Please sign in to post.

Passport Container

I know there are mixed reviews on whether to carry your passport or leave it in the room safe. I have one in London but not in Bath.

I have in the past wore a money belt through my entire stay in Europe - with just my passport, back up credit card and excess cash not needed in my wallet yet. Truthfully - I like the piece of mind but find the thing uncomfortable and annoying.

Does anyone have another way of carrying these items with you that is secure? FYI I carry a PacSafe day bag - slash proof, locking zippers, rfid, clipping shoulder strap so you can attach to your chair, etc. but do not want all my valuables in one bag for obvious reasons.

Posted by
21718 posts

When or how do you wear the money belt? Sometimes it is a matter of how you wear it as to whether it is comfortable or not. The problem is you need to carry it somewhere on your body. Some like the pouch that is attached to a neck strap and you wear it under a shirt or blouse. There are also pouches that attach with a big loop around belt for pants. They also make ankle or calf pouch that attach to the lower leg under a pair of pants. Lot of options each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Posted by
3265 posts

As Frank says, there are several options available. You may have to try a couple before you find a comfortable alternative. Some have reported that moneybelts are more comfortable and unobtrusive if worn with the pouch in the small of the back instead of in front. DH and I wear neck pouches, worn cross body, with the pouch under one arm.

Posted by
2913 posts

While I sometimes keep my back up financials in my suitcase in the hotel room, I keep my passport with me. I carry my passport in an interior zipped pocket of a small crossbody purse. My crossbody purse never leaves my body. At home or elsewhere I would never attach my purse to a chair, table, etc. I would just forget it. Generally, I am less concerned with losing my passport than all my financials. When I travel solo, I sometimes wear a leg belt, which sits just below my knee and which I find so much more comfortable than a waist belt.

I have several travelon crossbody purses that I use traveling and at home. Also, have a tiny baggallini. It depends on the trip as to which one I bring. If I carry my backup financials also, I'm apt to keep them in a small zippered pocket that I will attach to clothing so my financials are separated...or just in a different section of my purse. This is all assuming I am traveling solo. If I'm with my husband, it doesn't matter because the financials are divided between us.

Posted by
54 posts

I have worn in front and back. Back is more comfortable but got a little warm. Has anyone tried the scarves? Honestly I’m not as worried about money as I store in 3 places and travel with very little cash ( credit is easy to cancel ). Mainly my passport

Posted by
2913 posts

I've made some of the scarves with the secret zippered pockets. It holds quite a bit. I tried it as my only purse at home for a night out. I suspect they would work because I had a hard time finding the pocket to get my wallet out. LOL I haven't traveled with it, but would if I didn't have one of my previously mentioned systems.

Posted by
13490 posts

Does anyone have another way of carrying these items with you that is
secure? FYI I carry a PacSafe day bag - slash proof, locking zippers,
rfid, clipping shoulder strap so you can attach to your chair, etc.
but do not want all my valuables in one bag for obvious reasons.

Yoda, we also use a Pacsafe bag but I split my valuables between that (passport) and a small cloth pouch pinned just underneath my waistband for some daily cash and a credit card. My DH has done the same. Neither one of us can tolerate moneybelts so it's been a good solution for us!

I bought a few of the little zippered pouches at Pier One and World Market.

Posted by
107 posts

I agree with Joe32. Cyndi and I both use RS money belts worn on the back below our belts. Only thing in them is Passport in a zip lock, cash we each have 5 $100 bills (RS recommends 200) and a list of our hotels. The trick is to keep it as flat as possible. We never leave the room without it. It is our emergency kit in case of a ‘disaster where we question separated from each our or or tour group.
On day trips Cyndi wears a small fashionable cross body bag with daily cash ( a small amount local currency equal to $100 US, ID and CC. I use a money clip for local cash and a CC (different from Cyndi’s) and a small backpack for rain jackets, small umbrellas, tour book, back up batteries, first aid, TP, and protein bars. Our suit cases have Passport copies and backup CC.
Six trips and it has worked well for us as we whittle it down every year. The tech tips form here indicates the new no contact CC and Apple Wallet is well accepted on tram underground and restaurants so we up grade our iPhones and look forward to no SIM cards.
Can’t wait we are two weeks away from 14 days of England and a stopover in AMS for 7 days of My Way.
Enjoy and Safe travels
D
Ps buy travel medical issurance

Posted by
53 posts

For the longest time, money belts have been considered unfashionable. In the past year though, I've read people changing their mind on the bag. I consider that good, since they are incredibly useful. But then again, I am not the most fashionable person around --

I'm one to bring my passport with me everywhere I go, usually carry bags that are spacious enough/come with many pockets. I just don't put it on the same place/pocket as the rest of my valuables.

Posted by
8767 posts

@ppeterson77 - a moneybelt is not meant to be fashionable. It is for deep storage of important items and not meant to be accessed during the day. It should be under your clothing. I believe you are talking about a fanny pack (sorry Brits) or bum bag. I definitely do see more of them sold these days.

Posted by
54 posts

Thank you all - I have been using an RFID belt that is more of a vinyl material. I am going to try the RS silk and see if I like this better. I also found my passport wallet hooks into my bag with a lock so I will have that as backup.

Posted by
3789 posts

I think the last time I wore a money belt was when I had a lot of cash to carry to Africa in 2015. Didn't wear it on my Istanbul part of the same trip and not since. Like Wray, it stays in a zipped compartment of a cross body bag that never comes off my body until back into the lodging for the night.

Posted by
355 posts