Today’s travel tips are brought to you courtesy of members of the DISBoards ( www.disboards.com ).
1. Make a copy of your passports, credit cards, and driver’s license along with information about how to report them lost or stolen.
2. Leave a copy of your passports at home or somewhere safe but accessible to your home-based emergency contact person.
3. Take a picture of your luggage so if it’s delayed, misdirected, or lost, you’ll be able to show the baggage claim personnel what you’re looking for.
4. Place a label or tag on your luggage that has your destination information so that if your bags are separated from you, they are more likely to catch up with you than to be returned to your home.
5. If you have young children, take a photo of them before leaving and keep it on your camera or other device. Children change so fast that last year’s school photo may not look like them. Then if in the unlikely event that your child is separated from you, you’ll have an up-to-date image to use if you’re looking for them in a crowd. (We always did that when going to Disney World when our boys were younger so if they got separated in the crowd such as after a parade or other event, they knew to find a Cast Member for help. Thankfully we never needed the photo but it gave ole worry-wart me some peace of mind.)
We don’t like to think of any of these things happening, but it’s better to be prepared and not need them than to need them and not be prepared.