The most expensive underwear I own isn’t a lacey pair from Victoria’s Secret or a silk number from La Perla.
That’s right: I paid $23 for a single pair of boyshorts in a rayon/spandex blend and they’re not even cute. Of course, I didn’t buy them to be sexy (and admittedly, they’re not bad looking, just fairly ordinary). I bought them because this underwear has pockets.
Being pickpocketed is unfortunately common in many cities throughout the world. Avoiding those places isn’t a realistic option if you love to travel, so instead it’s better to take precautions.
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I traveled with a money belt once and decided never again. They’re incredibly uncomfortable and when I wore one, I felt like my constant readjustments screamed to the world, “I’m a tourist and I’ve got valuables on me!”
So why anti-theft underwear?
With pickpocketing as a real concern, I knew that throwing my passport into a pocket or daybag wasn’t going to bring the peace of mind I need, so I started looking for other options. I found the Clever Travel Companion and decided to give it a trial run on my trip to Europe. Besides, anti-theft underwear just sounds intriguing, doesn’t it?
Their underwear comes in a women’s boyshort or tank top, mens’ boxer briefs, and unisex long johns and t-shirts. I can only vouch for the ladies’ boy shorts, but they fit my needs perfectly. The pockets are the exact size you need for a passport, though you could just as easily use them for cards, cash, or keys instead. Frankly, the best use of all might be stashing your camera’s memory cards since those photographs are priceless. Both pockets are zippered so nothing accidentally slips out.
I kept my ATM card and some cash in a pocket during my overnight train ride and barely noticed them. Once we arrived in Munich in the morning, I stashed my passport in the other pocket so that we could walk around the city without worrying about pickpockets. It fit just as advertised and was surprisingly comfortable when walking around.
A few things to keep in mind…
- The underwear itself is comfortable, but bulky items on your upper thighs is awkward under tight pants. Find a better solution if you’re going out clubbing that night.
- You’ll still need to empty your pockets to go through airport security, so do that in advance!
- A thief can’t get to your underwear, but it’s also more difficult for you to access your own passport. It works best in situations when you won’t need to be digging in and out of your pants to get out your ID or payment.
- I felt like the underwear was true to size, but if you’re debating between sizes, I’d order the larger size just in case you end up stuffing a lot into the pockets.
- Please remember to check your pockets before doing your laundry!
The underwear is available through Amazon.com with free shipping but there are a few clearance items if you buy directly from Clever Travel Companion. You may want to compare prices to make sure you’re getting the best deal.
There are a lot of products available to deter pickpockets, and special daybags, money belts, and neck wallets are still good options for some people. However, if you’re carrying relatively-small items around and don’t need to get to them on a frequent basis, this underwear is a great alternative.
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Would you give these underwear a try? Do you have any other theft-proof clothing hacks?
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In the interest of full disclosure, I paid for my own pair of underwear and love it. However, some of the links in this post may offer a small commission to me if you make a purchase. As a blogger, I love sharing reviews of things that improve your travel experience and all opinions remain my own. Your financial support of this blog is greatly appreciated.