Travel Tips: Protect Your Wallet and Identity
Traveling this summer? Take precautions before you head out the door. With identity theft on the rise, losing cash is the least of your worries. Thieves are more interested in accessing your bank account, borrowing money and setting up credit cards in your name, according to USA Today.
When you’re packing for vacation, consider these financial safety tips:
- Unpack your wallet before you leave. Take only the credit cards and identification you’ll need on your trip. Leave behind your checkbook and the cards that show your Social Security number.
- Don’t let your guard down. Pickpockets thrive in high-traffic areas like airports, resorts, and theme parks. Keep cash and credit cards close to you and away from thieves in a travel pouch worn inside your clothes.
- Take your rental agreement out of the car. Identity thieves can use personal information that’s often included on these agreements.
- Lock up your laptop. Because many people store personal financial information on their computers, laptops are often hacked into or stolen. Disconnect your laptop from the hotel network and store it in the hotel’s safe when you’re not in the room.