What To Do if Your Phone Gets Stolen
2. Get ahold of family and friends to let them know what's going on. Sometimes it's difficult to access some of the accounts or get ahold of the people you need to contact in order to solve the problem while abroad, so having someone from home do it can be a huge help. If you get a particularly nasty thief, like I did, your parents might be freaking out over the weird text messages they're receiving, so give them some peace of mind and send them an email or use a friend's phone to let them know what happened.
3. Once you have access to a computer, log out of all social media accounts, mobile banking apps and email accounts (make sure to log out on all devices) and then change your passwords. Although most phone thieves are probably just looking to make some money by selling your iPhone, they might try hacking your accounts to find credit card info, bank info, passwords or contact friends/family for money.
Helpful Tips to Keep Your Phone From Getting Stolen
Most big, touristy cities are notorious for scammers and pickpockets. When my phone got stolen, I had spent all day being extremely cautious about my phone, my bag, etc. but I let my guard down for one second in a very busy area, and the next thing I knew, it was gone. I fell prey to a teenage girl asking for directions. When she laid her map on my table, she distracted me (and my entire table) long enough to grab my phone without anyone noticing. Here's a couple tips for keeping something like this from happening to you:
We got to see some crazy, beautiful places, but these can be some of the most dangerous places when it comes to pickpockets
1. Do some research before heading to a large city and see what kind of scams are most common. Sometimes just searching the city on Pinterest will pull up that kind of info. It can help you be aware of what to look for.
2. While sitting, always keep your bag in your lap (and if you're not actively using your phone, keep it tucked away). Restaurants, public transportation and tourist attractions are the easiest places to get robbed because you're focused on conversation, navigating from one area to another or taking in the sights. Get a bag that either has a zipper or a snap and keep your arm resting over that area. If you're walking or standing, just rest a hand on top of your bag; it makes it much easier to feel if someone is trying to gain access. If you're traveling in pairs, keep an eye on each other's stuff. Lexa and I would always make sure each other's backpacks were all zipped up and kept an eye out to see if someone was getting too close to the other person's things.
3. Take a "smart" nap if you're traveling for a long time. You can't always keep your guard up, we get it. Sometimes you're just exhausted and need that hour-long train ride from city to city to serve as a quick nap, so you can be on your A-game again when you arrive. While you're snoozing, make sure you have either your head or hand on the part of your bag that can be zipped open. Or snap a lock on the zipper so no one can open it while you're taking a rest.
A Few Tips Before You Leave for Your Trip
1. Back up all your photos and do this regularly throughout your trip. Nothing sucks worse than losing all those amazing photos. I started backing mine up to my laptop and the cloud each week.
2. Have a game plan for what to do if something does happen to your stuff. Know where to go and how to replace it. Make sure someone at home knows the passwords so they can help you make calls and shut down your accounts.
Even the most well prepared and cautious traveler can fall prey to pickpockets. It happens. Take a deep breath and move on, but hopefully these tips can help you know where to start if this does happen.
You've been so excited about this trip, and you've spent so much time planning it.
Don't sweat the small stuff, and don't let something little bring you down. Enjoy this adventure of a lifetime!