I'm continuing what's turned into a bit of a series on travel, since summer is when we tend to do it the most.
These are actually called "smuggler’s belts; pictured is the nylon version sold on Amazon for around $20, or you can go high end with the Duluth Trading Co. option for around $70 (yikes!) - all have inner zipper compartments perfect for hiding emergency money and spare keys. The only downside: None for women.
Yep, the one specifically for women is just that, using our bras but without the need for using our cleavage (which can get pretty uncomfortable after a while). Eagle Creek’s Undercover Bra Stash is a silk pouch easy to hide under clothes. It has plenty of room for cards, cash, and keys in its three-by-four-inch interior, and fastens safely around the center of any bra. It’s washable, comes with a lifetime warranty, and, this one is quite affordable at just $14.
Incipio’s Wallet Cover consolidates your phone and credit cards into one easy-to-hide case, and includes a kickstand for watching videos on the go. It comes in an variety of colors and sizes, and sells right now on Amazon for just $16.95, so it's a great deal.
Beach safes are out for hiding your wallet and other valuables; instead, bury them right beneath you, totally out of sight. The Beach Vault is designed to be hand-drilled into the sand under your blanket, so beach thieves who case blankets for goodies won’t be able to locate any of yours. It comes with a beach towel and pillow, and costs about $40.
If the age-old trick of hiding emergency money in shoes is more your style, stop stashing cash on the inside of your shoes where it gets damp and smelly, and get some summer-friendly SlotFlops. These travel flip flops have a built-in section big enough for your cards and money, cost about $25, and come in a variety of colors.
KangaROOS...sneakers made with an outer money pocket. The hidden compartment is big enough for some emergency cash and a hotel or spare key, and thieves won’t notice the tiny outer pouch beneath the ROOS logo. These walking sneakers are quite durable, so will last long enough to give you a terrific ROI. On sale at Amazon for around $73.
If the thought of going out without your wallet gives you hives, have a decoy wallet handy in the event that you get pick-pocketed or held up. Thieves will probably not know the difference, so will go for any old wallet you pack with a few dollars (for authenticity), and old gift cards or cardboard junk-mail cards from banks. You can throw or hand over a decoy wallet in the event of a mugging, or keep one at the top of your bag in case a pick-pocket strikes.
You have been officially alerted....