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1. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have been researching using a money belt/undercover wallets.

Does anyone else use them? Or are they not really necessary?

Anyone know of good, reliable, comfortable ones?

I was thinking about getting the eagle creek undercover wallet.

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I use a money belt. I bought mine at a store called Europe Bound here in Toronto. It's not very expensive, but works well. It's comfortable and it's flat. Gelli's got some great advice at the bottom of this thread: backpack/ daypack. I like having it because it gives me a feeling of security.

In addition, I bought a cheap, skater-boy wallet with one of those chains on it for my spending cash and a credit card. The chain attaches to my belt loops, thus making it harder to pick-pocket.

Finally, I carry a very small amount of spending cash in my pockets for small purchases, so I am not taking out my wallet all the time.


3. Posted by AlexT (Respected Member 245 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I seem to use the money belt most of the time but at the same time carry a wallet. I just keep the essentials (passport, travellers cheques if I have them, credit cards) in the money belt so that if the wallet goes missing I am not left with no money etc. I just keep a small bit of cash in the wallet... has worked so far for me but is obviously not fool proof..

4. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks guys! Very helpful!

5. Posted by mally (Respected Member 199 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

if your female your bra or knickers are the best place if anyone gets that far your in REAL danger . try a small pocket in your unddies. just keep small change in your pockets . it might look good who knows we try strange things to be safe

6. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I use it in the same way Alex does. For passport, train tickets, credit cards etc. It did make me feel safer about my valuables.
Just remember not to take things out of it in a crowd...

7. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Cheers Greg. Had forgotten that and it saves me writing it again!

One thing to add - in places where you need your passport (as offical ID, if using a rail pass or crossing borders etc) DON'T keep your passport in your money belt because you'll have to get it out in the open. Keep your passport in a seperate pocket (and seperate to your day wallet, ideally).

Also, in my money belt, i keep photocopies of my passport, viass, birth certificate, credit card #s, insurance etc. I also keep a copy in my bag, but the money belt is the least likely thing I have to be stolen, so it makes sense to keep it there

One slight amend from the (terribly written - sorry) entry which Greg refers to - the top line should read DON'T use a money belt with a simple clasp etc. Mine works like a buckle on a rucksack shoulder strap (i.e. that goes through twice and locks on itself. And I then tie an extra not in the two straps) as these are impossible to undo without me knowing it. Ones which have normal buckles are surprisingly easy to undo anyway by a good thief, and can even come undone by accident (i.e. if something presses against it)

8. Posted by pd_yatri (Budding Member 6 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Never felt the need to use a money belt in my native India or while travelling in the US, but am surely thinking of investing in one for my trip to Mexico. Something about being in a country where I dont know the language makes me feel a little insecure..


9. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm still experimenting myself and have alternated between 'bum bag'(I believe it's called a 'Fanny Bag' in the US!! but that's another story) and money belt for passports, travellers cheques, tickets and soft important paperwork like that.

The bum bag is better as you have quick acces to the passport & tickets but, is bulky. It's ok if you have a loose shirt and can cover it.

I also use a wallet with a chain that connects to my belt loop. I use this for cash and do leave my credit cards there too. I find this wallet really good and now use it all the time.

The only thing with the money belt, is in hot climates it can become uncomfortable especially when you are wearing it all day.

10. Posted by Travisa (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I would never travel outside without mine. Like the other have said, keep your passport, train tickets, big money, cc's, etc, in the belt. Use a wallet for daily spendings, you dont know how many times I've lost money trying to pull it out of my money belt and having a few bucks slip out onto the ground without me seeing. :(