Monday, March 8, 2010

8 Items to Carry in Your Wallet

  1. Identification—Whatever picture ID you have needs to be on you at all times. For so many reasons. This is a no-brainer.
  2. Insurance Cards (Auto/Medical)—You need all insurance info on you as well. Usually when you need this information it is not a “let me run home and get it” situation. Be prepared.
  3. Cash—For emergencies. Although it is rare to come upon some place that does not take a credit or debit card, they do still exist.
  4. Credit Card—For emergencies that your cash or possibly your bank account cannot handle.
  5. Blood Donor Card—This is great to have on hand so a hospital knows your blood type. Don’t make them use of the “universal” supply when you could get the stuff that matches you exactly. Leave the universal stuff to someone who is actually unknown.
  6. Medical Emergency Info—Do you have some type of disease or disorder that might need to be known in an emergency if you were not able to communicate this? Diabetes, allergies, epilepsy, heart disease, etc…so many things could go wrong if medics are not aware of existing conditions.
  7. AAA Card—Whether a belt broke, you ran out of gas, or you have a flat, make sure you have someone to call that can help. Also helps to have when checking into a hotel, renting a car, or dining in some restaurants.
  8. Family Photos—I’ve read that a wallet is more likely to be returned if it has family photos in it. And who doesn’t want to stare at their loved ones from time to time. I don’t know a single parent who doesn’t like to brag on little Timmy. Might as well have a picture to go along with the story.
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