Unlocalize your wallet

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Whenever I'm getting ready to take a trip, I "de-San-Francisco-ify" my wallet. I basically remove anything that's only useful to me while I'm in town. That includes my BART and MUNI (public transit) cards, my library card, my frequent buyer and Costco cards, etc. This customarily reduces the size of my wallet by over 50%.

Meta-hack: When I get home, it's also a good opportunity to decide whether I really need to be carrying all those cards around every day, or whether they could go into a backpack or the car's glovebox (which, if you think about it, is kind of where a Costco card belongs). Anyhow, I often decide I can drop at least one when I "re-San-Francisco-ify."

See also In your wallet and Things not to carry --Merlin 11:56, 19 April 2006 (EDT)

There is a problem with that. If you travel, and you take out all your cards from locale X, then when you return to locale X, you may have difficulty getting home. Library cards and the suchlike are fine, but being stuck at the airport without public transit sounds distinctly non-fun and a way to keep cab drivers in business. --Tom Morris 17:00, 20 April 2006 (EDT)
If it's an item you need, I'd counsel against removing it, yes. --Merlin 21:29, 20 April 2006 (EDT)

Personally I like taking the CostCo card along with me on travel (especially when there for more than a few days). Nothing better than stopping at the local CostCo, picking up a case of water (or other beverage) and throwing it into the rental car. While there, maybe also pickup a few snacks, fruit and other items hard to find. --Eric

I'm always trying to thin out my wallet so I love this hack: Bonus Card Hack --Jakv5 23:17, 22 January 2007 (EST)

I still like my solution better though. What I do with bonus cards is stack them all up, throw a rubber band around them and throw it in my glove compartment. Nice/easy and I don't end up with a George Costanza wallet. --Jakv5 23:13, 22 January 2007 (EST)

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