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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).
Aside from the Compass Rose bra wallet is our top pick for the best neck wallet, and TFG readers are giving it rave reviews. The fabric of the wallet is soft and non-irritating, plus it’s breathable and comfortable to wear even in the heat and humidity of Rome in the summer.
A lot of readers say it’s the best travel bra wallet, with one saying, “Absolutely love. I don’t notice it once I put it on!” Another says, “I have the PacSafe bra pouch and I use it regularly. I like the fact that it’s comfortable and the snap/loop components are plastic – so no setting off the metal detectors! I wear mine tucked in my bra on the side.”
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 irritate my chest.
If you find carrying it around in your bra uncomfortable, you could 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. If you wear it under tights or pants, no one will know it’s there!
Please read my top ten tried and tested anti-theft travel tips for more information on how to properly use these items!
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, putting it in a tall boot is a great way to store it – no one would ever suspect there are valuables in there! (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
Another great reader recommendation for how to wear neck wallet accessories is to loop them 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.”
Another reader shares, “When I was in Greece I kept valuables on a neck pouch but I tied it to my pants loop and tucked it into the waist of my pants.”
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 them 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 wouldn’t be able to hide the neck wallet’s 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.”
Here’s a roundup of the best money belts and travel accessories to theft-proof your gear!
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.”
Another reader says, “I wear a neck pouch cross body under my shirt. I tuck the pouch into my pants. Works very well for me. I do pin the strap to my bra so it doesn’t show.”
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.
What makes this system even better is when the two are combined! A scarf with a hidden pocket is a must-have travel accessory for many readers! One TFG says, “I use an infinity scarf with a hidden pocket for passports when I’m flying. I can always remember where they are in a jet-lagged state!”
Another reader shares, “I have infinity scarves with hidden pockets. That is where I keep my passport and extra cash. I have a winter one and some thinner ones for summer.”
Here are our readers top recommendations for scarves with pockets to help keep your valuables safe!
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, as 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
|FEATURES | REVIEWS
|RATING | PRICE
|Compass Rose RFID Secret Bra Wallet (similar)
|“Absolutely love. I don’t notice it once I put it on! I like the fact that it's comfortable and the snap/loop components are plastic - so no setting off the metal detectors!”
|Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch
|“When it was colder, I wrapped it around my leg inside my boot.”
|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.”
|Pacsafe Coversafe 75 Neck Pouch
|“I wear a money pouch around my waist, on the inside of my jeans or pants, and secured additionally with a huge safety pin.”
|Lewis N. Clark Deluxe Neck Stash
|"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!”
|Infinity Scarf with Zipper Pocket
|“I use an infinity scarf with a hidden pocket for passports when I’m flying. I can always remember where they are in a jet-lagged state!”
|Eagle Creek Travel Gear Neck Wallet
|“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.”
|Pacsafe Organizer 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.
|Tarriss Neck Wallet with RFID Blocking
|Anti-theft devices like a neck passport holder or neck wallet allow you to securely hold onto your valuable items while you’re out and about so they don’t get lost or stolen!
|Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag
|Travelon’s Classic Messenger Bag excels in both its spaciousness and security, with cut-proof shoulder straps, lockable compartments and a variety of organizational pockets both within and outside of it.
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.
Why 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.
Anti-theft devices like a neck passport holder or neck wallet allow you to securely hold onto your valuable items while you’re out and about so they don’t get lost or stolen!
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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