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.