Keeping your documents, bank cards and credit cards safe during travel is vital. I recommend taking photocopies of your important documents, leave one set with a friend or family member back home, one in your suitcase and one in your purse or carryon. When out and about in your destination, lock your passport in a hotel safe and carry a copy of the photo page with you.
Be sure to advise your bank that you will be travelling and will be using credit cards or debit cards abroad. Many banks and credit card companies will put a hold on a card if they see activity outside of your normal spending pattern, making it more complicated than necessary to make your purchases abroad. Give them a definite time span for your trip and let them know that you might be making larger purchases than normal, out of country. Keep a copy of your card information locked in the safe with your passport, including emergency bank numbers and your security code (usually 3 digits on the back of the card) in case you lose your card.
Comments for Documents and Banking Safety
Traveling with children
by: Luxury Travel Mom
Having lost my son’s passport in Brussels I can advise that one of the more difficult parts of getting it replaced is the notarized consent from the other parent that is needed. In the future I will travel with an extra copy along with the copies of our passports. If the other parent can’t be reached to provide the document you are unable to get a provisional passport.
Technology & Your Passport
What we do is copy our Passports and email them to ourselves. We save the email in a special folder so it is always available to us no matter where we are, thus if lost we have a backup.
Totally agree – especially about telling your own bank about going abroad, they are getting very hot on stopping cards when they see unusual activity like a rash of spending in a country where you are not resident.
Thanks Cancuntrvl! This is an important travel tip. I always make sure the copies and original documents are in 2 different places. It’s also important that family or friends have copies, in case an emergency happens. They can call credit card companies, or have the information they need from the copies!