July’s 5 Must Know Travel Tips
1. The sneaky way to hide your passport
Since we often stay in places with no safe, we hid our passport in the bottom of a kleenex box – in plain sight!
2. How to get a back-up copy of your passport
Always bring a color copy of your passport with you when traveling abroad. Keep it separate from your original passport so that if you lose one, you will always have the other.
The copy is easy to keep with your carry on things so you can use it as Wendy suggests…to fill out immigration forms for the country you are visiting. If you lose your original passport, some places will accept a color copy until you can get a replacement.
And having a copy of the original will ease the pain of getting a replacement because all the necessary information is on your copy.
3. A safer way than email to store your passport copy
It’s probably not a good idea to send yourself an e-mail copy of these important numbers and documents. E-mail isn’t very secure… this information could easily be compromised and intercepted.
I always carry one of those little USB flash drives that can be password protected, and for an added layer of security the information can be encrypted. The idea is the same. Go to an internet café etc and pop in the USB flash drive.
By the way, I use one of the U3 USB flash drives that enables me to access my own browser with all my familiar bookmarks/favorites etc. It’s like signing on to my home computer and makes my use of time in an internet café far more efficient.
4. Why you need to be careful when you see “luggage sale”
Beware of luggage sales. Many luggage vendors are looking to unload heavy luggage as people are opting for much lighter luggage due to the new weight restrictions on almost all airlines.
Ask “how much does it weigh” before you lay out the cash.
Remember, US flights have a maximum weight for checked bags of 50 lbs. Anything over will cost you.
5. Why you should check in as early as possible
Checkin on line if you can & choose a seat as close to the front of the plane as possible.
This means that you’ll be one of the first off at the other end. Once off the plane, walk fast to immigration.
Hopefully, you’ll get there near the front of the queue, saving ages of waiting time.