Contact Us   Site Map

In other countries, you find yourself carrying a lot more pocket change, because they use coins for their equivalent of $1 bills.

You also probably find yourself using cash more than at home.  Here's a great way to carry your cash and other essentials.

 
 
Travel Planning and Assistance
Road Warrior resources
Noise Reducing Headphones
International Cell Phone Service
GSM cell phone unlocking FAQs
Unlock Your GSM Cell Phone
Portable MP3 Players
GPS series of articles
Should you choose an iPhone or Android series
Apple iPhone review series
iPhone 3G/3GS Battery replacement
Third Rail iPhone 4/4S External Battery
Apple iPad review series
iPad/Tablet Buying Guide
Google Nexus 7 review
Netflix Streaming Video
Sharing Internet Access series
Microsoft OneNote review
T-mobile/Google G1 phone review series
Blackberry review and user tips
Palm Tungsten T3
Motorola V3 Razr cell phone review
Motorola V600 cell phone review
Nokia 3650 cell phone review
SIM Saver GSM Phone Backup and Copy Device
Clipper Gear Micro Light
Amazon's new (Sep '11) Kindles and Fire review
Review of the Kindle Fire
Amazon Kindle eBook reader review
Amazon Kindle 2 preview
Sony PRS-500 eBook reader review
Audible Digital Talking Books review
Home Security Video Monitoring
Quik Pod review
Joby Gorillapod review
Satellite Radio Service
Satellite Phone Service
All About Speech Recognition Software
2005 Best Travel Technology Awards
How to connect to the Internet when away from home/office
Bluetooth wireless networking
How to Choose a Bluetooth Headset
Logitech Squeezebox Duet
Packet 8 VoIP phone service
Sugarsynch software review
iTwin remote access device
Barracuda Spam Firewall review
Cell Phone Emergency Power Recharger series
First Class Sleeper
Roboform Password Manager review
Securikey USB Computer Protection Key review
Steripen UV Water Purifiers
ScanGaugeII OBDII review
SafeDriver review
Expandable Bags for Traveling Convenience
USB Flash Drive
Vonage VoIP phone service
Laptop Screen Privacy Filter
AViiQ Laptop Stands
Aviator Laptop Computer Stand
No Luggage Worries
Pack-a-Cone roadside safety flashing cone
Emergency Self charging Radio
Evac-U8 Emergency Escape Smoke Hood
MyTag Luggage Tags
Beware of Checked Baggage Xray Machines
SearchAlert TSA approved lock
Boostaroo Portable Amplifier and splitter
Dry Pak protective pouch
Boom Noise Canceling Headset
Ety-Com Noise Canceling Headset
Nectar Blueclip BT headset holders
Skullcandy Link Headset Mixer
Lingo Pacifica 10 language talking translator
Nexcell NiMH rechargeable battery kit
Jet Lag Causes and Cures
SuddenStop License Frame
CoolIT USB Beverage cooler
Travel ID and Document Pouches
Protect Yourself Against Document Loss
Personal Radio Service
PicoPad Wallet Notes
Times Electronic Crossword Puzzles
Slim Cam 300 micro digital camera review
Stopping Spam
BottleWise Bottle Carrier review
The End of the Internet as We Know it?
How to Book and Buy Travel
Scary, Silly and Stupid Security Stories
Airline Reviews
Airline (Mis)!Management
Miscellaneous Features
Reference Materials
About the Travel Insider
 
Search
Looking for something else? Search over two million words of free information on our site.
Custom Search
 
Free Newsletter

In addition to our feature articles, we offer you a free weekly newsletter with a mix of news and opinions on travel related topics.

 

 View Sample
Privacy Policy

 
Help this Site
Thank you for your interest in helping this site to continue to develop. Some of the information we give you here can save you thousands of dollars the next time you're arranging travel, or will substantially help the quality of your travel experiences in other, non-cash ways. Click for more information
 
Reader's Replies

If you'd like to add your own commentary, send me a note.

 

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.


Description

This purse or wallet measures 5" x 3" and weighs about 1 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 pocket.

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.

Summary

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 available from 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 life.

If so, please donate to keep the website free and fund the addition of more articles like this. Any help is most appreciated - simply click below to securely send a contribution through a credit card and Paypal.

 

Originally published 4 June 2004, last update 19 Dec 2013

You may freely reproduce or distribute this article for noncommercial purposes as long as you give credit to me as original writer.

 
 
Related Articles
Carry-on Luggage review series
Checked Luggage review series

Travel Coin Wallet
Expandable and Collapsible Bags
MyTag Luggage Tags
Wrinkle Free Clothing when traveling
Steripen Classic Water Purifier
Steripen Traveler and Adventurer
Steripen Solar Recharger
Travel ID and Document Pouch
FirstClass Sleeper
TravelRest travel pillow
Luggage Locator review
Nice Flights Jet Seat Airplane Seat Cover
Traveling Flower Vase
SearchAlert Suitcase Locks
Packing Tips
 
 

Your Feedback

How Would You Rate this Article

Poor
Average
Good

Was the Article Length and Coverage

Too short/simplistic
About right 
Too long/complex

Would You Like More Articles on this Subject

No
Maybe
Yes