This is a sponsored post written for LifeLock. The personal experiences shared are honest.
At the beginning of this year, I set a personal blogging goal: to attend 3 different blog conferences this year. And not just local conferences, but some of the major national-level conferences. Exciting stuff, but this means a lot more travel than I have done the last 5 years (since being pregnant with my daughter). Whether you travel solo or with your entire family, there’s so much to prepare for in advance to ensure you are traveling safely.
Here are my top 5 tips to prepare for safe travels:
- Cautiously share your travel information on social media. If you will be away from your home for several days and you have valuables at home, including any documents that are related to your identity, you may want to wait until you return to post about your vacation.
- If you are leaving for an extended period of time and you do not have a neighbor who can collect your mail daily, contact the post office and ask them to hold your mail until you return home. This greatly decreases the possibility that someone can gain access to documents containing identity-related information.
- Let neighbors and local family members know you will be away. Ask that they keep an eye on your home for any unusual activity. Have them alert you if anything seems suspicious.
- When flying, do not check baggage that has identity-related documents enclosed. Keep all credit cards, your passport, driver’s license, ATM card, voter registration card, and other items in one central location in your carry-on bag.
- If you notice any of the above items/documents missing while you are traveling, immediately contact the responsible parties (e.g. bank, credit card company). Do not wait until you get home to address the problem – it may be too late to protect your identity.
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Monitor your identity closely while traveling and take any precautions in advance that will allow you to enjoy a safe, worry-free vacation!