Here are a couple of nifty ideas from friends who have traveled on road trips:
Tag the Bag
Even though you’re not flying, here are a couple of labeling tips in your bags are somehow lost or stolen.
- Put on a luggage tag on the bag with your home address
- Put a label inside your bags (tape a card or a piece of paper to the inside) as a backup
Call for Credit
- Call credit card companies and let them know the dates you’ll be traveling and the cities you’ll be visiting. Why? Because if they see activity outside of your normal routine and they don’t know you’re traveling, they may put a security alert on your account, which means your credit card will be rejected.
- Reader Input: Letting the credit card company know travel dates was helpful for Mark, one of your fellow readers. His credit card company saw a charge AFTER he’d returned from Mexico and called to ask him about it. Turns out they caught the fraud before he did!
- Remember to make photocopies of all the credit cards (front and back) you’re taking with you.
- Give one copy to a friend or family member (who is not traveling with you…)
- Keep your copies in a different area from your wallet (i.e. luggage, locked glove compartment) in case you need to call and cancel your card.
- Bonus Tip: Write down the phone number you need to call your credit card company in case it’s lost or stolen.