Whether you’re embarking on a trekking trip to an exotic locale, going on a road trip with your buddies or backpacking your way across the beautiful Amazonian jungles, the one thing you absolutely can’t afford to lose or be without is your money.
Ah, if only travelling required no money whatsoever. Wishful thinking aside, we need to make sure we’re doing everything possible to keep our money safe while travelling:
Clever Ways to Keep Money Safe while on-the-go
Whenever you can, divide up your credit cards and travel cash in several ‘safe zones’. If you make the mistake of keeping it all in one place, it’s only a matter of time before a clever thief seizes the opportunity.
So keep some on you, some in a bag you can carry with you, and perhaps some change in your socks.
On-body Storage Rules
Money belts and neck pouches may have gone out of style but they certainly set off a trend as far as under-clothing storage goes. Though some people still prefer these classics, more modern-day options such as long johns, undershirts, underwear and bra stashes come with integrated pockets for safe and convenient storage.
On-body storage accessories can prove really useful if you’re staying or sleeping somewhere without any secure places to keep your cash. A quick note: on-body storage isn’t an alternative to wallets or card holders since you don’t want to fish around for money out in the open – that will not only look awkward but signal to a potential thief so as to where you’ve tucked away “the goods”.
An Anti-theft Bag is Always a Good Idea
If it’s one thing that can be learned from garbage bag commercials, it’s that some bags are almost tough as nails. The same can be applied to travel purses and bags – some are specially designed for safe travelling, having features like cut-proof reinforced shoulder straps, zippers with locks, slash-proof material, etc.
You can find anti-theft bags at any well-known retailer. Consider it an investment that can save you from a major loss later on.
Keep a Dummy Wallet on You
Sound a little crazy? Not quite – if you’re moving around in an area that is known for muggings and pickpocketing, consider getting a cheap looking wallet that can qualify as an actual wallet. Stuff it with small paper bills and dummy credit cards.
A dummy wallet can act as a barrier between pickpockets and your actual wallet. In the event of a mugging, you can even toss the fake wallet to the mugger, and make a run for it while calling out for help!
Trim Your Wallet Down
Being several thousand miles away from your gym or library means you can lose the membership card. Take out everything that you won’t need and keep only the essentials such as a universal credit card, ID and Passport, insurance card, etc.
Looking for slim and sleek-looking leather wallets with RFID protection to keep your valuables safe? Have a look at Harber London’s leather wallet collection.