Keeping Your Money Safe

by Nancy Bestor

Customers often ask us to recommend the “most important item” that they should take on vacation. Because we feel that security is of utmost importance, our number one must have is a money belt. Bob and I always travel with our passports, credit cards, and cash in some kind of money belt or security wallet. This protects us against theft and our own forgetfulness and gives us peace of mind that our essential items are secure.

Once in Italy with my sister, a group of gypsy children approached me with a map that they stuck in front of my face while they tried to reach into my bag underneath. I swatted them away (literally), but even if they had gotten into my bag, they could have only stolen my lipstick and my water bottle, as my cash and passport were in my money belt. Another time, in Costa Rica, I was walking the streets of San Jose with a small backpack. I felt something like a fly on my arm, and when I went to swat it (again with the swatting!), I realized someone had actually unzipped my bag. There was nothing of interest in there this time either, just a sweater and a Lonely Planet guidebook.

There have been plenty of other vacations where I have felt a little bit uncomfortable with my surroundings—maybe because it was very crowded, or I felt like some sketchy looking folks were paying a little bit too much attention to me. I’ve always been confident with the fact that my important, costly, and difficult to replace items were tucked away in my security wallet, underneath my clothing. They can take my backpack or bag because there’s nothing in there that isn’t replaceable (except maybe for that perfect shade of Clinique lipstick that is no longer in production).

My favorite security pouch is Eagle Creek’s Undercover Deluxe Neck Wallet. I wear it a little differently than most customers expect though. I don’t hang it around my neck straight down in front. Instead I wear it cross body underneath my blouse. This gets the strap off the back of my neck and the pouch off my stomach (which doesn’t need any more pouch, believe me). I size the strap so the pouch is right at my hip and tucked into my pants or skirt. When I need to get into it, I simply pull it out from my bottoms, with it still strapped around me, and get what I need, then I tuck it back into my skirt. Bob’s favorite is the Eagle Creek Undercover Hidden Pocket. The Hidden Pocket has a loop that a regular belt runs through and then the wallet is tucked down inside his pants. It always stays attached to his belt, and when he needs to get into it he pulls it out, gets what he needs and then tucks it back in.

We always keep enough money for the day in our front pocket or day bag. That way we’re not getting into our money belts every single time I demand a gelato (and I demand lots of gelato). But the bulk of our cash, credit cards and passports are always in our money belts. If we’ve got a safe in our room, we do sometimes leave our passports behind, but really, we keep our cash and credit cards with us at all times. I’m not paranoid, I just like to be cautious.

There are all kinds of money belts for all kinds of people. There are even money belts that block RFID signals from being scanned by techno-savvy crooks. You can choose from styles that go around your waist, around your neck, that hook to your bra or strap to your leg. You can choose silk money belts, nylon ones, and more.   It doesn’t matter the type you choose, what matters is that you keep your important belongings safe. And then you can relax and enjoy your vacation.

Ultimate Packing Solution Still Available

We still have some of Eagle Creek’s Ultimate Packing Solution Sets available. During the holidays the set makes for a great gift, but for now it’s the perfect combo of Eagle Creek’s ingenious Pack-It items at a nice savings. If purchased separately the three packing organizers would run almost $48. As a set the Ultimate Packing Solution is just $39.95. A nice deal indeed and available here.
Eagle Creek’s Ultimate Packing Solution
The Solution centers on a Pack-It Folder 18. This extremely handy product will neatly fold up to a dozen garments and keep them all neatly folded no matter how many times you paw through your suitcase and its contents. It comes with a folding board that does two things. First it helps you to fold things neatly and second it ensures that anything you want to put into your Pack-It Folder 18 is folded to the correct size. When I max mine out I can pack two pairs of pants, two pairs of shorts, four or five dress/casual shirts and a couple of t-shirts. I have found it to be nearly indispensible for any trip where I’d like to look anywhere from halfway decent to sharp. The second piece of the Ultimate Packing Solution puzzle is the Pack-It Cube. At 13 x 9.5 x 2.5 inches deep the Pack-It Cube makes a great storage unit for smaller stuff like socks, rolled up undies and t-shirts, bras, gloves, hats, swimsuits etc. Putting all your small stuff into one handy bag alleviates quite a bit of luggage clutter and makes it easier to find said small stuff and easier to find things overall. The final item in the set is Eagle Creek’s Medium Pack-It Sac. Measuring 10 x 8.5 inches the plastic line Sac is perfect as a basic toiletries bag or as a handy case for any liquid containers you might be carrying. And that’s a wrap on Eagle Creek’s Ultimate Packing Solution. You may of noticed that I ‘ve used the word “handy” a few times. That’s because when I think of this stuff, I think about how neatly organized my travel gear and clothing are now that I use it.

Pack in Style With New Pack-It Colors from Eagle Creek

Eagle Creek’s 2008 line brings three new colors to the popular Pack-It line of packing aids. Merlin Purple (seen below on the brand new She She Kit) is a bold addition to the Eagle Creek color scheme, and Merlin Purple Stripe gives a little additional flare to the fun color. Finally, the Tree Frog Burst (seen below on a Pack-It 15 Folder) takes the veteran Tree Frog color in a new, funky direction. The solid Merlin Purple is included in all of the Pack-It cubes, tubes and sacks – and all 3 new colors are used with the Pack-It folders and toiletry kits, like the Wallaby II (shown below in Merlin Stripe).

She She Kit in Merlin PurpleFolder 15 in Tree Frog BurstWallaby II Toiletry Kit in Merlin Purple 

New Eagle Creek Tarmacs are here.

The latest and greatest from Eagle Creek has recently arrived. Among the many new updated pieces we are most excited by the updates the company has done on their Tarmac line of rolling bags. For several years now the Tarmacs have offered by far the best value in the luggage industry. These bags are extremely durable, are backed by an unbeatable guarantee and, when compared to bags of similar quality, are very favorably price. If anything ever happens to your Eagle Creek Tarmac, even damage caused by the airlines, Eagle Creek will repair it free of charge. Hard to go wrong with a deal like that.

The Eagle Creek Tarmac line is complimented by a nice selection of handbags, totes and duffels as well as a very handy rolling tote that is sized specifically to be an under seat carry-on.

Check the Tarmacs out here12000000770palm.jpg.