Money Belt

Violent crimes are rare but petty crimes can happen. Pick pockets and thieves target tourists because they are the ones with lots of cash in the bags and wallets. A good way to prevent being pick pocketed is to put money in the front pocket. However, even this is not a sure thing. The answer is a money belt. Every traveler needs one. A money belt is a small, nylon-zippered pouch on an elastic belt. Wear it around your waist, completely hidden from sight, tucked into your pants or skirt. The other type is the pouch which hangs around the neck, underneath your shirt or blouse. With a money belt, you do not need to even bring a wallet.


In your travel to Malaysia, or anywhere as a matter of fact, operate with a day's or two spending money in your pocket. The remaining bulk of your holiday fortune should be kept in the money belt. When going swimming, it is safer to leave your money belt in your room.


Here is what to pack in your money belt:

1. Cash: To prevent bulking, keep only big bills in your money belt.

2. Passport

3. Plane tickets

4. Driver's license

5. Credit card: It's required for car rental and when you do not have more cash on hand.

6. Debit card: A Visa debit card is the most versatile for ATM withdrawals.

7. Plastic bag: Malaysia’s weather will cause sweating. Protect and keep your items dry by putting them in a plastic bag.


Types of money belt

The Neck Pouch
Pro: Comfortable and easily accessed.
Con: Easier to get stolen.

The Waist Belt (Recommended)
Pros: Readily available and subtly accessed.
Cons: Gets sweaty and may make your waistline look bulky.

The Leg Strap
Pros: Inconspicuous and hard to grab.
Cons: Does not work with shorts and is difficult and unsightly to access.

The Hip Pouch (Recommended)
Pros: Well hidden and slim enough for sleeping.
Cons: Can't accommodate bulky contents.


Choose one which you think you will be most comfortable with. A money belt is your key to peace of mind.



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