There’s always so much to do when preparing for and while on vacation. Arranging transportation, booking hotels, creating an itinerary of activities, getting the whole family packed, gathering all your device chargers, etc. – it’s exhausting! In addition to travel plans and packing, though, there are some other keys items you might want to add to your “to do” list. This is a collection of a a few of the things I do to protect my ID while traveling and that of my family. Hopefully this will help you on your next vacay too.
This post was brought to you by LifeLock. All opinions are my own.
Sharing 5 Travel Tips to Protect My ID
- Stop mail. This is super easy and lessens the chances of your personal information getting into the wrong hands. If you rely on a friend to get your mail, it could be sitting in your mailbox for hours or even days until they pick it up, just waiting to be stolen. Just go to https://holdmail.usps.com/holdmail/ to put a hold on your mail.
- Clean out your wallet. Leave extra credit cards you don’t need at home so, in the sad situation that your stuff gets stolen, you only have a few accounts to worry about and take care of.
- Don’t tell the world you’re traveling. This is just common sense these days. Saying, “I’m leaving for vacation for X number of days” is like saying, “Feel free to rob us anytime while we’re gone.”
- Use the hotel safe. While we hope all hotel staff will be 100% trustworthy, it’s better to be “safe” than sorry and use the in-room safe. Don’t leave money, documents, etc. just loose in your room.
- Act fast. If you lose any of your important documents or credit cards, report it immediately. The quicker you do this, the less damage will be done. I have LifeLock Ultimate keeping an eye on my accounts so I can take action as soon as a credit or identity threat is detected. You can also go to the LifeLock site and use the promotion code “LifeLockSafety” to save 10% off their services to add to your anxiety-free vacation.
Getting Some Help While You’re Away
These points were inspired by a post on the LifeLock site but are things my family and I have always done when it comes to traveling. Taking the family out for summer vacation should be something to be look forward to and enjoy. The last thing you need is to find out your identity or that of your kids has been compromised and that you need to abruptly go into “troubleshoot” mode in getting things fixed. So why not follow these tips and enlist the help of LifeLock to help protect you while you’re gone.
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