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securing cash / small items in your baggage -- more tips

Here's a crafty video that illustrates some of the old standards and some new ideas for keeping money and other small items, like jewelry, out of sight in your bags:

https://www.facebook.com/BrainyCrafts/videos/1695240277181558/

Note that the first minute or so is about rolling your clothes, which is another perennial topic here in the forum but not what I'm sharing this about this time.

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That was fun to watch. I can't help but wonder how many of those secretly stashed $100 bills accidentally gets thrown away. (Or given away, "would you like a stick of gum?")

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15607 posts

Who packs half that stuff anyway? And if your bag gets taken . . .

I leave jewelry at home except for what I wear all the time, put money in my money belt, and rest easy.

There were a couple of good ideas, like putting plastic wrap over a bottle before capping it - I do that with my salt shaker, and stuffing things in your shoes - the ones you pack. But why use a shower cap when I plastic bag covers them completely?

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Thanks for sharing. It never hurts to review ideas as it may help some think outside the box for solutions. No need to disparage solutions that might work for others.
I wish I had tried the wrap over the top of my talcum powder shaker. I transferred it to a smaller container which was not quite as air tight as I assumed. At least the contents of my suitcase smelled baby powder fresh......

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I thought most of the tricks unhelpful.

Packing by days: you’ll take way too much clothing as you don’t rewear any clothes. Packing a wardrobe instead of outfits creates versatility with fewer pieces.

Using plastic wrap to store necklaces: only good for a single use. I’ve found that storing a necklace in a pill baggie works well, especially if you close the necklace before storing. Also use one pill bag per pair of earrings. Then put your baggies into a small zippered bag. They won’t tangle but are still together so you can’t lose them.

Money everywhere: lots of work to hide it, and most likely you’ll forget what you did with it. I can easily see some of it falling out on the floor when you access the storage item. Certainly store some hidden away, but do it where it can’t fall out. A pocket in a toiletry kit, hiding some in the luggage lining works better. And put it in a zip lock to keep it protected.

You also can’t store liquids in your shoes if you are flying by air.

So many of these hacks are a lot of work with a very low payoff.

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I noticed the liquid in the shoe thing too, but there is nothing to say this is carry on only solution - in which case, if a person wants, why can't they store liquids in their shoe? Perhaps ill advised, but checked bag compliant.

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I'm doubtful about pump-top bottles in general. When I'm sharing a hotel room (not in Europe), I take a liquid-soap dispenser, and it's in two ZipLock bags inside my toiletry kit. Half the soap ends up outside the bottle. A bottle just put inside a shoe??

I thought the ideas for hiding money were clever, as long as the hider has a good memory. Not as easy as something like a money belt, though.

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Not as easy as something like a money belt, though.

Exactly. Better to use something with low effort and high payoff.

Also on the shoe thing - wet shoes take a long time to dry out. There’s a decent chance of an accident and then you have wet shoes. Ugh.

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There will always be an idea that someone can use; so thanks for posting this.
However: why take more than one necklace and pair of earrings?, and just use your money belt.
For your money!

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I may need to use the shower cap idea now that I no longer get plastic bags when I grocery shop (we have to bring our own or pay $.10 for a thicker bag that I would not use for packing). I put my necklaces in Tissue paper (hack from a You-tube video) and this has worked well for me, I choose a bright color so it is easy to locate and easy to see if left out so I don't forget to pack. I usually take four necklaces, Silver, Gold, leather strap with a pearl and a longer statement necklace and 4 different earrings and a few wrap bracelets. I had never heard of a "pill bag" so I googled it and I like it! I usually use snack baggies for small items. Money goes in my wallet, I just don't carry enough to justify a money belt. I do put extra cash under the insert of my shoes that are remaining in my suitcase for the day. I would totally forget where I put money if I had it scattered all over the place or hidden somewhere like in the video. They did have some creative ideas!!

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@Letizia

I use these from Walgreens. If you are in the store they are near the pharmacy, in a display with the pill boxes and pill cutters.

Michaels also carries small zip top bags. They come in various sizes and some are large enough to hold a statement necklace. They are more expensive than Walgreens.

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Oh, thanks for the Walgreens tip, Cindy! I was told that craft stores carry the little ZipLock bags, but there are none near me, and if Walgreens is cheaper, that's even better. I find lots of uses for small ZIP Locks: ear buds, earplugs, a day's worth of mid-day pills, a few Lactaid pills (which turn to powder if they bounce around in a pill bottle), souvenir coins.

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I don't think I've seen a discussion here on the RS forum of whether (and how) people use the clipped-in security pouch that is included with RS luggage items --
the one in the convertible carryon tends to almost disappear in the bottom of the bag pretty magically, I find.
I keep a photocopy of my passport page in it, along with a few other items...

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I don't wear much jewelry to begin with and would never take more than what I wear on the plane, but saw this tip on Pinterest- use plastic straws for necklaces. You thread one strand through the straw then close it- no tangles. You can put the straw(s) in a Ziploc. For earrings- use the pill bags or a lightweight piece of cardboard- and poke them through it- like you see at stores.

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The plastic straws take up too much space.

My larger necklaces don’t get tangled. The smaller necklaces go in the pill bags - one per necklace. They don’t get tangled because they can’t touch the other necklaces.

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I just bought the pill bags at Walgreens, something like 50 for 2.99?
These have a white Matt area you can write on..... with an area to write day and am or pm. My Walgreens prescription labels fit perfectly top to bottom and required a tiny bit of trimming along one side. I'm making a bag for each pill ( including supplements ) and taking along my plastic seven day organizers because I want to. Please reassure that I can get twelve days of pills in and 2 days out of Mexico with out a cavity search.