You didn’t get robbed? You didn’t lose your papers? You weren’t afraid? I’ve always found it surprising: most of the questions people ask after a great trip are about safety. Many of them often want to know how to carry money and documents during a great trip.

Suffering some theft or loss of our money (or valuable belongings) while traveling is perhaps one of the most frequent nightmares any traveler has. The simple fact of imagining that someone can take away everything you saved for that longed-for trip makes you tremble. Knowing how to save money on a trip is, in my opinion, one of the main lessons anyone should learn.

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The truth is that the world is a much safer place than we think it is from home, but there are still some precautions to take. The best thing to do is to use a combination of means and places to keep the money, but never, ever, ever, is our safe purse, the traveler’s inseparable friend.

Security purses are small cloth pockets in which to discreetly store the most important documents we carry on our travels (passport, credit cards, various cards -vaccination, driver’s license, passenger’s license, travel insurance, airline tickets, etc.), as well as cash or traveler’s checks.

They are designed (and this, obviously, it must be said) to be concealed under clothing, without being noticed, but at the same time easily accessible in case at any given time we need to get some document or some money out of them.

There are different types and everyone should choose the one that best suits their preferences or conditions. There is not one that we can say is “the best”, although it is true that those with the neck and waist are the “classics” (and also, for this reason, the ones that are most frequently sought after by burglars). That said, any one of them is a better alternative than carrying all the documentation in your trouser pocket, handbag, suitcase or backpack. There is a many types or safe purses that you may use:

  • There are some that hang around the neck, hidden under the shirt. They can be worn straight or across (like a shoulder strap, under the arm).
  • Waist, to be worn underneath the trousers, at the front. They are the most used for the convenience of access to its content.
  • Ankle, only useful if you wear long pants, of course. They are ideal if you want to take the money distributed in more than one place.
  • Type of holster, between the arm and the armpit: they are probably one of the safest, but can rub and be somewhat annoying, especially when carrying the backpack.
  • Hanging from the belt, placed inside the pants, which makes them quite discreet.

Here are 3 of the most wanted safety purses:

  • Travelon Anti-Theft Purse

It has two large, lockable main compartments and is made of a cut-resistant material. Its design fits the body and includes a small LED flashlight.

This bag has almost 2000 reviews on Amazon, most of them with positive comments about its practicality and comfort. This model is available in one colour and printed fabric.

  • Wandf cross bag

Black crossover shoulder bag. Made of polyester, it has three zippered compartments and a mesh backrest with padded padding for added comfort.

Organize and store your personal belongings securely. It has pockets for every object such as cell phone, cards, tablet and keys. You can wear it on long trips or while playing outdoor sports.

  • Messenger bag Travelon

Wallet made of waterproof, cut-resistant polyester, with adjustable strap. It has large compartments and internal pockets for cards, pens and keys.

With over 1500 customer reviews, this bag is a favorite among travelers. Although it is not large, you can carry books, makeup, your purse and other items you need to have on hand during the trip.

Do I Need to Have All My Documents On?

It’s up to you, but normally it won’t be necessary.

The security pockets are especially useful when travelling, when we carry all our luggage with us and we don’t want to have to worry about anything else: we know that the money and documents that go in the interior security pocket will be safe from pickpockets and petty theft. At the stations, when using public transport, if we fall asleep in buses or night trains, when crossing borders, when we get rid of our luggage to check it in…. these are examples of good times to take it with us.

On the other hand, if you are going to the beach, for a walk around the city or for hiking, unless you have a lot of money with you or your passport on you, it is not necessary to wear it. It’s probably safer to leave your documents and money where you stay and enjoy your surroundings without worry.

Better Recommendations:

If you carry a large amount of cash with you I recommend that:

1. Hide and divide: Whenever you travel by any means of transport (airplane, train, bus, boat, etc.), carry the total sum with you in 2 or 3 different places. For example, most of it on an internal seat belt and a smaller part on the shoe/sock and/or in a deep pant pocket. Not in the back pockets. Just in case, keep some loose change (equivalent to about $20 or $30) in your purse in your backpack.

2. Once you have arrived at your destination and are in your hotel, never leave the money in plain view or accessible. If you have a single room, keep the money and valuables in the hotel safe or in your suitcase and/or backpack and keep it locked. If, on the other hand, you sleep in a hostel with shared rooms, keep your money in your backpack and it is locked in the locker. If the hostel does not have lockers, hide your money well in your backpack and close it tightly. I have already recommended backpack safety nets many times, for those cases in which the hostels do not have lockers, it will be a luxury.

3. Hide it: When you hide the money in your big backpack, try to split it into 2: half the money hidden in a sock in the middle of your clothes and the other half hidden in your dirty laundry bag underneath it all.