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Old 07-22-2008, 05:44 PM
 
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I don't think you should worry about it so much.

Amazing how paranoid people are when they venture out of the supposed safe haven of the USA.
It's not about that. The USA is not any safer than other countries. You will see people carrying money belts whether they are visiting from another country or just another city within the US. The issue is that you are a lot more vulnerable when you are outside your home territory. If you lose your keys or wallet here you can just phone a friend to help or pay to have someone help. Travelers are an easy target and if you become a victim while traveling then that has the potential of ruining your entire trip.

I actually utilize some of these methods even at home. It's no extra trouble. (People just think it is because they are not in the habit of doing so.) There are little things people can do like not carrying all your valuables in a wallet in your back pocket. (I think anyone who does that these days is an idiot.) The same with women who carry their all valuables in a wallet inside a purse.
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Old 07-26-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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I think the key to using a new system of carrying your valuables is to start doing it weeks BEFORE the day of your trip. Otherwise you are likely to get to the airport and begin feeling confused and disoriented, which doesn't really help matters. That happened to me when I went through security. I almost left my trouser belt on the floor. Next time I am going to get one with a plastic buckle because then I shouldn't have to take it off.

I use the leather trouser belt to carry a small credit card sized nylon pouch hanging inside my pants from a strong nylon cord. I had to keep that pouch in my pocket until I got past security. (I don't trust the thin, flimsy, quick-release belts on the standard money belts that go around your waist, under your pants.)

Just don't leave it there if you have to use a public restroom.

It's also smart to wear a shirt with buttoned pockets on the day you travel. You can keep valuables there in case they ask to check your neck-pouch (in case they ask). Or if you just want to keep your credit card, id, and boarding pass there so that they are a little more accessible. Professional pickpockets have stated that a shirt pocket is the safest place to carry your money.
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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The only precaution I mess with is carrying my passport/wallet in my front pocket, never the back pocket.
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Old 03-14-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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I like the idea of keeping just what you need for the day in your front pocket. The rest hidden.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville/Afghanistan
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My front pocket.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:40 AM
 
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I always carry "shoe money" home and away. I keep some bills ( in a ziplock bag) under the inside soles of my shoes. So even if my wallet is stolen or (more likely) lost or left at home, I am never without cash.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:08 AM
 
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I don't think you should worry about it so much.

Amazing how paranoid people are when they venture out of the supposed safe haven of the USA.
I know, I've only been pickpocketed and burglarized while living in the U.S., never as a tourist in Europe nor after living here twelve years. Probably just luck, but I find the pervasive paranoia that has come to grip Americans in the past few decades fascinating.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:10 AM
 
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The only precaution I mess with is carrying my passport/wallet in my front pocket, never the back pocket.
Yes, as far as I am concerned back pockets are just for decoration.
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Old 09-14-2012, 11:20 AM
 
Location: DFW
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I put my wallet and passport in my front shirt pocket.
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Ottawa Valley & Dunedin FL
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I've always just been careful and alert. I carry a purse usually, always a zippered one when I travel, and I hang onto it tight. Once settled into a hotel or cruise ship, our passports and most credit cards are locked up in a safe, so we're walking around with perhaps one debit card/credit card each, and a small amount of cash.

In Rio, I carried a little half-backpack style purse, so I could have it over my shoulder and carry it in front of me. I hung onto it tight the first day or two, but actually felt very safe. I'm going to Barcelona next year, which has a terrible rep for pickpockets, so may resort to a neck pouch. We will certainly minimize and separate, as usual. My camera is small, and is often in my hand.

I also depend on ATM's, and have used them everywhere--Rio, Istanbul, Athens, London, Nice, etc. If you're worried about your ATM card, have your bank put a low daily limit on it before you leave. And only use those inside banks (although I've used kiosks right on the street.)
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