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money belts

Posted by barrylad66 on 23/4/2008 at 19:23

hi everyone
can anyone suggest somewhere where i can purchase a good comfy moneybelt.

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Posted by scomoore1 on 27/4/2008 at 01:00

REI carries a nylon web Eagle Creek money belt that is used as a regular belt. Has the advantage of having no metal and will set off airport screening alarms. However, it holds only what I would consider 'emergency money' and a copy of your passport.

The same manufacturer makes a larger belt best fits the definition of a "MONEY BELT" -- fits under your shirt around your waist. Eagle Creek also makes a passport sized pouch with a loop that a regular belt slips through and you wear it under your pants or shorts. Another is basically a pouch with a necklace that you wear on your chest under a shirt. I've seen still another that is worn around the ankles and has a velcro fastener.

You should be able to get these at decent luggage store. I've even seen one or another of them at Target and J.C. Penny's. You can probably order one online from REI or eBags.

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Posted by barrylad66 on 27/4/2008 at 16:17

thank's for the info,i will check it out scomoore

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Posted by katieq2 on 28/5/2008 at 02:29

I didn't find a money belt necessary for Laos - I had one and didn't wear it for the entire Laos leg of my trip

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Posted by steviej on 1/6/2008 at 20:05

Just as Katie says.

If you need to carry a money belt around all the time your carrying far to much money on you at any one moment.

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Posted by scomoore1 on 21/7/2008 at 03:29

The bulk of a money belt or pouch, especially filled with the bulk of hundreds of thousands of kip, is... face it... a pain in the ass. I always have one of these with me, but rarely use it unless to 'hide' some of it in my shoulder bag or secret backpack compartment. Thankfully, I've never needed to respond to an emergency involving lost money, checks, whatever while travelling in SE Asia. BUT...

Even in the US, I've found it useful to have a secret $50 bill or two folded into my handy Eagle Creek belt to use in emergencies.

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Posted by somsai on 22/7/2008 at 10:34

I use the necklace described in #2, over my neck and under my left arm, I always feel it is there and I never lose it. Contains passport, credit card, a whole bunch of foreign cash and three of four million kip in fifty thousand notes. The whole thing takes very little space. On all night busses I sleep peacefully.

In my wallet I keep up to a million kip. Up to twenty notes in the big 50K size. Not enough to be devastating to lose, more than I can spend in a day, or two. Not enough to be overly atractive.

Every week or two I change more kip, but try to stay away from anywhere with an ATM. Towns with ATMs make me nervous, like I'm somewhere I don't want to be.

Secure money carrying is important, especially in Laos where cash is king.

Most things disappear out of a room. Even rarer, bag snatch, or drunk.

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