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And another question...

Travel Forums North America And another question...

1. Posted by elendili (Budding Member 3 posts) 10y

Maybe I´m asking too many questions for being such a little time member, but I´ve never travelled to the States and I´m getting a little bit nervous...
What I want to know is: Does the Visa Electron card work in any cash machine, or it´s better to get myself a Visa/carry my money in cash/travel cheques?
Is it safe to put a lock in my suitcase for the plane?
Thanks in advance, as usual...
Paz y amor!

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 10y

Quoting elendili

Is it safe to put a lock in my suitcase for the plane?

Do not lock your suitcase. The security will cut it off if they want inside. Much better to leave it able to be openned.

Carry anything really valuable with you.

Greg

3. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 10y

Greg is correct about the locks. Do not bother with them. Such things as small tool, manicure, and/or sewing kits, may (and usually do) show up during the x-ray process. Security will cut the lock to have a look. I pack all of those things in a "small item" pouch and make sure it is right on top of everything in our checked luggage. I know Security is going to open it, and being on top saves from having them ransack the whole suitcase. (Which they have done before...) They will remove zip-strips also. Again, as Greg mentioned, carry all valuables, monies, medications with you as carry-on that will fit under the seat in front of you. Do not put those type of items in anything that will be placed in the overhead compartments.

I don't know about the Visa Electron card - sorry. But, I do know that travelers cheques are becoming harder to cash. Very few banks will cash a variety of issuers (Visa, AmEx, etc.) Most will cash one issuer exclusively - if you have the wrong ones, you are out of luck. As it has been recommended to me - have a no or low transaction fee debit/credit card, a small amount in travelers cheques and a small amount in cash for emergency purposes, taxis, etc.