Saturday, January 26, 2013


So you're strolling along the picturesque St Charles Bridge in Prague or the crowded stalls of La Rambla in Barcelona, taking in the sights while an amazing limber thief is taking in your wallet!  Pickpockets are rampant in large cities and can lift a wallet in under 20 seconds if their target is distracted. So here are some tips for your wallets long... or short-term attachment to your person.

  1. Never carry all your important documents together. This is asking for trouble. Now I'll admit that I have a beautiful leather passport carrier which also acts as a wallet, but I never keep my driver's license in it. Try to keep your government issues ids separate.
  2. Most credit cards have an international toll-free number to call in the event of theft or fraud. I keep a list of them in my suitcase. That way if the wallet is lifted, I can call right away.
    • here are the U.S. emergency numbers:
      • Visa: 800-847-2911
      • MasterCard:800-622-7748
      • American Express: 800-333-2649
  3.  Flying with an ID is possible, but difficult. If you're forced to do this, you'll need to contact the airline to find out what exactly they'll need from you. Prepare for the worst from the start by keeping photocopies of our Driver's License and Passport. Also keep a back up id, like student's card or work id.

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