If you read our tips on how to access your money when traveling in foreign countries, you’ll know there might be times when you’ll need to have large amounts of cash in your “pocket.” I won’t scare you with all the different ways people can steal from you. It happens, so take precaution and then enjoy your day. Still, it’s a good idea to hide your money, so, here are some ideas on how to keep your stash safe.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket – disperse your money
- If you are traveling with a partner, divide the cash between yourselves
- Hide your cash in different, inaccessible places on your body. Darren likes to use a waist pouch because it lays flat and is comfortable underneath his Clothes. I prefer the neck pouch, but only for items that I don’t need to access. Reaching under my shirt to buy an ice cream screams AWKWARD! I like lightweight, soft, flexible pouches, with thin neck strings and a narrow design.
- Using inside pockets is a great idea. Check out this hoody or this vest with a ton of secret, hidy-holes.
- Keep a little cash or a second credit card in your backpack/suitcase. It feels good to have emergency funds, in case your other money goes missing.
- Use the hotel room safe. The security of these safes can be questionable, but when you’re in the moment, weigh your odds and use the safe if it makes sense to you. Sometimes it just isn’t feasible to walk around with loads of cash, especially if you are rafting down a river or swimming at the beach.
Don’t carry large sums of cash in day packs or shoulder bags.
Day bags are easy to leave behind on buses or in restaurants. They are also easily swiped off shoulders. To avoid this we keep the chest belt on our day pack latched and I carry other bags diagonally, across my shoulder. We also keep those bags on laps vs. under bus seats, etc.
Use your credit card whenever possible
Consider carrying enough cash for your small, daily activities and using your credit card for bigger ticket items (like hotels, tours, etc). Also, using credit cards will preserve your cash supply and reduce the number of visits you’ll have to make to the ATM.
Do you have any special tricks for keeping your money safe? Fill us in!