- Where did I put the extra charger?
- I’m going for 7 days and I’ve packed 15 pair of undies and there’s no room for anything else.
- Guidebooks, toilet paper, pillow and maps – I MIGHT NEED THEM when I’m there.
- Did you remember your passport?
Travel is tough enough. I know, I do a LOT of it. In 2012 I’ve crossed the Atlantic Ocean, been from the East Coast to West four times this year, and have done South to North even more times, and while I’m better at it than I used to be I still worry about bringing the right clothes, my electronics accessories, and keeping my documents safe.
While I can always pick up an extra charger, if I lose my passport it’s going to be a royal PAIN. I ALWAYS make a copy of it with my scanner and keep the copy on me when I’m walking around a city, and the original in the hotel safe.
This holiday season there will be a LOT of people traveling, and while I’m staying home until mid-January to relax with family, you may be flying to see grandma & grandpa or vacationing down here at Disney.
To make YOUR travel safer
1. Take a photo of your travel documents. That way you have all of your reservation numbers, hotel reservation, etc. Simply pull up the photo and voila, it will be much easier to recover your documents should you need to.
2. Call your credit card, bank and mobile phone company to let them know you’ll be traveling. I’ve actually had my credit card SHUT OFF because the company found it suspicious that I was spending in some small town in Spain. You NEED access to your money and that phone call to explain it AFTER the fact won’t be a fun one.
3. I’m like George Clooney in Up in the Air when it comes to the TSA. I’ve done it so many times that I’m TRAINED what to take off, what to take out, what to throw away, and what to hide. HIDE? That’s right – when taking your wallet out of your pocket put it INSIDE YOUR BAG or in your (or your wife’s) POCKETBOOK. You don’t want to tempt a thief.
4. It’s loafers or flip-flops for this girl when I’m going through TSA. Unlacing, unbuckling, taking off those knee high boots, just takes time and holds up everyone else in line. Besides, you want to be comfy on the plane.
5. Password protect your phone and computer. If you leave them behind, lose them or they get stolen it will be difficult for the average person to get your personal information.
6. The hotel safe is my bestie. I stuff everything from my earrings and rings, to cash, my wallet, my laptop, iPad, etc. in it. I swear they need to make a wall safe for me. If I’m not using it, and I’m going out – it’s in there. As a result I’ve NEVER had anything stolen from a hotel room (unlike some of my friends).
7. Before I travel I give my brother all of my flights and hotels (in case of emergency) and write down all of our bank account numbers to leave for my hubby. I also take a copy of the credit card and bank numbers (and phone numbers to call if they get stolen). Just call me a girl scout – I’m prepared. I go one better and have created a code, so that if I lose the notebook with all of them in there, no one can figure out what they are.
Many of those tips came directly from the LifeLock for Life sweepstakes on Facebook.
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