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[006] Ask HPL: How Can I Hide Money When I Travel?

006 - Ask HPL: How can I hide money when I travel?

How do you keep your important items, like money and passport, safe when traveling? This week’s Ask HPL question comes from Bethany Salvon, from the Beers and Beans travel blog and Speakeasy Supply Company.

To make this episode more focused, we target our investigation on the different methods of stashing and hiding your cash when you travel; many of those tips can also be applied to passports, jewelry, credit cards and keys.

In This Episode, We Discuss:

  • Hidden wallets, and what to look out for when using them
  • Clothing with hidden pockets
  • Crafty ways to hide money

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Written by Brooke

I run the show at Her Packing List and love packing ultralight. In fact, I once traveled for 3 entire weeks with just the contents of a well-packed 12L handbag. When I'm not obsessing over luggage weight, I'm producing episodes of The UnPacking List or just snuggling with my pet rabbit, Sherlock Bunz.

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Gear We Use


Packing Cubes – Organize your luggage with the lightweight, durable and compressible Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Compression Cubes.

Backpacks + Daypacks

Pacsafe – Since they come with extra theft-resisting features, Pacsafe bags make you a more confident traveler. We especially love this bag.

Sea to Summit – Of all the Sea to Summit products, our most recommended is the fits-in-your-palm, super packable Ultra-Sil Daypack.

Personal Care

Nalgene Toiletry Bottles – These leak-free toiletry bottles and tubs come in all sizes – even super tiny, helping minimalists pack it all without bulk.

Turkish Towels – They’re thinner than most travel towels, and they actually cover your body! We can’t get enough of Turkish towels for travel.


Speakeasy Supply Co. – They make the awesome hidden pocket infinity scarves that are perfect for stashing secret cash, lip balms, and passports.

Anatomie – Anatomie travel pants come with luxury prices, but they offer many benefits for travelers. See our review of the famous Skyler pants.

Travel Resources

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Hostelworld – For hostels, Hostelworld remains our number one source for booking stays. Choose from straight up hostels, budget hotels and bed and breakfasts.

Trusted Housesitters – Save money on travel accommodation by becoming a housesitter. Housesitters often have extra duties, like caring for pets and gardens.

Reader Interactions


  1. Bell says

    I travel around with an empty pack of Virginia Slims cigarrettes, it’s the perfect size for a Credit card and a few bills. Nobody poking around in your hand bag or trying to pick your pockets is gonna think that’s where your money is! I also carry a dummy wallet with some spare change, just in case I get mugged (I live in a city with a huge crime problem).

  2. oziNYer says

    I have two places I leave my money and reserve credit cards. Cash notes go in a pill bottle (filled with pills that I never intend to take) and credit card in those travel size tissue packs. Kleenex makes a travel pack that opens like a book. I simply remove a tissue from each side and place credit cards in there. I also wear a bra stash everywhere and have purchased several types to figure out what I like best. Personally I prefer the Braza Secret Bra Stash since I am a big girl and this is one of the few things that will go over my bra. I always forget I have it on!

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