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Alisha Miranda

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What's the safest way to keep your money behind in your room?

I'm traveling to South America but don't want to carry all my cash on me every time I leave my room. I have a private room in an AirBnB, what's the safest way to keep my money locked away while I'm out and about?

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  • Marie-Eve Dugas

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    Carrying a lot of money has always made me uncomfortable. But in many places I've been to, it was necessary because the ATMs were scarce or non existent or I had to carry USDs or Euros in large amounts to pay for a specific activity (mainly in Africa).

    There is no perfect situation but here are a few tips:

    - Try to evaluate the risk of having your things stolen: is it higher in the streets or in your room? Depending on the situation, you'll know if it's better to bring most of it with you or leave it in the room.

    - Have two or three different money pouches/wallets. One will be for your daily expenses, so just keep the minimum you've budgeted for that day. This is the one you will get out and the one potential thieves will see, but if it's stolen, you'll only have lost a small amount. A second will be for a little more cash just in case, and maybe a credit card. This one should be far away in your day bag or in a secure pocket and seldomly used. The third one could be a money belt or any type of device you can hide on yourself.

    - If you can lock the suitcase you leave in your hotel room, it's always a good thing. It won't prevent big thieves to run away with it, but will deter hotel staff to to snoop.

    - Whenever I'm travelling, I also hide bills just about anywhere: underneath the inner soles of all of my shoes, hiking boots, in a hidden compartment somewhere in my backpack/suitcase, in a fake shampoo bottle (as Spencer advised), etc. I always put the bills in Ziploc bags or some kind of protection (especially for the ones that go in my shoes). I also hide some valuables in different places in my hotel room, but I need to remember the hiding places before I go!


    Good luck!

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      Put it in your novel book tape envelope in middle of book ? I always count my money and put the along with aaa /maps books in regular carry bag in the suitcase ! · (1 likelikes)

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  • Spencer Spellman

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    Wait for it..wait...Take a portable safe. BOOM.


    But for real though, take like an extra (EMPTY and clean) mini soap or shampoo bottle or other product like that which you can store in a compartment and put it in there.


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      How safe is a safe that's portable? Aren't you just saying, "Hey, if there's anything valuable in this room, it's in here!"? · (0 likelikes)

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      BINGO ED! It was a little sarcasm for my good friend Alisha. Thanks for playing. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Ed Balogh

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    Take your money and your passport with you in a money belt. Never get your wallet out at the point of sale. That is where pickpockets are watching you to see where you are keeping it. Be prepared and have the money for purchase ahead of time in your front pants pocket. And like Sarah said, don't look like you have money. Don't withdraw more to carry than you need to, but if you need to carry a lot, have a throwaway wallet prepared with minimal funds in it top give up in case you are confronted with weapons. (That's never happened to me).

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  • Rachel White

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    put some in your shoes or socks should work! :)

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  • Sarah Fabian

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    Hey Alisha, I simply devide all my money in different places and hope for the best :) I figure the chances of being robbed are the same carrying the money or leaving it behind. So I split it to make sure I still have SOMETHING in the worst case. I always leave some in my washbag, my backpack, in books and wherever there is space.
    And my ultimate advice: Don't look like you have money.

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  • Dan Luttrell

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    There are a lot of good tips on here already. I would also add a fake wallet to your mix that you carry with you. Put a few useless cards that look like credits cards in there and a few minor bills. That way if you are robbed versus pickpocket you can give them the fake wallet instead of your real one. This is only needed in higher crime cities of course.

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  • Janet Cook

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    your cash is safer on your body...divide it in 3rds...1/3 around your neck in a travel wallet, 1/3 in a waist travel wallet, and the last 1/3 somewhere else in a buttoned pocket.

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  • Stacy Smith

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    What about travelers checks?

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      Traveller's checks are less and less common these days. I would never bring them, because it would be a pain finding a place to exchange them. And most of the places that would exchange them also have an ATM... · (0 likelikes)

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      Travelers checks are a pain because most places won't take them or even know what they are. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Michelle Dunner

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    I wouldn't be carrying a lot of cash. One of the cheapest and most secure ways of getting cash at your destination is by using internationally-recognised ATM machines at banks. I had a whole apartment in NYC using Airbnb but I still didn't leave any valuables behind, including my passport. Anything like that stayed with me 24/7.

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      I agree completely. It's also convenient because you don't have to change/convert your money. · (1 likelikes)

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  • Jake Vanags

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    I guess it depends on where you might stay...

    Hotel:

    I'd say use a safe in the room if they have one.

    Hostel:

    1) Get a private room if possible and keep the room locked up.

    2) Many hostels have a small compartment you can lock your stuff in, even in the shared dorm rooms. I'd lock it up in there, but make sure to bring your own small lock (the TSA approved luggage locks work well... small and strong).

    Anywhere:

    PacSafe makes some great products for all sorts of bags and containers. You can put whole backpacks in a PacSafe net and lock it to a pole in the room if necessary. Check out some here. They come in all shapes and sizes and you can also by wallets and bags that have an internal PacSafe net.

    Have fun!


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