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Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by InDenial, Nov 30, 2012.
Anybody use a throw away wallet with expired credit cards and a small amount of cash in it?
Read the whole thing. It's back there somewhere, I forgot where, but somebody does that.
Just found it.
Just ride a KLR. No one would bother trying to rob a KLR rider.
Disable the charcoal canister and hide the money in it.
No one will screw around with that.
Expired Cards in a lot of cases still have the same CC number and the new replacement will expire in the same month. So all the thief has to do is make a few guesses as to the year and now they have your credit card info. Lots of places don't require the 3 digit security code from the back...
My experience (YMMV): I've done a fair amount of traveling inside and outside the US and I've never been held up or threatened in any way, so I've decided that the spare wallet thing is overkill (and a hassle.)
I still divide up my cash and cards, though. This is to defend me from myself: I have misplaced or lost my wallet before and this makes sure I can still function if I do it again. Like most on here, I keep some zipped up in my front pants pockets, some in armor pockets in my gear, some on the bike, and some in my boot.
More places than that and I have the problem of forgetting that it's there. I arrived back in Europe with a big stack of Uzbek som which no one in their right mind would exchange for me. (100 USD ~ 200,000 som). The stack of money needed to operate day to day was huge and I didn't have enough space for it in my regular places, so I carried it in all kinds of places that weren't usual for me.
I would think seriously about the spare wallet if I spent a lot time in big urban areas or if I was going out to bars and such, late at night. But I'm usually in bed by 10:00 and don't cross paths with a lot of criminal types.
I've always kept a $20 under the insoles of my boots.
I use two wallets, one in each front pants pocket with a Spyderco or Benchmade folding knife clipped to the pocket edge. I split my cash evenly and add a good credit card, AMA card, health card and ID to each wallet. I mostly fear unknowingly dropping a credit card while getting gas more than being robbed. I have gone by road to Alaska three times, two by bike in recent years. There is nothing there to fear more than running off the road and down a cliff from gawking at the scenery. Also, the wildlife is much more inclined to kill you by getting in the road more than another human. The criminals are in Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal. Oh, and Ottawa, too.
If I do not leave the USA I also tuck a Kahr PM9 and Keltec 380 in the pockets. I like those items in my pants with the wallets. Then when I go to bed the pants and all my stuff are within arm's reach beside me.
I have been more afraid of stray dogs on the road than criminals. But the 9mm works equally well on both.
I always split up my coin
I will keep coin in a couple places.
The amount of cash I carry always depends on where I am going and how long I will be away from a bank or place where a Safe ATM should be.
I have heard of people using fake wallets in the event they are robbed or pick pocketed, seems like a good Idea.
How do you know ? How many criminals have you shot ?
Thats my plan!!!
I always keep my bank card and use it normally, simple. Nobody is going to hurt or stuff you around...same thing as international travel. Just be a man and continue about your day, and if someone's going to break through the layers of kit...your own fault. Period!
Dealt with that crap from wallet in the back right pocket in Europe, and with my demeanour nothing has happened. That was serious, but also learn to handle yourself mate...if you're fit, hit hard and put the c**t down first go and make it certain who is boss!
Crime rate in Canada is low. Probably that all these cities put together does not even come close to what you can see in the news about Detroit alone. Like it was said earlier, wildlife (at night) is the main safety concern while going through Canada (other road users as well of course).
But I can take I gun to Detroit.
Twisted Throttle has a license plate stash box.
Now thats funny right there...
Use wing-nuts on your license plate bracket for ease off/on. Take the plate off and duct tape a ziploc bag to the back of it with a spare card and some cash. More for protecting me from me than from potential robbers.
I sweated this and overthought it for days before heading south the first time.. In the end: a few dollars in a throwaway wallet, outside pocket of my riding jacket. Cash for 3-5 days, one debit card with a high withdrawal allowance, international DL, and passport in zip loc bag in inside zipped breast pocket of jacket. Copies of international DL, passport, CC cards, and additional debit card buried in luggage. Copies of RXs (yes, I am a drug user) with drugs in separate heavy duty zip loc bag in luggage as well.
For me, this system worked okay. It's important that whatever you come up feels and seems natural to you or you will feel uncomfortable, not to mention you may misplace things you really need.
For example, on my long Alaska adventure, I put my wallet in a small fanny pack. It seemed portable, close to my body and secure. The only thing is, I'd never worn a fanny pack before. Sure enough, I took it off in a restaurant, got to talking to a couple of pretty ladies, and ended up leaving without it. 20 minutes later on the road I realized I'd left it, my cash, and CCs sitting in the that bag in a crowded cafe. I would have been well and truly screwed if it had walked off...
I raced back,and to my huge relief, it was still sitting on the table with cash and cards intact. I was lucky!
The overwhelming majority of people are awesome. Take reasonable precautions and then go enjoy yourself.