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Money Belts (Which one?)

Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route 2013
#1
Hi All,

I'm trying to decide which money belt to buy (neck pouch, holster style or waist money).

In your experience which one did you find worked for you?

Buen Camino

Love and smiles
Sonia
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Deirdre

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2007), Camino Francés (2008), Camino Portugués (2010), Camino Aragonés - from Lourdes (2012)
#3
I used a fanny pack to keep passport, credencial, glasses, sunglasses, and a few odds& ends. On the belt part, I also put my camera pack so it was always easily accessible. My money was kept in a tiny wallet with a snap change purse that I kept in the fanny pack Ialways in the front!) or in my pocket. I bought that in Spain some years ago. When I travel to Spain (or anywhere in Europe - e.g. Paris last weekend) I never take a purse. A camera bag only and if doesn't fit in the camera bag, it doesn't go with me.

One item that I didnt' have and wished I had.... a plastic zip lock bag for my credencial. It protects against moisture (rain and sweat) and keeps the credencial nice. You might want to take a larger one for books and papers. I collected prayer, song and information sheets along the way.... hated it if/when they got damp.
Just another suggestion....
Buen Camino,
 
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2008, Le Puy route 2013
#4
Hi Geoff and Deirdrè,

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my query. A friend gave me a pac safe secure hip pack (fanny bag) and I was thinking of taking a money belt as well, I'll only take my pac safe which I think will be more than enough to carry and keep all my valuables safe.

Thanks again
Love and smiles
Sonia
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vinotinto

Active Member
#5
TravellingSonn said:
I'm trying to decide which money belt to buy (neck pouch, holster style or waist money).
I started out wearing a Pacsafe neck pouch and a Pacsafe waist belt. The neck pouch felt and looked like I was wearing a bulletproof vest. At Arre I discovered that my sweat had seeped through the neck pouch and soaked my passport and international driver's license. I had to dry them on a line strung across my bunk.

As for the money belt, it also got sweaty, but not as bad (the included waterproof plastic pouch saved my credit cards from harm, but my money was damp). Also, it bunched up while I walked, especially on hills.

After that, I stopped wearing both items while hiking. Instead, I carried both of them inside a small daypack that i kept in my main pack while hiking, and then took it out for use when at the albergues - and I never let it leave my person or get out of my sight (I even took it in the shower). I used small travel padlocks to secure the zippers, and at night I used a Pacsafe cable lock to secure the daypack to the bed next to my head.

Once I left the Camino and became a tourist, I began wearing the money belt again. But I'll skip the neck pouch from now on... :arrow:
 

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Trudy

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
(2006) Roncesvalles to Leon (2007) Leon to Compostela
#6
Usually when I travel I wear a light money belt around the waist, under the clothes so can't be seen. I tested this with a backpack a couple of years ago and found it very annoying as the waiststrap on the backpack rubbed against the moneybelt and it chafed a bit. Whatever you get, try it out while walking with a full backpack and see if it's suitable. It doesn't have to be expensive, just comfortable.

Now I use a small bumbag (hip pack/fanny bag) for credencial, phone, camera, small amount of cash and one debit card, meusli bars, tissues etc. My hiking trousers have a zippered pocket where I kept my passport, 2nd debit card and credit card, in a ziplock plastic bag. At night I put this in my bumbag and kept it at the bottom of my sleeping bag.

The bumbag was never out of my sight, whereever I was it was with me, even going to the loo at night. I've heard Pacsafe is a really good brand as neither the straps nor the fabric can be cut. So definately take that with you.

Trudy
 

Deirdre

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés (2007), Camino Francés (2008), Camino Portugués (2010), Camino Aragonés - from Lourdes (2012)
#7
"Bumbag" - now there is a great word! I love it! "Fanny pack" is so..... pfffff... pishposh....but bumbag! Thank you, Trudy, for increasing my vocabulary, by one! :lol:
 
#8
I'm going to try to use a PacSafe Money belt. Very durable, does'nt look like it can be cut easily and the snap buckle is hidden so it can't be undone without pulling it out first. I'll probably not use it whilst walking though.
 
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#9
Right. So keeping valuables in a bumbag which can double as a handbag in the evening sounds like a grand idea. :idea: Plus I like the fact that whatever weight there is will once again be on the hips, not the shoulders. My question is; leather or man made? Leather is strong and durable, but nylon/polyester dries quicker ... any suggestions or pointers here? Being female I am tempted to buy one of each!

Cheers,
LM
 
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#11
Thanks, that does make sense. I will do! And I'll try to get one that's not too big, for as we know - if there's room, it will be filled with stuff. Maybe get one with water bottle holders? Someone also mentioned zip lock bags to keep paperwork dry inside the bumbag, I'll get some of them, and then I think I've got everything!

Cheers,
LM
 

KiwiNomad06

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy-Santiago(2008) Cluny-Conques+prt CF(2012)
#12
nidarosa said:
Someone also mentioned zip lock bags to keep paperwork dry inside the bumbag, I'll get some of them, and then I think I've got everything! LM
Zip lock bags wear out though in my experience(usually at the bottom end)... and are not necessarily completely waterproof anyhow. If it is really raining hard I prefer to have my important paper well buried in my main pack inside a couple of layers of plastic.
Margaret
 

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