Ten tips to not leave stuff behind

It is a horrible feeling to realise that you have left something important or valuable in a hotel room, on a bus or in a taxi. I have lost a small amount of stuff over the last 49 years of travel. Some steps to reducing:

  1. Take less stuff
  2. Avoid travelling with valuables- assume you can and will lose whatever you take and ask yourself “is it worth the risk”
  3. Label stuff with your name and email/phone
  4. Place a shoe on top of or right next to your hotel safe. This will make you think twice before forgetting stuff in the safe
  5. Every time you use your phone or laptop charger put them back in your bag after use
  6. Avoid spreading your stuff around your hotel room-I keep most things in my bag
  7. Likewise, avoid using hotel cupboards and drawers
  8. Don’t use the car or aeroplane or train seat pocket
  9. If you take off your glasses or scarf or gloves or have keys, put them straight into a bag
  10. In a group, allocate the same bag and gear to the same person for the whole trip and have one other person to check that person



  1. I always “triple” check the hotel room before leaving for check out. I scan every spot in the room and bathroom at least three times. Last trip I left my sleeping mask between the sheets in the bed. I didn’t check there. Next time I’ll use your suggestion and keep it all in the bag. Thanks!

  2. all good tips. every thing should be in a place thst you regulalry use and csn check when you leave. Do the shoes – safe trick too.

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