What's the single best way to protect yourself
against theft? Having nothing to steal! Of course
you can't travel empty-handed, but you should do
your best to travel with the absolute minimum. Here
are some ways to lighten your load:
Buy traveler's checks: The most obvious
first move for any traveler, traveler's checks give
you access to money without incurring the risk of
carrying hard currency. You will usually be charged
a small sum to purchase traveler's checks, but the
American Automobile Association (AAA) offer its
members American Express traveler's checks at no
additional cost. Note: For foreign travel, you can
request the checks to be issued in foreign funds.
You will most often receive a better exchange rate
than you'll find at foreign banks.
Limit yourself to one or two credit
cards: Before you leave home, give your wallet
a thorough cleaning. Remove anything extraneous,
from extra credit cards to those little scraps of
paper with important phone numbers. When you
travel, carry only one or two credit cards, not
your entire portfolio.
Leave your jewels behind: Unless your
travel plans include balls or banquets, don't bring
valuable watches, jewels or other priceless
trinkets. Opt for rhinestone substitutes instead.
Consider a cheap travel camera: Die-hard
photographers will insist on bringing high-quality
equipment when they travel--after all, it's their
time to shine. But if you just want snapshots,
consider getting a small, simple and inexpensive
camera. Long lenses and elaborate camera bags are
like bait for potential thieves.