Wise travelers learn a few tricks to protect passports from theft before leaving home. Specially designed products and tried and true strategies allow anyone to outsmart thieves and protect valuables, documents and cash. Wherever you roam, avoiding loss of valuables promotes a positive traveling experience.
The key to not losing everything in one fell swoop is to keep everything separate. If you do not have any special holder for your passport or wallet, at least keep them far from each other on your person. That way, if one is stolen, you still have the other. Do not keep them in obvious places, like your back pocket. The best places to store these items are the sock, a shirt pocket or a front pants pocket, as long as it is deep and does not open from the side.
Zippered or Inside Pockets
If you are able to wear a jacket, the inside pockets are a more secure place to keep your passport and wallet, so long as you don't remove the jacket. Any zippered pocket can be a secure place to keep your items, but keep the pocket in your line of sight. A zipper involves more work, which makes it harder for a pickpocket to steal your valuables -- but not impossible.
Most travel sites recommend money belts by most travel sites, as do the U.S. consular offices and Ordinary Traveler, as they are very secure and easy to use. Money belts are thin, zippered pouches – similar to fanny packs – usually worn on the inside of a shirt or pants, at the waist. Some designs look like regular belts, to be worn as such, and have a small zippered area in which to hide money and paper, but are too small to hold anything else (like your passport or wallet).
The article “6 Discreet Holders to Keep Your Passport Safe” by Christopher Reynolds of the Los Angeles Times introduces innovative products for protecting passports. Items Reynolds highlights include the Micropack Explorer wallet. The wallet is similar to a money belt, but clamps to the front of pants, shorts or skirts without belt loops. Another choice, Pacsafe Walletsafe 100, includes zippered compartments and a chain able for anchoring to a belt. For travelers without pockets, Pacsafe Pouchsafe 100 keeps valuables secure. The small pouch attaches to a nylon-coated, adjustable wire hung around the neck and under a shirt. The Personal Bra Stash Bra Pouch for women is a small pouch large enough to hold money and credit cards. It attaches to the front of a bra.
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