June 5, 2015 Comments (0) Adventure, How To, Safety and Survival, Travel Hacks, Travel Tips

Travel Hack Friday: How to Hide money when Traveling

hide money when traveling
Above image courtesy of Joonie

The unfortunate reality of traveling is that you’re always going to be a target of petty criminals. Thieves are an ingenious bunch of buggers, concocting a whole number of scams to part you with your hard earned money. In the best case, it becomes a slight inconvenience; the worst case, you’re stripped of everything you own, and you’re left panhandling for a ride to the nearest embassy. To avoid the worst case scenario, I’m going to show you some clever ways to hide money when traveling.

Of course, the best advice is to always be prepared, so if you haven’t yet, read my full article on Travel Safety -Travel Safety is not Guaranteed

One of the suggestions I mentioned in my safety guide to help keep your valuables safe, or at least mitigate your loss and keep you traveling, was to hide money away in different locations, like in your shoes, or socks. For women and solo travelers this is especially important as they’re seen as “easier” targets by the unscrupulous. But for this hack I’m going to take this suggestion to another level.

Putting money in multiple locations is still a good idea, only because most thieves have no interest in sticking around. Their goal is to relieve you of your belongings with minimal resistance and jam off quickly to spend their ill-gotten gains. They have no time to pat down all your pockets, or strip search you. The idea is to not only separate your money, but to also conceal it from the naked eye by hiding money in innocuous, lightweight items that no thief in their right mind would give a second glance – think chapstick tube (seriously…who would steal a used chapstick!?). It’s not foolproof, but it adds an additional layer of security.

Word of warning that I feel necessary to include here is that even though you should always hide money when traveling, there isn’t a single item or any amount of money that is worth risking your life for. If you’re ever accosted by someone demanding your wallet, watch or whatever, give it up. Everything is replaceable.

Also, please don’t hide money behind other valuable items, such as in your Smartphone case. You’re basically paying the crooks to take your phone.

How to Hide Money When Traveling:

Chapstick – Probably the most popular item to conceal your money. It works because it’s common. Clean out the chapstick, roll up your bills and shove it in.

hide money when traveling

Dental Floss Case -Small, light and ordinary. Clear out the floss and innards to make room for some folded bills. You could also leave a bit of dental floss strand hanging out to enhance the illusion.

hide money when traveling

Lipstick – A specific item for women. Clear out the lipstick and stick some folded bills inside. You can even put the tip of the lipstick back on top to complete the deception.

hide money when traveling

Tampon – Also an item specific to women (guys, you’re free to use this as well, but you might have a tough time explaining it), it’s again, an ordinary and common item that thieves will generally overlook. You can keep the string connected to maintain the illusion.

hide money when traveling

Pen – Yep, it’s just that simple. Hollow it out, and slide the folded bills in. Make sure the pen casing is not the see through kind.

hide money when traveling

Zippo – Empty out the cotton filling from the inside case, and you’ll have the perfect place to hide some money. Just make sure it’s not a rare or extremely fancy Zippo, as they’ll probably steal that instead.

hide money when traveling

Key flashlight – Thieves won’t see much value in keys that open doors across the Pacific. If you have a tiny tube flashlight hooked to your keychain, take out the battery, and stick some money in there.

hide money when traveling

Mint or gum wrappers – Unless the crook just has some serious halitosis, they’re not going to care about the gum you have in your pocket. Use the gum wrappers to fold up your money. You can do it for, as many pieces of gum the box will fit.

hide money when traveling

These cools ways to hide money when traveling is only one piece of the entire puzzle. To be truly safe and prepared for most, it not all, travel situations you need to have a safety action plan. Practice travel safety and be a real travel warrior that no crook will F*** with!


Where do you hide your money?



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I'm an aspiring scuba diver, novice spelunker and avid adventurer.I have a penchant for always getting lost with an established track record for choosing the worst places to eat. With a healthy aversion to staying in one place for too long, I am the ceaseless wanderer and explorer. I recently traded in the suit for a backpack, and am now pursuing to live a life of sustained travel. I travel to learn, I travel to live and I travel in search of adventure.
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