Travel safety is something we should all be giving serious thought to, especially when it comes to the handy bits of paper which let us travel in the first place. Keeping your travel documentation safe should be at the forefront of your mind, but when you’re excited about your destination, or you’re a little stressed out on travel day, it’s easy to let things slip or be more vulnerable to problems.
Your passport is of course your number one priority, without it you’re not going anywhere!
If you’re at all like me, and always checking to make sure it’s where it’s supposed to be, opening your bag every five minutes to check it’s there, you could easily drop it and lose it. Problems like this can and do happen, but there are a few ways you can make sure you keep your passport as safe as possible.
Never let your passport out of your sight
It sounds like the most obvious thing in the world, but never let your passport leave your possession. If you hand your documents over to a passport official at the airport, they will have them in their hands for minutes, and you will be there too, so there is no reason for your passport to be going anywhere you can’t see it.
Keep a photocopy handy
Keep a copy of your passport both at home with someone you trust, and in your bag just in case. If you do happen to lose your original document, you will be able to sort out a new one much easier if you have a copy with your passport number and expiry details on. On top of this, try and use the copy for checking in at hotels etc, to avoid having to get your original document out of your bag too often. Of course, hotels may ask to see the original, but it’s worth a try.
Keep your passport in a money belt
Bags are quite vulnerable to theft, as well as important items falling out of them when you’re digging around trying to find something else. A money belt is a much more secure way of keeping your possessions safe.
If the hotel wants to photocopy your passport, insist they do it there and then
At check in you may find that your hotel need a photocopy of your passport for their records. This is normal, and if you can’t get away with giving them a photocopy which you already have, make sure they copy your passport in front of you, so it doesn’t leave your sight.
Make use of the hotel safe
You need to make an informed decision about how safe you think your hotel is when it comes to leaving your valuables there, however generally speaking, leaving your passport locked in the hotel safe, usually in your room, is a lot safer than carrying it around with you. Do be aware however that some countries do require you to keep your passport on you, but weigh up the pros and cons of this depending on where you’re going. If you need to carry it around with you, use the money belt idea we talked about earlier.
These are easy ways to help keep your passport secure, and in your possession at all times.