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Create an "Emergency Passport Kit"

It is the traveler's worst nightmare: you can't find your passport.  Is it lost, or was it stolen? Either way, you and your trip could be in a world of hurt.  In order to help deal with this gut wrenching situation - especially if it were to happen while you are traveling overseas, every traveler should consider creating a "Emergency Passport Kit" before they take their next international trip. While the procedures for getting an emergency passport will differ depending on which country you're visiting, the following is a listing of what a traveler should put together in their Emergency Passport Kit before they leave on their trip:

"Emergency Passport Kit" Contents:

  • Three passport photos (some embassies only require two).  These should be identical 2 inch x 2 inch photographs taken within the last six months, featuring a front view of your face on a white background,
  • Copy of your passport identification page,
  • Another form of and official government photo ID,
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship (such as a copy of your birth certificate, social security card or Certificate of Naturalization),
  • Airline ticket, booking confirmation or itinerary,
  • A police report, if possible,
  • An in-person passport application fee of $100, payable in U.S. dollars, the currency of your current destination or U.S. dollar bank draft,
  • A passport application form (you can get this at the embassy).

Trust us -- you'll thank your clever self for putting this together if your passport goes missing and you have to deal with the headaches of replacing it.

Pre-trip planning

If you plan to be abroad for more than two weeks, you may want to register with the U.S. embassy in the country you are visiting.  You now do this online by visiting this website.

Our site contains over 100 pages of travel safety tips and security tips that are useful for any traveler. You will find tips involving luggage theft, avoiding pickpockets, laptop theft, hotel burglary, and airplane, train, automobile, and boat travel crimes.