[pct-l] Paying Bills While Thru-hiking

Robert Henry rrh.henry at gmail.com
Mon Nov 3 13:56:18 CST 2014

Along the same line, you also need to have a plan about what to do when
your credit card gets stolen or "swiped", and your bank cancels the credit
card.  (Mine did, somewhere between Belden and Crater Lake.)  You have to
figure out how to convince the bank to send you a replacement credit card
on the trail (unlikely), or else have your home support team know what to
do to forward the credit card to you on the trail.  You'll want to have
your home team be authorized to speak on your behalf to the bank as well.

Finally, you'll need to know in advance all of your service providers that
are on auto pay against your old defunct credit card.  Otherwise, you'll
find that recurring services at home will stop when you are gone, such as
your ISP, netflix, amazon, newspapers and many more things you've surely
forgotten about.  Review the last 12 months of your credit card bills
looking for auto-pay events,  and then make a list so that you or your home
team can wade through the service providers to give them your new credit
card number.

On Mon, Nov 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM, Tim Umstead <tumstead96 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I was wondering how people pay their bills while hiking the PCT.  Yes most
> all banks have the ability to have you pay your bills on-line.  You can
> also have the bank query your bill from say your cell phone provider, then
> you can pay it.  So using this you just have to get a connection once or
> twice a month to pay your bills.  But these are not the bills I'm thinking
> of.  You know how a doctor's office or hospital will bill you 4 or 5 months
> after you had service?  You never know when these bills will come in.  How
> do people handle these types of bills.
> What I've thought of so far:
> Have all your mailed forward to some one who will pay your bills for you.
>  (This is what we did on our '96 thru-hike)
> Use a service like virtualpostoffice.  (I just found out about this an hour
> ago)
> What other options are there?
> The Ravens
> Tim and Ann
> PCT '96
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