From your comments and emails, I’ve gathered that many readers are about to visit Hawaii for the first time. So, I thought it would be useful to update and republish this tourist advice that was originally posted in March, 2008.
It’s so easy to get distracted by the beautiful scenery in Hawaii, but you do need to keep your wits about you, even in paradise. Please don’t get me wrong, there’s not going to be a thief perched and ready to pounce on you at every corner. That’s not the case at all! Hawaii is really no different from any other tourist destination in that it has it’s own issues with opportunistic thieves who prey on tourists. Just be careful — even when the scenery distracts you.
Here are some tips to keep your valuables protected:
- Be sure that you always lock your rental car and hide valuables completely out of sight. Don’t leave anything in sight that would tempt someone to break into the car.
- Many rental cars have alarm systems, so make sure you activate the alarm as you leave the car.
- Try to leave as many valuables as possible locked away in the safe of your hotel room or condo, if you have one. If I don’t have a safe available, I lock valuables in my luggage.
- One little trick I do is that I try to hide maps and guidebooks if I’m going to be leaving the car for several minutes. I try not to make it too obvious that I’m a tourist.
- Carry your valuables with you as much as possible. We always bring a small backpack along with us when we are out sightseeing. We stuff any valuables in the backpack. For example we usually bring our GPS navigation system with us. Even though it’s a bit of a pain, every time we stop the car to get out, we remove the navigation system from the windshield, put it in our small backpack and bring it with us.
- Pull over shortly before you arrive at the attraction and put your valuables in the trunk, then proceeded to the parking lot. Never, ever let people watch you park the car, open the trunk, place your purse, camera, laptop, camcorder and other valuables in the trunk and then walk towards the entrance of the ½ day hiking trail, boat ride or whatever. Always hide your stuff before you get to the parking lot, not afterward. (This advice is from Dave’s comment of the original post.)
- Protecting your valuables at the beach can be a bit more tricky. So see, this post: Keeping Your Valuables Safe at the Beach
What additional tips would you add?
This post is submitted to Blogsherpa Travel Carnival hosted by Todd at Todd’s Wanderings.