Survey: Do you "do" moneybelts?

Jul 10th, 2008, 08:09 AM
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I use c) but don't wear it around my neck. Instead, I put it around my waist. Sounds weird, but it works! The wallet part goes in a pants leg or under a skirt and there's no strap to show around my neck, nor around my waist. I only use it for the "deep" valuables, keeping daily cash and one credit card in a zipper pocket. It's worked well in trips to many foreign countries with nary a problem.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 08:49 AM
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i always carry a backpack and never a purse. i tuck my money into the top pocket used for the cd player. as a security measure i always fasten my waist and chest straps. if the bottom of my pack gets slashed, the only things to fall out would be my sunscreen and other non-valuables. all valuables, ie camera, are secured to the top of my pack (pinned or tied to a loop i've sewn on) and none are sitting at the bottom.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 08:54 AM
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I've taken jackets to my drycleaners and had their alterations person sew a zippered pocket to the inside. I can keep an extra credit card inside, extra cash, or my entire little travel wallet. I just have to be sure not to take my jacket off and leave it somewhere! When I'm not wearing a jacket, I wear a waist money belt. Other than that, I keep my travel wallet in an inside zippered pocket of my cross-chest zippered purse, the zipper of which is "locked" to the strap with a quick link. As much trouble as it is for me to get to my money, I figure a pickpocket wouldn't waste his/her time. Since I'm usually traveling alone, I tend to be overcautious.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 08:58 AM
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You don't have to look like a rediculous tourist fishing a neck wallet out of the front of your shirt, or a money belt from inside your pants, or unzipping your socks to make a purchase. I carry a stylish purse but it is very carefully selected. The strap is long enough to go over my shoulder but short enough that the opening is right under my arm. The opening is completely closed by a zipper which is impossible to unzip while the purse is on my shoulder. On my last trip to Rome, I made fun of my sister-in-law for wearing a waist wallet with front zipper. The first time she retrieved money from it, every pickpocket in the train station knew she was a tourist and where her money was. She also didn't heed my recommendation not to carry all of her money with her. The first day, all her money for the whole trip was pickpocketed (Yes! it was unzipped at her waist, in front, without her knowledge.)

My husband has several pairs of travel pants. The front pockets have zippered pockets inside. Travel jackets with zippered pockets are nice but there is always the risk that you will have to take off the jacket going through security or because you get hot and a quick theif takes the whole thing.

When I arrive at my destination, the first thing I do is seperate my finances and identification: a portion of my money, a credit card, and my drivers license are zipped inside my purse and the rest of my money, a backup credit card and my passport are LOCKED inside my suitcase. I use a small cable lock to secure my suitcase to plumbing or furniture -- its not going anywhere. The cable lock is also handy on trains where luggage may need to be stored where you can't keep an eye on it.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 09:14 AM
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I like a shoulder holster. It holds my Walther PPK and when I have to leave Herr Walther at home, it holds other essentials like greenbacks and credit cards. if you want a bigger one, get a holster for a .45 ACP or Glock 17 9mm. Friends like these never desert you in times of need. James would approve..... {
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Jul 10th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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"impossible to unzip while the purse is on my shoulder" - a good pickpocket doesn't need to unzip the purse. When I was pickpocketed I had a small bag held between my arm and body, and the section of the zipper behind my arm was pulled apart.
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Jul 10th, 2008, 12:27 PM
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I have a waist money belt but I find it very uncomfortable. I use a bra safe that attaches to the straps of my bra. I place one credit card and a couple large bills for safe keeping when traveling in the USA and outside the country. Small bills and one credit card are in my purse.
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Jul 11th, 2008, 08:56 AM
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When traveling between countries, i use an eddie bauer travel wallet ( This holds my passport, tickets, ID, money, pen/pencil, etc. It also has a strap so i usually wear across my chest and if I am especially concerned about safety i tuck the wallet into my pants and/or wear a shirt over it.

When I'm settled in a town, I often switch over to just carrying my ID, ATM/credit card, and most of cash in my bra. When shopping, I carry some cash in my pants pocket so I can easily get to it.

For some its a bit odd to carry in such a personal space, but i sure as heck know its safe for if someones reaching in my bra then the money is the least of my worries!
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Jul 11th, 2008, 02:17 PM
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I have Royal Robbins travel pants which have a zippered pocket down deep inside the right front pocket and keep my ATM card, credit card and cash for the day there. I still have the normal part of the pocket for metro card, tissue, a couple of euros or whatever. The zipper is not near the opening of the pocket and is completely invisible to anyone. My windbreaker also has zipper pockets and a pouch inside it. For valuables other than those I use a money belt which I turn around to the small of my back under the underwear and if I have a shirt that tucks in then under all that. I am amazed everytime I see someone's money belt strap sticking out above their pants. I do not like the money pouch that hangs around your neck; I find that the strap shows unless you are wearing a turtle neck shirt.
I use a Jansport type backpack for windbreaker, travel guide, maps, etc
and safety pin through the pull tag and into the fabric of the bag especially if I put my digital camera in there. I don't think anyone can quickly undo the pin and get in.
This will probably ruin my luck but in 15 or more trips abroad I have never had anything stolen. Barcelona, Milan, Rome, Russia, China, Prague, etc. including Metros and buses in all without incident.
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Jul 11th, 2008, 02:45 PM
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I have tried everything, around the neck, under the arm, around the waist, and around the leg. I have never been pick pocketed but I am always, sometimes tooo much alert to problems. What I use depends on where and what I am doing. I do prefer the leg type for most stuff and most occasions. However I also carry a small tri fold wallet with one credit card and minimal cash in it. The rest is usually in the leg type. At the air ports that is different I use the around the neck type an have my papers ready to go. But still use the leg for most all other stuff. My lady and I always carry slightly different cards so if possessions are stolen we will always have a active card. Maybe I am strange but I also carry a wallet in my regular rear pock with a smiley face in it as a decoy but never had it stole, (yet). Do not forget to keep records of your credit cards and who to call, unless you have one of the services where one call takes care of all stolen cards.
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Jul 12th, 2008, 11:58 AM
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I wear a traditional money belt for passport, backup debit card, and 2-3 days worth of cash.

NB: If you carry documents in a cloth money belt, make sure they're watertight (I use a ZipLoc® bag), because your precious bodily fluids will ruin them if they're not.
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Jul 12th, 2008, 02:06 PM
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I use a soft leather travel shoulder strap purse, with multiple zippers, from Magellan most of the time, but then I don't take the 64 bus in Rome; I do keep my hand on it in transit, I am highly alert, and I dress to blend in. When in places I feel insecure, at risk, or conspicuous, I wear a money belt for passport, credit cards, and train tix (I usually have an eticket for airplane). I take out money from the atm as I go and carry around $200 equivalent with me.
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Jul 12th, 2008, 03:30 PM
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Sometimes when you think you have everything under control because you keep your hand on your purse or wallet you can be knocked off balance and have to use your hands to brace or protect yourself.

This is what happened to my friend on the Rome train, she was knocked off balance and reached to support herself and that is when the thief struck. She was also reaching for the button to open the train car door when this happened.

Thieves are professionals, you have to be very careful it seems.
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Jul 13th, 2008, 11:52 PM
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None of the above. Never felt the need, but then again, I've never been to Italy.
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Jul 14th, 2008, 01:25 AM
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I use a wallet and stick it my pocket. Never had a problem.
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Jul 14th, 2008, 01:50 AM
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im going to sew in a pouch into my two jackets..the big warm one i just bought and the fleece i usually take
i have these chinese floral patterned over the shoulder purses (long cord)...theyre flat...can fit a passport easily
ill cut the cord and sew the pouch by hand into the inside of the jacket and i can always unpick it later when i get home
the pouch has a zip already so it will be perfect i hope
usually if i wear cargo pants i put things in the side pockets and carry a handbag with no money in it
dont like anything round my neck and i tend to wear tops that are tight ( long sleeve tshirts for eg) which would showthe outline of a shoulder pouch anyway
dont like having a backpack...cant see whats happening behind me
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Jul 14th, 2008, 10:31 PM
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I have been reading all the travel tips and I have found them invaluable.

I am now sewing a money belt that pins to the inside back waist of pants. Can hardly notice it. I am now cutting down a traditional waist money belt to try it on my calf, only thing is the passport is not too flexible but with loose pants it may not be noticed - what male doesn't look at a female body whether interested or not? - so this may not work as intended.

I am looking at sewing in some pockets and velcroing others - thanks all, I am quite excited about my trip of 6 weeks to Europe (from Oz) and this assist is great!
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Jul 16th, 2008, 06:49 AM
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e) with a slight variation - not the tradtional purse that I carry at home, but instead a purse with a thick strap that I can wear slung across my body - (more like a day pack I guess). I can store my camera and souvenirs in it and keep it in the front of my body where I can keep an eye on it. I only carry enough cash for the day and one credit card (with the other back at the hotel or rental).
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Jul 16th, 2008, 07:34 AM
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In Naples last year, when our B&B owner saw me wearing my purse cross-body, he told me not to. He said thieves on motorcycles would grab the strap, keep going, I'd end up on the sidewalk with the possibility of broken bones, and the purse would be dragged over my head, eventually, and they'd be gone. He suggested I did as the local women do and wear it on my shoulder, that way if it was grabbed, I could let it go. When I told him I only had a minimum of money and "odds and ends" in there, with the rest in my around-the-waist moneybelt, he said that was even more of a reason to not chance ending up in the hospital.
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Jul 16th, 2008, 11:39 AM
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I have used a regular money belt for years. Like others, if I need to access it, I visit a toilet rather than pull it out in public. I've tried the neck pouch but don't prefer it.

I saw a kid the other day using a leg safe above his knee under his basketball shorts as a wallet. It looked pretty good.

I might try it but will still plan to use a toilet rather than pull it out in public. I could see wearing it above the calf with pants or above the knee with walking shorts.
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