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Rick Steves Silk Money Belt, Natural
List Price: $12.95

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Product Description

Made from comfortable spun silk, our sturdy, ultra-light, under-the-pants moneybelt and neck wallet is your best guarantee against pickpocket theft, Its soft elastic strap/neck cord adjusts to your unique shape and the slim, strong buckle makes it easy to clip on and off, The main zippered compartment features a moisture barrier liner and the second zipper reveals two easy access compartments: one for your cash and one for your credit/debit cards, Rick Steves line of travel luggage and accessories is designed to be practical, durable and light weight - ideal for the frequent traveler, whether for Europe or cross-country, Each items' "Rick tested" features work to make every trip smoother and more enjoyable

Features:
  • Made from comfortable spun silk
  • This sturdy, ultra-light under-the-pants money belt is your best guarantee against pickpocket theft
  • Features a main zippered compartment and 2 other easy access compartments
  • Soft elastic strap adjusts to your body
  • Strong buckle makes it easy to clip on and off

Customer Reviews:

  • Recommended!
    Got this as a Christmas gift for my mom. She plans to use it for her trips. ...more info
  • Great product....wonder about the elastic
    Works as promised. I took it on a long trip, and kept my cash in it. The only problems is the elastic waistband, which seems a little flimsy to me, and I wonder if it will maintain tension after a few uses. ...more info
  • Fine, usable, but too tall for me
    I had an old Rick Steves money belt from 2002 that I had used for years, but it was beginning to wear out, so I bought this new silk version. The silk part was fine, the straps were fine, but I found it too "tall" for me (went too far above the waist), making it bulkier and not as comfortable as I expected. Most disappointing was the plastic sleeve inside. Because it is so large, it immediately (on first wearing) curled over itself at the top and bottom, not keeping my bills as flat as my previous one did, and making it more difficult to take it out of the money belt. I found the two small zipped pockets in the front of the money belt useless. I'll use this during many trips in the future, I'm sure, but I'm not as happy with it as I expected to be. Maybe it's better suited to a man's body?...more info
  • Great little belt
    I have never travelled internationally or thought i had a need for a money belt, so this concept was new to me. my main criteria were price and comfort and i believe this product met my criteria. i wore it probably 10 times and after putting it on, i forgot it was there until i took it off at night. accessing it in public was a little goofy as you had to expose your belly a little and it was a bit of a production to unbutton a few shirt buttons, expose the zipper and take out stuff, but it wasn't too bad. it has room for a bunch of paper money, your passport, a few credit cards, maybe a few plane/rail tix - not tons of room, but enough for the important stuff. i think the product does what it was designed to do well, however, if i were to do it again, i might opt for a neck walley - maybe one could fit a few more things (probably not really necessary) and seems more accessible and easier to put on in the morning. when you went to use the bathroom, it might get in the way a tiny bit but not big deal. if i do more travelling, i will consider the neck bag as a potential new purchase....more info
  • I traveled Europe alone, this helped me feel safer.
    The money belt is a great concept, it was very usful, it was easy to conseal, and could hold all of my important documents. This was absolutely important for me to feel safe, and at no point did have have to wonder about passports,train tickets, credit cards and such. Few things would caution, it is that if you are traveling in warmer climates, it may be uncomfortable to wear, because of sweating, and the silk sticks to your skin. Due to this the belt may have to be washed a few times during the trip.The belt does come with a plastic inside pouch, but i found that the plastic got crumpled easily, from sitting. Although, it does help keep the important stuff from getting wet and damaged. Another warning is that the elastic waste, is a bit of cheap material, and i found that it wore itself down quite a bit during my trip. I may be only have one more use out of it , before i have to replace it. I suggest perhaps finding a belt with a better material to go around the waste. However, for sure the concept is the best for safe travels. ...more info
  • Good for carrying money
    I found this money belt extremely helpful on my recent trip to a third world country known for it's hustlers and pick-pocketers.

    The following are my thoughts to help in your decision

    Pros:
    --made it easy to consolidate all my currencies, passport and important documents
    --barely felt it after a hour of wearing it
    --soft and lightweight

    Cons:
    --the plastic sheath inside is very flimsy and got all wrinkled and cannot be straightened
    --sort of flimsy, uncertain how long it will last. (only use it for 1 week and already seeing signs of wear)

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  • Not for everyone
    I brought this money belt with me to China recently and only used it for two days. It was helpful on the "sleeper" (overnight) buses where theft often occurs, but it wasn't particularly comfortable to wear during the day. First, the waist belt was extremely long and would not tighten enough to fit my waist well. I'm an average-sized girl in my 20s, and when I adjusted it to fit my waist, there was almost a foot of leftover strap that dangled unpleasantly (I had to use a binder clip to keep the leftover strap secure). Second, the belt was constantly shifting. I would suddenly find it up to my stomach rather than on my waist. This became quite annoying to me (especially when having to use the restroom), so I gave up and simply carried my passport in my purse (which I clutched tightly).

    The money belt was quite nice in terms of size and the material was comfortable, but note that it does not work well with everyone's body type....more info
  • Don't leave home without it.
    I used one all through Europe and have ordered a second for my other half when we go to Mexico. This is comfortable and adjustable. It is lightweight and thin and easily hidden under a shirt, summer or winter. Yes, one perspires, but with the silk you can rinse it out in a sink and it will be dry in a short period of time. The plastic insert ensures the persperation doesn't soak your papers/cash. Cotton or other fabrics might work, but they would not rinse and dry as quickly. This is sturdy too. Rick Steves knows better than to recommend bad items. He will run into us no matter where in the world he goes and we will tell him about it!!!...more info
  • excellent belt. definetly will continue to use it on future travels.
    Used this in Italy. Kept our cash and passports in it. Has a waterproof plastic pouch inside. It rained really hard one day in Rome, and surprisingly nothing got wet. I will definetly use this on future travels....more info
  • Your money, safe as a joey in it's momma's pouch.
    I bought this for my husband prior to embarking on our long awaited honeymoon to Europe. I'm a big traveler and in my travels I've learned it's good to do your best not to look like a tourist. This item was key to making sure we had all the documents and cash we needed and kept us from having to resort to typically tourist things like the dreaded fanny pack.

    It was hot in Italy and my husband was very happy that this item was made from great, light weight and breathable material. He also felt like he'd foiled the would-be pick pockets in Florence!

    I'd reccomend this to any travler, or even a hiker or runner. You can easily move arround without even noticing this item.. and yet it can carry all you need. The only draw back was that it was not long enough for the size of the Euro bills. ...more info
  • convenient in a pinch
    I bought this "just in case" for my recent trip to Europe. Only used it one time but it came in handy.I used it one day when going to the beach by myself. I never like to leave my belongings on the beach anywhere, so I ended up putting on my money belt. I have a little swim dress and just slipped the belt on underneath. I only had my hotel key card and some Euro coins in it but it worked out great while I went for a swim in the Mediterranean. I let it dry overnight and it was no worse for the wear. ...more info
  • Ok...but not great!
    I went on a cruise and bought this to keep with me at all times. It definately has pro's and cons
    PROS
    Keeps your things concealed
    keeps your hand free (no lugging around a purse

    CONS
    Uncomfortable
    Doesn't stay in place
    you get sweaty in the place that it's at
    really flimsy...one week of wear is all it has in it!
    the band is way too long....more info
  • Do You Really Need This?
    I like Rick Steves. I like his shows. I like and use his guidebooks. But the practicality of some of his products disappoints me. (Such as those suitcases that convert to backpacks, ostensibly to get you over cobblestone streets and up train steps. So unnecessary.)

    As for money belts, I recommend not letting one's paranoia of "those criminal foreigners" get the better of them. I've traveled the planet -- including throughout scores of developing countries -- for many years. Back when I started, I used to give in to my fears and would buy and wear a money belt. Each time, however, I'd end up using it for only a day or two before realizing what a dork I felt like standing in front of eye-rolling merchants, pulling out my shirt, reaching down into my pants, doing the hula, all just to get at my currency.

    And meanwhile, all around me, the natives are taking money out of their wallets and purses like normal people and looking at me like I'm another one of those out-of-touch-with-reality Americans.

    Don't you ever stop and wonder why foreigners who shop amongst their own pickpockets, thieves and petty criminals every single day don't use money belts???

    Of course pickpockets abroad are a genuine concern (I often ponder why pickpocketing as a common crime has never caught on in the U.S.) But when traveling, just use some common sense instead of making yourself uncomfortable, looking silly and standing out. Ramp up your awareness of your surroundings a bit, don't flash money, leave your Burberry at home, and keep your wallet in your front pocket and your purse under your arm. Most of all, don't act like a paranoid, narcisistic American tourist who thinks every petty criminal in a foreign country has their eye on and is out to get THEM. (I cringe when I see those kinds of tourists, which is every time I travel, the ones who usually have genuine, constant and baseless fear in their eyes. What a way to live.)

    I'd bet euros to beignets that Rick Steves never wears a money belt when he travels Europe. Too bad he doesn't mind a little fear-mongering to sell you an uncomfortable and rarely practical money belt. Just keep one of his great travel guides in hand to whack any would-be petty thief.
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  • Recommended!
    Got this as a Christmas gift for my mom. She plans to use it for her trips. ...more info
  • Can you put a pricetag on added security?
    Whether or not one of these belts is necessary is everyone's own opinion, but if you are afraid of being pick-pocketed (or mugged), then pick one of these up. Material is comfortable and light. The "plastic sleeve" inside is a great idea, but mine "bunched up" after only a few days and it never really got back to normal. However, if you want to be safe, definitely grab one of these and you won't regret it....more info
  • works great
    As people have mentioned, the plastic can get a little bent up but I was just careful to keep flattening it when I stored it away. Other than that, it was comfortable and it didn't make you look bulky. I cut the strap as advised here and had no problem. ...more info
  • Your money, safe as a joey in it's momma's pouch.
    I bought this for my husband prior to embarking on our long awaited honeymoon to Europe. I'm a big traveler and in my travels I've learned it's good to do your best not to look like a tourist. This item was key to making sure we had all the documents and cash we needed and kept us from having to resort to typically tourist things like the dreaded fanny pack.

    It was hot in Italy and my husband was very happy that this item was made from great, light weight and breathable material. He also felt like he'd foiled the would-be pick pockets in Florence!

    I'd reccomend this to any travler, or even a hiker or runner. You can easily move arround without even noticing this item.. and yet it can carry all you need. The only draw back was that it was not long enough for the size of the Euro bills. ...more info