How many times have the wise people on the internet told us to make copies of everything that is important? Countless!
Still, we go on about our merry way without following any instructions. Do you love hearing that famous phrase “I told you so”?
So, when does this problem become so big that you curse yourself for not being smart and thinking ahead of time? When you lose your travel documents on a trip! Of course, we are human beings and this can happen to anyone but let’s have a look at some of the options that will stop us from making this mistake:
Travel Document Checklist
First, let’s start with all the documents that you need to make a copy of before leaving for your trip:
- Driver’s license
- Travel insurance
- Airline tickets
- Basic medical info (certificates of vaccinations)
- Travel itinerary
- Confirmation of car rental reservation
- Hotel reservation confirmation
- Any other document that shows pre-paid confirmation
You might have noticed that we left out the credit card. That’s because there are better ways to store it with help from RIFD chips.
Make at least 4 copies of each document. Leave one copy to a trusted friend, one at home for your family and store the other two in your luggage and backpack. Make sure that the copies are not stored in the same place where you have kept the originals.
Store them Electronically
Let’s face it; people no longer carry paper documents with them. Everything is now stored electronically in the Cloud. However, we still advise to make photocopies and then take a few other precautions. You need your passport to travel, which is the most important document. So, scan it and store it on your email, USB, laptop and iPad.
An RIDF blocking sleeve is where you can store your credit card and other electronic devices, to prevent any thefts. This also makes a great place to store your passport and other travel documents.
One of the questions that most people have is, “Can I travel without my passport?”
Well, the answer to this is tricky. If you lose your passport during travel, then you are allowed to reach your destination, where you can contact the embassy and have a replacement passport made. During this time, you can show photocopies at the checkpoint to tell the authorities that you are traveling legally. However, you cannot travel any further until you have the replacement passport in your hand. Your travel insurance company will help you cover any costs that you pay in fees. So, in a way, the answer to this question is both yes and no.
Packing Travel Documents
Packing your travel documents can be nerve racking because many people make mistakes in haste. Here are a few ways to keep your travel documents safely on you:
· Travel Folder
A travel folder is an A4-size file with compartments that can be labeled and will hold all your travel documents in one place.
It’s a stylish accessory that is multi-purpose. Along with storing the necessary travel documents such as your passport and identification card, you can also keep your cash, room keys and other things in it.
A money belt is a discreet way to carry your travel documents on you, which also reduces the chances of them being nabbed if you get robbed. It goes around your stomach and can be strapped securely with a buckle.
All you need to do now is grab your backpack and passport to travel. To know more about traveling to a foreign country, join our travel club.