Keep your family protected while traveling.

Protect Your Family While You Travel

  • Travel Team
Mar 08, 2012

The tickets are booked, bags packed and the family is ready for vacation. While the planning process can be stressful, the true test starts once the traveling begins. Fears about delays or lost luggage may have crossed your mind, but identity theft probably isn't one of your main concerns. Travel should be enjoyable, but it's always important to prepare for any scenario. With the best travel insurance, you can protect your family from any unexpected situation.

"Identity theft can happen at any time, but can be more likely while traveling because you're carrying a lot of sensitive information in a distracting and unfamiliar environment," said Ken Hall, senior vice president of M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group.

If someone has access to your personal information, like a credit card or social security number, he or she can open accounts or make transactions in your name. This form of theft can damage your credit score and cause you to lose money.

Take precautions to keep your identity safe during travel. Licenses or passports are needed for travel, but it's important to always keep these forms of identification protected.

The most common form of identity theft happens after a wallet or purse is stolen. After a thief has credit cards, IDs or social security numbers, he or she can use the stolen items to make purchases.

When you pack your luggage, be sure to leave personal documents in your carry-on. Once your bags are checked, you won't see them again until you arrive at your destination. It's important to keep private information with you at all times.

If you're staying in a hotel room, be sure to lock your important documents in the security box. Items like checks, legal papers and anything containing sensitive information should be kept safe and private.

Only carry necessary forms of identification or paperwork with you while you site-see. Carrying a lot of personal information makes you more vulnerable to theft. If you only bring the minimum, you will be less sensitive to identity theft.

Consider purchasing travel accessories that will prevent theft, like security money belts or travel bags. It's important to be cautious while you travel. With travel insurance, you can be stress-free on your next vacation.

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