Lost your wallet abroad? Now what?
February 28, 2018
What would you do if you lost your wallet or daypack while traveling abroad? If your passport was stolen, would you know where to start? Chances are, nothing will go wrong on your trip. But it's not unheard of for travelers to be victimized by pickpockets, snatch-and-run professionals or scam artists. Being vigilant and following these tested safety tips can help.
- Be on guard in airports and train stations. Always maintain contact with all of your bags, and don't look away.
- Avoid open-top satchels. Although they can hold a lot and seem convenient for travel or a day at the market, they are also a tempting target for thieves.
- Keep valuables locked up in your room. Carry only the cash you need for the day's activities and leave the rest in a safe in your room. It's best to leave your laptop and jewelry at home.
- Secure your daypack or purse. When you sit down at a café, loop the strap of your carry-all around your arm or the leg of your chair.
- Stay alert in crowds. In busy areas, thieves often create a commotion to distract tourists from pickpockets.
How SafeTrip Travel Protection can help
Destination profiles and travel assistance services come standard with every SafeTrip Travel Protection plan. When planning your trip, contact the Emergency Response Center for a pre-trip destination report, which will include information on security risks and crime.
Once abroad, you can call the Emergency Response Center at the toll-free number on your member ID card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can help you:
- Replace a lost or stolen passport, airline tickets or other travel documents
- Arrange an emergency funds transfer (subject to UnitedHealthcare Global securing funds from you or a family member via credit card)
- Send an emergency message
- Get help with language translation
- Get a legal referral if you need one
It's another great benefit at no extra cost!