Do you use money belts?

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21. Posted by kurwah (Full Member 60 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I have never used a money belt on any of my travels.
I have a pair of shorts that have special zip pockets that make it very hard to pick without noticing.
Also have 2 pairs of cargo type pants with same security features.

22. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

When I first went away I wore my money belt until it gave me a heat rash, and I realised nobody else was bothereing with them.

If I'm going from A to B I prefer to have passport/cards etc on my person, then I would wear it. The obvious answer is to wear stuff with good Zip up pockets, but its much harder to do this with girls clothes, and the pockets are never big enough for passports.

In India I was contemplating getting a salwar kameez suit made. I would have had to wear money belt cos of having no pockets. But the good thing of the whole long top/trousers combo is you can wear the money belt over the trousers to stop the heat-rash, and the top is loose enough not to show it.

23. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I bought two different money belts before I left home, thinking I would definitely use them in South America. I dont use one at all now. I found it annoying and was paranoid about losing it all the time. The clothes I have seem to have have lots of inner pockets, so I now just keep my passport in the leg of my combats (when Im on the move) where its very inconspicuous along some emergency $US. I keep my money that I use during the day in an inner jacket pocket and I have a change purse in my daypack. I keep about $US100 in a secret pocket in my big backpack and I divide up my credit and debit cards to various spots. When I get to a hostal, I keep my passport and emergency funds locked in a bag and jsut take a photocopy out with me during the day.

So far, I´ve found this system works well, and as long as I keep my wits about me, I dont lose anything. I found the moneybelt more annoying than anything and its now jumbled up with my undies in my backpack.

Hope that helps! ;)


24. Posted by Clanger (Full Member 201 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I used both a money belt and a purse. I keep the purse close to me at all times and the money belt under the clothes, which made me look fat, but who cares.

I tried to keep small change in the purse and use it at stalls etc. and got money out of the belt out of sight (ie. in the toilets or somewhere), dont advertise the fact you're carrying too much money.

Since I got to Thailand, then Oz Ive not bothered with the money belt at all. Its down to how you feel personally, there is no wrong or right on these situations.

25. Posted by TravelPro (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I did the backpack through Europe thing a couple years back an I found a money belt to be the most important thing on that trip! When dealing with money, I like to use a debit card. There are programs out there that offer prepaid debit cards with travel insurance. You always have to be safe with when you are travelling because you never know what sort of local scams are going on. I like to keep my money belt filled with everything that is important including cash and credit cards. Just be sure to get a comfortable one!

26. Posted by laulau777 (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I haven't been able to use one, because I'm a girl and the only places that I've been to that would require one have been hot places (which means skimpy clothing for me):)
but I ususally stow my passport in my boyfriend's money belt for safe keeping (now that's trust!)
and I keep my money in my bank account, withdrawing from ATMs as I need to.

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28. Posted by chris1977 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I got my body wallet from they had a good selection.

I'm off to Thailand and was told they would be a good idea when i'm out and about.