What’s the best way to keep your credit cards, cash and passport safe when you travel? The default is usually a money belt or fanny pack that you wear around your waist, and can tuck away under your clothes. But there are much better options out there for keeping your stuff safe, like neck wallets. This review looks at money belts, neck wallets, leg and wrist wallets, belt wallets, bras and clothes with hidden pockets.
Like the maligned fanny pack, the money belt suffers from a bit of an image problem. Money belts are usually associated with dopey Westerner tourists in plaid shorts and white socks with sandals. That said, money belts can be a practical choice.
Money belts hidden under the clothes can hide your stash from pickpockets, but they’re not much of a defence against getting held up. One of the first things a robber will look for is the classic money belt around your waist.
Money Belts for Women
Personally, I don’t like money belts. On my first overseas trip to Amsterdam, I used a waist travel pouch. I’m a smallish woman, and, even with only a passport, two cards, and a little cash inside, the money belt was just too big to hide under my clothes. I spent my whole trip looking like I was wearing a…