Losing your wallet is difficult enough. A wallet typically has daily necessities that are difficult or costly to replace. Most wallets have, at the very least, some cash, your identification, and a credit or debit card. While you may need these items daily and carrying them around is unavoidable, many wallets are also filled with items that are unnecessary and could be dangerous in the wrong hands. Here is a list of 8 items commonly found in wallets that you would be better off leaving at home:
1. Social Security Cards – A simple and easy way to become a victim of identity theft.
2. Birth Certificates – This could make it extremely easy for someone to impersonate you.
3. Gift Cards – Along with cash, gift cards are typically the first thing used when a wallet is lost or stolen. Leave them at home unless you plan to use them that day.
4. Extra Credit Cards – Carry one card with you and avoid the potential of multiple cards being compromised or canceled.
5. Blank Checks – These can easily be forged and cashed.
6. Passports – These contain vital information that can also make you an easy target for identity theft.
7. Spare Keys – If someone finds your wallet, they will most likely find your address. Don’t give them the ability to gain access to your home.
8. Receipts – These are bulky and unnecessary to carry around and can give a thief clues to guess your account numbers.