15 ways to protect your money on vacation. Protecting money is important, whether working or on vacation. These tips are primarily aimed at the Road Warrior. My most important is the risk of using and carrying debit cards. Linked to our checking accounts, they are very convenient, and very dangerous. Make a paper copy of your debit and credit cards before you go, and scan and store the copy in a safe place. Use credit cards for purchases, and keep a record of the purchases. Never carry a paper checkbook with you, and never carry a Social Security Card. There are many more useful tips in this article from Bankrate.com, which, by the way, is a useful tool for lawyers who deal with finances of any type. Particularly useful are the various calculators, which assist in making financial decisions about all sorts of things.