When you are traveling there are a lot of situations where you can forget to dot your I’s and cross your t’s. Truth is when you are traveling, especially internationally, you need to pay attention to detail. So many variables need to fall into place for your trip to go without a hitch.
Odds are, somewhere you stumble and learn a lesson for your next trip. It’s happened to all of us. When it comes to what to bring and what to leave at home, you’ll be weighing a lot of options. Without any exception, you’ll want to remember these travel documents:
Your driver’s license, passport and travel visa
It should go without saying if you are traveling within your home country or outside of it, you’ll need identification. You can leave your voter registration card at home, but other than that – considering bringing everything (or at least copies of it).
For instance, if you are old enough to have a driver’s license, you probably will consider it silly to bring a copy of your birth certificate. But if you lose your passport along the way, you may be glad you have an extra copy in the safe at your hotel when you need to contact the consulate for a new one.
Copies of all of your identification documents
We touched upon this above, but we don’t just mean copies of documents where your originals are home. You want a copy of all your identification – as many as you have bags really. If you are keeping the originals on your person, keep a hard copy of your documents in your carry-on and each checked bag of luggage with which you are traveling.
These copies can help you in multiple situations. Lose the original identification? You’ve got copies to get you new ones – or home. Lose a bag? The airline or tour group has extra identification that it is indeed your luggage. We also recommend making digital copies and leaving them at home with a trusted loved one that can help if you need access to them while abroad.
Travel insurance plan details
Yes, a hard copy of this document can often times be very long (30-60 pages depending on the plan). If you should need to read the fine print of your travel insurance plan due to a stressful situation, you may be glad you have a copy.
Luckily, most travel insurance companies have a mobile app that can hold your travel insurance plan information, as well as all the information you need to call them and start the claims process. If you purchased your plan with InsureMyTrip, you can even download our mobile app which holds all of your documents in your smartphone. Best of all, if you download the information prior to leaving on your trip, when you are traveling, you won’t need a data plan or wireless internet to access it!
Your travel itinerary details
Whether you have only one reservation or several, you’ll want to keep copies of your itinerary in your travel luggage. This can help a myriad of ways. We particularly recommending having digital and hard copy proof that you already paid for a flight or a hotel, to avoid any questions if you arrive and they are questioning your reservation.
Also, if you should need to call your travel insurance company for any reason, you’ll have all the details on hand to explain the situation without hesitation. Not to mention, sometimes we just forget things! It’s great to have a reminder available whenever you need it.
Tickets for events when traveling
While some travelers prefer to have the tickets in their hand before they depart on their trip, others wait to grab the tickets from will call. Either way, you’ll want some documentation showing that you have already paid for the event. It could be the actual ticket, but you can also bring proof of purchase with you.
This way, if you arrive at the box office and they can’t find your ticket, you have proof you did pre-pay for the event.