Prior to the digital age, we always carried a cardboard document folder in the motorhome. This folder held photocopies of important things like passports, driving licences, insurance ect. Given that we would only need this folder if something was wrong; I identified it with wide black marker pen, and 1” high letters across the front “Shit Happens”
Then, when the kids learned to read, my wife provided us with a new folder and in neater writing the name for this folder was abbreviated to “Shapps”. And that was how it became known. We would add items we thought we might need in an emergency to our Shapps File.
We Went Digital
Not any more. Our Shapps file is digital, and carried on our phones. It’s now so easy to take pictures of important items that you might need should something happen.
However, as you are no doubt aware, if this important photo is stored along with all your thousands of other photos, you might struggle to find it.
A better solution for us was WhatsApp
We have a WhatsApp group called Shapps. We post pictures, scans, notes to it, it’s really easy to do and the photos are quick to find. WhatsApp is secure enough for us, with end-to-end encryption, and if one of us loses our phone, anyone in the WhatsApp group still has access to the files.
I also have a backup of all those images in a password protected Dropbox folder, so if in a real disaster we both lost phones, we could reach those items from any computer anywhere in the world.
So what sort of photos and scans are in our Shapps File?
Just looking at ours I can see;
- Driving licences
- Vaccination cards
- Prescriptions or drug boxes
- Medical History
- Motorhome Log book/V5 and MOT
- Motorhome Insurance
- Motorhome Vin number
- Travel insurance
- Membership Cards
Start a Shapps file today and hopefully you’ll never need it. Don’t make one and it’s guaranteed that you’ll wish you had!