Carrying your passport

Old Jul 30th, 2016, 07:42 PM
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Carrying your passport

I will be traveling through Europe next month and doing a lot of sightseeing....do I carry my passport with me or leave it in my hotel and only carry a copy?
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Old Jul 30th, 2016, 08:03 PM
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I carry mine, leave the copy. Some do the opposite. There are reasons either way, which you'll now hear.
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Old Jul 30th, 2016, 08:06 PM
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Do you carry other ID with you as well?
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Old Jul 30th, 2016, 08:14 PM
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I think it's just a matter of preference. As for me, I am more comfortable having my passport on me, rather than leaving it at the hotel. I always carry my passport in my flat money belt that's hidden under my clothes and I don't take the belt off until I return to the hotel. I do leave a copy at the hotel.

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Old Jul 30th, 2016, 08:54 PM
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In some countries, e.g. Italy, you are required by law to carry it. There have been a number of threads addressing this.

If I have a hotel safe I sometimes leave it there, but I more often take it with me - in my money belt. Next trip I'll probably email a scan to myself as well as taking a copy.
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Old Jul 30th, 2016, 09:00 PM
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Regarding "other ID", I do have a wallet with my driver's license buried deep in my bag behind zippers. But I like having my passport with me as one never knows when you'll need a quick getaway. Games I play to entertain myself. And who knows what nefarious character may have access to your room or apartment. I never assume what's there is safe.
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Old Jul 31st, 2016, 01:29 AM
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I also carry my passport with me, in a secure passport pouch under my clothing unless I know I will need it on a specific day, in which case I carry it in a hidden zippered pocket. I also always carry a copy, always keep a copy in my suitcase and day bag (etc.), and always email a scan to myself.

I carry other ID, too -- I'm not about to leave my passport as the required ID "deposit" for an audio guide or other temporary use item!
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Old Jul 31st, 2016, 07:22 AM
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"I carry other ID, too -- I'm not about to leave my passport as the required ID "deposit" for an audio guide or other temporary use item!"

I have done it on occasion. Always got it back... These days I usually take my driver's license just for that purpose, since I don't need it to drive (haven't rented a car on a trip since 2004).
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Old Jul 31st, 2016, 09:08 AM
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I have a passport "card" in addition to my passport. I carry the card and lock up the actual passport.
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Old Aug 4th, 2016, 08:19 AM
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As a good European, I have a national ID card and a passport.
I put away the passport in a safe or even leave it in a suitcase and use the ID card when traveling inside the country.
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Old Aug 4th, 2016, 06:28 PM
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@ suze: I had never heard of a "passport card" and just looked it up. Seems like it is valid only in the Western hemisphere. Have you used yours elsewhere?
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Old Aug 10th, 2016, 08:10 AM
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People carry passport cards because they verify identity (and don't hinder you as much if they are lost or stolen), not because they permit international travel.
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Old Aug 10th, 2016, 11:57 PM
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The "passport cards" are only valid for travel from the US to Canada, some Caribbean countries, Bermuda, or Mexico. A law enforcement official outside of those countries is not obligated to accept a passport card as valid identification.
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We opted not to get passport cards when we renewed our passports, for the reasons doug and sparkchaser list.
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Old Aug 11th, 2016, 12:06 PM
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kja - I use mine for ID in Mexico. For the reasons doug states.

The card is only $30 extra and good for 10 years the same as a US passport. For $3/year I thought it was an excellent value to get one.
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Old Aug 11th, 2016, 12:07 PM
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I'm not talking about ID for "law enforcement", rather to change money, etc.
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Old Aug 11th, 2016, 07:23 PM
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Thanks for the clarifying responses!
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