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What to do when your wallet or passport is lost on travel

It is surely a nightmarish situation, but it does happen. Many tourists lose their wallet while traveling. Travelers to foreign countries lose their passport while traveling. What should a person do in such situations? Read this article to know.

Nothing can be scarier than this. Losing the wallet or passport while you are traveling within the country or abroad. People don't want to even imagine such nightmarish situation. But this does happen. Many people lose their wallet containing money, debit card, credit card and other important documents. Some people have had the bad experience of losing their passport in a foreign country. What should be done in such nightmarish situation? This article discusses this in detail.

First thing first-be organized

Every person must be prepared in advance to minimize the damage in case of such eventuality during travel. What should they do? They have to be old-fashioned. They must keep a diary containing the details of debit cards and credit cards they carry. The diary must also contain the details of passport (date of issue, validity, place of birth, issuing passport office, etc.). The diary must be kept in a secured luggage. These details would be necessary in case of loss of these documents.

Keep photocopies of all important documents

It would be excellent if photocopies of all debit cards and credit cards are kept. In case of the passport, it is absolute must. Keep photocopies of these documents in a secured luggage, preferably inside the diary.

Keep major amount in a separate place

This is an age-old advice. Don't keep the entire cash in the wallet. Keep that much amount in the wallet which is necessary for one day only. Keep the major amount in the secured luggage. This amount would be useful in case of pickpocket or loss of the wallet.

What to do in case of loss: Don't get panicked

If you lose your wallet while traveling, don't get panicked. Although it is easier said than done, you must remember that getting panicked will not solve the problem. Instead, keep your cool, come back to the hotel, check what you have lost. Prepare a list of lost items and report the matter to the police station. After lodging a report with the police, give a call to the bank(s) and ask the bank officials to block your debit cards and credit cards. In such situation, the details already written in the diary would be very convenient.

What to do in case of loss of passport

That is the scariest situation. Losing your passport containing the visa of the country which you are visiting is a real nightmare. However, such situation occurs to the tourists or people visiting foreign countries. Then the duty is to immediately call the nearest Embassy/High Commission/Consulate and report the loss to them. At the same time, it is compulsory to report the loss to the local police. In this case, the photocopy of the pages of the passport will help you to intimate the necessary details to the police. You have to insist the Embassy/Consulate to arrange valid travel documents in the country which you are visiting. Needless to state, under such circumstances, you have to return home at the earliest. Nowadays, the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India has become active on Twitter and in other social media platforms and is offering quick assistance in such cases to the Indians visiting abroad.

Call home or office for help

If you lose your wallet and/or passport in a foreign country, you have to call your home so that necessary financial arrangement/valid travel documents can be arranged for your return. If you are visiting a foreign country for official work, your office must be intimated for necessary action.

Final words

No doubt, losing wallet containing credit/debit cards and money while traveling or losing passport while visiting abroad is terrible, such situation can be overcome if the details of necessary documents are kept in a separate place in your luggage. If you don't get panicked and take necessary action to report your loss, you will return home safe and sound.

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Author: Juana19 Jun 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 6

In this day and age where the world is going digital, hand written diaries are passé. Instead of jotting details of credit card/debit card and passport etc., in a diary, it is better to save all this info on the cloud. It can be accessed from anywhere.

Keeping a copy of the passport and the Visa is very important, especially when travelling overseas. It is better to read up the rules before travelling to a country. Not all countries require travellers to be in possession of travel documents, at all times. A photocopy is acceptable in most countries, but there are some countries where the passport should be in possession at all times (Thailand for instance).

People hardly carry cash, when travelling abroad. Cards are the currency in most parts of the developed world, you don't need huge amounts of cash when travelling abroad, a Forex card should do.

When cards are lost or stolen the first step should be to have them blocked. That needs to be done on priority so no one can use the cards. Lodge a complaint after you've blocked the cards.

Author: Varghese19 Jun 2019 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

A good article and very well explained. It is a good practice to keep a handwritten diary of all the important details which can be used in case of emergency.

I agree with Juana that in this digitalized world, where we can save everything on the cloud, it is always better to make use of the technology for our ease but provided it is password protected and we remember it.

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