5 Passport Tips to Avoid Travel Mishaps

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

Travel mishaps... they happen to all of us, right? 

There is one that always sticks out in my mind — the time I forgot to bring my passport. 

I was heading on a ski trip to Slovakia with my gymnastics club. I froze the moment our coach said "Does everyone have their passport?" I instantly knew that I had forgotten it. In my defense, I was young and excited. 

What happened next you ask? My mom had to drive back home to get my passport. After an hour-plus delay, we were on the road. Thankfully no fights were missed because we were traveling by bus (I was living in Europe at the time). But I sure was embarrassed and I have not forgotten a passport since.

In fact, I now have a few passport tips to help you avoid travel mishaps:

Check your passport expirations before you book your vacation

Often, your passport must be valid for 6 months past your intended travel dates. If your passport is expired, give yourself enough time to renew your passport. For passport, renewals go here.

Know where your passport is

Put your eyes on your passport a few days before your trip so you aren’t panicking the day before your trip.

Make a physical copy

Keep copies of your passport and other documents in a separate bag from where the original is. You can also scan or take a picture of it so you have a digital back-up. 

Share a copy with your advisor (or family member/someone you trust)

I like to have copies of clients' passports on file. It allows me to make sure dates and names are accurate on travel documents, but also have a backup should a client lose their passport. Read more on what happens when a passport is stolen HERE?

Replace damaged passports

You might not think that a missing page is a big deal, but don't risk it. You never know when you will be denied boarding the plane or entering a country because of a damaged passport.

Prevent as many passport mishaps as possible by following these tips. And if something does happen to your passport while traveling, having backups will make solving the problem much easier.

Whether you have questions about my passport tips or your next vacation, I am here to help. For questions, you can email me here or start here. I look forward to hearing from you.

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