Passports are one of the most important items when
Should you keep your passport with you
Your licence can suffice as proof but some companies can be skeptical whether it’s real or a fake licence if you are providing an international version. There have been times when I’ve tried to buy alcohol on my Australian licences and been rejected.
There is a counter-argument that you don’t need to bring any ID with you when you are in the UK but I disagree if you are driving or younger looking and plan on buying alcohol or head to a pub, bar or club. Of course, if you aren’t driving or no longer get asked to prove your age then it’s purely your choice if you bring ID.
I don’t carry my passport with me unless it is required, instead, I carry my
Before I got my UK
What Is A Valid Form of Identification?
This really depends on the reason you need the identification for, here are acceptable forms of ID in the UK:
- A photo driving
- A passport
- Proof of age card, such as the PASS card from the national Proof of Age Standards Scheme
- Biometric Residency Permit.
4 Tips to Keeping Your Passport Safe
Lock it Up
Lock your passport away in either the safe or locker provided by your accommodation. If a lockable space is not provided secure your bag with a travel lock. You can ask your accommodation to keep your passport safe as well. I personally prefer keeping it in my room or with my belongings but I am aware that some people prefer to carrying it with them.
Have Electronic Copies
Before you head on your travels make sure you have electronic copies. Save these to your drive (cloud or non-cloud) and e-mail a copy to yourself and family or friends.
Things can happen can happen when you are not careful, like my dad. One day he was doing a bit of washing and didn’t check his pockets. He likes to keep his passport in his pocket along with his wallet (no idea why). Next thing he knows he’s pulling out a totally ruined passport from his trouser pocket. Not so helpful when you live in another country as fly in and fly out. Luckily he had copies of his passport and was given an exception by the airline and immigration to get to the nearest embassy to replace his passport.
It’s easier to prove your identity when you have copies available when the original isn’t around or if the physical copy is damaged.
Some people do take photocopies and carry those instead of carrying around the physical version.
Protect Your Passport
Damaging your passport is another pain! I covered my dad’s incident of damaging his passport but there are other things than washing machines that ruin your passport.
The UK is famous for its drizzle and rain
Not sure how I managed to get tears in my passport, I think it was from the plane tickets, immigration cards and then pulling them out caused wear and tear. At one point the Australian Immigration officer was advising me to replace my passport soon before I lost the most important page. The passport manager to withstand quite a number of years more of use with a bit more TLC.
Have you had any incidents with your passport? Let me know your stories in the comments below.