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6 Handy Features of a Travel Neck Wallet

Passport, wallet, and money for traveling, travel neck wallet concept

Choosing the right wallet for the job may seem like a small task, but it’s a very important one. Anyone who has ever had the wrong kind of wallet at the wrong time knows the trouble. Fumbling with a wallet that’s too big or overstuffing a wallet that’s too small. Having trouble getting your ID out on the fly or losing essentials from open slots and pockets. A travel neck wallet may be your perfect solution.

If traditional tri-fold or billfold wallets have not worked for you, there are other alternatives. One extremely versatile option is a travel neck wallet. Originally designed for people who must frequently go through airports and checkpoints, the neck wallet is designed for both security and quick access to all of your essentials.

For those of you comparing the qualities of wallet designs, let’s take a closer look at what a traveling neck wallet can offer your daily (or occasional travel) experience.

1) RFID Blocking Sleeves

RFID is a useful recent technology for pay and membership cards. Each card has a small transmitter chip that sends out a signal including your card information. When you wave or scan the card on a sensor, it reads and allows you to pay. Unfortunately, hackers have developed their own RFID readers that work from hiding or at a distance. These readers can access your card and charge payments (or just steal your card number) without your permission.

An RFID blocking sleeve protects your RFID cards from being scanned until you pull it out to pay for something intentionally.

2) Passport-Sized Pockets

For those who need to carry a passport, normal tri-fold and even billfold wallets are not big enough. Passports are a unique size, distinctly wider than a dollar bill or standard-sized check. A travel neck wallet is designed to be passport-sized so that your passport can travel easily with the rest of your identification and small essentials.

3) Trifold Versatility: Neck, Belt, or Pocket

The neck wallet is not just a slip of nylon, it is styled with a tri-fold design and features for versatility. The trifold style with a back loop allows you to wear the wallet in three (or more) ways. First, you can loop a necklace or lanyard through to wear as a traditional neck wallet. If you need to change up, slip the loop over your belt for a belt wallet instead. The trifold design also fits neatly into the pocket of your pants or jacket.

4) Hidden Organizer Pockets

Many of us need a little wallet organization. Too many cards, cash, receipts, photos, ID, and other debris can quickly become a mess with only a few pockets to work with. A travel wallet, however, is designed with the knowledge that travelers have a lot of essentials to carry. Keep your cash, cards, and IDs both organized and out of sight.

5) Security Sleeve

Every wallet should have at least one zip-closing security sleeve – most do not. Whether you regularly carry change, a spare key, or an engagement ring, it’s worthwhile to have one or more security sleeves that will never spill. Security sleeves are sturdy and seal with a zipper. Some designs of travel wallets include a loop or grommet so that a small lock or even a simple twist-tie can thwart even the cleverest pickpockets.

6) The Travel Neck Wallet is Made of Breathable Material

The quality of material matters almost as much as the size and design. Synthetic wallets and even high-quality leather wallets can create a single spot of discomfort and trapped heat, especially under layers of travel clothes. A sturdy yet porous weave of nylon creates a breathable wallet that does not become overheated under sweaters and jackets. 

Choosing the right wallet depends on how you will need to use it. Whether you need a specialty wallet for travel or a versatile everyday wallet, remember to consider all the features and any specific needs you may have.