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Charter Member||Tue 15-Jan-13 01:11 PM|
#19. "RE: PHOTOGRAPHERS KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!"|
In response to Reply # 17
- credit cards
- ID information (cards)
- business cards
- receipts of the day
- etc., as I'm sure I've forgotten something as I write this morning (LOL)
is to make it as hard for a thief/pickpocket to get more than one thing, if they find me, as possible. Moreover, I store my things in pockets, according to their importance to my travels, and the difficulty in replacing the items, with front pants pockets getting the more valuable items as it's harder to pickpocket front than back pockets. If I'm wearing a jacket with an inside pocket, that's safer yet, especially if it's zippered. Zippered pockets are more secure than buttoned or Velcro'd or open pockets. A money belt is a good idea, but I find them terribly uncomfortable.
The major rule of thumb, however, is to never keep my passport, credit cards, and ID information together.
The passport and credit cards are the most difficult to replace in terms of time, while traveling, and their loss, can therefore play havoc with ones itinerary, and more important with one's "identity." While ID informational cards/business cards are the easiest to replace, having an outsider get a hold of that information along with your credit cards, can be seriously problematical, as can loosing more than a day's receipts (Yes, believe it or not, I've heard from travelers who carry around all the receipts of their trip with them during their entire trip.)
If somehow a pickpocket gets that wallet of yours they immediately have your passport, credit cards and your ID information. Right there that spells "Identity Theft" to me.
While traveling, I usually wear cargo pants (Unless out for dinner at a fancy restaurant, etc.) with a front pocket which has an extra zippered pocket in it, which enables me to better separate what most people keep in a wallet, but for this explanation, I'll use a standard pair of pants.
I'll keep my credit/debit cards (never more than three, normally two, while out and about) in a front pocket. In the other front pocket is my passport and my ID cards (By ID cards I mean useful membership cards such as for museums which have agreements with the ones at home, medical insurance cards, and my driver's license, if I'm driving while away from home, etc. Of special note for older US residents traveling outside the country is to leave the Medicare card (which has one's Social Security number on it), at home. Medicare doesn't cover any medical expenses while out of the US. In a back pocket is my cash (Usually not much as it's easy to replenish with an ATM card, on most but not all trips.) In the other back pocket is everything else. Contact information, such as for those I'm going to visit in in my cell phone. On a couple trips I kept my passport in a neck wallet, but I found that too uncomfortable to continue that practice.
I'll keep other credit/debit cards in the room safe, along with older receipts, and extra cash, home keys, backup ID, etc. I used to travel with a color copy of my passport, so in case of it being stolen, I had that, which among other things would make it easier to get a Passport replacement while traveling, but now I keep a scanned copy of my passport in an encrypted file in my smartphone, and in the "cloud" which can retrieved via the Internet if needed. I also keep a copy of every travel document I need for a trip in my smartphone and in the "cloud."
With regard to receipts, each night I use my smartphone or tablet, to scan them. They are then stored in the "cloud" for later retrieval if necessary. If they were for anything but merchandise purchases, which might necessitate a return for refund, before leaving an area, I destroy the receipt, as I can bring up the scanned receipt on my phone screen, or my computer screen, if necessary. Eventually I destroy the paper merchandise receipts too.
Before leaving home, I've stripped my wallet of everything I won't be using while away.
I'm sure I've forgotten something this morning, but you get the idea.
I hope you'll consider modifying your wallet practices.
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