pin - but watch this space!
Keep your home safe from hackers
4: The portable safe - Pacsafe Travelsafe
The lightweight, portable, water resistant Travelsafe is a godsend if your room or cabin lacks its own secure storage.
Valuable items such as cash and cards, your tablet, camera and passports are protected within the bag, which is comprised of tamper-proof stainless steel wire mesh, polyester lining and padded foam.
The safe can then attach securely to a fixture in your room, or even a sun lounger by the pool, using the supplied, TSA-approved combination lock.
Five or 12-litre capacities are available, depending on your security needs.
Price: from £64
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5: The clever rucksack - RiutBag
It’s not technically a gadget, but this stylish 12-litre rucksack has a clever security feature that makes it practically impossible for would-be thieves to get their hands on your personal belongings.
All zips are located on the reverse of the bag and hidden against your back. This means nothing can fall out, and the contents can’t easily be accessed by wandering hands; giving you peace of mind, particularly if you’re exploring crowded areas or traveling on busy public transport.
The RiutBag is comfortable for all-day adventures and available in bright colours, too, so you’re unlikely to lose it.
Price: from £29
Avoid pickpockets and thieves in busy shops
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