One of the most important things you need to do as a traveler is to make sure you keep your valuables safe. Having something of yours lost or stolen can be a stressful situation no matter where you are in the world, so we’ve gathered intel on how you can minimize the damage and better protect yourself.
Stick with the essentials
Don’t bring all your IDs, ATM and credit cards during your trip. Best to stick to one, or at most, two of each, so if you do end up losing your wallet, there will be less items to get replacements for.
Make copies of all the important documents of your wallet and leave these at home. Another option is to email these files to yourself with an encrypted password or store them on a cloud server such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
You should also have a list of numbers to call, such as your bank and credit card company, so you can quickly report your missing cards should you be left in an unfortunate situation.
Keep your passport safe
Most hotels offer an in-room safe where you can keep your valuables while you’re out exploring. Take advantage of this and leave your passport in the hotel. This ensures that you will, at the very least, have one form of identification in the event that you lose or misplace your wallet.
Have emergency cash
An important travel hack: stash some emergency cash in an inconspicuous place. Keep a few bills of US dollars or the local currency stashed somewhere a potential robber might not consider looking: between the pages of a book, inside an empty lip balm case, within your first aid kit.
Know your embassy
Most international travelers will skip this or will forget it entirely, but it’s important to be aware where your local embassy is located. If you do end up losing your cards and IDs, the local embassy will be able to assist you by ensuring you get home safely.
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