On the morning I left for Colombia a package showed up at my front door. Inside was a simple white, sleeveless T-shirt, perfect for layering in a hotter climate. It was from a company called The Clever Travel Companion.
Built into the front of the shirt is a zippered pocket that fits a passport, credit cards and money. I threw another shirt over it for my plane flight down to Colombia and you’d never know that’s where I was carrying my passport. It sure beat carrying a money belt. I’ve never liked those things and always feel awkward wearing them. And a fanny pack makes me look fat.
The shirt was comfortable too. It was long enough that it didn’t ride up on my back. It was roomy, but still flattering. And after several days of wear it wasn’t stinky. Really.
I was particularly thankful to receive this shirt for my Colombia trip. I had read that the neighbourhood we were staying in – La Candelaria in Bogota – had a reputation for petty theft and pick-pocketing. As it turned out I felt entirely safe in Colombia. But nonetheless I definitely felt better about carrying my wad of US money to the local change bureau in a hidden pocket. I also liked the fact that it was still easily accessible via the front zippered pocket.
The Clever Travel Companion has been reviewed in the Los Angeles Times, on the Lonely Planet travel blog, the Chicago Tribune and The Ottawa Citizen – to name just a few media outlets and all have given it a big thumbs up.
Some people had also tried the underwear version. I have not. But both short and long underwear have pickpocket proof pockets included in their design. This is brilliant for those times you don’t want to carry anything but cash and a credit card but you still want to know your money is safe.
If you’re a traveler and have an aversion to fanny packs and money belts then consider either a T-shirt or underwear for peace of mind.
The products are $US 24.90 for the underwear and $US 29.90 for the T-shirts, not including shipping. They come in multiple colours in sizes from XS through to XL. You can buy them online via the Clever Travel Companion website, or on either amazon.com or amazon.co.uk. I think you’ll be very pleased with your purchase.
Have you ever heard of the Clever Travel Companion? How do you usually carry money when you travel?