Ever imagined a situation where you’re in a foreign country and suddenly you notice that you’ve lost your wallet? It would be a huge fuss getting back to your homeland. Thus, there’s no doubt that travel money belts are very useful in your overseas journeys. Wondering what makes money belts more advantageous than bags? There is a simple reason, they fit beneath your dressing and it’s next to impossible for pickpockets to get to them.
Money belts are preferred to keep your cash, credit/debit card or passport without any worries. Though there are travel pants with safety pockets, money belts are preferable for their easy availability and low costs.
You need to keep some factors in mind while buying a money belt which is given below:
People have been concerned about RFID chips for many years now, and not just in the context of credit cards. All U.S. passports issued starting in 2006 have these chips that track your photo and information. Metro cards have RFID chips for quick swiping and dogs are implanted with RFID chips for safety tracking. They’re everywhere.
RFID chips work by using radio waves to communicate. The object, such as a credit card, contains an RFID tag with information, and an RFID reader uses radio waves to read the information from a tag. The key is that RFID chips have tiny electromagnetic fields, which is what makes them possible to read without having to “initiate” communications. All you need is proximity.
That’s why, in theory, somebody could scan you through your pocket. And yes, people in the real world have been scanned like this. Check out this anecdote on Reddit to see what kind of headache can result from RFID hackers.
The size should be accurate to put your cards and cash in it. You surely don’t want it too large to be uncomfortable or too small for the cards to fit in. Always remember to check the dimensions first and the design must have multiple compartments for more convenience.
After checking out the size, you should focus on the material. Do you want a money belt that is made of a material which will not last long? Definitely not. Thus, we would recommend you to avoid leather. Remember, traveling surely does not exclude drizzly trips or damped regions.
After the size and material, the ease to open up the belt is a feature to consider. At times, you will need to get it out while using the washrooms. You will not like it if it gets stuck with your pants. Check out the accessibility of the belt strap to avoid any such annoying situations.
There are different categories of money belts depending on usage.
A waist pouch is the most popular kind wherein the bag hangs around your waist.
A belt loop pouch gets tucked into your pants and is a bit more secure than the waist pouch.
A leg slash is worn around your ankle and it may turn fairly problematic while carrying a passport or a card.
Finally, the decision of which money belt to choose will depend on your personal preference and convenience. Thus choose wisely to make the most of your upcoming trip.
Good items to have are locks (no need to worry about lost keys — just don’t forget the combination) to lock as many of the pouch zippers as possible.
To help you chose more wisely we would like to inspire you when you will buy your new travel money belt