If you’re a traveler, you know your passport is your best friend.
Your passport (and your visa, if applicable) is the key that lets you into another country. It’s portable, convenient, and you get some cool stamps that document all of your travels.
But your passport also contains your photo and your information — information you don’t want in the hands of the wrong people.
Without your passport, you’ll be in serious jeopardy. It’s easy to panic if you lose your passport — don’t worry, you have options if this happens. But you should avoid this by protecting your passport while in a different country.
Keep these 4 passport safety tips in mind during your next travels.
Important Passport Safety Tips
Passports are essential for you to enter different countries, even your own.
Remember these tips so you don’t lose your passport.
1. Hide It in the Hotel Safe
Does your hotel have a safe? If you’re worried about someone breaking into your home but don’t want to carry your passport with you, locking it in the hotel safe is the next best option.
Before locking it in the safe, make sure you can easily work the safe. You don’t want to lock your passport away, only to not be able to retrieve it!
2. Carry It Around
This is inconvenient to some but the best option for others.
Instead of leaving your passport in your bag, just carry it with you.
You know where it is and you’ll feel safe knowing you have it on you in case of an emergency, such as a visa issue. Which is common in countries such as Canada.
3. Make Copies
If you would rather keep your passport on you but also want a backup, make copies of your passport.
If you’re a forgetful person or have lost important items while traveling, making extras ensures you can have your passport on you and you avoid the trouble of getting a new passport while on the road.
Speaking of passport copies…
4. Leave a Copy At Home
In case of a visa issue or if you lose your passport, make a copy of your passport and leave it at your house or with someone you trust.
The passport may not be on you, but your trusted family member or friend can easily mail the copy to you or scan it and email you the image.
What If You Lose Your Passport?
All travelers fear losing their passport. While the process is inconvenient, you have options.
The first one is to quickly replace your passport. Many travelers apply for a new passport. Different websites can quickly replicate your passport and can mail it to you.
You can also contact the embassy of your home country. Many countries have a physical embassy for different countries. Visiting the physical location can help expedite the process.
Need More Travel Advice?
Now that you know essential passport safety tips, do you need more travel advice? Visit our travel section for more information on travel adventures and destinations. Have an awesome trip!