When traveling, you want to make sure that your passport stays safe and protected. If you happen to misplace it or have it stolen, you could put yourself in a stressful fix and ruin your trip.
Thieves and pickpockets are always lurking threats that you have to be constantly vigilant of. You could have your passports nicked from your hotel room, or lose them in public transport.
In order to avoid these types of situations, there are some steps and measures that you can take. These include:
The first thing that you want to do before leaving for your trip is to make multiple copies of the ID page of your passport. The ID page is where you have your personal details and identification.
After you have made multiple copies, carry a couple with you (preferably in a large wallet with zipper). From the others, give one to someone at home (in case of emergencies) and give one to your traveling companion.
This step does not directly help in keeping the original safe. This step is to ensure that in case anyone happens to lose or misplace their passports, they can use the copy to prove their identity and get help from the embassy. Taking this measure is very important.
This applies to when you have arrived at your destination. Once you are in your hotel room, always lock your important documents in the safe provided. If there is no provided safe in the room, as for one from the front desk. Don’t make the mistake of leaving your papers out in the open just because the staff looks nice and friendly. Make it a rule not to trust anyone other than whom you are traveling.
If you fail to get your hands on a lockbox, make use of your own travel-sized locks for securing the documents.
When you are on the move, don’t put your documents inside your suitcase. This can be really inconvenient since you won’t be able to extract them quickly. Similarly, should something happen to your suitcase, your documents will also suffer.
The best way to keep your document safe when traveling is to use a money belt. A money belt can be worn around the waist or neck, and it can be concealed underneath the clothing. It is an ideal place for storing passports. You could store a few copies in your front pocket wallet as well.
Your main motivation behind wearing these kinds of belts should be concealment. You don’t want to go around flashing everyone your important documents. Just keep everything discreet and concealed, and you will avoid attracting attention to yourself.
Alternatively, you can also use a cover for your passports. There are two main benefits to using such covers.
One benefit is that you will be able to keep everything hidden and secret. If you handle your documents without a proper cover or holder, everyone will be able to see what you are doing. This is where you could be singled out by a thief or pickpocket.
The second benefit is protection from physical damage. If your passport is simply resting in your pocket without any protection, it can get torn or bent due to rough crowds or jostling. Similarly, water and dampness can also damage the passport's pages and render them unusable.
This is also a tip worth remembering. Once you have landed at your destination and checked in with your hotel, then stop carrying around your important documents with you. Leave them all in the hotel room, albeit under lock and key. You can carry your other important IDs in your bi fold wallet for men.
If you constantly have such essential items on your person, there is an increased chance of theft and misplacement. You can, however, keep a copy of your passport with you in your slim money clip wallet.
You should not become forgetful of your passports once you have stored them away somewhere. You should make the habit of constantly checking to see if they are in one place or not. While it would be disastrous to lose a passport, it would be worse not to get to know about it until it’s too late. If you come to know about it promptly, you can take proper action on time.
These are some of the steps and measures that you can take to protect your passports. You should always entertain the possibility of theft and stay constantly vigilant. It won\'t be very pleasant if you got stuck in another country due to negligence and carelessness on your part. By following these steps, you can minimize the chances of that happening.
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