Losing your passport or other important documents while overseas is every traveller’s nightmare. It’s not an easy thing to replace, and proving your identity when you don’t have a lot of other documents on you can be difficult, especially in a foreign country.
Luckily, there’s an easy step you can take before embarking on an overseas trip that could save you a lot of strife if you do find yourself in the unfortunate scenario where you’ve lost your passport.
Take a photo of your passport, on your camera, mobile phone or tablet – whatever device you’re bringing along with you. If you want to be extra safe, you can take a photo of your passport on your phone and then email the photo to yourself. That way, if you’re having a particularly bad day where you’ve lost both your phone and passport, you can access the photo version of your documents wherever there is an internet connection.
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Another handy trick is to take a photo or photocopy of your itinerary and stash it in your bag – carry-on and checked – in case one of them goes missing.
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Of course, soft copies aren’t as good as the real thing and you won’t be able to use them to get home, but they will make it a lot easier for officials to issue you a replacement.
Always make sure your passport is in a safe at your hotel or if you prefer to carry it with you, place it in the same spot every day in a zipped compartment.
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