When I took my first trip to Rome with my parents, I was 14. We’d been warned that the city was Pickpockets Central. So my mom had a genius idea to keep her money safe. She sewed a huge pocket inside the front panel of her underwear to hide our money. And she didn’t get robbed! Fast forward to today. Now they sell undies with a hidden pocket, which have been around for a few years. My mom should have patented the secret pocket underwear in the 90s! Seriously. Now, there are all kinds of anti-theft travel clothing with hidden pockets. From the classic money belt and neck pouches to socks with secret pockets, here are some sneaky ways to hide your money from pickpockets.
If you carry a purse or have a bulging pocket in your pants, it’s obvious where you’re carrying your wallet. When you wear secret compartment clothing, it looks like you’re not carrying anything valuable. Pickpockets won’t know where to steal from you, and so they might brush past you. In cities like Barcelona, Paris, or Rome, wearing travel-safe clothes might save your stuff. So why not eliminate the risk?
While wearing pickpocket-proof clothing isn’t necessary 100% of the time, it does help in certain situations, for example – when you’re on an airplane alone, and you fall asleep with your valuables out in the open. Or how about late at night after a fun time at the bar? Pickpockets like to target tourists in holiday mode.
I’m sad to say that pickpocketing happens a LOT here in Barcelona. It’s one of the Worst Pickpocket Cities in the world! I bet that “wearing” your valuables in hidden pockets is a smart way to NOT be a target in the first place. Here are the best pickpocket-proof clothing for men and women…
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Women’s travel jacket with hidden pockets
With this multi-pocket travel jacket, you don’t even have to carry a purse! It has 19 pockets: 12 internal, 6 external, and a tablet pocket that fits an iPad Pro. It’s an A-line cut which makes it flattering for any figure. This women’s jacket with hidden pockets also is wrinkle-resistant, water-repellant, and has a removable hood. It also has a system for carrying your electronics and gadgets to run your cables through. Brilliant!
Men’s travel jacket with hidden pockets
This high-quality multi-pocket travel jacket has a whopping 25 pockets! It even has 2 internal pockets with clear touch panels to put your phone in. It fits an iPad and has a cable network so you can thread your earphone cables through. Don’t want sleeves? Zip them off, and convert your jacket into a vest. It’s not warm enough for the winter but more for shoulder season. This jacket will definitely confuse pickpockets!
Warm hoodie with secret pockets
If you want a relaxed athleisure look but want to hide your stash, try this microfleece hoodie. You can’t tell that it has 21 pockets! It also has room for an iPad or a tablet on the inside. You can carry your sunglasses, passport, keys, and whatever you need. This would be the perfect gift for a traveling teenager.
Travel vest with hidden pockets
SCOTTeVEST makes some of the best travel vests with hidden pockets. It looks simple on the outside, but it’s crazy-loaded with 9 pockets. It has five spacious chest pockets, and you can even fit an iPad in a special pocket. The perfect airplane vest if you’re traveling solo! Warm, cozy, and sturdy, it’s fantastic for cool weather. It also looks pretty stylish too.
Men’s travel shorts with hidden pockets
These versatile travel shorts have 8 deep pockets. None of the pockets zip, but there’s are two concealed secret pockets called “key pockets” in the front. They’re water-resistant and stain-resistant and are ideal for city trekking or even hiking. They also come in pebble, blue, and grey!
Women’s Best travel pants with hidden pockets
Pockets are great. But pockets with zippers are better! TheSCOTTeVEST Margaux Cargaux has 11 pockets to put your keys, and passport. (The most secret pocket is the key pocket in the front.) It also has hidden ankle ties, which means you can convert them into capris (perhaps for a foot dip at the beach?) It has an elastic waistband to hiding your pooch, without looking like your grandma’s trousers. With so many pockets, you’re bound to confuse pickpockets!
Pick pocket-proof versatile pants with hidden pockets
Okay, leggings lovers. If you like the cozy fit of stretchy, flexy leggings, and you want to hide your money, these are the versatile, stylish travel pants for you. There are perfect to wear under a tunic if you don’t want to show the bulk of your stuff. Made by Clever Travel Companion, their products are made to be pickpocket-proof. Reviewers claim their the best travel pants – that the use them for daily wear now.
Hidden Pocket sexy yoga pants
This isn’t marketed as travel pants, but I love how these pants because 1) they have a hidden pocket in the waistband AND 2) the flared cut (can we just face the fact that they make the leg look leaner than the tight-ass tapered cut nowadays?)! If you pair them with the right sexy top and right shoe, they’d be good for going out and partying. No purse needed. It also 350+ gets rave reviews!
Travel dress with a hidden pocket
Need a dress with a secure pocket? It has two pockets accessible under each arm. Pair it with practically anything: strappy sandals, thigh-high black boots, or even the now-trendy ugly sneaker! This travel dress with secret pockets runs a little small. Colors come in black and gray.
Travel shirt with a hidden zippered pocket
This anti-pickpocket t-shirt hides a passport, money, and your cell phone, and it’s all right in front of you. Its discreet and almost-invisible pocket design will foil pickpockets. With the pocket right up front, you have your stuff extremely accessible. It comes in black, grey, and white.
This is for the summertime! You just can’t go wrong with a black tank top. You can go running in it. You can add a necklace to dress it up. OR, you can use it as a base layer under your blouse or shirt. And why not have it hide your stuff too? This tank top has two pockets that zip on opposite sides. They’re unisex, so men and women can take advantage of these tops. You can fit a passport, cash, and even a cell phone.
Peak Gear Travel Money BeltIt’s a classic travel pouch. And it works. This hidden money belt goes under your clothing discreetly right around your waist. It’s comfortable, slim, and light, and has two strong YKK zipper pouches. It also has built-in RFID blocking and $250 theft protection insurance. What?! With over 2,000+ positive reviews on Amazon, this money belt by Peak Gear looks like the best travel money belt!
RFID Blocking Stash Neck Pouch
Another classic travel item is this hidden neck pouch! This travel neck wallet works for both men and women. With so many pockets and clear panels, you’re able to grab what you need easily – and know exactly where they are! It’s also RFID-blocking, so thieves can’t scan your credit card information without you knowing it. It also has adjustable straps and is slim enough to be discreet. You can wear it around your neck, or more comfortably as a crossbody purse underneath your clothes. It comes in different colors and is 7.5″ by 5.5″.
The Sew-On Travel Pocket
Want to know how to make secret pockets in clothes? These are already-put-together pockets come in a pack of 10 – and are a cinch to put on. All you have to do is pick your favorite clothing pieces and sew them in! It has a velcro opening, so nothing falls out. It fits a US passport, mobile phone, or money of course. You could make almost anything you own as a travel money holder!
No-sew stick-on pockets
Do you hate sewing – and just wish you could stick a pocket on the inside of your clothes? You can! These adhesive pockets go inside your pants, skirt, jacket, shorts, or wherever you need a pocket. It’s slim and discreet. For extra protection, you can sew the corners in, but for a trip, they’ll work for your travel needs. Sizes are 6.5” x 3.5” for the large, and 5.5” x 3” for the small.
Hidden travel wallet
It’s a travel-safe wallet that’s a good alternative to the travel waist pouch. This pickpocket-proof wallet hides inside your clothes and straps to your belt look and is worn between your shorts and tighty whiteys. You must wear a belt for it to work: you attach one (or both) of the loops on the belt, then you tuck the waist wallet inside. It’s durable, lightweight, and breathable! It comes in mocha and khaki.
RFID-Blocking Hidden Clip Stash Travel Belt Wallet
This is another alternative to the travel waist pack. This secure Lewis N. Clark wallet has a clip that attaches to the inside of your pants. You can put your money, credit card, and keys in here – WITHOUT having to fiddle too much. Imagine this – you’re paying at the cash register, and you unclip this stash from inside your waistband. Then you slip the travel security pouch back in discreetly. It also has RFID-blocking technology, meaning that an RFID reader can’t get your credit card info.
A bra pouch
If you want to stash your stuff under your shirt, or even your shorts, this bra pouch is perfect. This bra pouch attaches to either the side of the bra strap or between the cups. Note: this isn’t something you do while you’re paying for a bill at the cash register. It’s merely an extra space for you to hide your extra bill! For the manly men, it comes in BLACK too, and you can put it under your pants. You can store up to 6 credit cards.
A versatile money belt: women’s
Gone are the days of only “flesh” colored money belts. Now there are all are kinds of hidden travel belts you can wear under your clothes like this sporty-looking elastic fanny pack. I love this Stashbandz belt because you can wear it after your trip – and NOT just use it as a passport belt. Take for example, at the gym, or when you’re around the neighborhood walking your dog. It’s non-bulky and moisture-wicking too. It comes in different colors!
A travel scarf with hidden pocket
Ah, this is brilliant! If it’s not summer, this is the perfect multi-purpose accessory. Dress up your outfit and foil pickpockets with this travel scarf with a hidden zipper pocket. This infinity loop scarf can hide your keys, wallet, passport, and mobile phone. I imagine it would weigh too much if you have it all there. But you can seriously go hands-free if you wear this scarf all the time! It comes in other patterns as well.
A belt with a secret pocket
Who would think to steal from inside a belt? This women’s or men’s money belt hides your bills, a key, or even your luggage key on the inside. It has a small zipper so your stuff stays secure. It’s durable and versatile, and airport-friendly. Sizes run from XS to XXL.
Men’s travel briefs with a secret pocket
Okay guys, you’ve got to protect that package. I’m talking about your money and passport, what’s wrong with you?! These “speakeasy briefs” hide your goods with a small zippered pocket right above your goods. (OK, I’ll stop.) If you don’t buy these, you’ve got to click through to at least see the images, please. A reviewer says he wears them over his regular undies, so he can wear them over and over. Brilliant!
Women’s underwear with pockets
Like I said, my mom invented these panties with pockets. We could have been millionaires! Okay, so they look a little like granny panties, but my God, reviewers are raving about them. The front zipper can fit a passport, cash, and more. These special panties also have tummy control, so you can look slimmer too. Consider popping them over your regular undies so you don’t have to wash them as often. And no, you do NOT need to reach down your pants to pay for your sushirrito. These undies with pockets are meant for you to store extra cash that you’ll need later. But do as you please!
Socks with a secret zipper
Need to hop to the store to buy some milk? Slip your keys and ID in here. Yup, these are socks that are big enough to fit your passport, too. And because of it’s strong ribbed top, the socks don’t slide down. Comfortable and form-fitting, they also come in ankle height, crew, and over-the-calf size to fit the passport.
BONUS: A Hairy Beer Belly Fanny Pack
So this doesn’t have a hidden pocket but is camouflage. It works best if you’re wearing jeans a short shirt – a la Winnie-the-Pooh shirt length. It has an adjustable waste and a canvas strap with 3D printing. It looks like the Real Deal! You may get some stares, but so what? You won’t get robbed!
Think you would try any of these hidden pocket clothing pieces for travel? Do you find them as brilliant as I do?
California native, churro aficionado, and mom of 3, Justine Ancheta writes fervently about Barcelona and Spain. Since 2008, she's been eating burnt onions (calçots) and tripping on cobblestones in the Gothic Quarter. She shares tips on popular attractions, exposes offbeat non-touristy spots, and gives insight on exploring Barcelona with kids. Her next Catalan culture challenge: top level of a human castle (castellers).
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