Protecting your identity when you are traveling

Whether you are taking that trip for fun or business reasons, you have an increased theft risk because you are going to a new region. Restrictions on fraud protection or credit cards might be different from what you are used to at your home area. When traveling, most people tend to forget that not everyone you meet should be presumed a friend because others would befriend you have some ulterior motives.

Steps you can use to protect yourself on the road

You can protect your identity following these tips whether traveling abroad or your country. Take the following precautions:

Travel light

Here we are not referring to your mode of packing, but mean leaving at home all the additional bank cards, credit cards, or your social security cards. Remove anything in the wallet that is not necessary for your trip.

Make copies of passport, health insurance card, driver’s license and the credit cards you want to carry

You can leave one copy of each with a friend or a family member who you can reach while on travel and take a copy too. You can also consider attaching a digital copy to your email and ensuring it is password protected, it is a lighter way to access one. If you happen to lose your luggage on travel, you will have the necessary documents required to block credit cards and start a process of acquiring a new one.

Leave your checkbook at home

It is likely that you will not need it as you travel, and many places have restrictions on writing checks nowadays. You can use credit cards and cash while on travel and pay your bills once you are back at home.

ATM caution

When you are using your ATM at the machine, block anyone from seen your transaction. Blocking the view prevents any well-positioned person from watching as you key your pin and target you for mugging or pickpocketing.

Use the safe in the hotel

Utilize the safe in your hotel to keep any valuable documents that contain vital personal information. A lot of the hotel staff accesses your room and the risk of burglary is tremendous when you are out.

Steps to protect your identity at home while on travel

To protect yourself as you travel, there are places that you should remember to lock up at home, mainly because you will be away and unable to keep an eye on them.

-If you leave anyone in charge of the house, lock all the valuable documents like those you removed from your wallet, in a deposit box or safe. Even in the case where you trust the one covering your house, it could be burglarized while you are away.

-Notify your post office that you will be away so that they can hold all your emails to prevent a pileup that will send word to thieves that you are away. You could request your neighbor to keep all your emails if you did not get time to notify the post office.

-Place hold of your newspapers delivery or ask a neighbor to keep it. Thieves cannot know you are out unless you make it so obvious.