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On Two Wheels

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Securing your documents while on the road.
« on: February 28, 2010, 04:29:42 PM »
I realise that it is very poor practice 'to assume,' but in this instance I'm assuming all tourers carry photocopies of relevant documents, as well as the originals while touring. Originals for obvious reasons - visa applications, embassy visits ect ect. Photocopies for control points, check points, police checks.

I don't know who else does it, but I laminate all my copies of documents. That way they can be shown to as many checkers as it takes to clear any given situation, plus they will never crease and become illegible.

Also, in this modern age of technology, I have scanned all documents, and saved them to a USB flash drive, in all common image formats, i.e. jpg, gif, tif, tga, wmf, bmp, pct, pcd.   I know that should I loose my documents, I will have a means of proving my identity by whatever computer image package is available at whichever location.

It's also a good idea to keep all additional medical, personal and contact details on the flash card.  ;) ;) ;)

p.s I don't take a laptop with me when touring. I try to remove myself from the rat race as much as possible.  :-\

« Last Edit: February 28, 2010, 04:31:25 PM by On Two Wheels »
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Re: Securing your documents while on the road.
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2010, 05:02:40 PM »
Good tips. Yes it is highly recommended to always keep a photocopy of all your important document. I also keep a copy of my receipts for expensive pieces of equipment like the bike, camera and things like that - you never know.

Also, leave a copy of all of this to someone you trust back home (usually your mum!).

And last, I always recommend to email a copy of all of these documents to yourself and to someone you trust in case all of you belongings get stolen (including your flash card!), that way you can get everything back just by going online.


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Re: Securing your documents while on the road.
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2010, 09:25:13 PM »
We also take a photocopy of our passports, have them laminated and tuck a few copies in different places. We try to use them when we book into places that insist on having our passport. There always seems to be some  overlord wanting to see them.
 We tell them that our passports are at "the" embassy for a visa.



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Re: Securing your documents while on the road.
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2010, 03:47:13 PM »
I only take a copy of my passport with me. In case it gets stolen, nothing else.
I always give my real passport to all police, hotels, etc.
Not smart? I don't know, but it worked for many years.
Usually when i travel with a companion, I give the copy to him/her in case ALL my luggage gets stolen.
Receipts of equipment and bike I leave at home (with mum). Only the travel insurance company needs them.
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