How to Hide Money When You Travel
Keeping Important Documents and Funds Close
Maybe I'm a little over-precautionery, but when I am in larger cities or traveling, I am not content keeping my identification, atm/debit/credit cards, or cash in my purse. Not at all. I like to hide them... where they are accessible to me in inconspicuous places. I "wear" them.
Although there are many forms of hiding money on your person, my favorite place is in my bra. [Ok, gents, I know that doesn't necessarily help you, but in application, you could translate this idea to your undergarment.]
A money concealing option for men & women
You mean, like taking saloon tips?
No, I do not simply stuff it in my cleavage like a saloon gal, that could slip too easily. I select padded bras with removable "cup enhancements", you know, the "miracle bra"? However, my concern is for monetary safety rather than bustline enhancement. I remove the "enhancement" pads and place money, even plasticware and id, into the pocket.
I use a bra with a double enclosure seam that I have to actually open to access contents, rather than a bra offering only a single slit void of a fold-over. And ladies, balance is key here. Do not stuff twenty bills on one side, and none in the other...
When I need to access my hidden stash, I simply go to a restroom, remove the desired item(s) and place in a zippered interior jacket pocket or other secure place. This has worked well shopping and touring. For swimwear, simply place items in a double-zipped snack size plastic storage bag prior to "stuffing your bra".
This is so simple, and does not require any sewing -- which I love... not having to sew, I mean. As a mother of five and a business owner, I have a lot of demands on my schedule, and sewing seldom acquires any time alotment from me. Another thing I don't like to forfeit my time to is recovery of lost or stolen items (which is a good reason to have travel insurance), and stuffing my bra is an effective preventative measure! Happy stuffing, travelistas!
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Tips from Readers
Some of this blog's readers have shared their secrets to hiding money safely when traveling.
Anna L., a guest commentator, writes, "
I use clothes with built in pockets. I either wear underwear with pockets or a tank top with a pocket on the stomach. My husband wears a t-shirt with a pocket. I wear the tank under a regular shirt so no one sees the pocket and no way anyone can steal from me. They are so much better than money belts or neck bags. I buy them from the Clever travel companion.
I wore these products on my last trip driving through mexico and it really made it easier to relax knowing my stuff was hidden."