Your wallet is the most important piece of travel gear and the one thing you definitely do not want to lose. Your RFID blocking passport case can be replaced, but the cash in your wallet? That’s harder to track down. Unless of course you have travel insurance. In light of that, picking out the perfect travel wallet is key. I’m always on the lookout for something small and compact with zippered pockets, not too flashy, and plenty of compartments for ID, credit cards, and miscellaneous receipts or hotel business cards (so you remember the address). Here are a few of my requirements for a wallet to make it onto the “perfect travel wallet” list.
I need a wallet that can accommodate all of the the things that would otherwise end up in random jacket pockets, never to be seen again. Loose change, credit cards, business cards for restaurants and hotels, scraps of paper with the hotel address on it, bus tickets, IDs, receipts, the number of that cute museum curator. What? At any rate, the more compartments a wallet has, the more excited about it I become. With that said, you can definitely overdo it, but I’ve always preferred more organizational pockets to less.
Big enough to accommodate different sized bills
U.S. currency is all the same size and pretty narrow whereas most other currencies have different sized bills that don’t fit as easily into U.S. wallets. There’s nothing more awkward than having a 50 Euro bill peeking up out of your wallet because it won’t fit properly into the bill sleeve. Ok, there are more awkward things, but it’s definitely not something you want to be flashing around when you pull out your wallet to get your bus fare or pay for a cup of coffee in the middle of a busy city center.
Having a separate compartment for change is crucial. Particularly with the Euro and the British Pound, you’ll be digging around quite frequently for change. The tiny zippered change pockets so customary in U.S. wallets just do not cut it. Inevitably I end up having to dump the contents into my hand to see what I have and if you’re juggling bags, tickets, and jackets while trying to count the fare for the bus, this becomes tedious. I love having a separate change purse, but if that’s not possible then definitely a wallet with a roomy and easy to access change compartment.
Zippered pockets make me happy. Yes, I’m a simple soul, but if you’ve ever had stuff fall out of your wallet at inopportune moments or if you just have an appreciation for good organization, you’ll feel the same way I do. Also it must be said that a zippered wallet is slightly classier than its velcro counterpart. I’m just saying.
Need some shopping suggestions for wallets? Check out places that sell men’s wallets like the Wallet Safe Series. I’m a big fan of the 80 and 100 styles, but I also love having the Walletsafe 200 so that I can stow my passport and ticket somewhere I know it will be safe. My wallet.