Survey: Do you "do" moneybelts?

Jul 2nd, 2008, 11:06 AM
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a) However my travel companion lost hers. It slid down somehow, fortunately not a lot of money in it.

I also use my purse.
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Jul 2nd, 2008, 06:21 PM
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I usually put a smaller purse with my wallet,passport in it within a larger purse such as my medium sized Longchamp purse. I used to wear my moneybelt everyweek in Rome when on my layover but when its gets sooooo warm its too hot to wear! I also agree about the "divide and conquer" aspect when traveling.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 05:42 AM
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I use the same thing I use at home--my purse. I carry less extraneous stuff though--I take out the credit cards I don't use and don't walk around with my passport (not that I do at home)--I'll carry a copy. I usually carry a wrist clutch at night, though I do that at home as well. It takes up less room in a bar and is easier to carry around, take to the bathroom, etc.

The husband carries his wallet like normal, he'll occasionally move it to his front pocket or inside his coat pocket (the inside chest pocket) if he feels the need or is in a supra-crowd.

I've had my purse snatched once 6 years ago, it was at home while having lunch in a midtown Pax, which I had been doing daily and leaving my purse on the floor not paying attention to it. My fault for that one. It was found a block away in a pizza shop bathroom with the credit cards removed, the $10 or so dollars taken, my vintage cigarette case taken, cell phone left inside that the pizza place worker used to locate me at work based on the numbers on speed dial.

I have no interest on money belts and leg safes, I don't carry anything of real value and obvs. don't leave my purse sitting around willy nilly anymore either at home or anywhere else. My feeling is that not everyone is out to get you/mug you and I don't want to go around living "in fear" of the worst.

To each their own though.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 05:56 AM
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>>About neck wallets: I was surprised how many people had neck wallets on the outside of their shirts when waiting for the flight on my April trip. Maybe it was because we were still at the home airport. I hope they tucked in the wallets at some point.<<

I always thought those neck-wallets were for people who wanted their tickets and passports easily accessible while going though security and such hands-free...I guess I was wrong.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 06:11 AM
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Whenever my husband and I travel, I'm concerned about purse-snatchers, so I don't like to carry important stuff in a purse/backpack/daypack. We went to Paris in May, where I used a TravelSmith jacket that has four inside zipper pockets, two outside zipper pockets, and two outside non-zipper pockets. I divided up the day's carrying-cash and credit/ATM cards among the various pockets and used a small tote to carry umbrella, guide books, etc. Obviously such a jacket won't work in hot weather, but I felt very secure wearing it in May. I prevailed upon DH not to carry all his credit cards and all his cash in one wallet -- I call that one-stop shopping for pickpockets.

P.S. The only time his pocket has ever been picked was on the subway train in Chicago. (And his wallet was in his front trouser pocket.)
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 12:11 PM
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I just returned from a trip to India, where I used the traditional money belt (not the dress belt with an inside zipper, but the cloth type that hides under your clothing). I kept my funds in it, and only carried sufficient funds for the day in a traditional wallet. I carried my passport in a zippered shirt pocket (safari shirt from Cabelas - two zippered chest pockets behind the traditional bellows chest pockets). Had no problems at all.
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Jul 3rd, 2008, 05:12 PM
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Perhaps because I was raised in urban America, a moneybelt makes me feel more insecure, not less. Part of my "urban training" is to hand over my money immediately if I'm ever mugged -- not try to keep it under my clothes!

Of course, in Europe, street crime is different. It's not about threatening with a weapon. It's about taking your valuables so skillfully, the victim isn't aware of being robbed. But still, mentally, I'm used to the idea that money isn't worth the risk of bodily injury from a determined theif.

In Europe and the US, I carry my money and credit cards in a small little purse that has both a wrist strap and a finger loop:

It's called a "yazzy bag."

Something else I've learned to do is carry things in the ordinary kind of cheap vinyl tote that European women take to the market to buy vegetables. I never carry true valubles, like a passport in it, but I use it instead of a purse.
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Jul 4th, 2008, 12:40 PM
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I prefer to use a shoulder holster type similar to the
one here:

I find it much more convenient than an around the waist moneybelt as middle age has provided me with as much girth in that area that I want!


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Jul 4th, 2008, 10:36 PM
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What's a "leg safe" and is it only something a man can wear? Doesn't sound very sexy, does it?!

Like Thursday, the only time I was ever pickpocketed was on the number 64 bus. Mind you, I had a purse with cash (had just been to the bank and hadn't the time to redistribute it), a diaper bag and a folded stroller at the time, so it was sort of inevitable, and a non-violent and relatively painless adventure for the $135.00 and AmEx card I lost.

But to answer your question, I don't generally run about with valuables while traveling, certainly nothing that can't be replaced. I use a purse or a backback, sometimes both if I'm going to be out and about for more than several hours. I don't keep any cash in either. If I am wearing jeans, cash is in my front pocket, which is a long pocket and I wear my jeans tight! There's nothing that's going to get in there without me knowing about it.

I like Brooks Bros. ladies jackets, because they were the first company I ever found that had inside pockets (some with buttons to close it) for ladies jackets. And no decent pickpocket would ever think a lady had an inside pocket. As I thought about that fact in the late '70's when I started doing serious traveling abroad, I used my junior high sewing skills and have sewn little pockets with zips inside everything from sundresses to coats -- again, good to conceal stuff and doesn't feel nasty or look ugly or obvious like a neck moneybelt and the like.

I have occasionally put cash in the bottom of a shoe when all else fails -- obviously not flip flops or sandals.
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Jul 5th, 2008, 07:28 AM
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I usually hide away $100-200 USD somewhere among my possessions either in my suitcase or around the hotel, with my clothes or paperwork, etc.

Figuring that separate stash could get me started again if something happened to what I was carrying in my purse or wallet out & about.
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Jul 5th, 2008, 12:38 PM
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use zip-it

passport socks $14.95

in real hot weather do a cheap

soft cotton money belt worn to the

front low under clothing.

have been picpocketed robbed of

stuff but never out of money belt

or zip-it socks.
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Jul 6th, 2008, 10:54 AM
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One poster mentioned a shoulder holster. Well, I created my own using a regular moneybelt. I first cut off the belt part. Then I sewed a length of elastic to one short end of the bag so that it can be worn over my shoulder under my clothes. The elastic makes it easy to get to in private. I have found this bag to be very comfortable to wear. Also, I resewed the length & width to make it as small as possible, still large enough for my passport & valuables.
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Jul 7th, 2008, 03:43 AM
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Some of the others are correct, moneybelts should be used to carry valuables, but not to be accessed in a public place. I always keep some cash in my pocket. If I were ever accosted, that is all they would get. I have been known to slip off to the restroom to access a credit card once in a while though. One of the places that a pre-paid Visa or something similar may also come in handy, although I do not care for the product myself.
Jul 7th, 2008, 07:55 AM
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Hi-I have a eagle creek purse I use cross/body with the days cash,camera,etc-my main "stash" is in a bra pouch-they work great--
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Jul 8th, 2008, 07:40 AM
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I feel fine with a sturdy cross body bag. If I feel unsafe I just rest my hand on it. I've been abroad a dozen times and never had an issue with my purse, pickpockets, or petty crime. I guess we are just very, very "aware" of any silly situations so we avoid them. My husband just carries his wallet in the upper inside pocket of his wool coat (we always travel in fall or winter). If he hangs his coat on the back of a chair, the wallet gets moved to his front pants pocket.
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Jul 8th, 2008, 01:06 PM
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Years ago I found material envelopes with a zipper and loop that goes on your belt and the envelop tucks inside your pants.

It holds our passport, extra visa card and cash. We never take it out ever. We always carry cash and one visa in a wallet/purse and if we have to get something from the envelop we go to the washroom and retrieve it in private.

I've wanted to buy new ones for a long time and simply cannot find them anymore. Too bad really they work great.
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Jul 8th, 2008, 05:20 PM
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Hi Timlin,

What you describe sounds like what Magellan terms a Deluxe Secret Waist Wallet,

I used it on my last trip, only I don't like trusting the belt/loop (plus, I rarely wear a belt )and pinned it to the inside pants waist with the zipper horizontal. I put the pins inside so I could zip/unzip as needed. Cheers.

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Jul 10th, 2008, 04:59 AM
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I always travel with denims that my wife has sewn in an extra (large) pocket in the INside. The only way to it is down the front of the trousers (from the waist!!). Nobody has ever tried to lift MY passport!!

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Jul 10th, 2008, 05:20 AM
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I have traveled the world a lot and I have found that keeping money in your trousers (Pants) front pocket means that it is in a very sensitive area so if anyone tries to grab your money you will be well aware. I also have some trousers with secret zippered pockets inside the normal pocket, I think they are quite secure, I never carry a lot of money and I always take photocopies of Passport & drivers licence. A credit card is useful and I often keep that in my sock. I have been to places like Panama where the pickpockets are not very subtle, They are known to rip the front off your pants or worse.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 07:42 AM
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I have been pick-pocketed and had a purse snatched.

Pick-pocketing was in Budapest during a transaction at a newstand. Both my hands were involved in handing over money and receiving my purchase. Stupidly,I left my bag open during this very brief exchange and that's when I was a victim - lots of people around, including my own friends - no one saw anything. I had just come out of the bank and not taken to time to properly stow cash (friends waiting and people all about in bank lobby). That loss was substantial.

Purse snatching was in the States, close to home. I was very comfortable walking from my car to a restaurant entrance (less than 150 ft) with my shoulder bag on my shoulder, NOT cross body as I normally wear it. Snatcher approached and passed me face-to-face and then turned and grabbed my bag from behind. I was resting my hand on the top of the bag with my thumb looped around the strap. His method caused my hand to be caught/twisted by the strap. Resulting surgery/rehab has left me with a less than ideal hand but I'm here to share my suggestions.

Both of these instances happened because of my carelessness. I consider myself pretty street smart but I disregarded my own sensibilities. Even if you are well prepared, you still have to be aware of your surroundings.

-Carry any shoulder bag cross body.
-Use reinforced shoulder strap.
-Use bag with zip top closure that is covered by flap. Remember to zip the zip and use the flap.

Re pockets in women's clothing: Saf-T Pockets is a pattern company with all designs (jackets, coats, dresses, vests, skirts, pants) incorporating hidden pockets. I make many of my clothes and have adapted the pocket installation into ready-made items. Every jacket or coat I travel with has 2 interior zipper pockets where I carry additional cash in one and my passport in the other. They are absolutely invisible from the outside and difficult to see from the inside but very accessible as a wearer. The designs are for women but the vest would be suitable for a man. The pocket info can be applied to almost anything.
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