Safeguarding Your Travel Documents
- Make photocopies of your passport face page. Bring one copy with you and leave one with a family member or friend at home.
- Bring no more than two credit cards. If traveling with someone else, have them bring a different card. If disaster strikes you will have a back up.
- Keep passports, tickets, excess cash and credit cards in the hotel vault. Only carry what you need when you venture out.
- If your passport will expire within 6 months of your travel date, you must renew before you go.
- If your passport is damaged, bent, torn, you should renew or you run the risk of rejection by foreign customs officials.
- Assume nothing, you might need a visa. Check with the US Department of State 6 months before you leave to ensure enough time to obtain necessary visas and other required documents.
- Save your Passport blank pages. Cover them with post it notes or ask officials to use available space on other pages.
- Make it a habit to check taxi seats, subway seats, etc. before walking away. Make sure you don’t leave something behind.
- Do Not carry wallets and travel documents in your back pocket.
- Carry a passport or passport card when cruising.