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Money belts and travel wallets?

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1. Posted by jzurdogo (Full Member 14 posts) 11y

Has anyone used any money belts or travel wallets? I think they would be inconvenient and could get sticky under all your clothes. How do you recommend keeping passport, credit cards and valuables safe while travelling?

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I always use a money belt. If it's a good one it won't get sticky. Just wear it over your underwear and under everything else. If that doesn't work try tucking in your shirt and keep your money belt over that..

3. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

i really think money belts are a good idea, especially if your travelling to some less safe regions. if you get a good one, like angela says, it shouldn't be sticky. they're available pretty much everywhere- you can probably get fancy ones from travel specialist stores but i just bought mine from a department store and it didn't bother me once.

cheers,

4. Posted by JennyCook (Full Member 95 posts) 11y

Somebody bought me a money belt before i went travelling, and I can honestly say i only really use it to keep my documents together.

5. Posted by jackboy (Inactive 350 posts) 11y

Hi
When travelling the best method as I found is to use is a corded neck pouch(very cheap) as "it cannot be seen" and anything in it is easly retrievable or put back as all you do is open/close your shirt.
The MOST important thing is you do NOT HAVE TO TAKE IT OFF when you want to "go to the toilet" or "go to sleep in bus????" or anything as IT CAN NEVER SLIP OFF OR OPEN accidently because its "inside your shirt".
When you slip it over your neck before you start yours days travel you can forget it as its not going anywhere.
One maybe of its bad sides is its NOT for ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!
al de bes Mon

6. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I gave up using money belts because I found them to be a huge pain in the ass. Now I just keep my passport and tickets in my day bag or in my pocket.

Because really, every single person on the planet knows if you want to rob a tourist go for the money belt. Everyone knows they are there. So if you are going to get mugged then it does not make a difference where you stuff your passport.

Just my opinion.

7. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 11y

I agree. What do money belts exist for? For travellers to hide their money.
And if someone waves a knife in your face, are you really going to lie about it?
Best thing is to be cleverer than the thief. They are not usually the brightest buttons in the box.
Most important - split your money up. Hide it here and there so that you will never be left without. This also has the benefit that you will forget about some and find a cash bonus when you get home!!

8. Posted by tallbird (Respected Member 269 posts) 11y

Quoting stevieh

I agree. What do money belts exist for? For travellers to hide their money.
And if someone waves a knife in your face, are you really going to lie about it?
Best thing is to be cleverer than the thief. They are not usually the brightest buttons in the box.
Most important - split your money up. Hide it here and there so that you will never be left without. This also has the benefit that you will forget about some and find a cash bonus when you get home!!

I don't think money wallets were invented to prevent people mugging you. I think they are probably quite good against pickpockets though. it is harder to lift your shirt and try and find the zip that is very close to your body than dip their hands into your day pack or back pocket. I would suggest however dividing your money up and putting it in various places and putting your important documents in a money wallet ( wrap documents up in a ziplock plastic bag first though as your sweat or the rain can penetrate the wallet).

9. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 11y

I wear a money belt and make sure that it is always below my clothes and is not visible at all. The only time I go into it in public is possibly when I'm in the airport and need to show my passport. I put my passport and extra money in there but put it in a plastic bag first so that if I sweat a lot it doesn't soak through. At the beginning of the day I take out how much money I think I will need (this also helps you stay within your daily budget) and split that money up between pockets, day pack or wherever.

I just got back from a group trip (25 ppl) and I shudder when I saw the way some people handled their valuables! Some of the girls kept their chapstick in their money belt and were going in it all the time to get something like that out. Now that's stupid becuase you're just drawing attention to your money belt. The idea is to keep it hidden.

I agree that the over the neck pouch is not a good idea for women becuase their clothing is usually tighter which makes the pouch more visible and they are less likely to have collared shirts which usually hide the cord.

As far as muggings or pickpockets the one time my purse was stolen I lost about $10 and nothing else very important becuase I had everything else in my money belt. If you get mugged (like with a knife or other threat) I don't think where you have your stuff matters. But I also always carry $20-$40 in a "money bra" that I made (it was a comfy bra that had a double layer and I cut it a little bit so that I can slip money in it) That way i figure whatever happens I'll always have about $30.

Wearing it all the time bugs me every now and then but most of the time I don't notice it's there.

10. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 11y

I think moeny belts are a good idea basically. I think you must be a bit crazy to travel about with you money/passport in a bag. That's just asking for trouble.

A few years back I found this guy who makes money belts that look just like ordinary leather belts. They have a zip that runs the entire length of the belt (on the inside). What I do is put enough money in this belt just in case I do somehow loose my main money belt.

I think that even the most switched on thief would not realise what it was - especially if they've already got their hands on my wallet and 'normal' money belt.