This is one of those little tasks many people forget before leaving home on a vacation, a long weekend, or any other trip.
For example, you might want to carry only one or two credit cards. If you’re traveling with a spouse, don’t carry the same credit cards. If one of you loses his wallet and has to cancel the VISA card, you could still have your MasterCard or American Express.
What about the cards you leave at home? They should be locked up in a safe place (not left in a drawer). It’s impossible to keep your travels secret. The wrong people might know that your house will be empty for the next week.
But, back to your missing wallet. How did that happen? Did you forget it somewhere, or did you leave it unattended in the wrong place?
You may feel paranoid about leaving your wallet back at the hotel, but it’s much worse to keep your valuables in a beach bag while you’re in the water. Most hotels have safes which allow you to lock up you valuables before you head to the beach.
What if you’re just at the beach for the day? Leaving your wallet in the car is not a great choice, either. Parking lots near tourist destinations are popular targets. If you have to leave it in the car, keep it in a not-so-obvious place so it’s not easy to find in a smash-and-grab.
Taking a few simple steps to protect your wallet, and your identity, ahead of time can save your vacation, and hours of your valuable time. You don’t want to have to clean up an identity-theft mess after your vacation.