Don't let a fraudster, pickpocket or identity thief ruin your next vacation.
These 15 financial safety tips will show you how to protect your wallet, your valuables and your financial information when vacationing in America and abroad.
1. Lighten up your wallet. Only carry the credit cards you'll be using on your trip and leave the rest at home. Pack an ATM/debit card for withdrawing cash at ATMs.
Remove any card with your Social Security number. For health insurance cards, the Identity Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization focused on identity theft prevention, suggests making a copy of the card and removing the last four digits of your Social Security number. Bring the photocopy with you on your trip and leave the original card at home.
Leave your checkbook at home.
"Limit what documents you are going to carry with you," says Linda Foley, co-founder of the Identity Theft Resource Center. "Clean out your wallet and purse before you take that trip."