Knowing how to manage emergency situations and protect yourself from possible risky instances is a significant part of being prepared for travel.
As we all know identity theft is very rampant nowadays. Here are the tips on how to protect your identity while on travel.
1. While you are on vacation, put all important documents like your bank statements, credit card bills, and social security cards in a safe place in your home. Better if you can leave these documents to a relative or close friend you can really trust.
2. Stop the delivery of newspaper and mail to your home. A pile of them is a signal to the thieves telling them that you are not home.
3. Inform your bank and credit card company that you will be out of the country. Many bank and credit companies freeze an account if they will notice an activity outside the country. In addition, have them flagged all the transactions while you are gone and just in case you lose your card.
4. Utilize a hotel’s safe if it is available for your electronic devices, cash and even your personal documents. This will keep your belongings safe while at the hotel.
5. Don’t do your online banking in a public wifi zone area or even in a local internet café for it makes anyone access your account easily.
Additional Safety Tips
1. Always purchase a travel insurance it doesn’t only reimburse you for medical expenses and time lost waiting at the airport but it can also reimburse you for the loss of personal items, reimburse you for money spent on lawyers is you are wrongfully detained or imprisoned, and assist you with the cost of locating a lost or kidnapped child.
2. Be sure that your passport is in a secured place. Bring it out only when legal authorities ask you to.
3. Don’t go out with fancy things expensive jewelries or lots of cash.
4. Be sure that all medications of yours are in their correct bottles because you may deal with some legal issues in your country of destination if you fail to do so.
If possible, always stay in a hotel that utilize keycards not metal keys and ensure that you locked your room correctly. Don’t forget the deadbolt.