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Chain on Your Wallet
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Hey Guys,

Do you where a chain on your wallet when you go backpacking in Europe? I have one but it is bulky and it seems awkward carrying it around. I usually keep my wallet in my front pocket and it seems strange to be pulling a chain out every time I go out to buy something.

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No.

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Wallet chains are so 90’s…get a money belt

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Short answer no. And as finn said money belts are great for larger amounts of money and other important items.

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I’ve heard recommended that you attach a strip of velcro to your wallet, so that when pulled out of your pocket, you would feel it due to the friction.

We are talking about pickpocketing here, right?

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Most pickpockets work in pairs or groups…one distracts you, i.e. asks for directions, spills something on you, while the other one picks your pocket…I doubt velcro would be a defense against a good pickpocket

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Agreed! Money belt is the way to go – they make super lightweight ones these days. I typically will put the bulk of my money there, then have my money for the day in my pocket.

Let me know if you find a better solution Smile

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Yep…. I use my money belt for large amounts of cash and my passport n’ credit cards. I don’t carry a wallet, and keep my day cash in a money clip in my front pocket.

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I think a money belt is not really necessary when traveling through europe. I bought one and used it the first couple of days only to never use it again on my trip. I was actually close to giving it away to another traveller but he eventually fixed his own money belt.

The best advice is to just put your wallet in your front pocket and be aware of your surroundings. I have slept in parks,train stations, and rode some of the local trains that the locals told me I was crazy for riding and I never was mugged/pickpocketed etc.

I think after being mugged at knife point in brazil , europe seems tame to me.

I did meet 7-8 people who did get pickpocketed in my travels last summer. But I probably met more backpackers who got stuff stolen from other backpackers i.e. clothes, backpacks,souvenirs, rail passes(really popular one), on top of the usual stuff like money and credit cards

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I read the pick pockets are more skilled at grabbing your wallet from your front vs your back pocket. You might want to be more careful next time

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For girls sometimes slipping the money you need for the day into your bra can be a good option Wink
You’ll definately notice if someone goes in to swipe it.