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    • I love your suggestion about taking a photo of your passport with your phone and uploading it to a safe place. I never thought about doing that but I will be sure to take a photo now!

      Thanks for the idea.

    • I've never experienced leg swelling on long flights, even flying to Europe (haven't done Asia yet.) Is this common? Also, I basically never use the bathroom on flights by not really drinking much on the plane or before the flight. (Depends on the length of the flight of course!)

    • I do same with all credit cards, and driver license too, pictures front and back. I then create a password encrypted file (with something like 7zip or winrar) and then store in the cloud.

    • Be careful with this. The "encryption" offered by compression tools like 7-Zip and WinRAR is weak and easily broken. 😬

      A safer way to do this that I highly recommend is to use 1Password. In addition to being a really great password manager, 1Password will also let you store the details of your credit cards, passport, driver's license, etc. And it uses strong encryption so your secrets are safe as long as you choose a good master passphrase.

    • I agree and use something similar, Enpass to preserve just account info. I've been reading about an open source version I am thinking to try https://help.bitwarden.com/article/why-should-i-trust-bitwarden/ simply because of open source being more trust inspiring. But having actual backup photo copies is very helpful in the event of loss, and may be even required. Convenience vs. security is always a conundrum; Amazon drive should be decently secure, to my mind. And there is TruCrypt, the new version also. What do you think?

    • 1Password supports photo attachments (I store photos of my passport and driver's license along with their info), and also allows you to store your encrypted data on their cloud service so you can access it anywhere while traveling. With a family account you can even choose to share certain information with family members, which is super useful. It's both convenient and secure. 🙂

    • I’m currently planning a June trip to Scandinavia with my 83yo Mom. Very happy to read all these tips, some of which I had not considered before. I will share them with her. Thank you, @Victoria, for the beanbag neck pillow tip especially!

      My tip for this thread is to check out consolidators for business class seats priced well below what the airlines quote. I have been pleasantly surprised to find some great deals this way and will thoroughly enjoy the added comfort and service for some long-haul flights I have coming up.

    • I got this travel hack from a journalist and it saved me many a sleepless night in hotels when I was traveling 60% of the year.

      Most hotel room windows have curtains that should pull together tightly. Unfortunately, when you turn off the lights, there often is a small gap remaining between the curtains, which lets light in. If you need total darkness to fall asleep, you’re basically SOL.

      I always packed a handful of these, courtesy of the office supply closet. Fasten the ends of the curtains with the binder clips and the room should become noticeably darker.