For women traveling alone what's the best and safest way to carry your cash and credit cards? Has anyone ever put cash inside the bra cup? I have seen it and I think it's a full proof system.
By Donald from MA
God gave us breasts, and we will use them for our advantage! Its a great idea to store things in your bra when traveling if not there, then inside your socks.
I have a bra wallet specifically made for ladies who travel. It hooks to the bra straps in the front and rests between the breasts. It's great! I've seen them on amazon.com as "travel bra stash".
If you look on Ebay or in small catalogues (like Anthony Richards), you can generally find a reasonably priced mastectomy bra. The cups have built in pockets for breast forms. Put the cash or ids in the pocket ! My mother also offered a couple of WWII era tips: put a heavy glass jar of face cream in the purse and swing it! Or put a box of sanitary napkins in your suitcase with valuables hidden within one of the napkins in the package. Most thieves won't paw through those.
Socks is the place I like. Split your cards and money between both legs, keep in a plastic sack to help keep money dry.
First stay in safe places. Don't put anything valuable in your suitcase if it is going to be separated from you, like on an airplane. Take your valuables and medication on the plane with you. Put your money and credit cards etc, in a zipped pocket on your body. I have travelled alone many, many, times, both driving and flying and only had my purse stolen once. That was at a store one mile from my home.
Money belts are a safe way to carry cash or anything. I have used them. You can find them online, search for"money belts", good luck.
I like to split my money/credit cards/IDs up. Leave some in the hotel room safe, keep some in my wallet like normal, then have some in a hidden pocket on me. That way if you get robbed and they take your regular wallet you are not stranded.
Donald, why do you want to know? You probably don't wear a bra.
First of all, Michelle052002, did you consider maybe Donald has a wife, daughter, sister, mother or other female friend or relative he's concerned about?
I have also traveled alone many many times and I have never had a problem. For one thing, I never take my credit cards with me. I only take one credit card. And also not much in cash. I take traveler's checks. That way if I am robbed, or simply lose them, I can get more. When actually on the road (or in the air) I keep all my traveler's checks and my credit card in a money belt under my clothes. And I wear clothes that won't be easily gotten through----I mean I wear a one-piece jump suit, or a dress. Something one piece. That way if I fall asleep (bus, train, plane) nobody can slip my blouse up from my pants/skirt and get at my money belt. I don't put things i my socks because it's too easy for things to fall out without me noticing. And the same for my bra, because I'm not well-endowed enough to hold much without it showing.
But my money belt has never failed me. I only keep enough cash in my purse for what I'll need in the next hour or so. That way if it's stolen they don't get much.
And in my hotel room I always keep my valuables in a locked box that can not be broken into. I have had things stolen out of my room before so learned the hard way on that.
I have traveled the AlCan Hiway five times and have some real and sage advice. First off, remember that if someone is after a female traveling alone, money is not always the motive for trouble. The bra might be the first to go.
I never traveled without some personal protection. Even a mini purse size hair spray is effective. If you have to pull over along a rest stop (not the kind that are with a bathroom and vending machines), try and park in the front. That way, no one can block your exit.
Keeping money isn't wise. Debit cards are the wave of the future anyway, and if yours is lost or stolen, a phone call can stop it all from being taken by someone else.
Fanny packs are great and can be found in any thrift store. I have carried them around by the "across the shoulder" when shopping. People are less likely to be able to slip behind you and cut the strap.
Making sure you have emergency provisions when traveling on arterial roads like the back roads of the interstate. Cell's only work when their are towers. You may want to see if you can get an all weather emergency satellite phone. Make sure you have things like fuses, spark plugs, and more.
When I was traveling on the AlCan Hiway, I told my daughter that I would call her every night at 7pm, let it ring once, and that was my signal that I was OK. Then she would call everyone or email everyone else in my circle. In the same sense, having an emergency code word that something is wrong can be crucial. I hope this helps. In other words, plan for the worst and hope for the best.
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