Tips to keep your new passport safe until you go abroad

You may think that the hard part is over once you’ve got your brand-new passport in your hands. However, disaster could strike at any moment if it were to be lost or misplaced before you even get an opportunity to use it. If you’re set to jet off abroad, it’s important that you make every effort to keep your passport safe from the moment it’s in your possession. With this in mind, here are just a few tricks that could help.

Don’t use it as ID

If you’re lucky enough to look under 18, you can use your passport for ID. If you do, though, you run the risk of losing it or having it stolen. This wouldn’t just be inconvenient and expensive, it could even prevent you from going abroad.

Don’t flaunt it unnecessarily

You may be quite proud after taking the perfect passport photo and having it approved, but you should resist the urge to flaunt your passport unnecessarily to friends and family. Instead, just keep it in a safe spot, usually a memorable place where only you can get to until it’s time to head off on holiday.

Buy a bright cover

The current passport is a burgundy colour. Admittedly, it’s already a rather distinctive shade, but you could take it one step further by putting it in a brightly coloured cover. This should make it more detectable should it become buried under documents.

Make a note of the information

Your passport will contain important information such as a number and expiry date. You may need to quote these if you’re booking a flight or applying for a visa. Therefore, make a note of these details when you first receive your passport. This should mean that you’re not constantly removing it from its safe space in the run-up to going away.

Better safe than sorry

These measures could make the difference between jetting off into the sunset and being forced to stay at home or apply for an emergency replacement. From the moment you apply for your new passport and take the perfect passport photo, you should be thinking about how to keep your documents safe.

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