Travel tips: Don't forget the plastic snack bag
Published: February 2, 2011 at 1:17 PM
How? By keeping your most essential travel tools safely dry.
I've become a big fan of using a money belt when I travel. Sure, it helps keep pickpockets' prying hands from my cash and credit cards. But I more prefer the money belt because it allows me to travel ultra-lightly. Sitting on a wallet's uncomfortable. There's no need to carry around everything in there on vacation, anyway. Do I need that yogurt store punchcard? A library card? All those grocery club cards?
All I really need is:
- My driver's license (or passport, if I'm traveling out of the country and not driving)
- My cell phone
- A credit card
- Theme park tickets (or equivalent)
Those fit easily inside my money belt, though I usually keep the cell phone and a small amount of cash in my pocket for easy access.
So what's up with the plastic bag, you might ask?
Easy. That's for the, well, sweat.
Money belts can get hot and sweaty, worn under my shirt and around my waist. Putting stuff inside a plastic bag ensures that they stay safely dry throughout the day.
Even if you're not wearing a money belt on vacation, a zippered plastic bag remains essential for a theme park trip.
Planning on riding that water flume? Drop your cash and cell phone into the bag before you board. Theme parks provide multiple opportunities to get soaking wet, so you need a convenient place to keep your valuables so that they stay dry. Why hassle with a locker when a plastic bag can do the trick?
For the best protection, I use a one-quart plastic freezer bag, which holds all I need without too much extra space, and protects better against the watery onslaught of Splash Mountain than a simple sandwich bag does.
Just make triple-certain that the bag is zipped up and fully sealed before you ride.
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