Passport Covers & Holders
The passport cover is something that seems to make it into just about every travel gear shop on the planet, but its real benefit has been something I’ve questioned over the years.
In this post, I take a look at the pros and cons of passport covers and whether they are something we’d recommend to our HPL readers.
Pros of Using Passport Covers
- They protect your passport from normal wear and tear, and getting liquids spilled on them. If you use your passport a lot, then this can be a very good thing.
- They help you quickly identify the passport in your luggage or bag. A dark blue cover doesn’t always make itself known in a dark bag.
- They can look super fashionable or sleek if that’s what you’re going for.
- They can add extra organization. Some covers contain extra pockets inside for money, ID’s, vaccination proof, or other random ticket slips.
- Some protect your digital information. Since most passports worldwide include an RFID chip in them, the passport covers that include RFID blockers can keep your personal information from getting into the wrong hands.
Cons of Using Passport Covers
- They add an extra step. At passport control, the officer will usually have to remove the cover from the passport, or you will have to do the same.
- Some add extra bulk. Not much, mind you, but the fewer extras you include in your packing, the better, right?