I have not traveled overseas in 15 years. The last time I traveled by plane was 5 years ago and I went through security at a small airport. I had to put my laptop and cell phone in a separate bin, took off my shoes, and sent my messenger bag through. I checked my (1) one other bag.
This summer, I am going to try to bring a carry on luggage piece (rolling) which will be filled to the absolute limit. In it...I am thinking about putting in my Ipad and camera. I will also have a messenger bag (cross body style) with a purse, netbook, Ipod, prescription (blood pressure med) and other pills plus Vitamin powder packets (all OTC). Additionally, I have decided I will feel more comfortable having about $500 in each currency of the country I plan to visit ($1000 total). I already read all the posts about the ATMs, called my banks, etc. The ATM fees for my banks are NOT very good and if I get my money through AAA there is no fee and the exchange rate seems decent.
Here is what I need to know...where and how do I pack the cash to get through security? I already read the stories about making sure not to be wearing a money belt when going through security. I also read some bad stories about people who had their purses, bags, electronics and even luggage stolen while they were going through security. Additionally...there are also some posts out there about people who suspect TSA of stealing cash right out of their carry ons? WHAT????!!!! HOW???!!!
I plan to lock my larger carry on. Should I lock the messenger bag also or does that tip off a possible thief who might be lurking and hoping to lift someone else's bag when it comes off the belt?
Any advice? I am traveling alone so no one to go through ahead of me and grab my stuff.