How to Carry Money While Traveling | Bellroy Card Pocket & Mitchell Money Clip Wallet

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Hi there, it's Ernest from Trip Astute.
Today, we'll be talking about how to carry money while traveling. (light chiming music) One of the
questions I often get asked is, "how do I carry money while traveling?" Now there's
no right or wrong answer to this question, but it's certainly a lot of
options. From money belts to wallets, there's a whole slew of ways to carry
money while traveling. When I first traveled on my own in the late 90s, I
wore one of these things — a money belt. At the time it seemed like the most logical
thing to wear. I read about them in travel books and online, and many people
were talking about how it was the most discreet way to carry money and to use
money while traveling abroad. Of course, because I never traveled before, I was
worried about pickpockets and having my money stolen and my passport stolen
while traveling. Though when I look back, I have to say that I think it was a
pretty uncomfortable experience to wear a money belt. I remember it being hot and
humid, and just really uncomfortable to have this money belt in between my
waistband. What I didn't realize at the time was that I didn't actually know how
to use a money belt correctly. At the time I was using the money belt like a
normal wallet. What I was doing was I'd walk into a store, I'd go to pay for
something, and I would actually pull money from the money belt from the
inside of my waistband. That is definitely not the best way to use your
money belt. A better way is to keep it hidden at all times. I've always treated
my money belt like a personal safe. It's basically a place where I keep my
passport and cash when I don't want to leave it in the hotel room. Rather than
using it like a wallet, I basically will pull money from it ahead of time and
leave it in my front pocket or in another wallet. That way, the money belt
is always kind of discreet and hidden. I don't like to show that I have it. I just
worry that someone might come up and try to steal it or mug me. Now I'll add a
disclaimer that this is just how I use it. A friend of mine uses her money belt
every time she travels, and she seems to have a lot of success with it. She argues
that it's harder for women when they don't have pockets or other ways of
carrying things. For me, I much prefer to keep my passport and the bulk of my cash
in a hotel safe. I prefer to just load up my front pocket
wallet with the cash that I need for that day. And while we're on the topic,
never keep your wallet in your back pocket when traveling. That just begs to get
pick-pocketed. Generally speaking, if I'm going to a country where electronic
payments are pretty prevalent, then I'll use my normal wallet which is a Bellroy
Card Pocket Wallet. This is a great wallet, especially for folks like me who
tend to carry a lot of credit cards. As you know, I like to maximize every
purchase with my points, so I tend to carry a lot more credit cards than the
normal person. The wallet is super small, high-quality, durable. I really love it.
In fact, I'm a huge fan of Bellroy products in general. I'll include some
links below in case you're interested. When I travel to countries where cash
is more prevalent, I actually carry a more traditional wallet. The one I carry
is the Mitchell Money Clip Wallet. What makes this wallet really special is
that there's actually a money clip built into the wallet itself. So it kind of has
the benefits of both a money clip and a more traditional wallet. I used to carry
this wallet as my normal daily wallet, but since I've started to use less cash
in my daily life, I decided to use the wallet as a primary travel wallet. What I
love about this wallet is I can pull cash from anywhere in the note stack.
Like if I want to pull the second bill from the stack, I can do so without
having to pull out the entire wad. In this case its function is even better
than a normal money clip. It's an awesome wallet for cash as it makes everything
so accessible while also keeping a relatively slim profile. It also helps that
it's made from premium leather which smells and feels amazing. Lastly, I've
read about people using binder clips as wallets when traveling. It's definitely a
minimalist idea and I like the concept behind it. But I have to say I much
prefer to have a more traditional and formal wallet when traveling, especially
my Money Clip Wallet. I feel like it gives me the benefits of a normal money
clip, but also is discreet like a normal wallet as well. So in summary, if you plan
to use a money belt, I highly suggest treating it like a personal
safe. If you do plan to use it like a actual wallet, then I suggest using a lot
of discretion and just being careful of your surroundings. You definitely don't
want to advertise that you have one on you. I think a lot of thieves are known
to target folks and tourists who use money belts and who show signs of
wearing one. And if you're looking for a really good travel wallet, I highly
suggest these two wallets. This again is the Mitchell Money Clip Wallet, available
at Mitchell Leather, and I'll include a link below. As well as the Bellroy Card
Pocket Wallet. Actually, I recommend all of Bellroy's products. They make a wide
range of wallets and I think all of them are fantastic. Lastly, and probably most
importantly, always be careful and be aware of your surroundings when
traveling. Fortunately, I've never been pick-pocketed or mugged, but I have a lot
of friends who have and it's absolutely no fun. Losing your passport or your cash
is a sure way to ruin your day when traveling. That's it for this episode.
Until next time, travel safe and travel smart.


michael lewis · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

The white man's struggle is real

Eunju Seo · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

If you carry card pocket wallet while traveling, how do you keep this wallet?

This is Cutie Ringo Joy · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

I’m a woman and all my pants has big pockets, is either because I own plus size or just I live in a different country

Solid State · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

What about the coins? Where do you put your coins?

Richard Chodorowski · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Guy… What you said on your clip was good and dandy … But go ahead see if they'll work in countries like the Philippines or Thailand…. their pickpockets could be male female or children you will lose in that type of environment.. either alone or work in tandem either way if they want it they're going to take it

Natendo · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

RFID protection is always top priority whether you're at home or abroad.

HanchoPOW · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm


Mae Lee · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Just wasted 5 mins of my life!

Forche Rd Welding · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Personally feel like carrying credit cards is a dumb idea when traveling. Instead keep a small amount of cash in ur wallet and then put some cash in every other pocket that way they steal ur wallet ur out 20 bucks they steal ur credit card they can screw u over sure u csn cancel ur card but then getting it back up and running is a pain in the neck same deal with debit cards they can basically take all the money u have on your bank account

WIZARD'S COLONY · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

So , can someone share there knowledge about how many grands can a money pouch hold including other stuff's.

Marko Smit · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

60€ WTF 👀😱

Clara Salaam · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm


Thomas Never · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Another tip – wrap the bills in plastic before you stash them in the belt. Otherwise sweat and friction may turn them into worthless confetti.

Oregon's Lonewolf · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

I carry a fake wallet filled with fake credit cards and yes, fake cash of 100$ I got from ebay. I then keep my regular money in my front pocket. If you get pick pocked, the bad guy now has fake cash that looks real!! If he cashes it in, he's BUSTED!! BAM

Thomas Never · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

I have two moneybelts. One beneath my normal belt. It contains up to nine 500 Euro bills. One beneath my trousers around my waist at the back. Contains about 2000 dollar. Then I have two wallets. One for bills, the other for coins. In places like Cambodia I have a third wallet for notes below 1000. Credit cards are carried at my hip in a leather wallet together with my mobile. The cards are stacked between other cards for camouflage. My passport is at another place, the flight tickets at again another. This way never anything together gets lost or stolen.

Snapx · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Another great video I really like you’re YouTube channel I’ve definitely subed x

Eri Eri · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

I used money belt when I went back home , to the Philippines , just a month vacation . The airport security touched my belly many times , asking : what is this thing under my pants ? Money belt is a secure wallet or pocket to use when to fly to dangerous Philippines !

joe jone · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

too close

Mark Doney-Mccloud · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

For muggers I have a knife, wire-saw, pepper spray and a real attitude problem for people who think they can rip me off or mug me. I might want to target them instead. Otherwise I'm a nice guy who treats people with respect.

Cristian Henriquez · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

90's? You don't even look that old.

MommaD **** · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Money isnt more "prevaiing". Prevalent.

Dj Airfire · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

ok good advice

acajudi100 · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Never carry all your credit cards together. Carry only one card and the days money.

Henry Le · July 30, 2019 at 6:42 pm

Great video!

I was surprised and laughed out loud when I saw VND in this video. Thank you.

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