6 ingenious ways to hide emergency money while traveling
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Whether you prefer an annual pilgrimage to your vacation spot or enjoy discovering new destinations, traveling is one of the few life experiences we simply can’t get enough of. The opportunity to experience new adventures and experience new cultures is truly priceless.
That’s not to say that traveling doesn’t have its difficulties either. There are risks when it comes to being away from home, which is sometimes unavoidable. But by researching the area you will be visiting and staying alert, your risks can be reduced. Another way to minimize risk is to keep cash on hand.
You never know if your card will be declined for some reason or if local stores only accept cash. Of course, hiding money can be difficult because you don’t want to show a lot of money in public. Also, if you were robbed, things could get expensive.
Luckily, you can reduce those risks by having the right gear to hide emergency cash while traveling worry-free. Here are some of our favorite picks.
1. Travel Money Belt
This unassuming belt can hold a lot of cash. The 22 inch zippered pocket inside the waistband holds up to 20+ bills. The lightweight belt is metal-free and hypoallergenic, perfect for hiding cash, a key or other small valuables.
“I bought one for myself and one for my husband for a recent trip to Costa Rica. I normally don’t wear a belt, but it seemed like a good way to hide our extra money. Would definitely recommend for travel,” said one reviewer.
2. Adjustable Undercover Bra Wrap
Let’s face it; women’s clothing hasn’t gone too far in functionality. Women’s pants rarely have pockets deep enough to hold anything. And while I love skirts and dresses with pockets, these can’t fit much more than a phone.
Also, it’s probably not a good idea to rely on pockets while traveling anyway. Carrying a bulky handbag on vacation? Well, that’s not ideal either.
This bra wrap is the perfect solution. It can clip on any underwear, and your emergency money or valuables will be safe. Made from RFID blocking materials, your credit cards and other items will be safe. It’s also water resistant and made from super soft Spandex so it won’t feel uncomfortable on your skin.
3. Infinity Scarf with Zippered Pockets
Towards cooler weather? This infinity scarf will help you stay warm and can keep all your small valuables and money safe. The scarf has two discreet zipped pockets, perfect for storing small items and money.
Due to its infinity cowl neck design, the scarf won’t look too bulky or out of place while hiding your valuables. Available in multiple colors and prints, this scarf is a great handbag alternative.
It’s also a good idea to spread out your travel money. Thus, using a scarf in addition to the bra wrap or money belt would be ideal.
4. Anti-theft messenger bag
This simple and functional messenger bag is big enough to carry all your important documents and more, but isn’t oversized. Reviews show that there’s enough room for a small umbrella, a book or Kindle, your phone and a water bottle in the side pocket.
The messenger bag is well equipped with a 5-point anti-theft security system. It has locking hardware on the straps, RFID blocking pockets and lock compartments, and the straps and purse itself are cut resistant.
One reviewer said: “I bought this bag for a two week trip to Europe and have no regrets! Incredibly durable and so functional. It holds so much stuff and has a huge number of pockets.
5. Diversion Safe Water Bottle
My cousin recently said she had an “emotional support water bottle”, and I never said anything more. My water bottle goes with me everywhere, and it’s pure panic if I forget it at home.
If you plan to travel with your own emotional support water bottle, consider using this stainless steel safe and canteen duo. With a secret compartment on the bottom, this water bottle is ideal for storing keys, AirPods, cash and other small valuables.
6. Hairbrush Diversion Safe
This round brush not only functions as a high quality four inch cylindrical brush, but it’s also a great discreet way to store emergency cash or jewelry.
The top of the secret brush unscrews to reveal a spacious hidden compartment. Throw your bag or luggage among your other toiletries, and your valuables will be easily (and safely) hidden in plain sight.