September 27, 2016
The rigors of travel can be exhausting! From lineups at the airport to flight delays, air travel definitely isn’t the ‘walk in the park’ it was a few decades ago. What you don’t need to add to your stress, is having your credit card, wallet or passport stolen when you’re traveling. To have this happen at home is disconcerting enough, but dealing with such an emergency when you’re traveling – particularly if you’re in a country where the language, customs, and laws differ greatly from your ‘norm’ – can be quite traumatic; even more so if you’re ill-prepared and uninformed.
Other troublesome incidents also may occur. What do you do if your luggage is lost or stolen? What do you do if you miss your scheduled flight? ‘Who ya gonna call’ if your credit card gets declined on those ‘must have’ shoes in Milan? It’s doubtful Ghostbusters will be much help
In this article, we’ll share some travel tips for 3 very important travel components – lost luggage, stolen/compromised credit card, and missed flights – together with what you need to know before you go, and what to do if the unthinkable does happen while you’re globetrotting.
Following these tips is no guarantee that your luggage won’t perform a ‘disappearing act’, but it will help considerably:
Tarriss TSA Luggage Locks
So much of your travel safety depends on you! Do whatever you can to protect your credit card – from thieves, from being skimmed, even from being declined.
Tarriss RFID Blocking Neck Stash Wallet
Sometimes it’s the fault of the airlines that you miss your scheduled flight. Often, though, it’s a lack of preparation at your end that leads to this annoying occurrence. Whatever you can do to expedite the duration between home and departure gate – that’s what you need to do!
Despite your best efforts, things can go awry when traveling. Following are some travel tips on what to do if that happens.
If you’re the only one left pacing at the luggage carousel, and there are no more suitcases making an appearance, chances are your luggage has been lost, stolen, or missed the flight. Now what?
As a rule, it is very safe to use your credit card while traveling. However, thieves are persistent and can put your credit card at risk of being stolen. Or, your credit card may get misplaced among all the cabs, hotel rooms, restaurants, shops and other venues you visit. If your credit card is lost, stolen, or otherwise compromised, follow these five steps:
On rare occasions, missing your scheduled flight is inescapable! Your connecting flight ran late, and, unless the airline is transferring your luggage, you had to wait at Baggage Claim to claim your luggage and then recheck it. By the time you’ve done all that….you race to the departure gate just in time to see the agents turn off the departure info light and saunter away..….”Oh, great….I just missed my flight!” Here’s what you need to do:
* Consider getting a credit card strictly for travel which has a manageable maximum credit limit – say $500 or $1000. If it is stolen, at least the thief won’t be able to go on a major shopping spree!
* Consider carrying a ‘dummy’ wallet that you can hand over if ever you are mugged. Fill it with a few dollar bills, an expired credit card, even business cards which you have collected from local businesses (not one of your own business cards).
* Take a photo of all your travel documents and store the photos on your cell phone. Or, make two photocopies of all your travel documents – itinerary (include phone numbers for hotels), passport, visas, etc. Give one copy to a trusted friend or family member at home. Carry the second copy with you separate from your original documents.
As mentioned earlier, so much of travel safety depends on how informed you are before you travel, and what you know about dealing with less than ideal situations that may arise on a trip.
Check back soon for important travel tips on how to protect your valuable passport and what to do if it is stolen or lost.
Written by Emma Ghattas