Holidays are all about fun family and forgetting the pressures of home. But it’s worth taking a few minutes to ensure you identity is secure when you travel. I’ve collaborated with Experian to put together these tips for travellers on how to avoid identity theft on holiday.
How to Avoid Identity Theft on Holiday
Don’t carry what you don’t need
Experian advise not carrying more than you need identity wise, handbags and wallets could have bills, prescriptions, letters, old cards or an old driving licence in them – take only what you need for the trip. Find out more here
about Experian’s travel money and safety tips.
Be careful around unsecured wi-fi or public networks
If you’re logging to social media or other password-protected networks, log out after you’re done. And it might be best to avoid crucial services like online banking unless you really have to. If you know you will have to rely on public wifi while travelling, renting a Tep Wireless device could be the solution – it offers a secure data connection via your own private handheld wifi device.
Have copies of important documents
It’s worth having a photocopy of your passport in case of emergency kept in your suitcase and then locked in the safe. We have scans of our important documents in an email we can search for – it seems to be the easy way to ensure we always have a copy to hand when travelling, but …
Make sure your phone is locked
I learnt the hard way losing my phone on a beach in Grand Turk. I was pretty sure it got buried in the sand, but my phone wasn’t locked (stupid it is such an easy thing to set up) so I wasted an afternoon back on a cruise ship with varying levels of wifi, cursing as I tried to remember all my social media passwords so I could change them all.
Use the safe
The last thing you want to do on holiday is unpack, but it is always worth taking those extra few minutes on arrival to fathom the safe and put important things like ID docs in it. We have a family safe password between Mr A and I we use wherever we travel.
Have a system
I’ve nearly lost a passport before when the kids have been hassling me and we’ve been rushing to get around. So now we have all the passports in a wallet together, with EU health cards and driving licences and we take it in turns to be in charge of all of them.
Invest in a travel bag that works for you
I find a hands free over the shoulder bag really helpful and safe at airports and sightseeing. I love the Lowepro passport sling
as a camera bag, but it is also big enough for our passport folder and bits and pieces for the journey. Mr A loves the Lowe Alpine Helix Daysack
, the inside pocket is good for keeping docs safe.
Be aware of your surroundings
Sounds obvious but it’s easy to get distracted in new places, especially with kids. Someone pointed out to be that the airport is often the easiet place to target people as they are distracted and not yet on high alert to being in a new place. Make sure no one is looking over your shoulder when making a payment by credit or debit card.