Secure Travel 101: How to Safely Carry Your Passport

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Option 1: Carry your passport on your person wherever you go. There are various reasons why you would want to carry your passport for the whole duration of time of your travel. Proving your identity is one thing. But some of you may want to have your passport on your person for a number of different reasons aside from a sense of security. Cashback or discounts on places that offer duty-free shopping is one of these instances you would want to get your passport with you.


Option 2: Leaving your passport—how to do it securely? You may want to leave your passport when you go to activities that you’d rather not carry your passport around. Going on a kayaking trip? You probably would rather have your passport tucked safely somewhere rather than stay with you and get soaked in the process.

Make sure to lock up your passport when you decide to leave your passport at your hotel. Get your passport inside a bag or your suitcase that have a reliable lock mechanism. Don’t leave it lying around unprotected even though you know no one will be coming into your hotel room.

Carry your passport using a special bag

Using passport carriers such as money belts is something that would make carrying your passport easier. Money belts or similar bags are usually ones you’d carry under your shirt. Money belts can carry more than just a few bills and coins. You can hold your passport safely there and other important documents. Make sure that you don’t stuff everything inside because then it would just bulge and probably gave out its position on your person. A money belt is not really a place you’d store all of your money at. It’s an inconvenience at best to get inside your money belt every time you’d make a purchase during your travel. Storage tools such as money belt is really something you’d use for things you don’t want to be stolen and things you don’t need often.

Create a copy of your passport

The most convenient way to keep a copy of your passport with you is in a digital form. Taking a picture of the pages of your passport would often suffice. Be wary of uploading your passport, though. Upload it encrypted, if you can, and make sure that no one but you has access to your digital document.

Creating a physical copy of your passport beforehand would also save you the hassle of finding print shops for you to print out your digital copy. You are likely already panicked by then and in no state of mind to take care of something as printing out a copy of your passport.

Give a physical copy of your passport to people you trust

Giving someone your passport may prove to be useful if the unexpected happens. Keep the physical copy of your passport separate from the passport itself. In this case, you can leave the copy at your hotel at all times. If you lose your passport during your journey, then you’ll know immediately where to look for a copy.

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