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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

The Unforeseen Pitfalls of a Family Camping Trip

While some parents choose to send their kids away for the summer to sleep-away camp, other parents want to join their kids on their visit to the great outdoors, packing up the family car or RV and heading into the wilderness for some fun under the stars. There are a lot of preparations that go into making sure your trip goes off without a hitch, like packing enough bug spray so that your family doesn’t get attacked by mosquitoes or choosing the right cooler so that indigenous wildlife doesn’t take all of your rations.

It’s likely you won’t be completely secluded on the campground

You may not realize it but even when you think you are escaping society for a little while by camping with your family, identity theft is still a very real threat whenever you travel on a vacation. It’s not like you’ll be totally alone in the wilderness when you go camping, as most families visit designated campgrounds when they choose to pitch up a tent with the whole clan. This is a wise decision, especially when you are with your children, since they have been designated as safe areas for recreation where you will be less likely to run into the pitfalls of the actual wilderness. But when you visit these areas, you’ll need to take added precautions not just to protect your camping gear, but also your identity.

There are no ATMs in the woods

Only bring the necessary personal identification information with you that you’ll actually need out in the wilderness. You aren’t going to find any ATMs in the wild, so leave your debit card at home, for example. If you lose it while you are out camping, you’ll have to go through the unnecessary hassle of replacing it. Not only that, but if someone else finds it, they could empty out your checking account and even potentially ruin your credit score.

As well, animals aren’t the only intruders who may enter your campsite to steal your goods while you are sleeping. If someone knows where you’re camped out and suspects that you may have personal identification information on you, they may scour the grounds while your sleeping or dig through your tents while you are out on a hike.

Only bring the necessary funds with you when you go camping so that you can focus on enjoying the trip with your family and avoiding the physical – not the fiscal – dangers of facing the great outdoors.