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How to Hide Money When You Travel

Updated on May 3, 2012

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!

For more tips on how to conceal money on your person, please visit the following links.

Global Travel Warnings

 On August 12, 2010 the Department of State has issued this Worldwide Caution to update information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world.  U.S. citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. (source:www.travel.state.gov)

Concealing your money helps keep you safer.  With current travel warnings escalating daily, deterring incidents is increasingly important.  Please visit the link below for current travel warnings.

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."

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      Keeleytaylor54@yahoo.co.uk 3 years ago

      hi Linda. Nice to hear from you. I too have since acquired a small leather purse ( very soft leather ) , it has a zipper on the edge of it so it only has one compartment ,which is really all you need . It's perfect because it's also nice and flat, fold the notes in half and they fit in perfectly , it can hold about £250 or nearly £300 at once ! And it's not too bulky either ! I've never had a problem with paper cuts because I always bagged up the notes anyway ! I still can't get it comfy in my bra though ,no matter how hard I try ! So I always keep it down the front of my panties or bikini pants ( high wasted ones ) nothing too skimpy though or it'll be a bit un comfy ! You have more room down there and it's a flatter area anyway so why not use it ! a bit like a large secret pocket ! So the money package is quite naturally well hidden away from view when wearing a loose fitting skirt or shorts ! You can feel it, but it's comfy ! So you'll never lose it Try this and you'll see what I mean !!! Let me know what you think !!! Good luck .

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      linda 3 years ago

      hi keeley. when i put my money inside my bra i now use a little leather change purse that's rounded on the corners so it isn't that noticable and i can also carry my coins. i like the bra cup idea because i can feel it on my breast and i know where it is at all times. i started using this purse as a result of giving myself a paper cut right on my nipple from a new 20 dollar bill. would you even think of something like that hapenning? i guess if its done enough anything can happen. also the people that do know me tell me it looks one step classier than paper money and i do agree.the coins also don't fall out anymore.

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      Kendra Kroll 4 years ago from Prospect Heights, Illinois

      I hear you Keeley, but to be honest I find the thought of money in your underwear is a little unsanitary (more for you than the money!)...I'd suggest you try PortaPocket. These super comfy hands-free carrying cases can can be worn under your clothing and on multiple places of the body, and without those sanitary and sweat concerns. No issues with things moving around or working their way out either (pockets are sealed). And surely no pickpocket is plying their trade under your pants ;)

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      Keeleytaylor54@yahoo.co.uk 4 years ago

      Great for you Linda ! But I think you'll find my , keeping it down your panties a lot safer. Trouble with the bra stash is that they tend to move about when your walking and your stash could work its way out without you knowing. Also there's the getting it comfortable issue ! Even though I'm only of medium build with a certain amount of use-able space in there I just can't seem to get my stash comfy or it feeling secure ! Unlike keeping it down the front of my panties, or bikini pants ! Now that's completely comfy ant totally secure ! I advise you girls, you really need to try my method !! Fool proof and complete peace of mind so you can enjoy your holiday. Surely I can't be the only girl who does this ! Lets here from all you girls !!! Good trekking ! From Keeley .

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      linda 4 years ago

      when i was in las vegas i won 4900 dollars at blackjack. yes the whole wad of cash went inside my bra cup. i don't care what people think its just something i do and no safer place for my money.

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      breathe2travel 4 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Saudia & Portapocket -- thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      Keeleytaylor54@yahoo.co.uk 4 years ago

      Excellent, Baby love, but try the pantie method like I do! It works even better! Plus it's a lot easier to hide more cash, especially if you wear a loose fitting skirt! ( no bulge showing through!) unlike with your bra!

      Total peace of mind! (Shorts work well too, but nothing too tight fitting though! ) . Great comments and great ideas!

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      Babylove 4 years ago

      I am currently traveling in Buenos Aires and it is well known for it's pick pocketing. I stash my days worth of cash and a small credit card size laminated copy of my passport in my bra. I have done this on my other trips to Thailand and Mexico as well and it works out great. I feel very safe and other than the money getting a little damp from sweat it is a perfect solution for me.

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      keeleytaylor54@yahoo.co.uk. 4 years ago

      thrilled to see all the idea's suggested on this issue of stashing valuables on your person! as a girl i still reckon down your underwear is the safest place , ( like i do) , using plastic bank bags/ ziplock bags you wont feel guilty about giving it to somebody because of where you've been keeping it! i know lots of girls/ women who do this and say it's never been a problem!........" ever" even back home! some of my friends said their boyfreinds wear trunks under their shorts just so they can keep money and credit cards safe and dry in ziplock bags, ( especially when swimming or surfing ). the truth of it all is most people do this anyway, ( especially us girls ) ! secretly we treat our underwear as a sort of secret pocket for keeping money and valuables safe. (extremely safe !!!!) "simples". good luck ! from keeley54 p.s lets hear from all you girls, i know you all agree !!!

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      TylerCapp 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      I don't know many women who don't put things in their bra. Even when they're not trying to conceal it. They keep their cell phone, credit cards, lucky bowling ball, you name it. (Okay, maybe not a bowling ball...)

      I couldn't keep money in my underwear for two reasons: (1) I prefer boxers and the money would fall out. (2) I'd feel very guilty about giving it to somebody because of where it has been.

      When I used to go through rough areas at night, I would hide most of my money in my socks (in case my shoes were also stolen) and I'd keep a few dollars in my pockets as a decoy.

      There are some shoes or sandals you can get that have secret compartments in the heels.

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      DMVmimay 5 years ago

      amazing! thanks for the very useful tips, this wil open door to people .

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      PortaPocketGal 5 years ago

      Greetings from Chicago! I'm a certified WBE who has designed something to help us out in these situations...instead of putting my essentials in a money belt or bra, I always use my patented PortaPocket carrying cases which strap onto my body under (or over) my clothes. Can wear them almost anywhere ...on thigh or calf under a skirt or dress, on ankle under wide-leg pants, or on arm or at waist, too. I use them daily to carry my cell phone, ID, cash, cards, and keys. And often a lip balm or hygiene items when needed ;) ... They're super comfy (made from lightweight coated neoprene), sweat resistant and detachable/interchangeable, so are very easy to use. Pockets also fit passports and epipens. Great for travel, exercise and nights on the town. I hope people will find this helpful and wish all fellow travellers out there a hearty "Bon voyage!" xoxo

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      saudia 5 years ago

      Fabulous ideas for Hide Money ! If anyone is planning a vacation there this article will benefit them

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      leonvert - thank you for reading and commenting. :)

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      kelly- thank you for reading and for commenting. :)

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      kellythewriter 5 years ago from The Land of Steady Habits

      Good ideas!

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you, PegCole. I am glad you enjoyed & got a chuckle! :)

      Best regards~

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      When I was traveling a lot on business I was always concerned when separated from my purse during the screening process at the airport. Yours is a simple way to protect cash from being misplaced. I had to laugh at your recommendation to stuff both sides equally. LOL Great read.

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      keeleytaylor54@yahoo.co.uk 5 years ago

      hi again! love this site,it's great been able to share idea's with fellow travellers on out foxing pickpockets. i was in spain two weeks ago when my purse was stolen from my bag while sitting outside a cafe,sly old me had the last laugh though,there was only a few pounds and some change in it,the bulk of my money(notes)was in a plastic bank bag which i'd put down the front of my bikini pants before leaving the hotel!(phew!)i'd chose to wear a loose fitting skirt so it was well hidden!! just goes to show no precaution is too much trouble if it gives you peace of mind! i now always make sure that i hide the bulk of my money this way wether i'm wearing a skirt, shorts,a wrap around skirt thing or even jeasn's! better safe than sorry i say!! Nice holiday too! Any of you girls out there tried this! if not i really recommend you do!! it's certainly unbeatable!! Guaranteed! (HA HA!) See Ya! and good luck! Keeley. X

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      leonvert 5 years ago

      I hide my money in my hidden pockets :)

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you, everyone!

      mary615, I would be glad for you to link ours. Let me know when you do, bc I am interested in reading yours. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      This is a great Hub for travelers! I am in the process of writing a Hub about traveling solo in Puerto Rico. May I link this Hub to mine when I finish it? I use a money belt, and also place cash and credit cards in my jeans pocket. Thanks so much.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 5 years ago from Pune, India

      Great idea, thank you for sharing it.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      What a fantastic idea. I love to travel and do some traveling alone and your method would be perfect for me also. Thanks. Voted up and useful.

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      keeleytaylor54 5 years ago

      interesting ideas! the bra one's not bad,but mine's better! i fold the notes in half then put them in a plastic bank bag,(used for coins) then carefully put it down the front of my panties,(or bikini pants)depending on where i am. it's totally concealed! no worries! just make sure you wear loose fitting outer clothing so nothing shows through! this idea works a treat! trust me!! even my friends could'nt tell until i showed them! now they all agree and there doing the same (girls! that is). is this brilliant or what!!!!! good luck! from Keeley.

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      Anna 5 years ago

      Glad to help! Safe travels everyone!

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      breathe2travel 5 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Thank you, Anna. I will add your suggestion, as I believe it is helpful. :)

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      Anna L 5 years ago

      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.

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      debbie 5 years ago

      no safer way than directly inside the bra cup. i do it all the time .

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      breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      One good woman -- I don't know how I missed your comment!

      Thank you for the suggestions! Thank you for reading, also.

      Warmest regards~

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      Voted up!

      I too hide money, on my person, from my hubby,

      who is often shocked at how much we have......

      from myself,

      I am a firm believer of 'not putting all of your

      eggs in one basket".

      I have a high instep........it is not my

      bra....but my shoe.....that hides my available

      spending money.....along with my bible, the floor

      mats, taped to the dog's collar, underneath

      the propane tank, in the flour canister......

      oops........have I told the thieves too much!?

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      breathe2travel 7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      thanks, Nell! :)

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, what a great idea! i always use a 'bum' bag as we call it over here, you put it around your waist and have a zipper on the actual purse, then you put your clothes over the top, but I may just starting using your idea! cheers nell