I'm traveling to Germany in the summer for a month and will be staying in hostels (as of now). I'll be having a backpack with essentials and a small briefcase with my laptop and important documents. How do I make sure everything is safe?

  • Making sure "everything is safe" is a very large topic--too large to be addressed in a single answer here. Safety on trains, airplanes, in a hotel, on the street, in taxis, etc, are all varied. You might try focusing your question somewhat.
    – Flimzy
    Jun 23, 2015 at 19:30
  • A good general resource on physical safety while traveling, which goes into far more detail than is possible on an answer here, is the book Travel Advisory: How to Avoid Thefts, Cons, and Street Scams.
    – Flimzy
    Jun 23, 2015 at 19:32
  • Germany is rather safe. The real criminals to watch out for when backpacking are the hostels who charge you 10 Euros/day for internet. Jun 25, 2015 at 1:19

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We did essentially this same thing last spring. I used a passport holder that hung around my neck but under my clothes to hold my passport and any travel docs. other than exactly what I needed just then, also my emergency credit card. I never carried much cash at a time, preferring the international VISA debit card I got at my bank before going. The hostels I stayed at each had small lockers which my backpack fit into quite nicely, so I locked things up there during the day while I was out and about. I carried with me only a small messenger bag that held my tablet - left the larger laptop at home. Germany is a fairly safe country, that helps. Take good precautions and all should be well.

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