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I got one of these to take on holiday to India as I thought it might be easier than worrying about whether my purse was secure all the time. I think the idea behind it is good but in reality I'm not sure it was really worth getting.
It's quite large and hard to disguise under a t-shit which means that it's not much of a secret that you are wearing it which kind of defeats the point. Everyone who looks at you will know right away that you have something valuable on you and where it can be found. Then, of course, when want to buy something you then have to try and extract it from you clothing and remove you money discreetly whilst trying not to attract strange looks. Having the sting around you next all the time can be annoying, especially if it is weighed down by change etc.
It's also quite an ugly beige colour. Maybe this is to make it blend in a bit more or so that it's suitable for both men and women to buy, I'm not sure.
If you can be bothered to wear it then it will do the job it's designed for but I personally feel safer with some money in a purse, some on my person, some hidden in various pieces of luggage etc so I'm not putting all my eggs in one basket.
Since im an experinced backpacker, I know how important it is to keep your money and documents where its safe. And therefore I also know how easy it is to loose it. Here a neck wallet Can be useful. It has some downsides though if you wear thight clothes, like tanktops ect. People can see the wallet through the shirt. It also makes you sweat on the stomach which is quite uncomfortable especially in the long run. If you have long hair, the strap will get stuck in the hair all the time, which Can be pretty anoying . I would recommend spending the few extra dollars on a moneybelt, which easily can be hidden under the shorts/shirt and is much more comfortable to wear. If there is one thing you definately don't wanna do, its getting frustrated over something that plays such a big part every day on your vacation.
When I travel I like to take every precaution to keep my travel documents and money safe. I have a money belt that is very useful for keeping things safe and away from thieves, but I prefer to use a neck wallet to0 keep things safe and away from prying eyes!
Travel neck wallets are widely available from most places that sell travel accessories. I bought mine from a local department store and paid just over £5. I see that Amazon is selling something very similar for £4.39; a bargain in my opinion! The travel wallet I have is made of strong waterproof nylon and has a long cord so it can be worn like a necklace. I prefer to wear my neck wallet underneath my shirt or tee shirt so it's not on view.
My neck wallet has a large central pocket that is big enough to take my passport and travel tickets. There is also a zipped compartment for coins and notes. There are several credit card slots also included. The wallet folds shut and is held in place by a Velcro fastening. The wallet is comfortable to wear, even when it is full. I have travelled all over the world and used my neck wallet without any problems, unlike friends who have fallen victim to pick pockets. If you intend to buy a neck wallet then make sure it is waterproof and has a strong neck cord.
The only downside I can think of with my neck wallet is that the passport can be a bit difficult to get out. I guess this makes it safer, but can be annoying when you need to produce it at the airport or ferry port! On the plus side I like the zipped compartment that helps keep my coins separate and easy to access. I also like the way the wallet opens out like a book making it easy to access credit cards and money. The wallet lays flat to your skin and is hardly detectable unless you have the neck cord on view! I like to wear my wallet with a collared shirt so nothing is on show.
Overall I can highly recommend a neck wallet for travelling or even for a day shopping. It helps keep money and documents safe and close to hand. Travel neck wallets are inexpensive and widely available.
When I found this category by chance, I was dumbstruck. Neck wallet? Does anyone wear their wallets at their necks? What Ive got round my neck is the string, not the wallet, but this verbal inaccuracy was not what dumbstruck me (struck me dumb?).
Yonks ago in Oostende in Belgium when checking in for the ferry to Dover I pulled my breastbag (as we say in German [did you expect an op on a bra?]) from under my shirt out through the collar (I do that unashamedly in public) to get at my identity card when suddenly an American woman pointed at me crying to her husband, Look, shes got a pouch! Then she wanted to know where I had bought this extraordinarily convenient travel accessoire. My answer was, In Germany you can find it wherever you can buy suitcases. Was it possible that we were more advanced than the Americans breastbag/pouch/neck-wallet wise?
Ever since Ive taught my pupils that kangaroos as well as travellers have pouches and theyve always loved the word at once. After finding the dooyoo category on neck wallets I checked several online shops for the English speaking world and came across neck wallets and neck pouches. Ill stick to the term pouch, I like it.
To store away money when away from home Ive got a money belt which I dont use any more (not good, the opening is very small and it can only be used for banknotes), I havent got a bum bag (looks silly, can easily be opened from the back and the front by pickpockets when the travellers attention is diverted - and three pouches.
When I visited Tate Modern for the first time I felt like buying a souvenir in the museum shop and opted for a pouch but have never used it. How silly can one get? Its made of three oblong pieces that fold into each other, the thingy is much too thick to be of any use, i.e., to hide my money, its so conspicuous under a blouse or a shirt that I could also wear it on my clothes and advertise the fact that Im carrying money and documents with me.
For years I used a flat leather pouch that can be opened like a wallet to reveal the different compartments and is closed with a press button. Its perfectly OK, nevertheless Ive defected to my current pouch, the lightest, simplest and cheapest of my collection. It looks similar to the one in the piccie at the top of the site, its made of beige nylon, has an adjustable string, measures 17x14 cm, has only one main pocket and a smaller one in front of it and is closed with a strip of velcro.
I got my pouch as a special offer some years ago when ordering some articles from a catalogue; the online shop www.safariquip.co.uk offers specimen looking like the one in the piccie at the top of the site for 4.99 GBP. You can get more expensive pouches made of silk or leather, but I wouldnt buy these, an expensive pouch doesnt mean more safety, and if the pickpocket cuts the string from behind and pulls the whole thingy out of your collar, youll lose the expensive pouch together with your money and documents!
I usually put my money in the front pocket and my identity card and credit card(s) in the back one, the pouch doesnt disturb me at all, when we were on hols the last time I wore it every day for ten days.
Ive seen (mainly young) people in summer wearing only an undershirt and their pouch openly over it, youll agree that this is not very wise; yet, as I think walking around this way when in cities and away from the beach is ugly if not repulsive, I dont have too much pity with these people if theyre robbed, it serves them right. :-)
So under the undershirt with the pouch?! Not much better if the neck is bare and the string shows. I always wear blouses or shirts with collars so that the string is hidden for the casual observer. It isnt hidden for the professional pickpocket, of course, looking out for the thingy! If I know that Ill be somewhere especially crowded where pickpockets abound, I tie the string round the strap of my bra and stuff the pouch under my belt into my knickers. Braless people can wear the pouch shoulder-holster-style to avoid showing the string.
No pickpocket has ever touched my pouch which unfortunately does not mean that I havent had any contact with members of this trade, I have, three times in my many years of travelling. I wouldnt say that I was overly careless, a master pickpocket can get at anything! Using a pouch wisely means only to make it a bit more difficult for the long fingers to get at your valuables, pickpockets must work quickly, so if they cant get at your money quickly, theyll try the next person. This is the so-called St. Florians principle after the saint from the 3rd century AD (in what is now Austria), the patron of fire brigades (it rhymes in German) Holy St. Florian, spare my house, burn another!"