Good tips, folks! Very nice secretive options
i personally had the waist money belt. I figured, they'd have to take my ass down before they got their hands on it. That also meant that I walked around with my Clint Eastwood squint, whenever I was by myself :greenguy: . Walk around with a big koolaid smile in a shady part of town and you're public target #1
How far did I go? Even when I had my own private rooms, if it only had a doorlock, I slept with my waist belt complete with passport, credit cards, and plane and Eurail tickets. I did this because I can sleep like a rock and not be awaken easily at times. Since hostel staffs had keys to everything, a devious staff member could slip in without me noticing it. Reaching...I know, but better safe than sorry.
Only if the room had a dead bolt or lock that couldn't be unlocked from the outside, and the windows locked, did I feel completely at ease in leaving all of my personal posessions out in the open while I slept