im traveling to central america where do i keep my passport?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 16, 2012 8:15 AM Last Post By: Jirijirimo
Nov 15, 2012 8:54 PM
im traveling to central america where do i keep my passport?Ive never been outside of the US and im going to be spending a month or so in costa rica and nicaragua and will be staying in hostels. Im very worried about keeping my passport safe but i dont know if it would be safer in a hostel or on me? ive researched money belts and whatnot and i am looking into the leg pouch but what about when i go to beaches or am wearing shorts. i would love to hear from people who have experience with traveling to central america.
Nov 15, 2012 9:39 PM
1I will give you my opinion only, not gospel but this how I do it.
I do not like daytripping, beach or anywhere else with my passport, a photo copy etc. in a waterproof bag just in case is what I do.
In most hostels or hotels you are ablt to lock it up either in your room or leave locked in the safe at the front desk. I have never lost anything from being locked up back at the hotel. I wouldnt leave oit out anywhere and although some use money belts.. it would make me uncomfortable to have it on my person when I am trying to have fun!
Nov 16, 2012 12:46 AM
2Its a personal decision,as #1 says..there is no 'right' answer.
I keep mine in my money belt when I'm in transit.Like on buses etc.
When i'm in one place (ie I've got a room) I keep it locked up in my bag.If its a place where it may be needed/checked then i carry a photocopy.
Never had any problems like that,in CA or anywhere else (in around 25 years of travelling all over the world).
Nov 16, 2012 4:03 AM
3Technically your passport must be produced on demand by police (locals carry cedulas) and you can be detained for not having it. This created such a problem with lost passports that in Costa Rica the US Embassy was able to get the police to agree to accept a photocopy although you do also need a photocopy of your entry stamp which means you need access to a photocopier after arriving!
Many people hide their passport in a cunning place amongst their possessions. So cunning are they that many then only find it again after they have reported it lost, got a replacement, returned home and put the original through the washing machine with the dirty clothes.
Have a concealed pocket in your pack or bag which is your "passport pocket", and make several copies one of which you carry in your wallet. Use a lockable wire to connect your bag to a rail etc in your room or when on transport. You can do no more, and in the unlikely event you lose all your stuff then it gets replaced via a trip to your Embassy....
Nov 16, 2012 4:31 AM
4You have to be able to trust your hotel, at least if you don't leave your stuff out in the open. During transit, I think you should always keep your passport and important stuff on your person, not in your backpack. Once settled, hide your stuff in your room the best you can or lock it up in a safe. Just bring money for the day and a copy of your passport when you are out and about.
Nov 16, 2012 4:40 AM
5I like to use one of these and keep the original with me always.
Nov 16, 2012 5:07 AM
Nov 16, 2012 5:56 AM
7Hi Jiri, I bought two of those for me and my girlfriend and we used them in Belize last year. The are the perfect size for a passport and cash. Nice and soft with a zipper. I sowed a second belt loop on top and tie a strong cord or light chain to my belt loop. This will always keep it with you and accessable. I use it just for transit and would just have a ratty old throw away for around town.
Nov 16, 2012 8:15 AM
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