When you are home and lose your purse, it can be extremely problematic. When you are traveling and it happens, it can be disastrous. While the event itself can’t be undone, following a few simple steps can help lessen the sting.
Never have your phone remember passwords for your accounts. Not doing so can be like extending an invitation to thieves to access your personal information.
Cancel your bank and credit cards immediately. Keeping a list of your credit card company phone numbers isn’t much help if that list is in your purse. Play it safe and email it to yourself so you can immediately contact your creditors and cancel your cards. You can access that email from anywhere you have internet access. Only the names and phone numbers are necessary — leave the card numbers out of it in case you get hacked.
File a police report, if possible. This can help mitigate your financial responsibility should someone get ahold of your personal info and rake up debt in your name. In turn, notify the credit reporting agencies like Experian and Equifax — they can apply a hold to your social security number to ensure no accounts are opened without your knowledge.
As soon as possible, change the locks on your home. If your keys are in your purse, they will be pretty easy to match up with the address on your ID card.
If you had money or valuables in your purse, consider filing a claim with your homeowner’s policy if you’ve got one. Even if the loss occurs outside of the home, the purse and its contents are still part of your personal property and are often covered under these policies.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.