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mfitz804
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Jan 29th, 2018 07:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Always looking for the best possible solution. When I travel, I prefer not to bring my entire wallet. Partially in case its lost, and partially because I am usually doing stuff and I just find my regular wallet to be too bulky, which it is every day but I still carry it.

Typically its my driver's license, two credit cards, my ATM card, and cash.

My go-to for the last few years has been a slim, 5 slotted card case for the 4 cards plus my hotel key, and then a separate money clip for the cash.

But, not only would I like to see what other options are out there, I'm also a gadget guy so if there's some magical wallet that can accomplish all of this, I'd love to hear about it.

I suppose the common FDP answer will be "a rubber band", but that's obviously not what I am looking for.

What do you guys use to eliminate the bulk?


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Jan 29th, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try Rick Steves' website under travel store. The key is to have a secure place for your valuable items. Europe is a place where you don't want to loose passport, cash, credit cards or drivers license.

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Jan 29th, 2018 09:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I carry a front pocket wallet, and they, I think, fall somewhere between a full size wallet and the minimalist card case.

But there are so many design variations for front pocket wallets, that it is pretty much a matter of personal preferences. For example, I don't like money clips, so those front pocket wallets that use these are a no-go. Usually there isn't a specific place for bills/cash, so I just fold the bills in half and slip them into a card slot. I also don't like magnets - there is still magnetic data on cards, and I don't want that erased, e.g., hotel room keys, casino club cards, etc. I do like something that folds/unfolds to conceal the contents of my wallet; I'd never pull out a money clip with an attached wad of cash. I do like the idea of RFID protection, but my favorite wallet does not have that, so I use individual "paper" sleeves to protect my cards.

Front pocket wallets

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Jan 29th, 2018 09:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

From my riding motorcycles exclusively days, I use a wallet that has a chain which I hook to my belt or belt loop. Guaranteed to never lose it or have it picked. I tuck the chain in my pocket with the wallet so I don't look like a thug.

I went to the "chain drive wallet" due to losing a regular one, once while riding.

Like the one linked

Edited due to fat fingers

From the above link

(This message was last edited by K4 at 11:15 AM, Jan 29th, 2018)

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Jan 29th, 2018 10:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I haven't carried a large wallet for a good 25 years now. I am a fan of this particular Bosca credit card wallet. It's carried, mostly, in a front pocket.

Same wallet for the last couple decades (but mine is in black)

Strat Man Do
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Jan 29th, 2018 12:33 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I take Rick Steves' advice when I travel to Europe. I keep in my pocket the cash I expect I'll need for that day and one credit card in my wallet. I wear a money belt with extra cash, an extra credit card, and passport. All other valuables are locked in hotel room safe.

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Jan 29th, 2018 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use this one. Affordable, well made and efficient. A front pocket wallet.

Ritecheer

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Jan 29th, 2018 01:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I like to keep it as compact as possible, and carry about as much as what you described day-to-day.

I use a Slimmy

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Jan 29th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been carrying a slim wallet for years, and have been using this one as my go-to wallet. It can accommodate a few credit cards and some cash, plus has a pocket to hold a pick...

the Picker's Wallet

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Jan 29th, 2018 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess I need to get with the times.

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Jan 29th, 2018 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Like Europe is some dangerous place?

Wear something concealed and carry a wallet with old cards and a little cash somewhere accessible.

Let them take it, wherever it is you get 'mugged'.

Use cash everywhere, don't hand your card over to anyone.

Easy steps to safety.

Got to be especially careful in the likes of LA.



Strat Man Do
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Jan 29th, 2018 05:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Saturn, I tried to wear something concealed during my recent visit to Ireland, however, the publican at my favorite watering hole in Dublin objected to my Glock 9 bulging from where I normally wear my money belt!

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Jan 29th, 2018 05:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

During my travels overseas, I carried external wallet & passport holder. It carried my wallet, passport, airline ticket, pen, & cash.

Mine is high quality leather but the same idea as in the link.

Wallet and Passport Folder

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 07:29 PM, Jan 29th, 2018)

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Jan 29th, 2018 06:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I guess I'm fairly relaxed when it comes to security: when traveling overseas I leave my passport/valuables in a "hidden" part of my suitcase in the hotel room along with my traveling cash, and keep walking around money, cards, and ID in my usual slim credit card wallet. If I'm travelling with everything the passport/cash goes in a zippered inner layer of my backpack.

Have used this daily for 4 years, minimal wear, still keeps the cards taut. Can hold a few hundred $$$ in cash until you break the bills.

Minimalist wallet

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Jan 29th, 2018 07:19 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ When I do stay in hotels I use the in-room safe. But usually I would travel to my destination. No hotels.

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Jan 29th, 2018 07:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

“When I do stay in hotels I use the in-room safe.“

I do that too. I also split the cash between myself and my wife, if one wallet is lost, only half the money we’re carrying is.

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Jan 29th, 2018 07:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a few items from Saddleback. They are guaranteed top shelf, and come with the following warranty: 'They'll fight over it when you're dead'.

When I travel, it's a

Saddleback Leather passport wallet

(This message was last edited by Peegoo at 09:52 PM, Jan 29th, 2018)

mfitz804
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Jan 29th, 2018 07:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I probably should have mentioned that I meant domestic travel, a passport holder is unnecessary for me. Technically I could bring my normal wallet, I just don’t need all that stuff.

Which means I probably don’t need it all the time.

(This message was last edited by mfitz804 at 09:53 PM, Jan 29th, 2018)

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Jan 30th, 2018 04:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

There are also wallets which are RFI protected so that the information on the credit card´s chip can not be read from a distance. My wife and I used those to go to London last year. We have continued to use them here.

There are also small RFI protected sleeves to hold individual cards in a regular wallet.

Worth considering.

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Jan 30th, 2018 04:17 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" Like Europe is some dangerous place? "


All countries, cities have some areas that are less safe than others, some downright dangerous. As a resident, you generally know the areas to avoid. As a traveler, you are not familiar with the territory like a resident so chances are you might end up somewhere unadvisable. It's sound thinking to take steps to protect yourself and your valuables no matter where you are. When you are at home, you probably don't think about it until you head down to that seedy little club in a sketchy part of town with the great band...

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