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Old 04-11-2014, 07:11 AM   #1
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Throw down Wallet

Some years ago while on a tour I was actually stopped by a couple of young thugs outside my motel room late at night. They demanded my money, I handed them my wallet and they took off with it. It was easy enough to call and cancel the credit cards and I only had a little cash in the wallet. The biggest problem was that I lost all of my id. I did have a credit card and some cash elsewhere on the bike. But I had over 1200 miles to go home and riding without any id at all, driv lic, ins cards, etc was a bit unnerving. I did get a temp id from the local police dept which just stated that my wallet had been stolen and I used that to check into a couple of motels.

Since then, I have carried a thrown down wallet which is the one I carry with me, the one with all of my good id is in the bottom of my pannier. the thrown down wallet has a drivers lic that I reported lost, a couple of expired credit cards and a few bucks. Now If it happens again at least I will still have my good id and credit cards with me.

Something you might want to consider....Works even if you should just happen to lose your wallet
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:26 AM   #2
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That's not a bad idea, I'll be traveling soon and although my wallet does not carry very many things in general, making sure I have a good card and cash is always a good idea.
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Old 04-11-2014, 04:36 PM   #3
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If I'm going to be on the road a while (especially in another country) I carry three wallets in various locations. If you have a credit/debit card that's been canceled, but has an expiration date in the future so it looks like it's still a good card - carry one of those in each of the throw-away wallets, along with a photo-copied laminated driver's license and a few bucks. I also carry two passports - the regular passport and a passport card.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:00 PM   #4
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Smart idea. Next time you should hand them a face full of ACP.
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:09 PM   #5
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Good reminder.

Carrying all of your "stuff" - cash, credit cards, and I.D.s in one wallet while on tour is asking for problems.

I keep a thin wallet in my front pants pocket with important I.D.'s, cards and cash.

Other important stuff is hidden away in various luggage, etc.

Traditional back pocket wallet holds maybe 30 bucks (enough to make 'em happy!), and old useless cards with no particular I.D. Most muggers/thieves don't hang around long after you've handed over something.

Someone should invent an exploding wallet with timer, etc!
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Old 04-11-2014, 05:24 PM   #6
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I do this, and actually I never keep ID in my wallet anyway.

But as an aside I also keep copies of documents on overseas trips, some paper copy, but also PDF's on a USB, if travelling with a buddy we have copies of each others too just in case

handy for insurances/embassies etc
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Old 04-11-2014, 09:38 PM   #7
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I lost everything but my passport to some "characters" in Europe over the summer.

I kept my passport and 500 Euros in my boot. To this day I think it saved my life.

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Old 04-12-2014, 12:36 PM   #8
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My money trick

I have spent half of my life in the 3rd world and in some very sketchy places. Here's my suggestion -

DO NOT carry a throw wallet. If you are ever jet-lagged or road weary and you drop the wrong one you're F'd.

DO CARRY - a wad of bills in very small denominations. I have used this trick 3 times with great success. Thugs approach - throw the "throw money" high in the air and run. Thugs are mesmerized by the bills and forget about you.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:22 PM   #9
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I have spent half of my life in the 3rd world and in some very sketchy places. Here's my suggestion -

DO NOT carry a throw wallet. If you are ever jet-lagged or road weary and you drop the wrong one you're F'd.

DO CARRY - a wad of bills in very small denominations. I have used this trick 3 times with great success. Thugs approach - throw the "throw money" high in the air and run. Thugs are mesmerized by the bills and forget about you.
It is not the money that concerns me. I carry money and credit cards in a few different places on myself and the bike. The BIG concern is my ID and the main reason for the throw down or expendable wallet. If you lose all of your ID, like I did, you are pretty much screwed.
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Old 04-13-2014, 08:33 PM   #10
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Exactly!

Exactly my point. Street thugs don't want your wallet, they want cash. If you throw cash they won't come at you for a wallet.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:20 PM   #11
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Exactly my point. Street thugs don't want your wallet, they want cash. If you throw cash they won't come at you for a wallet.
Gotcha! Kind hard to throw credit cards though :) But then again if I should lose my wallet somehow........................................... .........I guess the best thing if one does not want to lose the ID is to just keep it in a safe place on the bike....one way or the other.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
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I make copies of my ID`s. Always travel With myBank card and a credit card wich are never in the same place. Spare key taped inside of the side case. Its easyer and cheaper to cut a hole in the side case then to change the ignition switch.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:13 PM   #13
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I have a fake wallet that has old ID (DOB, DL # scratched off and covered with permanent black marker), old credit card (the number doesn't match current CC #) and I put some cash in it then put it in back of my pant. FYI, all credit agencies block my credit unless I call them and give them right password for them to 'unblock' my credit for certain time so bank/financial institutional can run credit check during the open time so I am not worried about ID THEFT. You should do the same.

I hide my passport, cash, CC, and important info in other place with knife. I always carry knife with me all the time no matter the circumstance! You never know when it becomes handy! Use it only when you really have to!
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:26 PM   #14
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[QUOTE=WhicheverAnyWayCan;23954180] all credit agencies block my credit unless I call them and give them right password for them to 'unblock' my credit for certain time so bank/financial institutional can run credit check during the open time so I am not worried about ID THEFT. You should do the same. QUOTE)

Good Idea, esp if you are going to be in the road for awhile and not able to check your credit reports periodically.
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Old 04-18-2014, 07:39 PM   #15
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I carried a throw down wallet for a long time, especially in southern Europe. Monopoly money, fake credit cards etc. Lost it to pick pockets a couple times. Although the one that pissed me off the most, was some SOB got my map in Rome. It had all the best spots marked on it, oh well.
But the thing that is worth the most on the worlds black market is your U.S. Passport. Worth at least a years wages to many people in the world. I guard that very closely. Everything else is easily replaceable. So great idea, I've gotten lazy in my travels anymore, and don't currently carry one. I just put a few local $$ in different pockets, credit card with a very low limit in one pocket, and ATM card, again with not much to access in another pocket. Then try not to look too much like a tourist. Look like you have been here a lot, even though you are not a local. And you know where you are going, and are on a mission, or going somewhere important.
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