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Passports/Money

Discussion in 'Camino Frances' started by MoniRose, Feb 16, 2017.

  1. MoniRose

    MoniRose Active Member

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    In 2012 I walked 40 days on the Camino. I carried a fanny pack with all my important documents/money, having in my possession 24/7- even in the shower.
    In light of recent discussions about Camino safety, Wondering what other ideas have been used to carry these valuable documents and keep them both safe and out of sight while on your person. Something yseful not just for the Camino but anybtravel.
    Thanks!
     
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    You seem to have it pretty good already .. only thing I would say is that I always split what I have into two - real passport, some money, and a credit card stay on me at all times in a gripseal - then if I lose or have stolen the other lot I have a backup.
     
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  3. Rick of Rick and Peg

    Rick of Rick and Peg Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I think that fanny packs / bum bags are terribly insecure from pickpockets and also shout out "The good stuff is in here!"

    My valuables go in a zippered pouch with a strap worn under the pants with a tucked in shirt between the pouch and the pants. Sometimes I also wear a leather belt with a zipper on the inside to hide extra cash.

    Later edit: I didn't find this uncomfortable at all and often wore it to bed. I wish it had additional securable/zipped pockets though so I could go get one item without worrying that another might fall out unnoticed.
     
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    Discretion and no bling might offer surer protection than a bum bag. However, never leave unwatched what you can't afford to lose. Like many other pilgrims I sleep with any valuables within my sleeping bag beneath my feet and NEVER tell anyone where and what they are!!

    A few years ago in Trinidad de Arre an actor from LA who was bunked next to me asked anxiously "Where do you have your money?" As if on cue I rolled my eyes and answered "Why in the bank! And you?"


    For further advice read these earlier Forum threads with useful tips on camino security
    and here.
     
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  5. falcon269

    falcon269 sidra; no commercial interests

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    I know that pockets ruin the line of shirts and pants, but pockets are great. Go for practicality instead of style. I have pants with pockets inside 0f pockets, and they are quite secure. Don't forget a plastic bag to keep passport and wallet dry in the rain or inside a poncho (as water condenses).
     
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    Waka Veteran Member Donating Member

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    I have to admit I do carry a slim bum bag which hides under my shirt, it only contain my phone, credential and my daily spend, all the other important items are spread around my body and back pack.
    Never worried while I was on camino, maybe I was just lucky. I think any base is good as long as it's not advertised when wearing it. Regarding the very slim pouches that go around the neck and under the shirt, I find these very uncomfortable.
     
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    Seeing the proliferation of messages about safety, I could contribute with a very short story. It was in Los Arcos, in the first days of my first walk, so my routines were not so well established. There were not many people in the path, just 20 or 30 of us, and we more o less knew each other.
    Well, I went veeery tired to shower, completely exhausted, resisted the urge to sleep and decided to visit the magnificent cathedral, and after that I thought it was time to get my "menú del día". When I entered the restaurant, I checked my bumbag as I routinely do...but it was missing (with money, credit cards, passport). I felt as if a thunderbolt had struck me. After a moment of paralysis, I almost run back to albergue, without really hope...and I discovered the bumbag exactly where I had put it, in a hook in the shower.

    Not that I recommend that you repeat this experience, evidently. Be very careful with your belongings, establish a routine, but don't get obsessed about safety. The vast majority of pilgrims are good people, and I had discovered that misteriously some things that go usually very bad in daily life, turn well in the Camino.
     
  9. Linda Fantillo

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    Hi all. I do carry a waist belt with my water in it, my guide book, credential, money for the day, some lip balm and kleenex because I really like thisstuff to be super accessible, but my passport, debit card, credit cards and the rest of the money (in a small plastic ziplock bag) go in a little cotton bag (about 4x5 inches) that attaches with an adjustible string and it goes around my waist under my clothes. I never take it off, even when sleeping, except for when I have a shower and then it goes in a lightweight plasticized grocery bag that I put my clean clothes in on the way to the shower, then put my dirty clothes in on the way to wash them, sit on if it is damp when I am taking a break on the trail, and use for getting any food stuffs that I might purchase. The little cotton bag was given to us when we were taking a trip years ago and I have used it ever since for travel. The string does not add a lot around the waist, is not hot and sticky and the passport etc. is really not noticeable under your clothes (especially when wearing a Macabi) I just put it off to the side slightly. Has worked for me on my last Camino and on other travels.
    Buen Camino-Linda
    PS - anyone starting out from SJPP on May 7th?
     
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    The problem with using a fanny pack instead of pants pockets is that people often take off their fanny pack to use the toilet. You never see anyone walking out of a toilet without their pants on, but you do see them leaving with their fanny packs still hanging on the back of toilet door. I found it so incredibly simple to place my passport, my credential, and my phone in the extra front pockets of my hiking pants. Whenever I stood up to move on I simply had to pat each pocket to confirm the three most important items were still with me. That sure beats watching the terrified pilgrim running backwards down the Camino to retrieve their fanny pack that may or may not still be hanging in the toilet at the café in the last village.
     
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    A passport over-shoulder pouch is my solution, worn crosswise under your shirt/blouse from one shoulder to under the other arm never just hanging neclace style around the neck. It's all but invisable, cheap, with plenty of room inside for cash, your credit card a-n-d your credental ready for instant retrieval. David got it right, always split your money and backup credit card, bury one set deep in the backpack your cash stash there, much smaller amounts of money and a credit card for daily use in the over-shoulder pouch.
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    PS I also carry there my health insurance documents, any emergancy, say, a runaway garbage truck gets you and who knows where it may be in your backpack or on the cellphone.
     
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    Two slim pouches hold my valuables:
    • One is my hidden pouch, similar to this one. I use diaper pins to attach it inside the waist band of my pants, so it hangs inside my pants. I move it whenever I change my pants. This holds my emergency cash, cards and information - things I won't need during the day.
    • The other is my home-made cross-body pouch (see photo attached), which is an expansion of the neck pouch concept. It holds my daily cash,credential phone and guidebook, and sometimes my bank card if I am planning a withdrawal that day. I can add some tissues and my sunglasses, but not much else. I also wear this all the time, and don't have to remove it when I take my backpack on and off.
    I find that these are inobtrusive enough that I don't mind having them on at all times. In fact, I feel vulnerable without them and I use them on non-camino travel as well. By keeping them small, I avoid the temptation to add clothes, gloves, bananas, etc., and lose the control over the valuables.
     

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    nylon travel wallet with lanyard...never left my person
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    I just placed an order from Rick Steves' online shop:
    https://store.ricksteves.com/shop/travel-accessories

    For deep storage a standard civita waist money belt. They have it in silk too for those who require more comfort. Watch the video.
    For daily cash requirements and jingly pocket things, a lambskin travel wallet. It will be readily accessible from a zippered pants pocket.
    Regards
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    I heart Rick Steves so much. js
     
  17. Mark Lee

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    ha ha...
    I didn't know the dude expanded into retail.
    Don't get me wrong. I owe Rick. It was his show on northern Spain and Pamplona from 2010 that made me aware of the Camino, and I had never even watched his show before that episode. Came across it whilst channel surfing, and it was the San Fermin part that initially caught my attention, but once he started talking about the Camino, I became totally intrigued and instantly knew I must walk it.
     
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    I dvr his shows all the time. I'm convinced he has the coolest job ever. I also like his spirit when it comes to cultural differences. He is so incredibly respectful of all traditions and encourages the viewer to do the same.
     
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    Pant pockets. A small dry bag for shower and into my sleeping bag with me at night
     
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    I walk the Camino Frances Sept/Oct 2016 and wore an Bumbag. Though a little fashion dated - who cares! All money important stuff and iPhone were always in front of me and I has easy access in all weather. Once you start hiding things access is difficult. I could even sleep with it me if I needed to.
     
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    Thank you, all, for the ideas.
    Monica
     
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    when purchasing shirts or pants make sure they have a zipped pocket.
    I put them in ziplock bags and carry them either in a chest pocket, zipped up, or in a zipped pockets on my pants.
    Always with me and almost impossible to get pickpocketed.
     
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