The Perils of Going Paperless while Traveling

Picture the scene: You drive up to the resort after a long flight, ready to drop your bags and plop on the bed in your comfy condo. But first, you go to check in and go to pull up your reservation confirmation via email on your phone – only to find you have no service.

Now instead of getting to relax, you have to either figure out a way to access your reservation confirmation a different way and possibly find accommodations until you can.

This is not ideal, but we’ve seen similar situations happen. Technology, however convenient, is prone to failure, which is why you should always keep a hard copy of your documents when you travel.

What Paper Documents Should You Bring?

Bring a paper copy of anything that can cost you unnecessary time and money on vacation:

  • Boarding passes
  • Condominium reservation confirmation
  • Rental car information
  • Travel insurance

These documents usually have useful information, such as phone numbers and addresses you can use when there is an issue.

Paperless Hacks

Teenage Girl Using Mobile Phone In Countryside

You can get by without using paper documents with a couple safe methods – just as long as your phone battery isn’t an issue.

  • Use the save offline feature. Various apps have this feature so you don’t need Internet in order to access them. I usually save my documents in Evernote, that way I always have them from any device, no Internet needed.
  • Take a screenshot. This is helpful for boarding airplanes, so you don’t have to fish for the boarding pass link in your email. Plus, no Wi-Fi, no problem.

There’s no doubt that technology makes traveling easier and maybe someday going paperless can be a foolproof means of boarding and checking in. But for right now, as we also mentioned about driving with maps, it’s good to cover your bases and have tried-and-true paper copies as backups.

What backups do you always carry with you? Let us know in the comments below!

Corey is a writer from Overland Park, KS, and has been with Global Discovery Vacations since September 2013. Once a sportswriter, he traveled the country and became proficient in airport security line etiquette and leaving items in hotel rooms.