Financial Travel Tip #126 – Cash Carrying Tips from the Pros

by Nora on June 22, 2015

A few years ago, I published a Financial Travel Tip with tips for carrying cash that I’d learned along the way.

Since then I’ve discovered a bunch of new and ingenious techniques for carrying cash, such as the following:


Stash It

I’m not a huge fan of money belts, but I must say I’ve enjoyed using the Stash Belt since it also incorporates a neat little pocket for a USB stick. (See also: My USB Stick Trick)


Hidden Pouches

I’ve spoken with many travelers who have different systems with pouches that can be worn in various places around the body.



Not only should you diversify where you carry your cash on your person, but if you’re traveling with a partner, share the load and diversify your cash between you.


Dirty Laundry

Most opportunistic thieves won’t delve so far down as to sift through your dirty laundry to see if you have some cash stashed in there. Thus, it’s a pretty good hiding place.

Decoy Wallet

If you’re particularly nervous for your safety or are in a location rife with pick-pockets, you might want to use a decoy wallet, which has a bit of cash and a bunch of fake cards that you can afford to lose should you be required to part with your wallet. (See also: Decoy Wallets)

Warning: you may not want to use expired credit cards for your decoy wallet though, since it is still sensitive information you don’t want to part with. For a secure decoy wallet, you can buy the whole enchilada at


Cash Carrying Tips from the Pros

Don’t just listen to me; I interviewed a dozen professional travelers for their cash carrying tips and secrets. Here’s what they had to say:

14 Ways Travel Experts Carry Cash While Travelling




{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Izy Berry June 22, 2015 at 12:41 pm

great tips!! thanks for sharing that with us !! i have bad experiences loosing my money when i travel


2 Nora Dunn June 23, 2015 at 11:22 am

Hi Izy,
That’s too bad! Hopefully you can establish a system so you don’t lose money any more when travelling.


3 Martin June 23, 2015 at 7:24 am

Great advices! You have to be prepared when you are going on vacation. I like the stash belt idea. Didn’t know something like this existed! Tanks for sharing!


4 Nora Dunn June 23, 2015 at 11:29 am

Hi Martin,
Glad you got some new ideas with the Stash Belt. Cheers!


5 Chris June 25, 2015 at 6:44 am

Thanks for the love! For anyone that’s reading this my name is Chris and I started the Decoy Wallet. If you have any questions about the wallet or just questions about backpacking through Southeast Asia feel free to shoot me a message at


6 Nora Dunn June 25, 2015 at 10:31 am

Thanks for the info, Chris!


7 Ian June 28, 2015 at 5:05 pm

I’ve gotten a work out in being wary with cash since I started traveling in Latin America … so far, so good!


8 Nora Dunn June 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

Good stuff, Ian! Indeed, I find in Latin America (where cash is king, and petty thefts happen with some degree of regularity) that an extra degree of caution is necessary.
For example, don’t carry more than you absolutely need to. I learned this lesson the hard way when my purse was stolen in Cusco:


9 Cest La Vibe July 4, 2015 at 3:41 am

Love it! Dirty Laundry and decoy wallet are my faves.


10 Nora Dunn July 4, 2015 at 9:29 am

Ha ha – cool! I like the dirty laundry one myself.


11 Kim July 7, 2015 at 10:19 pm

This belt is nice too – adjustable and plastic so doesn’t set off metal detectors (for those airports that let you wear your belt through)


12 Nora Dunn July 8, 2015 at 11:53 am

Thanks for the suggestion, Kim!


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