This is a post in an ongoing feature on Her Packing List called “The One Little Thing“. Each week or two, I’ll be interviewing a traveling lady to find out the one little thing she just can’t travel without. This one is brought to you by Allie George.
What one little thing can you not travel without?
My One Little Thing is a tiny little money pouch that fits in my bra. Eagle Creek and other companies make similar products called a bra stash, but I bought mine in a market in Peru. I love it because it has a strap on it so I can always tell that it’s there, and I can easily pull it out without having to reach into my shirt.
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Why has this one item been so important to you?
Everyone has a money belt, and they are definitely useful when you are traveling with a lot of cash and important documents. However, I lived in South America for a long time, and money belts are hot and uncomfortable, and after a while you stop using them. Plus, they are bulky and hard to access when you are wearing a dress!
About 9 months into my trip, I was traveling through Peru and got held up at gunpoint. Because I wasn’t wearing my money belt, I lost everything. I bought the little pouch the day after the mugging – it does not hold my passport or large amounts of money, but it is the perfect size for bank cards, ID and a bit of cash. It’s important to me because it makes me feel safe – I wear it not only when I’m traveling around, but also when I go out at night. It means that I can go out with money on me, and not have to worry about having my pockets picked, my purse stolen, or wearing a hot, sweaty money belt when I’m dancing all night!
How packable is it? Does it take up much room? Is it heavy?
It is so packable that you don’t even know it’s there! It takes up no room at all.
Why would you recommend this to your travel friends?
I recommend this to everyone who travels to developing countries – it is such a relief to know that you can move around without looking like you’re carrying anything on your person, but knowing that what you do have on you is really safe.
Can you name one incident or situation where you were so happy to have this item with you?
Every time I’ve used it! I can also say that I wish that I had had it when I was mugged. Sure, I would have lost my passport and camera anyway, but I would at least have had some cash to take care of replacing these items, rather than having to depend on other people’s incredible generosity.
How did you hear about this item?
I saw it in a market and thought that it would be great for my needs.
What type of traveler is this item perfect for?
Anyone traveling or going out in areas that may not be as safe as you would like, or anyone who doesn’t want to have to take a purse out at night!
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About the Author: Allie is a part time blogger, and full time dreamer. She is well known for her patience while on police stakeouts, and impatience in every other aspect of her life. She posts words and pictures at www.wheresalex.com. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.