Five top tips to keep your passport safe while travelling
By Nagging Mum
You really need to keep your passport safe, a lost or stolen passport can have significant and dire consequences. The best-case scenario is you have to pay roughly £80 for a new one, worse case scenario is you miss your holiday, lose all the money you spent on it or even have your identity stolen. Despite this 20,000 Brits a year lose their passports, however I’ve created my top tips to help reduce the chance of this happening to you.
Let the wife look after it
Statistics from gov.uk shows that 60% of all passports reported lost are men’s with only 40% being woman’s. For some this won’t be much of a surprise, men are more likely to lose their passports. With this in mind, it’s probably best to let the wife or girlfriend look after the passports next time you travel.
Use a safe
This one is an obvious one. When you are on holiday in a hotel that offers a safe in the room, use it. I have heard countless times from people who have had their passport and other possession stolen from their rooms. As much as we don’t like to hear it, hotel rooms are not always the safest. Criminals have sophisticated software and tools that allow them to enter our hotel rooms, so keep your possession safe.
Don’t take your passport out with you
Unless you really need it, don’t take your passport out with you. Some recommend having ID on you all the time when out and about abroad as you may get asked to prove you are who you say you are. However, this very rarely happens, especially in popular holiday destinations. Just to be safe, you could take some other, less vital form of ID with you or even take photocopies of your passport. Gov.uk shows that the most common place passports are lost are in pubs and nightclubs. We all become a bit more carefree when we have had a drink, but why take the risk with your passport in the first place.
Passports now come with a built in RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Device). This allows you to use the new ePassport gates in airports, meaning you don’t have to get your passport check by an official. This is a god send when you arrive back and just want to get home as quickly as possible, but it does also leave you susceptible to identity theft. Criminals can use RFID readers to steal your information from your passport. The best way to stop this from happening is making sure your use a passport holder or wallet that offers RFID blocking.
Keep your shoes in your safe
This tip comes from an Air Hostess, after getting to work and realising she had left her passport back in the safe in her hotel room, she came up with a solution. The night before you leave, put your shoes in the hotel safe, that way in the morning you will be looking for your shoes, find them in the safe and remind yourself to pack your passports.