If I wear a white shirt, it will not take long at all before something gets spilled on it. Even if I choose to fast for the entire day in order to retain the shiny whiteness, someone will inadvertently fling, spill, spray, or douse me with ketchup, ink, blood, or barbecue sauce. If I take the extra hour to hand wax my car and to detail the rims and tires, calcium rich acid rain will fall from blue skies before the day is over and just before I get the car into the garage. My fishing boat will run flawlessly until opening day, and my dog will sneak into the pantry and eat my chips the very day I decide to make guacamole. I can only hope that the water sensor in my auto-inflating life jacket doesn’t expire the day before I get into some horrible boating accident.
It’s not just me. Think about it, how long can YOU wear a white shirt before you stain it? These examples came to mind recently because my dear friend Morgan recently traveled to Washington D.C. and found her wallet missing. After speaking with the police and missing a call or two on her cell phone from an unknown stranger in the middle of the night, she ultimately discovered (to her relief), that she had left the wallet in a Taxicab.
If I were to write a book of steadfast predictable travel laws, this would be near the top: “You *WILL* leave your wallet in a taxi during a trip to unfamiliar city. It’s only a matter of time.” I’ve done it, I know many people who have done it, and I’m rarely surprised when I hear about other people who have done it. New Yorkers who cab it all the time don’t do it (or rarely do it), but those of us who aren’t used to the regular cab routine find it all too easy to leave your wallet, cell phone, and other goodies behind in a cab.
So, what do you do? Here are some tips:
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>Make scanned copies of your passport and driver’s license and keep them on your laptop, on a memory stick, or printed in your portfolio. If you don’t get your wallet back before you have to fly home, at least you’ll have enough ID to get on the plane
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>Have the cash in a convenient pocket before you ever get into the cab. This eliminates the fumbling and digging through your wallet.
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>Keep as many of your peripherals (cell phone, wallet, pens, pencils, whatever) in your portfolio or laptop bag, and keep the shoulder harness over your head and diagonally across your chest when you’re in a cab, on the subway, or taking other forms of public transportation.
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>As soon as you get into the cab, get a business card from the driver, and make sure his cab number or name/license number, etc, are on it and put it into your pocket. When you realize that you managed to leave something in the cab after all, you’ll be relieved that you can contact the driver directly (trust me on this one).
- <!–[if !supportLists]–> <!–[endif]–>When you’re taking a trip, leave home all of the valuables that aren’t 100% necessary. Why risk losing something that you didn’t even need?
Some would suggest buying the cheapest and ugliest wallet you could find. After all, isn’t it true that the more money you spend on a wallet, the more likely it is that you’ll accidentally leave it behind at the first opportunity?
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