Second try to share about our semi-backpacking experience (since my first attempt entry disappeared). Here are some of the few essentials we brought with us to our trip.
1. Ear Plugs / Eye Mask
2. Sleeping bag Liner
3. Head Lamp
4. Travel Adaptor with USB &
5. Money Belt / Bra
- Base on our experience, part of Asian countries and the European country that we came from have warnings of awareness of pickpockets and some even have snatchers. The goal is to be vigilant and heightened awareness for sure. So we heed to Rick Steve’s recommendation of carrying your extra credit or debit card inside your money belt but I personally will change ones thing about his suggestion, maker a note of this: DO NOT PLACE YOUR PASSPORT INSIDE YOUR MONEY BELT (IT WILL SET OFF THE SECURITY ALARM – why, because it has the chip that’s why, different types of chip compared to a credit card. Everything I share here, is based on my PERSONAL experience). Funny story, we were in Arc de Triomphe, but before that before we left the hotel to Arc de Triomphe, I choose to wear light black printed tunic. Then I placed our medical insurance card, spare credit card, Euro and Dollars, and our passports. You might laughing now if you know what happens next, if not just stay with me when I share with you what happens next. So early in the morning long lines, they fortunately opened another security check on the other side we are in line. So there was this American looks good (Alpha male of their pack/group) and he was way deep in the line, but as an Alpha male as soon as they say they are opening the line, he went and rushed, so he was couple of people in front on the other security across from us. Now it was my turn to go through the scanner/checkpoint. There was two security guys, one on our side and one where the Alpha male, I mean American was lining up. When it was my turn, I beeped, hmmm, not a great sign, so I said maybe my shoes, literally kicked it (Tory with metal on top of the shoe), then went again and beeped again, so thinking I don’t have anything that will cause to beep. So the security guy was shaking his head and asked in English with a beautiful French accent, “what about jewelry”, and I said, “everything is real”, and he said “undergarments maybe”, I said “nope”. Shook his head and looked at the other security guy and while shaking his head asked him to pat me. The other man was so hesitant, he does not want to do it and glued on his feet. Finally, my security friend said/asked “passport?!?”. And you know my response, “Men, well I’m a mom, so here it goes…” (Anyways I’m wearing my shorts, so I lifted my skirt, in all of this my hubby embarrassed and waiting behind me plus a long line of people looking on what’s going on but thank God they were in a happy mood) they all watched as I lifted my skirt and took my hidden money belt shown below (Rick Steve’s kept his passport in his money belt, I guess it was an old show,the one I watched) and threw it where my bag was (of course the security guys plus my husband were all shaking their heads and everyone was cheering around me, including the Alpha male) – said “way to go!” Then I walked again…. NO BEEPING, HALLELUJAH! So lesson learned, don’t put your passport in your money bag. It will definitely BEEP! HIGHLIGHT IF EVERYONES DAY! At least the people around me learned and had a show as well. I digress…
The Eagle Creek Money Belt is your standard option. No frills, does what it says on the tin. A decent product from a brand manufacturer.
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