Product Review: Passport Holders by 11:11

Today I received a happy yellow envelope in the mail. The actual mail, here in Greece. And there was something very special inside. Two new passport holders handmade using recycled material from my own personal hometown, Los Angeles, California.

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A week ago I got an email asking if I would review a product made by a company called 11:11. After checking out their website, I was really excited and asked if Ashley would sent one for me and one for my hubby. It was really hard to pick just two passport holders because there are a bunch of really wonderful designs to choose from.

I am also impressed that these items are handmade out of recycled material. Trust me, when you see them, you will find this hard believe because they are so aesthetically impressive!

I honestly am in love with this passport holder. I am seriously considering order three more because we have three uncovered passports now, and they just look pathetic compared to the covered ones. I really appreciate the benefits of this holder because I use my passport often. Since I use an International Drivers License, I need my passport whenever I drive, and so does my husband. His passport is thrashed, but now it looks brand new and will be protected during future use.

The other extreme benefit is I know which passport is which without having to open it. This alone is worth purchasing this product if you have more than one person in your family! Opening passports and shifting through them as you board your plane is such a pain when you have five uncovered passports! I am speaking from personal experience.

I have to say, I really love this product, and I hope that is evident by the number of exclamation points in this post (which I try to reserve for only my most exciting statements).

Would I purchase this product myself? Absolutely yes! It is a great price, durable, eco-friendly, helps me stay organized, and most importantly protects my passport (i.e. travel documents).

Thank you 11:11 for making such a wonderful and needful product, and for shipping two of them all the way to Greece for us to test out and enjoy.

Happy travels!!


Getting Your US Passport

Disclaimer: This post may look like a beast, but I promise it is composed in a way that the information is easy to access, and all inclusive for your specific situation. Bear with me and I will help you navigate the waters of the US bureaucratic mumbo jumbo.


Before you can hop on a plane to a fabulous international destination, you need your passport. It used to be that if you were a US citizen and you were traveling to a bordering North American country (Canada or Mexico), all you needed was a birth certificate. But things have changed, and now you need your US passport any time you go outside of the country. You will need a passport for each person in your family, including of course your children. You need to start this process far ahead of time, especially if you are planning on traveling around the holidays because the Department of State gets a lot more applicaions around that time. Normal processing takes about six weeks, but it can take longer. You can also pay for expedited services, but who wants to spend extra money?

So how do you go about obtaining one of those blue, shiny books with your picture and information in it? Here are step by step instructions on how to get your US Passport. Read more