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When you're backpacking through foreign countries your luggage is your life. It goes where you go. Though, it's hard to keep an eye on it all of the time. Especially if you are sleeping on a train. Then you're at the mercy of pick-pocketers. For this reason you should never keep anything of value in the outside pockets. It's the first place everyone will look. If you have something of value (like a passport) keep it in a money belt. Anything that is of value that you don't need right away pack it inside your bag. As an extra precaution you can hide the item in a shoe, sock or shirt.