Seven Things You Should Carry In Your Wallet When Traveling

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7 things you need to be carrying in your wallet when travelingMedjet Travel Assistance Tips – If you are planning a vacation this summer, likely you have put some thought into your itinerary and what to pack.  While you are stuffing suitcases, now may also be a good time to purge – your wallet, that is.  Open up your wallet right now and you may be surprised when you realize you carry a window to your entire life – credit cards, store cards, old receipts, extra house keys, family photos.  All of these items may seem harmless: however, as a tourist, carrying these items could put you in jeopardy.

What you should carry:

•    Cash
It’s always a good idea to carry at least a small amount of cash in your wallet, preferably local currency.  No matter where you are, cash is always accepted.

•    Two forms of identification
At least one piece of identification should have a photo.  This can be a driver’s license, a photocopy of your passport, or a state issued ID card.

•    Prepaid phone card
Depending on your final destination, cell phones may not be the most reliable form of communication. This is especially important if you find yourself stranded or in an emergency situation and need to call for help.

•    A credit card
Even if you don’t like using plastic, it can be a lifesaver in an emergency. ATM fees at international banks can be expensive. Also, if the credit card becomes lost or stolen, once you notify the company in most cases you are not held liable for the charges.

•    Medical insurance card
Should you end up in a foreign hospital, you may not have access to the same level of healthcare if you are not carrying your medical insurance card. Be sure to check with your insurance provider prior to your trip to confirm they cover international travel. If not, you will want to invest in temporary travel insurance for international travel.

•    List of any medications and special conditions
Write these down on a piece of paper and stick it in your wallet in case you are incapacitated and unable to speak for yourself. Also include the name and phone number of your primary care physician and emergency contact.

•    Emergency Air-Medical Transport Card
Injury and illness often hit unexpectedly and at the most inopportune moments. When this occurs, the last place you want to be is far away from home. Medical evacuations are expensive and not covered under traditional medical insurance plans, meaning the patient is expected to pay for this service out of pocket. Be sure to have emergency air-medical transportation protection in place before leaving home.

What you should never carry:

•    Your passport
Unless you will need it to cross the border into another country, leave your passport locked in a safe in your hotel room. If your original passport becomes lost or stolen, it can be difficult to replace and leave you open to identity theft. Often officials will accept a photocopy of the picture page.

•    More than one credit card
While carrying one credit card is a good idea, carrying several is not. This creates more of a hassle in the event that you have to cancel the accounts.

•    Large amounts of cash
Once you lose cash, it cannot be replaced. In addition, carrying a lot of cash will make you more of a target for pick pockets and thieves.

•    Old receipts
Occasionally receipts contain personal information like credit card numbers. If you make a purchase at your hotel, stick the receipt in your wallet, and then your wallet gets stolen, the thieves now know exactly where to find you. Remove receipts from your wallet at the end of the day. Check to make sure no personal information is printed on them, then throw away the ones you don’t need. Keep the ones you need to reconcile your bank statements hidden in a safe place.