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Old 01-04-2004, 09:42 AM   #1
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I was thinking about buying a money belt to store my credit cards, passport, etc.

However, I have read mixed reports about using a money belt.
.........some say they are the best way to carry important items and others say they are a 'thief target ' - that you are better off spreading your money/documents in various pockets ?!

What do you think folks ?


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Old 01-04-2004, 10:23 PM   #2
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get the money belt that you tuck in over your boxers/underwear but under your pants....with a shirt or jacket covering it'd be impossible for a thief to even see a bulge where the money belt is....so you have to expose yourself to public embarassment everytime you reach into your croch to get your passport or money out....Big fucking deal....
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Old 01-05-2004, 10:44 AM   #3
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i HIGHLY recommend the eagle creek leg stash (but only if you'll be wearing pants the whole trip). i used it through germany in october (was wearing pants, two pair usually) and it was great... sometimes it can feel like it's slipping a little, but never enough to come off or to show from the bottom of your pants. it's great.
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Sometimes its good, sometimes not...if you are wearing a t-shirt, the belt will be against your skin, and it can really start to stink from the sweat...

If your going to be wearing cargo pants or cargo shorts, here is a tip that I have done...well I have not done it, my wife did it for me...

Take your cargo pants/shorts turn them inside out, sew a pocket at the bottom of the leg, big enough to hold your passport and cash, make it seal will velcro for added security. you will not even know its there.

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Sew a pocket inside your pants right behind the pocket on the outside, keep you passport in there. there are a couple of ways to do it, and it was a trick my grandfather taught me from when he was a "budget trav'la" after the war
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Good tips, folks! Very nice secretive options

i personally had the waist money belt. I figured, they'd have to take my ass down before they got their hands on it. That also meant that I walked around with my Clint Eastwood squint, whenever I was by myself :greenguy: . Walk around with a big koolaid smile in a shady part of town and you're public target #1

How far did I go? Even when I had my own private rooms, if it only had a doorlock, I slept with my waist belt complete with passport, credit cards, and plane and Eurail tickets. I did this because I can sleep like a rock and not be awaken easily at times. Since hostel staffs had keys to everything, a devious staff member could slip in without me noticing it. Reaching...I know, but better safe than sorry.

Only if the room had a dead bolt or lock that couldn't be unlocked from the outside, and the windows locked, did I feel completely at ease in leaving all of my personal posessions out in the open while I slept .
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