Carrying a Bottle of Water

Old Sep 4th, 2013, 10:49 AM
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This is the type of neck pouch people are referring to - It is meant to carry only your valuables that you won't need on a regular basis - passport, extra cards, extra cash. Anything that you plan to use - like spending money - should be easily accessible and not in this pouch:

http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/ca...tId=124&id=157


This bag is similar to the one I carry on trips - it is small enough to easily carry around, but fits a few essentials like maps, phone, water bottle, wallet, etc. It is also washable, so if I spill or someone spills on me, no problem.

http://www.kipling-usa.com/product/i...entPage=family
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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When did the earth get so flippin hot?
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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<<At home it would be in my purse but have downsized to a small neck type.>>

I don't downsize my pocketbook for travel, I use the same as I would at home. So that's where I'd carry water.
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Old Sep 4th, 2013, 06:44 PM
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I too think the thread is a bit much... I carry a purse similar to the one Novembermoon linked,, but mine does have a full flap covering the top zipper and it clasps/click shut , just one more layer for a pickpocket to get through. It would easily fits a small water bottle.

I think another point was touched on though.. I need to use washrooms fairly regularily.. so I am happy to stop at a cafe for a drink and bathroom stop. I stop out at cafes at least once a day sightseeing, sometimes twice,, its part of the fun of visiting Europe to me.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 09:45 AM
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Someone on another thread posted she carries "everything" in her bra!
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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That explains that oddly shaped woman I saw last week.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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How many Northern European locals responded to this thread?>>

here's another one who would like to nominate this for the "funniest inconsequential thread of the year" prize.

I hadn't clicked on it as it didn't look that interesting but I was sooo wrong. Fancy learning that you can get men in the travel accessories aisle at Boots- well, not in Cornwall you can't!

do you know, sometimes I carry water, especially in the summer, and sometimes I don't. sometimes it's fizzy, sometimes it isn't. I don't have an medical conditions and at work there is water on tap so I can get it any time so it really doesn't bother me too much, but I can understand that it's important for some people. but if it is important, surely you just carry a bag big enough for the bottle?
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 12:06 PM
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If I feel a need to carry a water bottle, guide book, or other bulky items while out for the day, I typically put them in a reusable grocery bag. You can probably buy a nice one there. If I am in a sketchy South American city, I use a plastic grocery bag (as locals do).

My bra carries only credit card and passport, if I need to carry them. Other small things can be carried in the small day purse.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 12:10 PM
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You carry your PASSPORT in your bra? Every day?
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 12:27 PM
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I am curious...why would you carry these things in your bra?? Isn't it hot, sweaty and uncomfortable?
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 12:40 PM
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Must be an ill-fitting bra. I might get a credit card in mine, but no way would my passport fit!
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 12:51 PM
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Someone should be able to tie (strap?) this latest bra news to the comments about getting men at Boots.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 01:07 PM
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I'm giggling at the idea of someone wearing a 2 litre bottle of Evian round their neck in some sort of leather holster like a front-loading carthorse, whilst having half the contents of WH Smith stuff down their bra.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 01:13 PM
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I think Mlgb meant to say her bro carries her credit card and passport. They travel together.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 01:28 PM
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Hahaha. My bro is too chicken to travel to the places I visit. He has a delicate constitution. Most of you have not been to places like Lima, La Paz, or Quito. And if you have, you only walk around when escorted by armed tour guides.

I don't carry it every day, but often the passport is the only form of ID accepted in South America. I once got caught out trying to use a credit card because I didn't have the PP with me. When I am traveling, or when I know that I will need it, it is wrapped in plastic wrap and then a hankie, and there is lots of room along the side, under the arm. Plus you can clamp down with the arm if necessary. Have you people never heard of the Puerto Rican Purse?

Actually it was an old cholita in La Paz who suggested under the arm. As she demonstrated (hand motions only colduphere), too easy for it to fall out if placed in the front.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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Why don't you just use a moneybelt or neck pouch meant for the purpose?
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 02:05 PM
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"Most of you have not been to places like Lima, La Paz, or Quito. And if you have, you only walk around when escorted by armed tour guides."

Speak for yourself.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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No need for armed guards with your front-loading Evian neck holster - room for an AK47 in there too. Spare ammo goes in your bra, obviously.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 02:21 PM
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They now sell bra wallets now, even Eagle Creek has one for those who only use name-brand products.

I find the under clothing money belts uncomfortable and not really well hidden. It is pretty obvious to a thief that you are wearing one. They are easy to cut off or disconnect. I have also had the strap break or disconnect enough times that I don't trust it for the passport. When I'm on the plane, taxi or bus, I do use it to carry tickets, a bit of cash and one credit card. Most of the rest of the time, it is folded up in the suitcase.

For the same reason that they are obvious, I don't like the commercial neck pouches, but I often use a lanyard with a plastic credit-card sized holder for a bit of cash, bus pass, etc, anything that I don't mind losing. Then I don't need to be digging into the other hidden money supplies.

I've seen the Pacsafe neck pouch that has a wire in the band, but I'm afraid of someone grabbing it and being injured.

If I will be doing heavy duty cash shopping or traveling for a while where there are no ATMs, I split cash and cc in several places, including locked luggage, and inside my shoe (wrapped in plastic).

I sometimes carry a "throw away" wallet with $20-$40 cash and an old expired ID. That goes in the day purse with my coins, and I hope any mugger will be happy with that and split.
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Old Sep 5th, 2013, 02:33 PM
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Just back into Fodorland. Is everyone else enjoying this thread as much as me?
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