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The Best RFID Travel Wallets

rfid travel walletsTraveling soon? We’ve put together a list of the best RFID travel wallets to help protect your valuables while traveling.

What is RFID Protection?

Many modern credit cards include RFID, or radio frequency identification, features. In simple layman’s terms, RFID technology in credit cards mainly takes the form of a microchip included in the card itself. The primary perk of these cards is that they can communicate with some in-store payment terminals, allowing for contactless payment.

In other words, these credit cards don’t need to be scanned or swiped for you to make a payment. Rather, they are “contactless” credit cards, allowing for a quicker and perhaps more convenient way to pay. If you have ever used Visa PayWave, MasterCard PayPass, or American Express ExpressPay, then you have taken advantage of RFID technology. If you’ve ever had a credit card that wore out because it got swiped so many times, the idea of contactless payment will certainly appeal.

The Problem

While RFID-enabled credit and debit cards can be convenient, they can also introduce a new security problem to the equation. If payment terminals can read your card’s microchip to access payment information, you can bet that other devices can do so as well. Some cyber criminals already have scanners that can essentially “reach out” to the microchip in your phone activate it as a contactless payment terminal does, and steal your credit card number, security code, and other information. Since this type of identity theft can theoretically be carried out while you card is still slotted in your wallet and tucked away in a pocket or purse, it leaves customers with another thing to worry about when shopping or traveling.

The Solution

Luckily, there are solutions to protect you from cyber criminals and their rogue RFID scanners. Numerous wallet or phone case manufacturers have begun building their products with materials that actually block RFID signals. So while you could still use PayPass or PayWave by taking your card out of your wallet at a payment terminal, the card would be completely secure and inaccessible to RFID signals while actually inside your wallet.

As RFID continues to become a pervasive tool in cybercrime and identity theft, RFID-protected wallets are going to become must-own items for everyone. At e-Holster, we’ve put together a list of some of the best RFID travel wallets currently on the market—to help you be ahead of the curve regarding personal data security.

1) e-Holster Travel Money Belt with RFID Blocking

travel neck wallete-Holster’s newest travel wallet is an RFID-blocking money belt, perfect for traveling abroad. The lightweight and comfortable design is ideal for wearing underneath your clothes, where it can be concealed from prying eyes. As with most e-Holster products, there’s enough space in the wallet for a broad range of valuables, from cash and credit cards to passports, other identification, and even a smartphone. The soft, breathable backing material keeps the belt comfortable, even when it’s sitting up against your skin, and the adjustable elastic band ensures that you can find a pleasant, ideal fit. The key feature, though, is the RFID blocking factor. We designed this money belt with a 13.56MHz frequency RFID blocking feature, which will protect all passports, credit cards, and debit cards from electronic data theft.



2) Lewis N. Clark RFID Neck Stash

lewis clark neck walletInstead of strapping around your waste, this RFID-blocking travel wallet from Lewis N. Clark is worn around the neck. With four different compartments—including an “ID window” for your driver’s license—the Lewis N. Clark RFID Neck Stash provides ample space for cash, passports, cards, keys, airline tickets, and any other valuables you might need to carry with you while traveling. Made from nylon with “TravelDry” fabric, this wallet is good at wicking moisture away from the skin and can dry rapidly—helping to prevent mold, mildew, and build-up of odors.


3) Alpine Swiss RFID Blocking Men’s Leather Wallet

alpine swiss walletThe first two products on this list are meant first and foremost as travel wallets. Usually, when you are getting on an airplane or exploring an unfamiliar city, your needs for security are higher, and you need to carry more stuff with you. If you just want a standard wallet that can provide you with RFID frequency protection day in and day out, though, then this men’s leather wallet from Alpine Swiss is the perfect place to start. Crafted from genuine leather, the wallet includes the same 13,56 MHz frequency protection that the eHolster travel wallet does (13.56 MHz, for the record, is the frequency that contactless credit cards use). The wallet has a trifold design with ten card slots, an ID window, additional card slot pockets, and a spot to store cash.


4) Access Denied RFID Blocking Women’s Leather Wallet

access denied walletIf the Alpine Swiss product is the go-to standard men’s wallet in the RFID blocking category, then this leather wallet and checkbook holder from Access Denied might be the go-to option for women. With a heavy-duty leather design and 11 RFID-blocking credit card slots, this trifold clutch will fit perfectly into most purses. The checkbook holder is included with the wallet (and adds another six credit card slots), but is removable, so you don’t have to take it with you if you don’t need it. There’s also a photo ID window, two full-length pockets for cash, and a zippered pocket for loose change and other items. The wallet comes in a range of different colors, including Apple Red, Teal, Navy Blue, Blue Gray Python, and more.

Whether you are going on a vacation and want to make sure the entire family is protected from potential electronic pickpockets, or you just want to be protected as this particular identity theft threat continues to grow, one of these four RFID travel wallets will almost undoubtedly fit the bill. Contactless payment methods like PayWave and PayPass are certainly convenient, and show how credit card technology is evolving to suit the 21st century. Just make sure that you aren’t made a victim just because your credit or debit cards are now enabled with microchip technology.