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Old 09-22-2010, 11:08 AM
 
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Am traveling to an area where it is advised large sums of cash should be worn on a money belt.

I'm a petite lady and worry about bulk. Anyone recommend a good money belt/ pouch that is worn around the waste?
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:14 AM
 
Location: IL
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I have two very basic money belts, they cost me less than $10 about 15 years ago and I haven't had any problems with them. I wouldn't spend a lot of cash on a belt, but that is just my opinion. Also, dig into your belt only where you feel safe, and keep cash for the day somewhere else (pocket?).
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Check out a military surplus store, I've found in the past that a good money belt is hard to find in other kinds of stores. There are two kinds, one fits around the waist just below your belt. The other goes on a strap around your neck and hangs down the front. For a woman, the first gives you more wardrobe flexibility. Look for a belt with a nylon strap that goes around your back, with two metal rings for closure. They are very durable and will last forever. Wear it ALL the time, so you notice its absence and feel naked without it.

The external belly-pack is unsatisfactory, it is a signal that you are carrying valuables, and very easy for a thief to get into in a crowded environment. If you need to get into your money belt while you are out, find a place to stand where nobody can see what you're doing.
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Old 09-22-2010, 03:19 PM
 
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The external belly-pack is unsatisfactory, it is a signal that you are carrying valuables, and very easy for a thief to get into in a crowded environment. If you need to get into your money belt while you are out, find a place to stand where nobody can see what you're doing.
Great advice! And if you see signs that say, "Beware of Pick-Pockets" resist the urge to pat your tummy or your pockets or wherever you are keeping your money to make sure it is there all safe and secure. That's a great big "Here it is!" to the bad guys. They are watching.
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Old 09-22-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Take some old pants you plan to throw away, rip out the pockets, re-sew them inside the pants you plan to wear. If the pockets aren't deep enough,
go to a thrift store and buy some pants with the deeper pockets, rip them out, re-attach/sew them to the inside of your pants. Stick the money in there.

I carry my money in zip-lock bags, stuffed into my socks before I put my shoes on. After awhile, you'll get used to it, feeling that plastic bag in your socks/shoes all day. To get to that money, they'd have to knock you down,
take your shoes and socks off.

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Old 09-22-2010, 09:47 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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I once traveled for months with a few $100 bills tucked into the tongue of my sneakers. Pull out the entire tongue, and put a slice in the base of the under-fabric. Wrap several $100 bills in a small plastic bag, roll it narrow enough, and push it up inside the tongue. Then relace the shoes. If the thief leaves you your shoes, you still have the emergency money.
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Old 09-23-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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Great place to get ideas.

Safety & Security | Magellan's Travel Supplies

I have this one:

http://www.magellans.com/store/Safet...ltsSV627?Args=

Mrs. Tek has this one:

http://www.magellans.com/store/Safet...ltsSV638?Args=
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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I suggest an under-arm pouch strapped beneath a vest. It's pretty much impossible for a pickpocket to get to as your arm hangs over the top flap and the bottom is too high and hidden for a razorblade, but it does get stinky after a year's worth of backpacking through tropical regions.

I never took mine off except to shower while I left it in my wife's hands. Never lost anything either. Then again, we only encountered one group of obvious pickpockets in Spain who half-heartedly tried the "newspaper trick." But it was pretty clear who they were and what they were after, so we dodged them pretty easily.
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I have two waist-pouches ~ one that snaps around the waist, and one that a belt loops through. I take both since I don't always wear a belt. Also, try to find one with a plastic zipper to avoid obvious problems at security.

You can also tuck your bills inside your sock or bottom of an enclosed shoe.

I have also stashed bills and c.c. into smaller ziplocks then pinned them inside my pants or shorts.

I still use a small purse or fannypack to hold other things. Being female, a pickpocket would likely assume that I have "everything" in there.
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Old 10-02-2010, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Rick Steves' Europe: Tour of a Moneybelt

Rick Steves' Travel Store (http://travelstore.ricksteves.com/content/promo_moneybelts.htm - broken link)
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