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The Best Money Belt for Traveling

Carrying cash while traveling is always a risk but it a necessary one which is why I am always trying to find the best way to carry it or hide it. The last thing I want is to have one of those ridiculous pouches around my neck protruding though my shirt. Here are some of my favorite ways to hide cash.

 

Don’t be this guy!

Carry Pouch

Even travel pouches that are hang beneath the shirt stick out and are obvious to most people who would target you.

travel pouches

 

Sure this is secure and Rick Steve’s is a travel veteran but he doesn’t always have fashion or practicality in mind.

Money Belt

First, here is a practical alternative to the silk neck pouch. It is far less obvious, easily accessible and blends in under your clothing a lot better. Simply loop in through your belt and toss it inside your shorts. Keep the contents to a minimum so it doesn’t bulge. A credit card and some cash is fine but there is room for a passport.

Money Belt

Eagle Creek

Money belts are actually pretty cool. I have used them in the past and they worked great. The only draw back is they are not easily accessible and can’t hold more than cash. They are really for emergencies and to be used as a last resort. I will point out that I bought a money belt on ebay for 1 cent + shipping. You don’t need anything fancy. Just get the style you like and the best price.

money belt

Amazon

An alternative money belt

money belt

Where you actually stash the cash

money belt

I recently learned about clothing with pick-pocket proof pockets from the Clever Travel Companion. These are fantastic because the secure pocket is built right in. They feature many products but here are my top picks.

Men’s underwear with pockets: These are sage and secure and nobody is getting in your underwear. These are still accessible when needed unlike travel belts. They hold a passport, credit cards, and plenty of cash.

pick-pocket proof pocketsTank tops with secret pockets: This pocket may not be invisible but it is secure since it is on your front and very easy to get to. Hiding just cash in here would probably not be visible to most people. Adding passports and credit cards may add some bulk but again nobody can pick pocket your chest.

pick-pocket proof pockets

If tanks aren’t your thing there is always the shirt option:

pick-pocket proof pockets

Check out of all their products here,

 

This last option is one of my favorites. It hides your money in almost plain site but it very clever to someone who may search your hotel room in search of money and overlook your guidebook.

All you need for this is a guidebook and some glue. This is something to set-up before you leave town. Simply create a pouch with a couple pages in the back of the guide book. You can stash your money inside the newly created pouch and when someone leafs through the book they will not even notice it. This is a very simple hack but one of my favorites.

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I have been traveling to over 100 countries by using the methods I share on this site. My goal is to maximize every trip and make the most of my adventures. Join me on Instagram.

  • Sam

    You should have a look a the Humn wallet. It looks pretty cool.

    • I agree and I actually posted about it recently here. I can’t wait until mine arrives so I can give it a test run. Thanks for the tip.

  • Patricia

    I just received the RFID money belt from landing gear, i think its a great design and i cant wait to use it on my upcoming trip to Mexico!

    http://www.landinggearshop.com/product/landing-gear-rfid-money-belt/

  • James

    I am very impressed with the quality of the money belt I purchased from Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Undercover-Secure-Holding-Passport-Boarding/dp/B00R1WRJ0O/ as it is well built, secure and has RFID.

  • Michael

    Great advice but one tip though. I’d always recommend going with a money belt over a neck wallet because thieves can see the string around your neck. In Ho Chi Min City, one of my friends was wearing a neck wallet and a motorbike came by with a knife and slashed it off her. From then on, I only use money belts. I have this one from Amazon and it has lasted me for years and highly recommend it. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XZJ9L0S