Summer vacation and far-away trips are opportunities to snap photos. I know! My sister and I took thousands of pictures on our last trip to Africa! But, did you know that taking pictures of important documents could become a life-saver or at least a stress reducer? I know people that cart along paper documents of everything, but those papers are usually back in the hotel room not with you all the time, whereas your phone is always in your pocket.
When you embark on your next adventure, don’t forget the endless possibilities your camera equipped-phone, iPad or other handheld device can help with memory lapses. Here are a few ideas:
1. Snap pictures of receipts to track your spending and eliminate the paper clutter.
2. Take a photo of your parking space so you can find your car again.
3. With electronic room keys, the room number can easily slip your mind especially if you change hotel locations frequently. So, get in the habit of taking a quick picture of your room number.
4. Before leaving the car rental lot, take time/dated shots of any visible scratches for proof of damage when you return the car. Also, take a photo of the license plate and other paperwork in case of an emergency.
5. If you happen to take a cab while on a trip, snap a photo of the taxi number and license plate just in case you leave something important behind or other issues develop.
6. If you don’t have a contact manager on your phone, create a document with a list of emergency phone numbers. Also make a list of medications, allergy information, etc. Then snap a photo of these lists to have easy access when and if you need the information.
7. Snap a picture of your passport. Losing it in a foreign country could become a disaster. You might also want to include your immunization card to quickly access medical information.
8. Traveling with a laptop? Then take photos of any distinguishing details, such as scratches and dents. Include make, model, and serial number.
9. Finally, before you close your suitcase to head out of the house, snap a photo of the luggage and contents. It just might come in handy if your suitcase is lost or items stolen.
The point of learning how to save brain cells is to have information handy just in case an emergency happens. That is not the time to rack your brain trying to remember details. Using your camera phone is paperless, stressless and easily deleted when you no longer need the information.
Have fun and less stress on your next trip knowing that you are well prepared!
What other ways do you use your camera to keep track of details when traveling? Share your ideas with all our readers.