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Flying Abroad From SeaTac Airport? Here’s What to Do if You Lose Your Belongings

Lost luggageLosing your luggage (or having your belongings stolen) may feel devastating if you’re traveling abroad. If this happens to you, be aware that you can take action to manage the situation. Here are a few steps you might take so that you can still enjoy your trip.

Stay Calm

When you’re traveling anywhere – let alone, overseas – losing an important or valuable item can be scary. Try to resist the urge to panic, however. The last thing you want to do is appear frightened or alarmed to people who may wish to take advantage of vulnerable travelers. Go someplace safe to calm down before you devise a plan of action.

File a Police Report

Once you feel able to deal with the circumstances, make sure that you contact the local authorities. Whether you lost your items or you’re certain they were stolen, you’ll need to file a police report in case they are recovered. Getting the incident on record will also be useful if you need to file an insurance claim later.

If You Lose Your Passport

The first step you’ll need to take in this case is still to file a police report. Once you’ve done that, go to the website for the U.S. State Department, and you will find a form to fill out there to record the loss of your passport. In order to replace the passport you’ve lost, you will then need to go to the closest consulate or embassy; once there, you will be required to submit an official statement about how your passport went missing. After that, you will need to make arrangements for an emergency replacement passport (an embassy representative should be able to offer guidance on exactly how to do that).

When Currency Is Stolen

If your wallet is stolen, you will need to contact your bank after filing a report with law enforcement. Cancel all of your credit and debit cards; you might want to have your bank issue a new card and send that to you if you’re going to be abroad long enough to receive mail (the bank can likely expedite a card to you in a matter of days). You might also have someone from home send money to you via a wire transfer.

File a Travel Insurance Claim if Applicable

If you purchased travel insurance before your trip, now will be the time to use it. Contact your insurance company, and they may be able to offer some immediate assistance during your stay.

When you lose anything valuable on a trip abroad, you may also be impacted emotionally – so don’t hesitate to talk with someone you trust about your experience. Remember to park your vehicle at the Aeroparking facility before you go – you’ll know your vehicle is safe while it’s there, and that will be one less cause for worry when you’re away from home.

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