What's in your wallet?
What should go in your wallet while you're abroad? Here's a concise list of what kind of stuff any year abroader should have on them at all times...
1. It goes without saying that your bank card is an essential for your wallet. Find out more about having a currency card, which will help you manage your spending and avoid charges for withdrawals abroad.
2. #Money, obviously. Don't carry too much cash around with you though!
3. It's worth investing in an ISIC (International Student Identity Card). The ISIC card is accepted in over 100 countries, proves you're under 26 and has over 40,000 discounts to choose from. Pick up one here and save £1 off the RRP!
4. Make sure you have an EHIC card (European Health Insurance Card) on you at all times. The EHIC entitles you to any necessary state-provided medical treatment due to either an accident or illness within the European Economic Area. If you don't have one already, apply here.
5. Perhaps invest in an Interrail pass if you don't have one already. European Rail Guide is a good place to get started.
6. It might be worthwhile carrying a photocopy of your driving license or passport, in case you need to provide ID or proof of age unexpectedly. Have you considered an official ID card? Unlike the £77 passport renewal charge, you can snap one up for £30, they fit snugly in your wallet and are valid for 10 years. Find out more about the photo ID card.
7. Keep your home university ID card with you as further proof of identity.
8. Any new loyalty cards you're given, in case of a money saving opportunity (UK loyalty cards are rarely accepted abroad).
9. Note down your insurance claim hotline number in case things don't go according to plan.
10. Keep the name and number of your course coordinator and 'In Case of Emergency' person handy.
11. Always have your name and contact details in your wallet in case it gets lost, so kind-hearted citizens can return it to you.
12. Spare passport photos are worth keeping in your wallet, as one is often needed while filling out important forms.
13. Why not keep a photo of home in there (to remind you to go back and finish your degree...)
Important! Make sure you've written down all details separately, in case you lose your wallet and need to cancel your cards.
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