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A trip away might be a chance for you to leave your watch at home and ignore the passage of time. But, as with all technology, watches now come with more functions than simple time-keeping. Here’s some advice for watch-wearing abroad.

The right watch for travel

It’s generally not a good idea to travel with a very expensive timepiece. Customs regulations vary from country to country, so you may end up needing to prove the watch isn’t subject to import duties. There’s also always a risk your watch will be stolen.

Either leave your expensive watch at home or use a travel watch. Choose one that’s tough, waterproof and able to provide the sort of information you might need while out and about abroad. For example, many watches now provide services such as GPS, barometers, temperature gauges or USB memory.

Using your watch to guide you

You can turn your watch into a compass, which might help you out if you get lost while adventuring.

  1. Get a blade of grass, or a short straight twig, or a match to use as a pointer.
  2. Hold your watch horizontally, with the hour hand pointing in the sun’s direction.
  3. Lay the blade of grass or match across the middle of your watch, halfway between the hour hand and the 12. The grass blade or match will then be pointing south.

Please remember that a make-shift compass is no match for a real one, and that when heading off the beaten track you should take an accurate map, and let people know where you are going.

Insuring your watch

Watches are an easy target for pickpockets abroad, so it’s important to make sure your Travel Insurance provides adequate cover for your personal possessions whilst you are travelling abroad.

Further information

For more guidance on protecting your belongings abroad, and advice on what to do if they are stolen visit our safety and travel section.

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The content of these pages are for general information only, They do not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so.