Stash it in your Bra?

by Gray Cargill on October 4, 2011

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This one’s (primarily) for the ladies: Have you ever agonized about where to keep your money and credit cards while traveling to keep them safe from pickpockets? Have you ever wondered how money belts or other under-your-clothing security wallets work?

I just wrote a guest review for Brooke Schoenman at Her Packing List describing my experience with the Bra Stash Personal Security Wallet. I was driven to try this product on my trip to Spain after reading countless reviews of rampant pickpocketing there. Let’s just say it didn’t quite work out as I’d imagined. You can read the article here. And while you’re over there, poke around a bit. At Her Packing List, Brooke reviews all sorts of travel gear for women, so if you are planning for long-terms travels and wonder which products are absolutely essential and which you can do without, you may find the answer there.

Lisa @chickybus October 12, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Maybe I should write it! “The 5 Dangers of Storing Money in Your Shoes.” Think people like it? LOL

Gray October 12, 2011 at 11:20 am

OMG, that’s hilarious, Lisa! I think that is a post on its own. 🙂

Lisa @chickybus October 12, 2011 at 10:41 am

Good point re: the blisters. The tips for this are:

1. Have thick shoes with an extra insert perhaps (to serve as a buffer.)
2. Limit yourself to two bills and 1 credit card per shoe.
3. Put the same number of items on both sides–keep things symmetrical.
4. Avoid putting coins in the shoes–LOL
5. Use smelly coins in places where the help isn’t friendly.

Hey–this could almost be a post of its own! 🙂

Gray October 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

I hear people talk about hiding money in their shoes, Lisa, and I wonder how that works out for them. I have this vision of developing MORE blisters on my feet because there’s something foreign in my shoe rubbing against my skin, and/or my feet sweating like crazy and the money getting wet and smelly. 🙂

Lisa @chickybus October 5, 2011 at 7:41 am

Hi. Just read your post. It’s a shame that such a good idea is actually convenient in reality. I’ve felt that way with money belts on occasion.

I use PacSafe products and have been very happy with them–especially the waist pack (not fanny). The first time I tried to open it, it took some time, but once I learned how, it was easy. I’m sure for a thief, it would be very difficult. No time to line up the notches, etc.

PS: In Guatemala, I hid money in my shoes–not the daily money, but the bigger bills and a credit card or two. It was OK, but not ideal. 🙂

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