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Anti-theft neck wallets are a great way to conceal valuables like your passport, but they can be bulky and hard to conceal. If you’re looking for the best ways to wear your neck wallet to avoid pickpockets, then we have your answer!
Anti-Theft Neck Wallet
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Travel Fashion Girl help! A reader asks:
“I’m off to Paris and London on Friday and taking hidden neck pouches to hold my larger cash and having smaller amounts in my wallet. My big question is, what is the best way to hide one? It seems somewhat visible under my top, so does anyone have any tips?”
Even seasoned travelers can easily become a victim of theft by getting too comfortable. But carrying your valuables in an anti-theft neck pouch can help you prevent theft and make you feel safer knowing your wallet and passport are safe and secure.
But even the best travel neck wallet can be bulky and hard to hide, so we’ve collected the best advice from TFG readers and our own experience for the best ways to wear your travel neck wallet.
How To Wear Neck Wallet
Attach Your Wear Neck Wallet to Your Bra
Neck pouches are a great way to keep your belongings out of the view of pickpockets and thieves while you’re traveling abroad (or even when you’re home). And here at TFG we love them so much that I added one to my line of travel products, Compass Rose.
The Compass Rose Secret Bra Wallet is our top pick for best neck wallet, and TFG readers are giving it rave reviews. The fabric of the Compass Rose wallet is soft, so it won’t irritate you, and it’s comfortable to wear even in the heat and humidity of Rome in the summer.
We dare say it’s the best travel bra wallet, because not only is it convenient to hide your valuables, but it’s the only RFID bra wallet on the market. It’s made with an extra long strap so it can fit DD+ cup styles and a range of bra band widths (what, we’re not biased)!
To put on one of these bra neck wallet styles, you fasten it to your bra strap, either under your arm or in between your bra cups. I personally attach it under my arm and tuck it underneath my bra band, to make it extra secure. That way it doesn’t bulge through my blouse or accidentally chafe my chest.
If you don’t find carrying it around in your bra comfortable, you can attach it to your belt loop and tuck it into your pants. Or, you can attach it to your underwear, looping it by your hip and tucking it inside your underwear. If you wear it under tights or pants, no one will know it’s there!
Wrap Your Travel Neck Pouch Around Your Ankle
Traveling to a cold location and wondering the best way to wear an anti-theft neck wallet? One reader is particularly crafty and says, “When it was colder, I wrapped it around my leg inside my boot.”
While you don’t want to wrap the neck purse too tightly around your ankle and cut off your circulation, this is a great way to store it in a tall boot. Just make sure it’s a waterproof boot so you don’t ruin anything!
Here are some tips and tricks to help prevent pickpockets from stealing your items!
Hook Your Small Neck Wallet Around Your Belt
Similar to wearing it around your waist, a great option for how to wear neck wallet is to loop it around your belt. This makes wearing a neck passport holder around your waist even more secure.
One reader says, “I got the travel neck wallet that hooks onto your belt and just wear it under my pants. It doesn’t create bulky lines. I just wouldn’t keep a passport in there for excessive periods because it will bend. Credit cards and ID cards do just fine though.”
If you’re looking for more ways to protect your goods, you can also check out our picks for anti theft travel bags for women!
Wear Your Neck Wallet Around Your Waist
Anti-theft neck pouches are designed to be worn around your neck, but you can definitely get creative and try wearing it elsewhere! One TFG reader says, “I have put neck pouches around my waist under skirts, dresses, or pants.”
You may need to pin or tuck in your neck purse, but this is a great alternative if you’re wearing a looser blouse with thin straps that can’t easily hide neck straps.
As one reader says, “I wear a money pouch around my waist, on the inside of my jeans or pants, and secured additionally with a huge safety pin. Yes, the system gives me a poofy stomach, but generally, my shirt somewhat conceals the poof.”
Versatility is key to a capsule wardrobe. Learn more in my guide!
Wear Your Travel Neck Wallet As A Crossbody
One of the easiest ways to wear an anti-theft neck pouch is as a crossbody. One TFG reader shares, “I wear mine like a crossbody under my shirt and then tuck the strap into my bra strap on my shoulder. I found that I didn’t really notice it under my arm but it bothered me in the front. Not as noticeable in pictures either!”
Her tip for making the passport neck pouch less visible? “I put it so the top is in line with the top of my bra on the side. The one I have is flat and wide, and I think my side is flatter than my front so it lays between my armpit and my waist.”
Looking for a great travel purse? Here’s our list on the best travel shoulder bags for women!
Hide Your Passport Neck Pouch Under a Scarf
A few TFG readers recommend wearing neck pouches with a scarf, which is a great way to hide them! Not only does a scarf add style to your outfit, but it can cover the straps of the neck wallet.
For extra protection and minimal visibility, first, pull the neck pouch under your top. Then layer with a dark-colored scarf so you can’t see the neck purse.
Here’s a roundup of the best money belts and travel accessories to theft-proof your gear!
A Few More Travel Neck Pouch Hacks
TFG readers shared some other great tips and tricks to keep your valuables secure with your neck purse while you travel.
Make sure to separate your valuable belongings, keeping them in the same place runs the risk of losing everything should something happen.
One reader says, “I carry one credit card and an estimated needed amount of cash for the day in my purse/crossbody bag for easy access. Other credit cards, cash, and passport are tucked into my secured anti-theft neck pouch.”
And if you’re traveling in a couple or with a group, make sure each of you is carrying enough cash in case you get separated.
Neck Wallet Comparison Chart
Here’s a quick look at the neck wallets we featured in this post:
|BRAND / MODEL||REVIEW||RATING||PRICE|
|Compass Rose RFID Secret Bra Wallet||"The best travel bra wallet, because not only is it convenient to hide your valuables, but it’s the only RFID bra wallet on the market."||Check Price|
|Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch||“I carry one credit card and an estimated needed amount of cash for the day in my purse/crossbody bag for easy access. Other credit cards, cash, and passport are tucked into my secured anti-theft neck pouch.”||Check Price|
|Zero Grid Neck Wallet with RFID Blocking||“I got the travel neck wallet that hooks onto your belt and just wear it under my pants. It doesn't create bulky lines. I just wouldn't keep a passport in there for excessive periods because it will bend. Credit cards and ID cards do just fine though.”||Check Price|
|Pacsafe Coversafe 75 Neck Pouch||““I have put neck pouches around my waist under skirts, dresses, or pants.”||Check Price|
|Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Neck Stash||“I wear mine like a crossbody under my shirt and then tuck the strap into my bra strap on my shoulder. I found that I didn't really notice it under my arm but it bothered me in the front. Not as noticeable in pictures either!”||Check Price|
|Infinity Scarf with Zipper Pocket||"For extra protection and minimal visibility, first, pull the neck pouch under your top. Then layer with a dark-colored scarf so you can’t see the neck purse."||Check Price|
|Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Wallet||"A neck passport holder or neck wallet are designed to help you keep track of your valuable items so they don’t get lost and are protected from pickpockets and thieves!"||Check Price|
What is a Neck Wallet?
A neck wallet (also sometimes called a “neck pouch”) is an anti-theft device you can wear underneath your clothing to carry valuable items including your cash, cards, and passports. Never wear anti-theft items on the exterior of your clothing.
Wear Neck Wallet?
Every traveler’s nightmare is losing or having their passport stolen. Losing your passport can completely ruin your trip and make it incredibly difficult for you to get home. So anti-theft devices like a neck passport holder or neck wallet are designed to help you keep track of your valuable items so they don’t get lost and are protected from pickpockets and thieves!
Looking For More Anti-Theft Travel Tips?
Watch my video on TPSY TV that shows you more tips on how to keep your belongings safe while traveling.
And remember not to carry your passport around while you’re sightseeing unless you have no way to lock it in a safe or your locked luggage! You can read more about passport security in this article on how to keep your passport safe.
If you liked an item featured in the video, here’s what was included (in the order they were shown):
It’s better to play it safe than sorry when it comes to protecting your valuables during your travels, making an anti-theft device like a neck wallet a great choice! But don’t forget your travel insurance!
What are your tips on how to wear a neck wallet? Please comment below!
These are our top anti-theft travel tips:
- Money Belts and Anti-theft Accessories
- Best Anti-theft Bags for Women
- Tools to Protect You From Pickpockets
- How To Keep Your Passport Safe While Traveling
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