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The Travel Wallet
The Travel Wallet
In all our years of traveling one of my pet hates was the juggling of my travel documents – passport, boarding pass, anything that refers to where I’m going, etc. It took until a recent trip where one of my travel buddies pulled out what, at first glance, looked like the Guiness world record for Costanza wallets, for me to realise there were answers out there.
The wallet I’m referring to is from Rip Curl, not widely known for their ‘carry’ category. Called the Globe Trotter, this wallet is hands down the best travel wallet I’ve come across. I’ll give you three quick reasons why: 1/Fits in my back pocket. 2/My passport is snug in it. 3/No damage to boarding passes and it holds most documents with relative ease.
To explain it further we’ve broken it down into four major areas that we think all travel wallets need to excel at:
A travel wallet needs to have quick access – there’s nothing worse than trying to juggle documents while dealing with the person at the counter who is trying to charge excess and sit you next to the first dropout from The Biggest Loser. Something that can give you quick access to your documents, particularly your boarding pass and passport.
This can also then be stretched out to needing access to money (visas, food, etc) or frequent flyer (or the like) cards quickly.
This was a huge thing with the Rip Curl wallet. The wallet is designed to fit into the back pocket of most pairs of jeans. This is huge. When you see people fumbling around with huge portfolio travel wallets (which also invite theft/muggings), you feel like the king when this Rip Curl one fits snuggly into your back pocket. It’s an easy decision to know which one you would want.
Always a topic of discussion with wallets, storage isn’t so much a worry with the Globe Trotter. With the generous size, there is plenty of space to throw things in. The brilliance here is the dimensions again. Fitting your cards perfectly is a no brainer, but a pocket that fits your passport perfectly? Yes please. Along with that there are multiple sections for notes, boarding passes, and even a sim card slot for when you’re juggling international phone carriers.
Of course, like anything, you want to look as good as possible. Otherwise you’d be rolling around in an oversized one piece tracksuit… The Rip Curl Globe Trotter is constructed from genuine leather and wouldn’t look out of place in the First Class Lounge at Qantas Club. You definitely want to be sporting a wallet that looks good, both now and in years to come.
PS -> Bonus? Yep, the wallet came with a little micro pen that slides in the fold of the wallet. Stops you having to ask the creepy dude next to you for their pen.
Let us know what you use for your travel wallets. It would be great to do some comparing…