Clean Out Your Wallet Before Travelling

Clean Out Your Wallet Before Travelling

Preparing for a trip? Business and financial advice blog Kiplinger recommends cleaning out your wallet of excess credit and debit cards, and keeping the ones you do take separate.

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Kiplinger spoke with Adam Levin, the founder of Theft 911 and, about ways to protect your identity when travelling. Levin advises you empty your wallet to the bare minimum:

…[take] no more than two credit or debit cards with you. Keep one card in the hotel safe, or well hidden in your room if no safe is available, so you'll have a way to pay for things if the card you're carrying is stolen . . . Keep a list of the phone numbers for your credit-card company and your bank separate from your wallet. If travelling abroad, make sure you have numbers with actual area codes since toll-free lines won't work internationally.

Nothing ruins a trip faster than getting your things stolen, so be sure to follow these tips and keep your identity safe.

How to Avoid Getting Ripped Off While Travelling [Kiplinger]


    Take a different wallet when you travel. Put in it only what you will need. Depending on your wallet and where you go, other countries notes may be bigger and not fit well with Aussie wallets.

    If going to many countries and not sure on currency. Keep a second bigger wallet in your bag.

    Only carry what you may need in your wallet. Use money belt to carry the other cards and extra cash you may need.

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