When you’re out there travelling, you’ll most likely need to keep a hold of some important documents, that can prove your identity, but also ensure that you get the right kind of medical care should anything go wrong. Though what can you do if you’re faced with the nightmare scenario of losing important documents, and how can you even reduce the chances of it even happening in the first place?
Before you even think about leaving the house, and boarding that plane, ensure you’ve got multiple photocopies of everything that’s considered an important document. Identify what’s essential, and then make multiple copies, and store them in different locations so you’re able to recover should you lose a bag that contained one of the many copies. If you don’t own your own photocopier, your local stationary store should be able to help you out, providing you with a photocopying service at price that won’t break the bank.
Make Sure it Doesn’t Happen
Most people lose important documents because they were careless about making sure it doesn’t happen in the first place. It’s therefore a good idea that you keep a constant eye on any bags that contain your important documents at all times. If your hotel room has a safe, make good use of it, and store all your important documents inside.
Lost Passport / Other Documents – Contact the Local Authorities and Your Embassy
If you had some important documents that were stolen, the next thing you need to do is to contact the local authorities, and report the theft. They might be able to recover your documents for you, or at least be able to guide you in the right direction. If you happened to lose your passport, get in touch with the your country’s embassy as fast as possible, and let them know your situation. After consulting with them, you’ll potentially be able to obtain the documentation you need, to travel home without a passport.
Lost Credit Card – Get In Touch With Your Company
If you’ve lost your credit card, you can always get in touch with your credit card company. Most companies now have a service where they’ll be able to send you a new one by courier, if you can tell them where you’re located. Always double check if this is a service provided by your company before you set off, as you’ll be able to rest that much easier, knowing you have a back-up plan should your finances be under strain.
Make Use of Technology For Lost Plane Tickets – E-Tickets
If you lose your tickets, you can rest a little easier. Many airline companies now supply digital E-tickets, and so even if you lost those physical tickets that proved you booked those Israel flights, you’ll be able to use the E-Tickets on your phone, or laptop, state your case. Be sure to make sure that you have the files downloaded for offline use though, as you might not be able to get internet in your time of need.
Have You Got a Plan B?
There’s nothing you can do about the fact that you’ve got to take some important documents with you whilst travelling. So now that you’ve got this added stress of making sure these documents don’t go missing, the best thing that you can do is take the right steps so you’ve got a Plan B, should anything happen.
Being prepared, and being one step ahead, is the ultimate defence against the nightmare thoughts you may be having, of being stranded in another country, with no way to prove your identity, as you try and hitchhike back home, standing on the side of a road.