So for the first time in all my travels, it finally happened to me…I lost my wallet. Well, it’s actually my fault, I went out with a friend and had some drinks in a hawker’s center in Holland Village in Singapore last October and I then boom… I lost it.
Maybe I dropped it. I retraced my steps but I didn’t find it. Along with some cash are ALL of my cards. I was such a stupid and unlucky bastard on that day. I want to share this so it won’t happen to you as well.
Here are some tips for you to avoid losing on the road:
The good thing, I wasn’t carrying all of my cash. I left most of it in my bag, secured in the place I was staying in. Have a second wallet that you can easily hide in your backpack. Make sure that you also secure where you put your other money. I also used to carry a money belt before to keep money and cards but I found it uncomfortable.
If you’re really sure that you really lost your wallet and didn’t just misplace it in your hostel room, call your bank immediately. Have them suspend your cards especially your credit cards so you wouldn’t be charged for purchases that you didn’t do and lose more money. That’s the first thing that I did. You can also request for card replacement and have it shipped to you so you could use your funds. Some banks and carriers refuse to do this so you better be creative on this aspect. Take all necessary precautions.
Some wallets have chains attached to it or some sort of lock that you can securely fastened to your jeans so when it falls off, it’s still attached to you. It may not be the most fashionable thing to do but it definitely adds protection to your hard earned money.
Did you ever lose your wallet on the road too?