When you travel, there will always be one type of person who loves your favorite jeans even more than you do: the pickpocket. Often times, those slim back pockets are barely big enough to hold your phone, credit cards, and cash, and they’re out of your eye-line so you can easily snatch them away. While the inside pocket of your jacket provides a good place to hide valuables, it also requires you to always wear and secure your layers – not an ideal option for people traveling to exotic countries. So what can you do to keep your money safe?
RFID protected money belts are designed to provide a solution for people who follow active travel life. Not only do they provide an invisible safe place to store passports, credit cards and keys, but they are also protected with an RFID-blocking lining so you can avoid physical and digital pickpockets at the same time.
If you want to get the most out of RFID protected money belts, you must be aware that they are not a substitute for your wallet. Your money belt is not there to carry all the things you need for daily transactions. You don’t want to pull it out and hide it again every time you make a purchase as it defeats the purpose of drawing attention to it. Instead, the things that you use all the time, such as:
- Your identification
- The money you need for the day
Should be carried outside of your money belt in your wallet or pocket. Just make sure to shove the money as deep in your pocket as it will go. When you need to access your belt, do so in a place where no one can see it – like a toilet.
Just because your money belt helps keep your valuables safe doesn’t mean you should empty your safe everywhere. Just carry any valuables you may need. Some of the items that you can put in your belt are:
- Important information for health emergencies
- Your room key
- All visas or your passport
- Your travel insurance information
- Credit cards
- Emergency money
If you don’t always need access to your smartphone, you can put that in your money belt too, but only if you don’t get it every ten minutes.
Remember, RFID protected money belts work best when hidden. If your money belt is visible, wave a red flag to thieves. Make sure you try the belt on before you leave and wear the clothes you will be wearing on your trip so you can check whether it is visible or not. If you’re wearing it under your clothes, try buttoning your shirt and tucking it into your pants. Don’t let the material hang loosely over the belt so that it is exposed every time you reach for something.