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Ladies- carrying stuff without using a purse?

Jun 7th, 2006, 05:44 AM
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First of all what cities are you visiting ? How do you dress at home if you go into a city ? Do you completely change your manner of dress and how you deal with a purse? Probably not.

What I'm saying is use caution - as you would in any large city whether it be in the U.S., Europe, or anyplace else. You do not need to be paranoid tho.

I have traveled to many places (some where pickpockets probably roamed too) and always carried a shoulder purse which i kept a firm grip on. Don't carry alot of extra cash (don't do that at home either), don't carry too many credit cards either. Cell phones are pretty small these days, it will fit in the purse, likewise camera.

I have a black nylon looking shoulder purse and it "goes" anyplace (i.e., sightseeing, dinner, theater, whatever). It's extremely light and looks fine.
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Jun 7th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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I never carry a wallet when traveling, even in the U.S., because I don't like having the essentials in one place. I use the money belt for my ATM and credit cards and leave my passport (I carry a photocopy) and plane tickets in the hotel safe or lock them in my suitcase and never had a problem.

I have a fabric -- maybe nylon -- Longchamps bag with a sturdy, adjustable web strap that I use to carry my change purse with money for the day (in an inside zip pocket) camera, map, etc. but also have gone out without the purse when I don't need my camera. I can put the change purse in an inside jacket pocket and tissues, handkerchief, whatever, in my pockets.

I don't feel "paranoid" about pickpockets but believe in taking some precautions and enjoying my surroundings without worry. I also think that the less I carry the less likely I am to lose anything due to my own carelessness when distracted. I left a credit card in a shop in Santa Fe and a camera on a counter in a shop in France. Luckily, got them both back, but -- If I'd been paying attention it wouldn't have happened.
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Jun 7th, 2006, 10:01 AM
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Easy--I put everything in a largish shoulder bag and my husband carries it!
(Although I usually wind up carrying the camera with strap wrapped around my wrist.)
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Jun 8th, 2006, 01:28 PM
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hmmmm great tips !

I wonder if I can 'rent a hubby' for my trip ?
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Jun 8th, 2006, 02:07 PM
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Good Afternoon,

I'm curious ....... for those of you who travel to countries that are typically very warm in the summer (I will be in Spain). Given that we wear much less clothing in the hotter climates, how does one hide the fact that she is wearing a money belt under light weight, summer clothes?

I'm also curious if anyone has ever used one of those small wallet / purse combo (tiny little travel wallet that has a long strap to wear across one's chest)?

Thank you.
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Jun 8th, 2006, 08:29 PM
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Even when I've traveled to Italy or France in the summers, I use that same Travelsmith bag I mentioned previously, except at night when I pack a flat purse for evening dinners - I did try those type of small travel/wallet purse you mention, but it doesn't hold what I need - for me. I usually only carry a copy of my passport, and whatever money I need for the day, in the inside zipper part of my Travelsmith bag during the day, and the other areas hold whatever else I need. I'm sure if you are comfortable with one of those smaller purse/wallet combo's it would be fine.

It's the same in any city anywhere in the world, be aware of your surrounding and if your bag is close to you and you watch yourself you'll be fine.

My daughter lives in a big city, and the only friend of hers that ever got her purse lifted was swinging it by her side as she strolled down the street - common sense prevails everywhere.
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