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Sleeping with valuables

rickyt

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I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
 
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RJM

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I sleep wearing the shorts I'm wearing to walk in the next day. My travel wallet is in the shorts pocket, which has a zipper. I sleep pretty heavily on the Camino. I never even notice it in my pocket. My phone is switched off and deep inside my pack. All my stuff would have to be removed to get it.
 

markie6

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Frances 2018, 2019 2022
I take a pillow case from home , better sleep and somewhere I can keep my wallet , passport and phone under my head should I need.

Theft is rare on the camino and while we often start alone we also find ourselves with people we begin to trust a bit. Passport , phone , wallet or purse can all fit at the bottom of your sleeping bag or perhaps in the small bag you often get with your micro towel and leave it under your pillow while asleep

Be sensible with your valuables , same as you would sitting on a bus / train at home
 

TMcA

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I have an old Primaloft lightweight jacket with a large chest pocket with a zip closure. Valuables go in the pocket and the jacket goes into the sleeping bag down near my feet. Safe and out of the way. And on a very cold night I can pull up the jacket and use it as a kind of mini-blanket for additional warmth. Sadly, jacket manufacturers have shrunk the size of these chest pockets and even, like Patagonia, eliminated them.
 
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RJM

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While rare, there have been incidents of packs being stolen in the middle of the night from albergues. So the advice here is sound :) - I have a little bag for all my valuables and I throw them down into my sleeping bag. I'm short, though, so I still have room to spare in the sleeping bag. :D
To those concerned about it, you can easily secure your backpack to a bedpost. Carry a short length of thin cable with eye loops and a small lock. The lightest you can find. All it has to be is inconvenient enough for the thief to not want to spend time on. Time is of the essence to them.
 

Linda Fantillo

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I have a little cotton bag with a string through it (can be purchased at travel stores). I believe they are meant to be carried around your neck. My passport, credit cards, debit card, and major money are in there in a small zip lock bag. I have it around my waist at all times and even sleep with it. Hardly notice it at all. Keep my daily cash in my waist bag or in the wonderful pockets in my Macabi skirt.
 
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Scott Sweeney

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I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
It's always in a pouch around my neck passport, cash. Occasionally you choke yourself at least I know where everything is.
 

Jami Gray

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2019
I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
My waist bag was comfy enough, I always slept with it on. Kept those earplugs within east reach when necessary!! 😴
 
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MickMac

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Frances 2013
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True but at 83 I am no longer able to hike long distance so I share here with those who wish info what worked for me during 10 CFs.
That was a tiny bit of sarcasm which is always the lowest form of wit.
 

Anhalter

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2019 CF
For two caminos now, at night my wallet was usually in my pants that usually hung from the bed somehow. While "there have been reports" of stuff being stolen at night, i have so far not have had any personal experience or even met a guy to whom that has happened. Yeah, it's possible i guess, but then other unpleasant stuff is also possible.
But on the other hand, if it makes you feel more safe, just throw them into your sleeping bag at night and you'll still be fine.
 

cbacino

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Camino del Norte - Primitivo (2018)
Via Francigena (2017)
Appalachian Trail (2016)
I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
I would never store valuables in my pack, especially while sleeping. Put them in your clothes sack and use it as a pillow.
 

Lurch

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looking at 2018-2019
Hey…I saw the movie and about packs being stolen. My sleeping bag is a good place to secure my passports, money and cell phone. Probably most do so. Stays in my waterproof bag, just like in the shower.
 
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This year, we actually bought some men's underwear with a pouch in them where you could stash your cards, cash, and passport. Got them on amazon. Perfect for nights when you're in an albergue. If I'm in an albergue, I NEVER would keep valuables in my pack... never...
 
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I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
I have never met any peregrinos who have had stuff stolen but have never done any of the crowded caminos so maybe it is different there. However we have met more than a few peregrinos who have left stuff behind in various places, albergues, bars, tiendas, rest spots etc. We have a routine. Whenever we leave anywhere where we have had to access passports, credit cards wallets etc we go through the same standard check routine which we use when we eave first thing in the morning. Passport check, wallet check, phone check.
 

walkinglover

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Frances, '16 and '18; Portuguese '17; Ingles - 19
I have read various posts about carrying your valuables, such as money, passports, etc, while walking, showering, etc but what do people do while asleep? Do you continue to wear them? Are they safe in your pack overnight? Just trying to figure out the logistics of it all as it relates to communal sleeping arrangements. Thanks in advance
I sleep with mine in my sleep sack, at the feet of the sack, when in a public albergue.
 

lt56ny

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10/22 Aragones/Frances
I never go anywhere without my money belt. If I leave my backpack in front of a cafe, it goes with me. If I get up to go to the bathroom or the bar it goes with. I take it to the shower or toilet with me. I sleep with my money belt every night. The only time it is in my backpack is when I am walking and then in a place that someone would not be able to take it unless they were physically assaulting and robbing me.
 

trecile

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I never go anywhere without my money belt. If I leave my backpack in front of a cafe, it goes with me. If I get up to go to the bathroom or the bar it goes with. I take it to the shower or toilet with me. I sleep with my money belt every night. The only time it is in my backpack is when I am walking and then in a place that someone would not be able to take it unless they were physically assaulting and robbing me.
I do the same with my crossbody bag, except that I never put it in my backpack.
 

Lleslie

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Camino Frances (2014)
Camino Via Podiensis (2018)
I'm sure I can remember some reports from maybe a few years ago where a/some pilgrims had the bottom of their sleeping bags slashed while they were asleep and valuables removed? Maybe best to keep them up around your body and not right at the foot?
 
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trecile

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I'm sure I can remember some reports from maybe a few years ago where a/some pilgrims had the bottom of their sleeping bags slashed while they were asleep and valuables removed? Maybe best to keep them up around your body and not right at the foot?
I've only heard rumors of this happening. Seems pretty risky to slash the bottom of a sleeping bag and possibly cut its occupant on the chance that's where their valuables are.
What I have read was that a group of theives who were targeting albergues in 2019 were caught.
 
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dreaming

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CF, LE PUY
I wear mine around my waist at night. Very comfy and place the bumbag in the sleeping sheets as well with my phone all close to me. I met a traveller in Borneo who placed his passport under the mattress and travelled a long way before remembering. The hostel owner got it delivered to him in a taxi. He was in a obvious state.
 

MickMac

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I never go anywhere without my money belt. If I leave my backpack in front of a cafe, it goes with me. If I get up to go to the bathroom or the bar it goes with. I take it to the shower or toilet with me. I sleep with my money belt every night. The only time it is in my backpack is when I am walking and then in a place that someone would not be able to take it unless they were physically assaulting and robbing me.
Is it washable and water proof, make,? Please.
 
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It's always in a pouch around my neck passport, cash. Occasionally you choke yourself at least I know where everything is.
I stick an arm through the neck pouch and hence it becomes a cross-body pouch - less likely to choke! I keep it under my shirt and keep a bit of local currency for the day in my waist belt or a zip pocket. When I'm doing some serious shopping at a market or bizarre (or in Prague...) I keep a small amount of currency in various zipped pockets so I am never pulling out a significant amount at any one time.
 

MikeyC

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We have a routine. Whenever we leave anywhere where we have had to access passports, credit cards wallets etc we go through the same standard check routine which we use when we eave first thing in the morning. Passport check, wallet check, phone check.
I would add hiking poles and hat to the list as more than once these were left propped up in a corner or had fallen to the floor as we exited a bar or similar.
Nowadays, whether it be on the Camino. hiking, camping or beach trips, when we have packed up it's "Camino rules" (often said aloud) which means a good scan of the area to ensure nothing is left behind.
 
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First, remember what is valuable. Don't carry large sums of money/cash - fill up at the ATM as needed. Credit cards, even passports can be replaced, credencials cannot, so keep it with your valuables.

I walked with my wallet/credit card/passport/credenciale in my buttpack around my waist while walking with my backpack. It made access very easy.

When showering, I took my buttpack with me into the shower. I never left it out of my sight, even when just wandering around the albergue or around town.

I guess it is no secret anymore that most pilgrims sleep with their valuables in their sleeping bags. Maybe that's why I dislike mummy sleeping bags so much - I need the extra space by my feet!

I also remember the stories of the thieves who slashed the bottoms of sleeping bags while the pilgrims were asleep and took their stuff. Yikes! If that was the case, let them have it!! Anyway, I've also heard that they were caught so no more problems (wink, wink).

Buen Camino, be alert but don't be overly anxious about safety and security on the Camino. You will find way, way more people who will help you than would ever think of harming you on your journey.
 
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I would add hiking poles and hat to the list as more than once these were left propped up in a corner or had fallen to the floor as we exited a bar or similar.
Nowadays, whether it be on the Camino. hiking, camping or beach trips, when we have packed up it's "Camino rules" (often said aloud) which means a good scan of the area to ensure nothing is left behind.
LOL, as a Mom, I got into that habit decades ago. made sure no one left behind a pacifier, stuffed animal, or other must-have whenever we (rarely) made it to a place of leisure, transportation, etc.
*sigh*
Good times!!
 

lt56ny

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10/22 Aragones/Frances
Is it washable and water proof, make,? Please.
I have no idea if it is washable. Although i would think it would be washable. But you have to be very careful because of the strap and I think it could be damaged that way in the wash. I Never had to worry about it being waterproof. As soon as it starts to rain I put my poncho on. The name has faded on the belt.
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I am sure if you google it you will find lots of information.
To be honest mine is a very typical belt. My biggest concern when I bought it was that there were two compartments. One that would fit my passport and credential and one for my credit card/atm and cash.
 
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Salty

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I get up during the night often to take a pee break, what do you guys do then, with your valuebles? I also dont know how I will be able to sleep with my valuebles on my body ? I turn around a lot. Plan A : I was thinking to sew a long piece of light weight bright colour eg pink fabric and drape it over my pillow every night. And sew on the one side, a longer side, with a fold over pouch, to put my valuebles in. This part then will fold under my pillow and out of sight. Lightweight and bright colour so that I dont forget to take the pillow case in the morning with me. Or... Plan B : Bring along a big very lightweight shopping style bag. Keep my valuebles and fanny pack in there over night, when I need to go the bathroom in the middle of the night, I grab my shopping bag ( catch all) and drape it around my neck, so I can be hands free, to get off the top bunk safely. This big shopping bag, will also be my personal item on flights, shower time I put my clean clothes, towel and toiletries in there, clothes washing time, I use it and to go shopping for snacks and food late afternoon also. How practical might this be ?
 

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what do you guys do then, with your valuebles?
Carry them with you. Sure have a customized shopping bag if you want. At night, my valuables are in the bag they are always in. That bag may be attached to a carabiner on the inside my sleeping bag, easily removed to carry (over my shoulder) to the toilet.
 

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