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As travel catastrophes go, losing your passport ranks as one of the most annoying. Who really feels like missing an afternoon of jungle hiking or museum hopping to wait in line at the nearest U.S. Embassy? But if the worst happens, it helps to be prepared.

In 35 Travel Tips Revealed: Top Secrets of Travel Writers, Melanie Nayer writes, “You should always carry a copy of your passport when you travel, but more important is keeping that copy safe. In the event your bags are lost or stolen, what are you going to do if your passport is in the bag? Keep a copy of your passport in the sole of your shoe. Most tennis shoes have removable inserts — tuck the copy of your passport under the insert and go about your merry way. You won’t lose your shoes if you’re wearing them, and if you’re robbed in a foreign city, the mugger won’t go after your tennis shoes — so you’ll still have a copy of your passport.”

Another way to ensure that you always have a copy of your passport on hand is to make a PDF copy of the document and e-mail it to yourself — that way you can access it from anywhere. It’s also a good idea to leave a copy at home with a friend or family member.

For more ways to ease the process of replacing a passport that’s gone astray, see Lost and Stolen Passports.

– written by Sarah Schlichter

3 Responses to “Travel Tip of the Week: When Your Passport Goes Missing”

  1. TravelBird says:

    Emailing a copy of your passport to yourself is a great idea. I’m going to do the same for my driving license as I think it would help to have another form of ID if everything was stolen.

    My mum has a copy of my documents too, just in case I need something faxed. Sounds crazy, but I’ve been asked to fax a copy of my marriage certificate to an airline in the past – and that’s not so easy when you are traveling.

  2. I take digital photos of my passport and all the stuff in my wallet (both sides of credit cards) and then keep those files in a secret folder on my camera and on a usb memory stick — which is easy to tuck away.

    I also email everything to an online email account, easy to access everywhere.

  3. I have secret pockets sewn into my pants and shorts for about $5. I’m not always wearing shoes, but I’m usually wearing pants (ok, not all the time). :)

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