If you forget your wallet, an old chapstick attached to your keychain can bail you out. TheBestHobbiesBlog turns that old tube into an emergency money stash.
I learned the importance of keeping your passport dry many years ago. After spending the day wandering around the Cevennes in the pouring rain, the passport in my pocket was dangerously damp. I’m paranoid enough to always have my passport with me when I’m overseas, but it needs to be in some form of protective covering.
I have always had a bad relationship with wallets. It was just one more thing I had to carry because there was no way to keep IDs and money organised in my pocket on its own. After one of my wallets wore to the point of me actually throwing it away, I decided I’d try to make the most efficient wallet ever.
If you’re trying to avoid a Costanza-sized wallet, and you routinely travel by car, you may wish to consider creating a second wallet to hold all of your store loyalty cards and other miscellaneous wallet items that you don’t use everyday.
Losing your wallet can be devastating, because it doesn’t just mean lost money, but rather several cards that will take many hours to replace. Plus, if it results in identity theft you could be paying for that one little error for several years. According to personal finance magazine SmartMoney, you can improve your chances of getting your lost wallet returned by simply including a photo: