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1. Posted by Cay (Budding Member 34 posts) 8y

I can't think of anything that i can use to keep all my documents like debit card, passport things like that, in? does anybody have a good, safe way of storing these things in.

Thanks

2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 8y

I use my pockets. seriously. I do not carry a wallet at all. Think about it, why put all of your important things into one neat little package that can easily be grabbed or dropped or lost?

I just have cash in different pockets, credit cards in different pockets. id in a coat pocket. this way if I lose one of them I don't lose everything.

this works for me...and I get a lot of stupid looks when I explain this, but I use to carry a wallet and I lost it...I had to get a new CC, debit, ID (going to the dmv is never fun), and I lost my money. I will never carry a wallet again. and I can be pretty sure no one is ever going to bump into me on a crowded street and pickpocket ALL of my pockets and get everything. maybe to feel safe get one of those hidden pockets for your passport. they attach to your belt and hag inside you jeans.

now if you are travelling and you want to leave some of those things behind to go to a beach or something I would look for a locker or something. Also pacsafe makes a few pouches that you can lock up like a bike lock. some of those are neat, they at least dissuade the opportunistic thief.

3. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 8y

I always have a money belt with me when I travel. I think it's the safest place to keep all your documents and stuff in.

4. Posted by Budai (Respected Member 506 posts) 8y

it sounds stupid but i put all my important documents like passport, cards and photocopies etc in a waterproof bag i put at the bottom of my pack - thing is my pack is small, around 30l so i can keep it with me all the time, even on the bus.

I use a money belt that wraps around my calf (hard to get at0, so i cant possibly fit all my documents in, and my wallet is "prepared" for any robbery attempts - no documents and many, many small notes to make them think they've struck gold and just take my wallet and get lost.

So for me, in my pack the documents goes - i figure on being able to open my pack to show potential robbers my stinky clothes and hand over just my wallet and then back away. Thats the plan at least - a "win-win" for both parties...

5. Posted by MarleneMax (Budding Member 49 posts) 8y

I keep my passport, tickets, cards, cash in my money belt. I also scan images of passport, itinerary, tickets and store them on my laptop.

6. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

I found a off the sholder money bag, for use under your shirt, the most confitable.

7. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

I kinda have to agree with Paul....keeping things on your person, and in different places certanly has its merits. Also definitely make sure you've got photocopies of your important documents somewhere. And give someone back home photocopies too.

8. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 8y

Everyone above has valid and good points.

I will stay on the subject of documents.

Scan in your documents too, and put them in a secure online place just in case. IT's useful if you loose your bags and don't have a photocopy around.

Also depends on what type of traveling you are doing. Long term, short term etc.

day packs are just as vulnerable as big backpacks these says, everyone knows the backpacker keeps all their valuable stuff in the smaller bag. So there is something to be said for mixing things up in your bags.

A robbery (depending on where you are) is most likely going to be either in the Hostel when you are not there, or sleeping, or on a form of transport i.e pickpockets. Keeping your stuff in a belt is probably the best option, but also in more than one location. In certain parts of the world the robbers will take your whole bag, and strip you of your watch, mobile, keys. and pocket. Sometimes even your boots. Many people realize tourists have expensive 300Euro hiking boots and are happy to take the too.

I am taking the worst case scenario above. Again it depends on where and how long you are going for.

All in all though, I have seen very little in Document theft, or theft in general. I keep my documents in a flat A4 plasitic folder, keeps them neat and survives most things

Credit card, passport comes with me, on the body, under clothes. I keep an outdated credit card in a wallet with small cash like above mentioned

OC

[ Edit: Edited on May 4, 2008, at 1:20 AM by outcast ]

9. Posted by CaitlinMcC (Full Member 6 posts) 8y

I do the same thing that Cool Paul does on an everyday basis!

I just bought a baglini which can be a purse, camera bag, neck pouch, etc. The strap and hooks can be rearranged in various ways. It was designed by flight crew folks.

10. Posted by anamarija (Budding Member 43 posts) 8y

I have a sturdy, old little squarish bag with a good, sturdy belt and four pockets - a flap covers the bag and attaches to the front (with that adhesive strap...I don't know the right term for that, but it's noisy so I hear when it gets opened); I keep my wallet (with day-money) and travel tickets in the main, zipped pocket; passport and money are in the flat, hidden zipped pocket on the inside of the main pocket. There're two additional pockets for other small stuff, like tissues and such.

Although it may not look like it, I feel pretty safe - the bag is always on me, to the front and under my right arm, and one would have to go through several zippers to get to the money. As for the bag itself, I got so used to it that I instantly notice if it's not on me, and since it's small, it really does go everywhere with me while travelling.

Photocopies and travel plans are in backpacks.