For one, they’re often designed to hold more stuff than you might normally carry (think: passport, airline tickets, and other travel documents you, or your group, need handy). They’re also designed to keep said stuff safe when you’re far from home, where losing key documents and identification could be more than just a big headache. Here’s how to choose the right one for your next adventure.
Travel wallets range anywhere from more durable versions of small pocket or purse wallets, to larger folios designed to carry an entire family’s worth of passports and documents. Start by thinking about the items you would like to have on-hand during your next trip:
- Passports and/or IDs
- Credit cards
- Physical airline or other travel tickets
- Printed itineraries
- Medical or emergency documents like immunization or insurance cards
Also think about who you’ll be carrying these documents for. You’ll need less space for a solo trip than you would as the guardian of a bunch of students or children. It’s probably wise to carry important documents for them so they’re less likely to lose them.
Lots of travel wallets have pockets specifically for passports or cards, and dividers to organize papers from cash. Once you know what you’ll want to carry inside, look for internal features that make it easy and quick to access items when you need them—you won’t want to be fumbling through a wallet or bag to pick out your train tickets with the conductor standing over you.
Don’t depart with an overstuffed travel wallet, either. Leave some room to collect other important items, local currency, or notes as plans change mid-trip.