Should I Carry my Passport or Use the Hotel Safe?

BY Travel Writer

Is it better to carry your passport on your person or use to store it in the hotel safe?

Detective Kevin Coffey, travel safety expert, offered advice on protecting your passport on Rudy Maxa World Travel, America’s # 1 Travel Radio Show.
You can hear the short 4 minute segment here:
Following is a summary of the tips he offered the listeners.

What is best? Do I carry my passport or use the hotel safe?

Answer. Use the hotel safe. There’s a greater chance you’ll lose it or that it’ll be stolen from your bag or pocket than it being stolen from the safe. Plus you can use a secondary lock hotel room safe for additional security of the safe.

Advice regarding your passport before you travel

1. Get the mobile passport app by the US government, It helps get you through passport and immigration control. It helps you get through 25 US airports and 3 cruise ports. Find it here
2. Get travel insurance that covers costs associated with lost passports such as the cost of a later flight home as you await your replacement passport.
3. Check the expiration date on your current passport. You should have at least six months left on it from your return home date. Use google calendar to remind you when you need to apply for a new passport.
4. Look at the expiration date of your children’s passports. They expire every five years versus the passports for adults which expire every 10 years.
5. For women, this usually applies to women who have recently married and are going on their honeymoon or have divorced. Do not change your name after you’ve purchased your airline ticket. The name on your airline ticket must match the name on your passport.
6. Get a second passport if you plan to visit a country that will deny a visa due to the fact that your passport contains markings or visas showing you traveled to certain other countries. You can contact the consulate of your destination country for advice and guidance.
7. Get a US passport card that is designed for travel. The passport card is a wallet-size travel document that can only be used to re-enter the United States at land border-crossings or ports of entry by sea from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda. It is not valid for international air travel. The card provides a smaller, more convenient, and less expensive alternative to the passport book for those who travel. It’s also good to carry on your person and keep your passport locked up in your room safe.
America’s #1 Travel Radio Show is hosted by Rudy Maxa and is aired on over 385 affiliates nationwide. Hear more broadcasts and visit the show site here:

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