Be smart and prepared when traveling. What about passports? The most important document you will need to travel is the passport which allows you back into your own country following your trip. No matter if you are a first time traveler or a seasoned adventurer you still will have a much better chance of a great vacation if you prepare.
1st Make sure you have all your required travel documents The most obvious is to have your passport. This internationally recognized travel document will verify who you are and of which country you are a citizen. This document allows you to be able to leave, enter another country and then re-enter your own country. In the USA, the only authorized issuer of passport is the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassies and Consulates. Check with your own countries requirements concerning obtaining a passport.
Note: If you are on a cruise or traveling by land (not by air) only to Mexico, Canada, Bermuda or the Caribbean you may obtain a ‘passport card’. Only US citizens may obtain this and remember it is ‘not’ good for air travel.
FYI: Some countries will let you enter with only a birth certificate and/or a birth certificate and a valid driver’s license. Most foreign countries however require a valid passport to enter and leave. However, all persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air, must present a valid passport to re-enter the United States.