No one ever plans to lose a purse or misplace a passport, but if it happens while you travel, you may find yourself in a really difficult situation.
Before you travel, take a few minutes to remove unnecessary items from your wallet, things like credit cards that you only use at local stores or gift cards you won’t be using. Take only the credit cards you may actually use. To ensure that out-of-town transactions are not declined, notify your major credit card issuers that you will be traveling. This usually only requires one or two quick phone calls.
If you will be traveling with a passport, scan the primary pages and email them to yourself (or store them in the cloud) in case your bags or wallet are lost or stolen while you’re traveling. Being able to bring up an image of your passport on your phone or someone else’s computer can speed up the process of proving your identity and getting a replacement at your country’s embassy or consulate.
It also makes sense to scan your driver’s license, insurance card, and any important travel insurance documents. It probably won’t be effective to scan credit cards since a merchant is very unlikely to accept a photocopy, especially if you’ve lost your wallet and cannot prove your identity. If you do lose your credit cards, report the loss immediately to the credit card company and see what they can do to help with your predicament.
Don’t forget prescriptions. If you suddenly need a prescription refilled out-of-town or abroad, having the dosage, proper name, and phone number for your doctor or pharmacy will make it easier for a pharmacist to help you out—or even call your doctor back home to authorize an emergency refill.
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