Travel Tip: Notify Your Bank and Credit Card Companies Before You Travel
I once forgot to tell my bank I was spending a few days in Los Angeles and was rather embarresssed had my debit card rejected on a $10 charge. While I appreciate their efforts in ensuring there are no fraudulent charges on my account, it was a pain to then call them and run through my last several transactions to verify that they were all me. No, I really don't remember exactly how much I spent at the grocery store five days ago.
Notify your bank and credit card companies before you travel to ensure ease of use while on the road. Most now have a handy feature online when you log in to your account where you can punch in your dates or travel and where you're going. I do this even for the cards I'm not intending to use. That way, if I have an emergency and need to use that paritcular card, it won't get rejected because the card company knows where I am and doesn't think the card was stolen.