I stumbled across this in Kevin Kelly’s Cool Tools book, and thought I’d pass it along. If you travel internationally, you’re likely aware that it’s a good idea to carry your passport with you when out and about. Personally, I don’t like doing that out of fear that I might lose my passport. Instead of bringing the real thing with you, make a proxy with a color copier and laminator.
Here are the instructions from the original post on Kevin’s site:
Make a good color copy of your passport, including the covers. Align the inside sheet of your passport data with the outside passport cover sheet. Glue together. Laminate. Score and fold. You now have a fairly official looking travel document.
I have found that for most purposes — changing money at a bank, rentals, hotel front desks, and even police — this passport clone is sufficient. You hide or store your real one and use this one for everything else except crossing borders. I don’t know why, but most people seem happy to accept it. It may be because it seems like some new futuristic version 2.0 passport and who are they to question it?
I’ll be making mine soon!
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