Surviving the first 24 hours after you have been robbed is easier than you think, if you follow some basic steps and have prepared yourself before heading away on your trip.
Firstly, your insurance company will no doubt have some suggestions for documentation you need to take. In my article 10 Tips for Travel Insurance I put you in the right direction as to how and who to ask. Make sure you have easy access to these documents when you are away (either hard copies or attachments in your email account).
So first things first.
- Contact the police within 24 hours and report the incident (keep a copy of the report)
- Make a list of all the things that were stolen
- Call your insurance company on their 24 hour hotline
- If you need to, call your country’s nearest consulate or embassy (the police will help with that). They will help you with getting new passports if need be, interpreter services etc.
- Cancel credit cards
- Cancel phone cards
- If you have no cash, get a Western Union transfer from folks back home. Easy to collect but you will need ID!
As you can see it is SO important not to have everything in one place. I keep banging on about it, but you must separate cash, credit cards, documents, phone numbers etc either between you and your travelling partner, or the hotel safe. Oh… and make sure the safe is attached to the wall or cupboard and the code is set by you and not the hotel.
Carry your drivers licence for photo id if you need to. It is much easier to replace that when you get back, than your passport while overseas. It is not really essential to have it with you at all times when in one place for more than a couple of days.
On the flip side, you have come a long way to have a lovely holiday. Try not to let it get you down. Stay positive and things will work themselves out…they always do.