Travel Advice/Travel Tips - Buy a
money belt and be prepared to use it.
Losing your money or travel documents can turn an otherwise dream
vacation into a nightmare. The easiest way to avoid this dilemma is to
purchase a money belt and consistently use it. A small investment of
about $15 for a money belt can help prevent the theft of your money and
There are a number of money belt styles and sizes to choose from, but
we have found that a waist belt is the least obvious and most
- Look for one with two pockets that zip closed. This will not only
keep your valuables more secure, it will also allow you to keep
important travel documents separate from the items you will need to
access more often, such as cash, credit cards, and travelers checks.
- The money belt should be worn between your outer garment and your
underwear, with its top below your belt line.
- Select a color that will not show through your clothes.
- We have found that the khaki or tan colored money belts are the
Before you leave your room in the morning, slip on your money belt.
Make sure that you have enough cash in your pockets or wallet to pay for
the day's activities.
- The rest of your cash should be in the money belt.
- Keep any negotiable travel documents, such as airplane tickets,
traveler's checks, ATM cards, and credit cards in your money belt.
- We recommend that you carry your ATM card or credit card in your
wallet or pocket only when you are going to use it.
- At all other times, these cards should be in your money
If you unexpectedly need to remove something from your money belt while
you are out, do so in a private spot, such as a restroom.
- Remember, the money belt it designed to be a "hidden" security
- Reaching inside your pants in public and extracting your money belt
defeats the purpose of wearing one.
- Return your “cards” to your money belt as soon as possible after
There is one small drawback to wearing any money belt: they often
become damp from perspiration.
- To protect the money belt's contents, we recommend that you place
the items you will keep in the money belt in a sealable plastic
- Traveler’s checks and cash fit nicely in a sandwich-sized bag.
- A quart- sized bag is perfect for travel documents such as tickets
and fits nicely into most money belts.
Once you have become accustomed to wearing a money belt, you will feel
uncomfortable when you travel without one. The money belt is our choice
for protecting cash, cards, checks, and travel documents during
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