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Money belt and security at attractions

I have purchased a money belt for my first trip to Europe this fall. I think they are a great idea. When passing through security at say a museum, sporting event, or other attractions that require a security check, do you need to remove your money belt or is it ok to keep it on? My initial guess is that you do have to take them off. I just had a thought that if a thief was going into the attraction as well and saw you take the money belt out from under your clothes for the security check, they now know you probably have some money or other things on you that they would like to get their hands on and might try to find a sneaky way to get at it (even though it would probably cause a bit of a scene trying to get it out from under your clothes and might be too much of a hassle for them).

Posted by
32241 posts

tj,

You won't have to remove your Money Belt to enter museums or other attractions, and you should not take it off or access it where others can see. Security personnel have never asked about my Money Belt.

Posted by
11507 posts

Museum staff are professionals and not interested in your money belt . You are not asked to take it off , they just put your bag through an X-ray at most places and you walk through a metal detector , that’s it . I’ve been to a few small places that have no X-ray and they have asked me to just open my bag to peep in it , they do not rumble about in your bag !

I think this is one worry you can put away .

Remember not everyone is a thief looking to take your money !

Posted by
8585 posts

Just don't have anything metal in it. The metal detectors used at security checkpoints are not the same as the ones at airports.

Posted by
6358 posts

The only place we have ever been asked to remove our money belts is in airports. Museums, never. Don't worry about it. And Ken is right, don't access it in public. Keep the cash and anything else you'll need for the day in your pocket or bag; your money belt is "deep storage" only. If you do need to get something out of it (credit or debit card, for example) find a bathroom or other private place.

Pickpockets and petty thieves will not try to get your money belt, unless you are carrying it in your purse. That actually happened to one person! And I presume if you were wearing it outside your clothing, a pickpocket could get to it as well. I have actually seen people wear their moneybelt outside their clothing. Bad idea, bad fashion statement.

Posted by
89 posts

Generally the museums only want to look in your backpack/purse, but there are some exceptions. One place I did have to remove my money belt (and regular belt) was at Sainte-Chapelle in Paris. They have a more extensive security check because the chapel is adjacent to the French government's judicial offices.

Posted by
598 posts

On a different note, I don't wear my money belt unless I'm traveling between hotels. When I check in to a new hotel I put the belt, passports, spare credit card, bank card and excess cash in the room safe. Then I have one day's cash and one credit card zipped into an interior pocket of my cross-body bag (plus the bank card if I'm going to a bank to restock on cash, which I do maybe three times on a two-week trip). But some people prefer to have their passports with them at all times or don't have or don't trust the hotel safe or hate carrying bags. It sounds from the other comments as if you'll be fine.

Posted by
4535 posts

might try to find a sneaky way to get at it (even though it would
probably cause a bit of a scene trying to get it out from under your
clothes and might be too much of a hassle for them).

As you allude to, there is no sneaky way to get to a moneybelt worn properly. It would never matter if they saw you access it or not. I wear a belt loop wallet that is completely visible and that I can access, but thieves cannot. The point is always to keep things secure from pickpockets, which generally are wallets in regular purses or bags, and front and rear pockets.

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996 posts

I have used both a neck wallet and a money belt. Neither is perfect for me, comfort wise, but I also do what someone else said above. I use the wallet/belt on transfer days when I am between hotels, cities, etc.

I would not recommend wearing either going through airport security.

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7965 posts

Pickpockets and petty thieves will not try to get your money belt, unless you are carrying it in your purse.