r/LifeProTips Aug 31 '22 Helpful 1 Wholesome 1

LPT Take picture's of your passport when traveling. Traveling

Probably has been said a million time but when traveling/working abroad take pictures of your important documents specially your passport. Today doing so saved me and my wife in 2 different instances. My wife forgot her passport when going for in-processing to her new job. Had a picture of her passport in my email and they accepted the phone picture as proof. Later today I forgot my wallet in my office and went to get gas without realizing. Pumped £80 of diesel to my surprise of not having the wallet or any identification. Lucky enough I had my passport picture in the same email and the gas station wrote a voucher to pay later and the attendant used my passport pictire as identification.

Always have copies or pictures of your important documents.

Edit: *pictures not picture's. Additional LPT. Carry a dictionary with you.

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u/thecreatorst Aug 31 '22

When travelling it is also good for leaving your important documents in a safe place. Where I work there are some daily tours that do require people to have their passports for some bureaucratic reasons. I have seen guests return without their keys, glasses, shoes even freakin laptops so I always recommend a picture rather than the document, because I am a good person, but also because I know they will come to me for help when they fuck up.

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u/[deleted] Sep 01 '22

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u/amarezero Sep 01 '22

I love to have this conversation in China.

“You must have your passport at all times.”

“What if I lose it?”

“You can keep it safely to avoid losing it.”

“The safest place to keep it is at home.”

“You must have your passport at all times in public.”

“Can I have a copy in public instead?”

“No, it must be the original document.”

“Right, but if I lose it in public then I won’t have it at all, and that will be a big problem for you and me.”

“Please have your passport at all times.”

“What if I don’t, though?”

“You must.”

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u/Boba0514 Sep 01 '22

Yeah, my strategy is to avoid China overall, lol

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u/nursecarmen Aug 31 '22 edited Aug 31 '22

And if you lose it in Miami, get to the passport office at like 5am. Thinking there won't be a line at 7am will cause another day delay.

Trust me on this one.

And yeah, a picture totally would have helped.

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u/nursecarmen Aug 31 '22

And people will steal your shit at the Fort Lauderdale Airport. DON'T nap there.

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u/dialectrical Sep 01 '22

What do you think of Fort Lauderdale airport?

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u/HollowPluto Sep 01 '22

Well, for one, I heard you shouldn’t nap there. People will steal your shit.

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u/nursecarmen Sep 01 '22

I’ve been to worse, but not many!

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u/chantillylace9 Sep 01 '22

Try palm beach if you can. But Fort Lauderdale is better than Miami, just harder to get direct flights sometimes

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u/Kristyyyyyyy Aug 31 '22 Helpful

I though you meant like tourist pics and I was so confused.

Here’s my passport at the Eiffel Tower. And here’s my passport at Niagara Falls. And here’s my passport at breakfast at the resort.

I actually don’t hate that idea the more I think about it. Absurd, but a silly fun gimmick.

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u/zeninfinity Aug 31 '22

Another LPT - Have passport-ready photos on you as some VISA-on-arrivals expect you to provide a photo....and will charge a ridiculous amount at Passport control to take it. Each time I get a passport photo I get 4-6 extras, usually quite inexpensive, and they have come in handy.

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u/Boba0514 Sep 01 '22

The whole idea of passport photos is so weird to me, here in Hungary they started taking your photos (for any gov ID) >10 years ago, and you don't have to bring a passport photo since. Also seems more official tbf

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u/UniverseInfinite Aug 31 '22

Y'all Brits can pump fuel without paying first?

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u/TheVoidSalts Aug 31 '22

Yes, we pump and then walk in and say the number of the pump we'd like to pay for.

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u/junktrunk909 Aug 31 '22

I read this a few weeks ago on another thread and was also confused. The US has paid at the pump for decades. Really hard to find anywhere that would let you pump first. Even paying cash needs to be done in person before pumping.

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u/EbayUserLadiesMan217 Aug 31 '22

Australia you pump first then pay as well.

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u/calissetabernac Aug 31 '22 Gold

Normal in Canada. In fact if you encounter a gas station that’s pay-first, it’s socially acceptable to stare at the owner and say, “What the fuck?! You American or something?” :)

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u/permalias Aug 31 '22 edited Aug 31 '22

not BC - we are all pay first .. made it law years back after a gas and dash incident that resulted in a death

Grant's Law

It established British Columbia as the first province in Canada where drivers have to pay before they pump gas

On 8 March 2005, Grant De Patie, a gas station worker in Maple Ridge, British Columbia was dragged for seven and a half kilometers under a stolen Chrysler Lebaron driven by 16-year-old Darnell Pratt. Grant was writing down the license plate number as Darnell ran over him while stealing $12 worth of gasoline.

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u/calissetabernac Aug 31 '22

Oh and by the way, what the fuck, you American or something?

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u/calissetabernac Aug 31 '22

My god I despise how politicians manipulate emotions by naming laws after victims. What complete horseshit.

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u/permalias Aug 31 '22

I might often agree, but i dont really mind in this case ... his parents lobbied tirelessly to get this law passed. His death was a real tragedy, and the details were horrific.

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u/lostinstjohns Aug 31 '22

Only in a small town.

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u/Malforis Aug 31 '22

If you're saying you can only pump before paying in small towns this is 100% incorrect lmao

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u/lostinstjohns Aug 31 '22 edited Aug 31 '22

I'm saying that the law most western provinces have says pay before you pump, but generally small town people know each other well enough to just start the pump for Jim who lives down the road. Etc.

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u/junktrunk909 Aug 31 '22

Well it's not a law anywhere in the US that I know of. It's just how gas stations work. Nobody wants to go inside to pay if they don't have to (convenience) and no gas station wants to deal with drive offs (security).

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u/Malforis Aug 31 '22

Never had to pay before I pump in any city I've been in on the east coast. Wouldn't call Halifax, st john, Freddy, Charlottetown (eh ok debatable) or moncton, small towns.

ETA: Just did a quick Google search and it seems to only be law further west, and I haven't driven further than NB myself. Doesn't surprise me though as the maritimes are definitely more friendly/trusting.

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u/RlPPENDOMES Aug 31 '22

I go out west all the time and never have to pay first unless it's after like 10pm.

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u/calissetabernac Aug 31 '22

What the fuck?! You American or something?

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u/scsiballs Aug 31 '22

Live in the NW burbs of Chicago, still can do that here if you want, but why touch any more nasty doors than you have to? Once in the city, avoid any gas station otherwise you will pay a dollar or more markup and have at least one bum with a 5 gallon asking for a little help, and it will be the same guy day in, day out.

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u/junktrunk909 Aug 31 '22

Ok calm down about our bums, they're slightly more advanced now, lol

For real tho I've lived in Chicago and even the NW burbs for a while and don't recall ever seeing a gas station in either that would let you pump first. Maybe it's just because I would always use a card anyway so why pay later.

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u/Celebrir Aug 31 '22

I'd say the US is one of the few places where regular customers are not trustworthy enough so they're forced to pay first.

In Europe it's normal to pay afterwards.

Nobody in their right mind would just drive off. There's a license plate on your vehicle and the gas station's cameras are good.

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u/junktrunk909 Aug 31 '22

It's partially a trust issue. But I pay at the pump because who wants to go inside to talk to an attendant?

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u/Celebrir Aug 31 '22

At least where I'm from, there are only a few pumps which actually let you pay at the pump itself.

It's still cheaper to have an employee who's there anyway to sell snacks, drinks, coffee, magazines and so on to to the checkout than to upgrade the pumps.

They also want you to go inside so you might grab a snack or two.

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u/box_in_the_jack Sep 01 '22

I've only had to gas up a few times in Europe, in Norway and in Iceland, but all the stations were pay at the pump. The Norway station was completely unmanned.

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u/Celebrir Sep 01 '22

Hmm, I've never been in the Nordic countries.

Okay, so at least in the German speaking countries, France, UK and eastern counties it seems to be the norm

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u/rukisama85 Aug 31 '22

The first time in my life I've experienced it was technically the US, but it was in the US Virgin Islands.

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u/kodex1717 Sep 01 '22

You can do it at a lot of stations in Maryland.

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u/the_heff Aug 31 '22

No no, we look at the pump number several times. Then as we cross the forecourt we have another look. Get in the queue and have another look to make sure. Get to the counter, forget what number, have to have another look and then pay

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u/TheVoidSalts Aug 31 '22

Shortening it down for the American

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u/G-Rank Aug 31 '22

German here, we usually pump first and then go inside to pay.

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u/oatscoop Sep 01 '22

Recently had an informal family reunion in Germany. My uncle filled up his rental after hours and didn't understand than putting the nozzle back wasn't enough -- he needed to press "stop" on the pump.

The next person helped themselves to another 70 Euros of fuel on his credit card.

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u/Bopping_Shasket Aug 31 '22

How do you do it?

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u/Just_wanna_talk Aug 31 '22

Canadian here. We have to pay first. Either enter your credit card at the pump, where it will get authorization up to a certain amount (i.e. $100, $150, $200, etc.) And then you pump your gas and drive away. Your card will be charged for the amount you pumped.

Or you walk inside and do the same thing but you have to walk in and pay before you pump.

It can be annoying with cash though because you pay $100, go pump your gas, then come back inside for your change.

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u/UniverseInfinite Aug 31 '22

You swipe card at the pump and are charged an pre-authorization fee of $75-$150, which goes away in a day or so and is replaced with how much you actually purchased

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u/uItratech Aug 31 '22

alternatively, you go inside and tell the attendant your pump number and how much you would like to pay. nobody gets their pump activated until payment has been settled 😂

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u/Goseki1 Aug 31 '22

Yeah. They've got cameras so no point trying to pump and run (lol). Typically the petrol won't dispense until someone in the building presses button; so they can check you haven't covered your plates/face in prep for doing a runner. Some petrol stations do have pay at the pump options now though.

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u/DNABeast Aug 31 '22

I heard that this is because in America there was a gas spike and people starting doing a runner instead of paying.

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u/DNABeast Aug 31 '22

I would love to do ‘pay at the pump’ here in Australia but I’ve just realised it probably won’t happen because the fuel stations here make their profit on the crap people buy at the counter.

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u/kombiwombi Sep 01 '22

Also because the majority of card use in Australia is 'debit' cards -- your typical bank-issued EFTPOS card. You want someone not to buy from you ever again, take a pre-authorisation for $100 on their savings and then have that take four working days to be released.

That's why the pre-pay pumps someimes used after midnight ask you how much fuel to serve and have no 'fill' option. Then they'll only pre-authorise that amount, and if you reach that the pump stops.

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u/vicariousgluten Aug 31 '22

Yeah. The price of fuel here at the moment means that if you need to fill a tank it often goes above the pay at pump amount so you either have to do 2 lots of pay at pump or just go in and pay.

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u/Piranha771 Aug 31 '22

Can you explain me how you know how much to pay upfront to fill your car to max? In Europe we often pump until we're at max but don't know what exact price we will end up with.

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u/JUYED-AWK-YACC Aug 31 '22

You find out the cost when you stop pumping, that is the amount that will be deducted from a card. If you’re dealing with a person, often you ask for a fill-up and then your card is verified. IMHO I haven’t done that in a while.

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u/7m1a0x Aug 31 '22

I did this in Kansas while on a road trip back in December. It's not dead in the States.

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u/linkinmark92 Sep 01 '22

Yeah. One time my grandfather drove off and forgot to pay and later that evening two cops showed up at his door.

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u/maxekmek Sep 01 '22

Depends on the station or sometimes individual pump but yes. Most have card readers built in, but there's a button to pay at kiosk (say if you're going to buy a snack too or want a tax receipt). Some fast track lanes are card only.

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u/NeatLegal4218 Aug 31 '22

While traveling in Mexico a passport or picture of same is required to change US $ for pesos.Wise to carry a copy rather than the original.

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u/Growly150 Aug 31 '22

My understanding is that police in Mexico will try to charge you with counterfeiting if you use a copy. There I always carry the document itself. In countries I've visited in South America a copy is never a problem.

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u/yacht_enthusiast Aug 31 '22

Because they want to hold your real passport so you are forced to give them a bribe

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u/reddit520 Aug 31 '22

I've exchanged dollars for pesos many times in Mexico and never had to show a passport. Then again I typically only exchange $200 or less, so maybe that applies to a certain amount?

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u/NeatLegal4218 Aug 31 '22

I'm somewhat surprised,I have a home in Mazatlan,and at all bank's I have used,I have always been required to produce a passport when changing dollars for pesos.

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u/what_day_is_it_now Aug 31 '22

YMMV, as per usual when having to deal with people in charge of vetting. However, having a photo of something I claimed to have has always been more helpful than not having any proof at all!

Tacking on to always remember your driver's license number. Saved me from a ticket each time I needed it :)

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u/Cucumburrito Sep 01 '22

Pssst…pluralizations don’t require apostrophizations.

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u/nucumber Aug 31 '22

i keep my passport in my hotel safe when travelling. it's safer there than me absentmindedly leaving it somewhere or it falls out of my pocket or i get robbed.

i have a pic of my passport in my phone. a few years back i was in costa rica trying to buy a local sim card for my phone and they require a pic of my passport, and the guy took a pic of my pic.

that's the only time it came up.

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u/axloo7 Aug 31 '22

I would be very hesitant to have pictures of any important documents on my phone or any "cloud". You would be only 1 password breach from total identity theft.

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u/Emergency_Paperclip Aug 31 '22

Today I went to taco bell but forgot my card.

Thankfully I had the taco bell app with my card already in it.

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u/The_Empress Aug 31 '22

And carry color copies of your passport identification page and visa, if relevant. Places like hotels will often need to make copies of your passport and it’s so much faster if you can just hand them a copy. It also minimizes how long my passport is out of my line of sight which I tend to get antsy about while traveling.

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u/opinionated_exciton Aug 31 '22

How about just be careful and responsible with your documents? A picture of your passport is something very serious, and then you are one leak away of being a possible victim of identity theft

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u/junktrunk909 Aug 31 '22

I mean they're not wrong that keeping a picture of your ID is not a great security practice. But I do it too.

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u/opinionated_exciton Aug 31 '22

whoah there, it was just a friendly reminder to be more careful with your data privacy.

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u/flightwatcher45 Aug 31 '22

Left a passport in a hotel safe. Hotel had fire. Was only able to travel because of the picture of my passport. And the photo of my covid card lol, that let me get into the restaurants to eat, almost more important than my passport

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u/opinionated_exciton Aug 31 '22

There is absolutely ZERO chance of traveling with a picture of your passport only! If you ever lose your passport, you need a provisory travel document from your home country consulate or embassy. You would never make it through an airport or border control.

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u/TNSxPAPA Aug 31 '22

If it's lost, a photo along any other kind of identification will probably be enough to get you back home.

Especially if it's lost abroad a photo is a lot better and actually recommended by travel authorities.

They actually tell you to take a photo and store it on your laptop also.

So stop being a prick

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u/slashing164 Aug 31 '22

Not intended for traveling but if you need a quick identification passport is the best. Besides that, if you do lose your passport it would be a whole lot easier if you do have a copy or picture of it to go to the embassy or consulate to get help.

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u/flightwatcher45 Aug 31 '22

I have more than once internationally although in a private jet maybe helped, scary huh. When commercial it sped up the verification process immensely! And plenty of parts if this world where cash will get you through a border.

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u/opinionated_exciton Aug 31 '22

oooh I get it, I failed to consider illegal alternatives. Good for you 👍

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u/flightwatcher45 Aug 31 '22

Welcome to the big scary world

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u/what_day_is_it_now Aug 31 '22

Most friendly reminders don't start with "How about you --", especially to a complete stranger lol

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u/wonderbat3 Aug 31 '22 Silver

“Listen here you little shit” is the right way to start a friendly reminder

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u/mordantmonkey Aug 31 '22

😂😂😂

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u/what_day_is_it_now Aug 31 '22

"Friendly reminder to: insert unfriendly judgement here "

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u/TNSxPAPA Aug 31 '22

That wasn't a reminder.

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u/LAW9960 Aug 31 '22

Also, take a photo of your COVID Vax card

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u/Sniffy4 Sep 01 '22

the fact that passports are still paper books in 2022 and not e-records accessible on a cell phone is a global embarrassment for all mankind

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u/Angusburgerman Sep 05 '22

Passports being one of if not the most important I'd document you'll ever need, massive security risk on a mobile phone. Passports are like your house keys, no need to worry about a hacker, only got to worry about yourself. Electronic everything is not the way to go

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u/Rocko9999 Aug 31 '22

Take pictures of your cars insurance and registration-if it gets stolen.

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u/Wifey1786 Aug 31 '22

I take pics of everything and keep a photocopy of everything in the hotel/cruise ship and bring originals with me.

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u/Foxy_Red Aug 31 '22

I recommend scanning it, then sending the scanned copy to your email and also printing a few copies. It's usually much clearer than a photo.

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u/pftreadman Aug 31 '22

Leave a copy with someone back home so when you loose your phone. A hard copy hidden in your luggage is another protection.

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u/Otterevolver Aug 31 '22

Wow yall sound so reasonable in the UK over in the U.S. if u get your wallet stolen or something theres no mercy. Most places wont even accept the temporary paper copy issued by the Department of Transportation.

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u/SlunkIre Sep 01 '22

Maybe keep them in a passcoded gallery album for additional security

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u/ConstructionOk7712 Sep 01 '22

Better yet if you can get a copy of it notarized that will expedite getting a new passport should you lose it overseas

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u/Badwolf2013 Sep 01 '22

We also do the email thing so we both have both passports at all times

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u/itsalongwalkhome Sep 01 '22

Save to sync.com with a complex password hidden in a filing cabinet.

Documents are encrypted and if you need them but for some reason dont have your phone (ie all your stuff has been stolen) it's just a quick call home

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u/badFishTu Sep 01 '22

I take pics of my health insurance cards also, and my ID.

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u/ZirePhiinix Sep 01 '22

Using said picture, you can put it on a copy machine to get a "copy" of it. Places that need this generally won't fuss over the fact that you photocopied your phone instead of the original.

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u/BacktoLife89 Sep 01 '22

Thank you for your post. I’ll be traveling to Spain and will make a point of making copies.

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u/Jonnyogood Sep 01 '22

On page 6 of USA passport, "Important information" item number 4 says, "... Make two photocopies of your passport data page. Carry one copy with you in a separate place from your passport. Leave one at home with family/friends along with a copy of your proposed travel itinerary."

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u/IthinkImnutz Sep 01 '22

When my brother and I traveled to China we each gave the other a copy of our passport and driver's license

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u/Nymethny Sep 01 '22

Are apple pay, google pay, or any other phone-pay app not commonly used in the UK? I personally don't use it that much, but I know that it's usually available pretty much anywhere for me when I happen to forget my wallet.

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u/FeasibleGreen Sep 01 '22

My key takeaway here is that IDs are easier to fake when you don't even have to print them out.

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u/tap-rack-bang Sep 01 '22

Actual LPT: don't forget your wallet?

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u/slashing164 Sep 01 '22

You never forgotten anything? Never happened?

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u/Boba0514 Sep 01 '22

I really didn't get why you'd need ID to pump, but then I realized you can only pay if you have your wallet... LPT: get a phone you can pay with

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u/slashing164 Sep 01 '22

They had a form which needed identification information. If you don't pay within 6 days they will contact the authorities. They would not be as forgiving to let you pay up to 6 days later if they don't have a way to verify who exactly you are.

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u/Boba0514 Sep 01 '22

Yeah, I got it

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u/Stormygeddon Aug 31 '22

You can also (usually) ask your hotel staff to photocopy it, as a print's usually a better thing to show something on than a finnicky screen.

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u/teejaysaz Sep 01 '22

When did LPT turn into "Shit everybody should already know"?