Daymakers Non-slip Travel Coin Purse
A small secure coin and note wallet
This is an ingenious and inexpensive solution to several
problems that confront all international travelers.
It provides you with a
convenient place to carry coins, notes, keys, even credit
cards and travel passes.
And it offers some
protection against pick pocketers, too.
Sometimes it is the small
things that pose big problems when traveling. For me,
whenever I'm in another country, I find my pockets fill up with
coins, worth up to almost $4 each! These
coins can quickly chew through a trouser pocket lining.
Here is an inexpensive ($14.85) and excellent solution.
This purse or wallet
measures 5" x 3¾" and weighs about 1½ ounces empty (but a great
deal more when full of coins).
On one side it has a zip
pocket (see picture, above). Also on this side is a
stippled rubber type surface that provides the pouch with its
non-slip surface. This non-slip feature both reduces the
likelihood that the wallet will simply fall out of your pocket
and also makes it considerably harder for a pickpocket to subtly
lift it out of your pocket without you noticing.
The rest of the wallet is
made from a black micro-fiber material, and it is also available
(for $5 more) in leather.
It has a second zip
compartment, with the zip opening running around the outside of
the wallet. Inside are a couple of half height dividers
providing three small compartments, and another small
vertical pocket in which you could place one or two loose keys (eg
emergency car or house key, perhaps). There is also a
key-ring clip/lanyard on a short strap, which can be either
zipped inside the pouch or left outside while the rest of the
pouch is zipped shut.
On the other side is a
pocket with a clever opening cut on a diagonal across one
corner. You can place credit cards or key cards or travel
passes in here, and because of the way you have to angle the
cards in and out, they are held in place securely and are
unlikely to slip out.
Using the Wallet
I used the wallet every day
during a recent three week trip to Britain and Russia, and found
myself using all three storage areas.
I really liked the design
and functionality of this wallet. Because it has large
easy to hold zippers, you can easily open and close it with no
fumbling or delay.
I used the outside zip
pocket for carrying change. In the past, I've used various
different things to hold pocket change, but none have been
satisfactory. They either break, or are
inconvenient/clumsy to open and search through for the right
coins, or are too small, or are uncomfortable to carry.
No such misfortunate beset
me while using the Daymakers wallet. It was able to
swallow up as many coins as I needed it to - sometimes holding
almost $50 worth of coins while in Britain.
Because it was
so easy to access, open up, and rummage through, I found myself
using it a great deal more than other coin purses, not just to
store change given to me, but also to take change out of and to make exact
payments with. This meant I ended up not needing to
carry so much change with me, and at the end of my travels, I
didn't have an accumulated pile of foreign coins that I'd
probably never use.
In the middle pocket, I
fastened both my apartment keys and also a Micro Maglite (I like
to carry a small flashlight with me, especially in foreign
cities at night and when riding on Underground Metro systems). I
also kept a few large denomination bills inside the center
The other side pocket was a
great bonus. I used it to store hotel key cards, and also
to store things such as Metro and Tube travel passes - things
that I was all the time needing to access as I traveled around
the various cities I was in.
Even when loaded up with
coins, keys, flashlight, and other goodies, the wallet was easy
to fit into my pocket. And while the fact that I was never
pickpocketed doesn't necessarily mean it was the non-slip surface that
protected me from such predators, I did feel slightly more
secure with this extra feature.
The non-slip feature, while
clearly helping keep the wallet in your pocket, does not make it
difficult to place the wallet into your pocket or to take it
from your pocket - I'd typically put my hand over the non-slip
surface while putting the wallet in and out of my pocket.
After three weeks of
intensive use, with the wallet usually full of coins, sharp
edged keys, and other objects, the Daymakers wallet has shown no
sign of wear. All seams are intact, no stitching is coming
undone, and the material all seems in almost new condition.
The nonslip coating may have
dissuaded pickpocketers, and definitely prevented the wallet
from slipping out of my pocket.
All in all, this is a
marvelous item and I'm pleased to highly recommend it. It
is small, light, simple, and inexpensive. It is also ingenious and invaluable,
and made my travels considerably more comfortable and
convenient. And that is surely worth $15!
The Daymakers wallet is
Magellan's for $14.85 (or $19.85 if you prefer
the leather finish).
Highly recommended, both for
your and as a gift for the frequent traveler(s) in your
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4 June 2004, last update
28 May 2011
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