In a sea of a million people, it’s hard enough to keep track of who you’re traveling with, let alone your belongings. That’s why my heart sank when my sister tugged on my shoulder and said, “Hey Beck, I don’t think I have my travel wallet anymore.”
To her credit, my sister had put her valuables on her person in a bra stash instead of mindlessly throwing them into a backpack. She carried as little as possible — an ID, a credit card, and about $20 in cash — and did her best to keep them out of reach.
But snaps and clips fail, and so did her stash. Somehow that “travel security” product had made it’s way loose (presumably on its own and not from a pickpocket, based on where it was placed on her body) and she lost everything in it. While it wasn’t a huge loss, I feel her pain as she gets a replacement ID from the DMV and am grateful we didn’t have to make an emergency visit to the embassy for a new passport.
But you know what never fails? Built-in pockets. That’s why pickpocket-proof underwear has been my go-to solution for years.
My boyshort-style panties have a zippered compartment on each leg that (just barely) fits my passport, hiding it from pickpockets on crowded chicken bus rides, during metro rides to/from the airport, or any other time when I can’t keep it securely locked in a hotel safe. On the other leg, I stuff any spare cash or credit cards, just in case. The zippers ensure that nothing accidentally slips out.
I swear by the boyshorts because they are the most similar solution to what I’d wear anyway, but there are also layering tanks, t-shirts, and long underwear if you prefer. And, goes without saying, the men’s boxers would be equally helpful.
If I’m being perfectly honest, it was really awkward the first time I wore my anti-theft underwear. I was standing in a hotel lobby and realized that in order to give my passport to the front desk staff to check in, I’d have to reach down my pants in front of a dozen people. Now I’ve learned the minute I get somewhere secure (like inside an airport or hotel), I need to make a pit stop in the bathroom to rearrange.
But since then, this underwear has worked perfectly. I keep some small change on my person to buy snacks and tickets along the way and keep anything valuable flush against my body, secretly zippered away. I’ve been protected on four continents without failure and the underwear is still in great shape.
Obviously the Clever Travel Companion underwear isn’t the only clothing product with pockets. It just happens to be the first one I actually trust, can wear anywhere (regardless of weather or dress code), and doesn’t feel bulky.
If I had one complaint, it’s that they discontinued their rayon underwear product and only offer cotton now, so you really need two pairs if you’re traveling anywhere hot and humid. Once the underwear gets sweaty, you’ll want to swap your passport into a fresh pocket! (Hint: handwash your underwear and other travel clothes in a Scrubba laundry bag so you can re-wear them throughout the trip).
Top Tips for a Clever Travel Companion
- I highly recommend the underwear compared to a shirt: it’s pretty obvious (especially in women’s clothing) if there’s something under your shirt.
- If you’ve ever added extra pages to your passport, it won’t fit in the pocket. This is for standard-size passports only.
- My underwear was true-to-size compared to Victoria’s Secret. If you think you’re between sizes, I’d go up a size so it’s not tight on your thigh once you add in a passport or other valuables.
- Always, always check your pockets before doing laundry!
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What travel security solutions do you use?
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