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money belt for older woman

A money belt feels inconvenient and hard to disguise with a woman's clothing, unless I am wearing jeans--not likely in Europe. A neck belt is also not easy for me to wear. Suggestions?

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Hi Mary Jo, A money belt should be inconvenient for you and thieves to get to! If possible it should only be accessed in a bathroom or hotel room. I also usually wear a knee-length raincoat so if I've just taken money out at an ATM I can "hide" what I'm doing while I put my money away.
I put E100 in my small Baggallini handbag for easy access for the day. Other than a zipper being opened on my Civita day pack--the one zipper without a padlock since I only keep tissues in it!--I've never had any problems.
I must admit wearing moneybelt is not the most comfortable thing and a neck wallet doesn't work for me because the straps show. Another idea...I just purchase an Eagle Creek leg stash and a belt bag for my husband from Magellans.

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I have better luck with the waist model of money belt if I wear it at the small of my back and not adjusted to press tightly against my skin- if I get it just right, I only feel it in certain positions. I have started to travel with mostly skirts- I've just turned 50, and don't look it (I've been told!), but my legs sure do. So below the knee skirts make me less self-conscious. With the money belt just at the waistline, and a top untucked, it's totally invisible- and that is without a jacket or sweater. You might also check outdoor-wear stores. I get a lot of my clothes from Sahalie or Athleta and many come with hidden pockets sized for passports and the like. Also, one piece dresses (like my favorite tank dress)make access impossible unless the pickpocket is a mugger. Access is supposed to be inconvienent so you won't be tempted to get into the money belt during the day...

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I take my money belt, cinch it a bit tighter and wear it high just under my bra. I safety pin it in place and it is much more comfortable, nearly unnoticable for me. I am thinking if a stray hand is heading that way it will be pretty darn noticable :-)

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I usually post this suggestion at least once a year and I just hope it helps someone. I am also a woman in my 50's and find a money belt worn conventionally to be both uncomfortable and obvious, to say the least. So I just loosen up the belt and drop the pouch down my pants leg or inside my midlength skirt. Works like a charm. I carry a small zippered coin purse for daily money and keep it in my safety pocket in my pants or skirt. If I need to access anything in the money belt, I do have to go to the ladies to do so, but that is for safety; I could just pull it up - but don't want to give anyone ideas! Try wearing a money belt in various ways before your trip; just break it in when you go to the mall, like you do with your walking shoes! You will be surprised how quickly you get used to it.

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I am an older woman, and you simply must wear a money belt. I have always worn one and sometimes I have too much in it around my waist and it is not always comfortable. However, I have never had anything stolen and it frees you to not have to worry about valuables being taken. I carry all my credit cards, passport, euros, travellers checks, and plane ticket in it as well as receipts,etc. I wear it under skirts, pants, shorts,and actually under my underwear. I pull it up somewhere where there are no people and get more euros and I'm on my way. You can get your credit cards out at a restaurant, too,

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Is it totally inconceivable to put money, passprts, etc. in a room safe if your hotel has one?

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I found a silk money belt/document holder on a neck cord. It really solves my problems as it feels so comfortable next to my skin and is not bulky under clothes. It was sold at AAA.

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360 posts

I have a great idea for those of us who travel in skirts. Next trip, I'm going to wear the neck pouch around my waist - loose enough that the pouch hangs low (top of the thigh area)- but tight enough that it won't fall off my hips. I've been walking around the house with it & it's very comfortable. I'm using the pouch Rick sells & love it as it's lightweight & soft & has no extra flaps & useless pockets. I may take a safety pin with me & pin the strap to my waistband for extra security.

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Mary Jo - I do what Rose is suggesting but with an inexpensive, small cloth coin purse with a zipper. It's just big enough to hold my credit card/ATM and that day's currency. I pin it just inside the waist of my jeans/trousers/capris and it lays nice and flat. Very comfortable and virtually invisible. My passport, larger amounts of currency and copies of my cards stay safely locked up at the hotel.