Before traveling, I always make a copy of my passport. That way, If my passport is ever stolen or lost, I have a back up I can show when I end up at the embassy.
Fortunately, this hasn’t happened to me.
But, I have lost my wallet overseas. I needed to rent a car. The rental car company wanted to see my American drivers license, which I did not have. Fortunately, I had taken pictures of both sides of my license. Showing the rental car company the picture of my drivers license was enough. They let me rent the car.
It’s a good idea to keep copies of your important documents in case you lose them.
It is probably wise to make copies of credit and debit cards as well. If those cards are ever stolen, or lost, you will have the information you need to cancel those cards.
Your local library likely has a copy machine you can use.
Christine S. adds: Health and car insurance cards are also good to have copies of. For teens that drive too. I keep photos of these on my phone also, along with my DL.
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