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Safe but sweaty
Gelert Money Belt
Author Name: superness11
Gelert Money Belt
Advantages: easy to wash
Disadvantages: makes you a bit warm!
When I went travelling a few years ago, I visited some fantastic places but to save money I stayed in some very shady places! Having a money belt was useful as it gave me peace of mind about my valuables. It was hard enough looking after my backpack let alone worrying about my money, passport and credit cards. Sometimes if the hostel did not have a safe or locker, I slept with it under my pyjamas!
The Gelert money belt is still going strong, despite it needing a very good deep clean after coming back from travelling!
I paid £5.99 from a camping shop for the money belt, but you can buy one online for £5.95.
The money belt is made from a thin polyester material. It is really light weight which makes it perfect for travelling round with. The material is not waterproof but it is sweat proof!
The dimensions of the pouch are 27 cm by 12 cm tall. There are two pockets with zipper fastenings. The main compartment will easily take two passports and some money, the other pocket is perfect for tickets, credit or debit cards.
The waist fastener is not that comfortable but it does the job; it keeps the pouch secure and flat to your stomach. The strap is adjustable and has a quick fastener at the side so you can whip it on and off with ease.
I was really thankful to have the pouch whilst I was away, it was comforting to know that all my important items were as close as possible to me. I tended to wear the pouch against my skin so that I could always feel it near me, but this does get quite sweaty. The pouch does not really allow your skin to breath so that it can get a bit prickly when you wear it for long periods of time.
So long as your items are no thicker than a passport and some cash, you can get away with not seeing it being worn under a t-shirt. I tended to live in tight fitting vests so you could usually see the belt when I wore it. I didn't mind it being seen, but it probably is not the most attractive look you could pull off. Safety is far more important than looking good though!
When I came back from travelling my pouch was grey and disgusting and I was tempted to throw it away. It was covered in ground in sweat and dirt; I was a pretty grubby traveller! I threw it in the wash on a hot cycle and the pouch came out as good as new.
As far as the quality goes, this brand have excelled here and the money belt is hard wearing and good quality. I've recently taken it to Barcelona and my boyfriend wore it; he managed to squeeze his mobile phone into the main pouch. He looked a bit of an idiot with lumps and bumps in his t-shirt but at least it didn't get stolen.
Summary: For peace of mind
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