Money Belts and the Best Anti-theft Travel Accessories
Safety is always a big concern for many travelers, no matter where your destination or how long your journey.
Even a seasoned traveler can easily become a victim by getting too comfortable in your travels. My boyfriend had his credit cards stolen in Thailand a month ago and the thieves got away with $5000 in purchases!
Fortunately, I’ve only been a victim of theft once in my five+ years of travel but to be honest, both our situations were completely preventable. All we had to do was lock our backpacks.
This doesn’t go to say that all theft is avoidable. However, the majority of occurrences are due to convenience and by taking a few precautions you can avoid becoming a victim of opportunistic theft. Travel insurance is highly recommended and helps cover costs in case you are a victim but it’s best to be cautious wherever possible.
Don’t worry – TFG shows you the best travel accessories and money belts to theft-proof your gear!
Money Belts and the Best Anti-theft Travel Accessories
The Bra Stash
For the past five years, I’ve avoided money belts and instead have used a crochet money pouch. Worn as a necklace, my cash was always safely tucked away underneath my top. (Well, except for the one time when I left my pouch in my unlocked backpack and had $100 stolen. My careless fault.)
I’ve recently tried out another product and I’m really excited about it! It’s called the Bra Stash.
It’s been absolutely amazing and convenient – even more so than my trusty money pouch because it also fits my credit cards. By wearing it under my arm instead of in front if my bra, it doesn’t bulge through my shirt or chafe my cleavage.
Although, I’d prefer the silk fabric against my skin, I chose this over the Eagle Creek style because the Bra Stash offered an adjustable closure ensuring it would fit in a variety of bra straps.
Full review coming soon!
Luggage that Locks
The best protection in your accomodation and during transportation rides can be as easy as locking your bag. If I hadn’t left my backpack locked in a hostel in Borneo, my valuables would have been gone. Check out my favorite travel backpack the Osprey Farpoint 55 and this anti-theft suitcase by Pacsafe.
For some travelers, money belts are not an option. Stashing your passport and money in your underwear is as good as you’re going to get with keeping your valuables close to you.
While traveling in El Salvador, I found a boy short style underwear with large pockets on either side of the leg. While it was a bit awkward to wear my passport over my upper leg, I only used it during transportation journeys when the probability of getting my daypack stolen seemed a bit higher in Central America.
For something similar, a popular style is this Travel Underwear with Secret Pockets that features zippered clothing with hidden pockets. Alternately, sew your own pocket into your underwear. Stay tuned for TFGs DIY tutorial!
Customize your anti-theft approach based on your destination. In places such as Europe and Spain in particular where pickpockets get away with travelers valuables all the time, avoid clothing and bags with open pockets giving wandering hands easy access to your things.
Coats and pants with zippers are a must!
Accessories with Secret Pockets
It’s possible to find clothing accessories with zippered pockets to stash a little cash.
These are a couple of options I found online:
Anti-theft Travel Shoulder Bags
Some travelers may want to take extra precaution by using anti-theft travel shoulder bags. These specialized travel purses have safety features such as lockable zippers, slash proof materials, and sturdy straps to prevent thieves from breaking in. These are popular models by Pacsafe and Travelon.
If you’d prefer more traditional money belts to store your valuables, these are a variety of options. Choose what suits you best.
- Don’t forget travel insurance! Keep all your receipts because they’ll be necessary for insurance claims along with a police report.
- Avoid sightseeing with your passport and all your money in your daypack or travel purse
- Don’t go to big festivals and events with your passport and large amounts of money
- Avoid leaving your passport and money unlocked in your hotel, hostel, or guesthouse
- Use lockers provided by your accommodation (don’t forget one of the top 10 essentials on your backpacking checklist: travel locks)
- Try to only keep all your valuables on you when moving locations and on transportation journeys – this is a good time to use the above gear
- Make photocopies of your passport and offer this when an agency requires you to leave your passport as collateral. It may not always work but it’s worth a try.
- Distribute the wealth and spread your valuables out in different places so if something does get taken – they don’t get everything
- Always always always lock your backpack or suitcase no matter how comfortable you feel in your accommodation.
As mentioned above, these items should be taken as precautions. It is more likely that your cards will be stolen from inside your luggage rather than someone making off with your entire suitcase or backpack but things do happen.
In cases when thieves steal entire bags it happens on overnight buses from underneath the bus or maybe web from right under your seat while you sleep. It’s a sad part of travel but things can happen.
This is yet another reason why backpacking light is beneficial. Read more reasons here.
Do you travel with money belts or other anti-theft travel accessories?
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