Should I open a checking account in my new town prior to moving?

One of the considerations when moving to a new town is ensuring you’re set up to care for emergencies as they arise. A part of this preparation might include opening a checking account in your destination town prior to your move. However, since many banks require proof of residence before they’ll issue you a checkbook, this may be a wasted effort.

If you’re not comfortable carrying around large sums of cash, consider obtaining traveler’s checks to make it easy for you to pay for incidentals and emergencies. Otherwise, prior to your move you should ensure that your credit cards are all current and active so you can accommodate emergency charges.

Find out if your bank has a branch in your new town by contacting their customer service center.

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