Make sure your wallet contains some cash (if possible), credit or debit cards not connected to any accounts shared with your abuser, identification, health insurance cards, and any other essential cards you may need.
This could include your birth certificate, social security card, financial records, legal records, employment or tax information, permits, vehicle registration and insurance information, medical records, and more. To help yourself stay organized, consider filing all of your important paperwork into a folder or binder before you leave.
Although most shelters have phones and/or computers available for use by residents, it’s important to travel with your own phone if possible. Before leaving, ensure that your phone’s location services are turned off and that you are not currently sharing your location with anyone. Depending on the confidentiality policies at the shelter where you stay, access to your phone may be limited or regulated.