Mo' Money, Mo' Problems

How to keep your cash, and thus your sanity, safe while traveling the world

AKA the article on keeping your monies 2legit2quit

1. Store your cash in multiple locations

e.g. on hand in a wallet (tucked beneath one's clothes in either a neck or waist pouch), in your shoes, inside an empty Vitamin container, on the inner-flap of a journal kept on hand in a backpack/purse/carry-on, inside the case of your mobile phone, etc. As a female, I've even resorted to stashing some cash in my bra (desperate times call for desperate actions). Never put cash in your back jean pocket for obvious mugging reasons.

2. Invest in a travel credit card

with no foreign transaction fees, and rewards for airfare and dining (Capital One Venture, Chase Sapphire Preferred- Chase Credit Card Application)

3. Store your credit cards in a RFID blocking wallet

Today, RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) technology is used constantly to track sensitive data, especially credit card information and transactions, and has become a concern against the unknowing tourist. This even extends to passports embedded with RFID to track one's personal data and photo. Counterfeit readers can easily scan this information and use for their own use. With RFID blockers, a Faraday cage works to prevent illegitimate scanning of RFID-embedded items by making them electromagnetically opaque, or unreadable.

4. Buy travel insurance.

No matter how short the trip, no matter how experienced a traveler you are. (This can sometimes be included if the flight/hotel/travel bookings are purchased using a travel credit card). So many unplanned events can occur in the midst of traveling (especially to lesser known/frequented destinations), from baggage issues to sudden health problems.

5. Print all travel documents twice. Save thrice.

Store one on hand (in a carry-on bag), and one in your checked luggage. Additionally, store these documents on a USB drive carried on hand with you. As a final precaution, also save these documents to a shared drive in the case of losing both paper copies, and the USB drive (such as Google drive, DropBox, iCloud). This includes credit card information/contacts/scanned copies, flight confirmations, accommodation bookings, passport/ID copies, frequent flyer information, emergency contacts, any important health information, travel insurance documentation, etc.


Alexandra Caracciolo

Social & semi-luxurious lifestyle of a former American gypsy gone rogue in Australia. Traveling, feasting and slowly making my way around the world.