I keep mine in a locked fire-proof box in my locked gun safe with all of my other important documents. I’m not worried about someone stealing it as much as I am worried about sticking it in a drawer and forgetting where I put it.
Since I use mine on every workday, it’s in the right breast pocket of my work shirt. Which is hanging up right now, ready for immediate use. When I get home from a trip, I set up a clean shirt and move the passport from my then-dirty shirt to the clean one. Same thing happens at the end of every workday on the road. Disassemble today’s shirt and assemble tomorrow’s. Which assembly includes the passport. And which passport includes my actual original COVID shot record since at various times in the recent past many countries wanted to see it and some still do today.
Once I retire the clean ready-to-go shirt will be a thing of the past and I’ll need a better place for my passport.
Depending on how often we travel, that may well be in my nightstand in the same place as occasional-wear jewelry, old shot records, and miscellaneous pocket tidbits. If it turns out we don’t go overseas much, it’ll eventually migrate to the vital papers file in the filing cabinet along with our marriage licenses, car titles, etc.
I’ve never been big on worrying about fires, floods, or burglaries.
I keep mine in a drawer in the extra bureau in my bedroom. That one drawer has all my travel stuff (passports, leftover foreign currency, travel chargers, phone mount for rental cars, plug adapters, subway cards for cities I’ve taken the subway in…) and the rest of the bureau has overflow clothing. T shirts i rarely wear, underwear i bought in bulk and will cycle in when the current stuff wears out, some costume items i rarely wear …
No, it’s neither fireproof nor burglar-proof. But it’s convenient for finding when i need to pack for travel.
After a few scares where I did the not uncommon thing of putting my passport in an unusual, unforgettable spot only to forget a couple months later, I just always have it in my laptop bag. My current bag has a semi-secret pocket that closes with a magnet and it stays in there in a little case with my COVID vaccination cards. Since I take that bag everywhere when I travel, the passport’s always there and ready to go.