How to Hide Money When Traveling – Easy Ways to Keep Cash Out of Sight Abroad

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To hide money when traveling, take inspiration from these smart methods and ideas. Hiding cash in plain sight can be surprisingly simple with the right gear and know-how.

Once you’re hiding your money on your travels, you’ll have a much more enjoyable time. You can go to more places, wear what you want, and move around with confidence.

How to hide money when traveling (ten methods from the article)

Use a Money Belt

You can hide part of your cash in a travel money belt. Money belts are typically worn underneath your clothes.

Traditionally, money belts were worn around the waist and could be rather large. Nowadays, money belts are more subtle. Some belts can be worn around the neck, thigh, and other body areas.

Use a Money Belt That Looks Like a Regular Belt

If you’re hiding smaller amounts of cash, this is often a better option than a standard money belt. This is because it’s a standard belt with a zippered pocket, where you can hide a part of your money.

The secret compartment of this belt is not accessible to other people but is very accessible to you. That makes it an even safer option than the traditional money belt, which can be noticed if worn over the clothes.

Wear Clothes with Hidden Pockets

You can sew a hidden pocket into your trousers or jacket to hide some cash. It is very difficult, often impossible, for thieves to notice secret internal pockets. This is a smart way to hide a small amount of money.

Alternatively, there are plenty of clothing items on the market that come equipped with hidden pockets to stow away small amounts of cash.

In Your Bra

Even though this solution may seem obvious, it’s still one of the best places to hide money when traveling. No one can get access to the cash hidden in your bra without you noticing. That makes this method so effective.

Hiding valuables in a bra is no secret to many women. For small bills and rolled-up cash, your bra can make for a secret place to store it when wearing it.

The only disadvantage of this method is that the money will be in direct contact with your skin. Be careful if you have extremely sensitive skin, as the paper may rub against it.

In the Handle of a Hair Brush

You can get a hairbrush that has a hollow handle and a discreet removable lid that allows you to hide some cash.

A hairbrush is functional and blends with the rest of your beauty items. It is unlikely a thief would suspect its secret function. Hence, this can be used as a way to store cash when you leave your room unattended.

In Your Shoes

Hiding some money in your shows may be a cliché, but it’s still one of the best places to put your cash if you’re worried it may be stolen. It’s a method that has been used for centuries.

Hiding money in your shoe, however, isn’t without its drawbacks. You’ll want to use an odor spray. I’d also advise putting the money inside a small plastic bag so that it isn’t coming into direct contact with your feet.

If you don’t wear flip-flops, this can be an inexpensive and effective way to hide money on your travels.

Carry a Dummy Wallet

Carry two wallets with you, and keep a few small bills and some fake or old cards in the dummy wallet. If you do end up in an unfortunate situation where you’re confronted, you can hand over the dummy wallet, which doesn’t contain any valuables or your current credit cards.

In an Empty Water Bottle

Carry an empty water bottle that’s not see-through in your backpack or attached to your daypack, purse, or clothing via a fastener or key chain.

Especially in hot countries, it is common for people to walk around with plastic bottles or water bottles. Many thieves won’t think to go for a water bottle.

Wear Wrist Wallets

A wrist wallet is a handy little accessory you can wear. You can keep a small amount of cash inside for use at restaurants, bars, or on excursions.

Only Carry Small Bills

Carry enough money for wherever you are heading. Don’t carry all your money or large amounts of cash on you. Instead, keep that cash hidden away back at your apartment or hotel room in a safe.


Don’t give thieves and pickpockets a chance to make your trip stressful. Protect your money by splitting it between some of these secret locations. Divide and conquer is the name of the game!

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How to hide money when traveling (ten methods from the article)
Author: Dale

Dale Johnson is a content creator from the UK. He has traveled full-time for over three years and to over 30 countries and writes on a number of travel-themed topics, including travel packing tips and the latest gear.

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