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post #256 of 427
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

I'll be staying with the person I used to take care of. Looks like my Nashville trip isn't happening after all :sadpanda:. Going to be going to Jamaica towards the end of the first week of April.
Two Q's for tonight before I get completely hammered:
- Looks like I'm going to be ditching my iPhone. Any recommendations on a good phone that will be usefully pretty much everywhere?
-Do you think I need one of those money belt/fanny pack things to hide my shit in while I'm walking around?

yes. a money belt is always a good thing. one that can be concealed under your shirt/or pants to store a few larger bills and a copy of your passport.
post #257 of 427
Well that sucks about Nashville. Don't worry, I'm sure Derek and I can figure out ways to get by your loss.

Just run a check on ebay for an unlocked GSM phone and make sure it's a quad band model. Something like Nokia or Samsung that's all over the goddamn place and won't be hard to find a charger for, or that uses a mini-usb charger that you can easily replace. You can find some for under $100 easy and that way you won't look like a mark when you're abroad if you need to pull it out. The phone, that is. I emphasize the quad band because weird countries like mine use AT&T bands and not T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.

You don't NEED the hidden wallet but I use one if I'm out on a long trip. It's way easier to have cash on you that's not in a thick wallet or that'll come out of your pockets. And it's not all that uncomfortable, either. It also makes for a great way to carry a copy of your passport.
post #258 of 427
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post

Two Q's for tonight before I get completely hammered:
- Looks like I'm going to be ditching my iPhone. Any recommendations on a good phone that will be usefully pretty much everywhere?
-Do you think I need one of those money belt/fanny pack things to hide my shit in while I'm walking around?

- ditching the iphone and bringing a cheap quadband nokia was discussed earlier. by me and albert. angry.gif
- on the fence with these fanny packs.... if there is one that is invisible then I suppose they're okay. otherwise those big ones I see tourists use are useless and offers minimal security. and they're tacky like hell.
post #259 of 427
Before you depart scan all your important docs, e.g., passport (color), traveler's check receipts, credit card(s), e-tickets, important medical info if you have some pre-existing condiiton or prescription, birth certificate and contact phone numbers, and store in the cloud, such as gmail or hotmail. Later if you need a doc, you can always find a computer w/ internet, download, and print. The contact numbers are if you lose or destroy the phone. Get a cheap Nokia or Sammy that no one wants to steal.

Don't forget to inform your bank you're going overseas so they don't decline charges.

If you plan to use public internet cafes to conduct online banking check that antivirus software is installed and definitions are updated. Why? Keystroke loggers have been found installed in cyber cafes. When done clear the cache and reboot. Keep in mind that many browsers prompt one to save user names and passwords, and if the language is one you don't know, you may inadvertently accept when you want to decline. Know which buttons to click and which checkboxes to uncheck.

Don't wear a fanny pack. In your pockets carry only what you can afford to lose, but don't carry too little which could require you to publicly pull out your secreted funds, thereby displaying the location to others.

Bon voyage.
post #260 of 427
/\ good stuff right there
post #261 of 427
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Edited by erdawe - 3/28/12 at 11:17pm
post #262 of 427
You guys are confusing "money belt" with "fanny pack."


For those of you that don't know, this is the difference:
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Money belt that is always hidden under your pants.

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Fanny pack that makes you look like acidboy on vacation.
post #263 of 427
Silk money belts are much nicer than nylon at similar price.

They're much lighter, thinner, less stiff, and have better skin-feel... You'll come to appreciate this when considering they're worn under your jeans/pants and near pelvic area sitting and standing all day.

EDIT: Fanny packs are so heinous, I think I'd wear one of those thousand-pocket travel vests before that.
post #264 of 427
If you come to Chile and bring a fanny pack, just sling it over your shoulder and you'll look like a native. Seriously
post #265 of 427
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Fanny pack that makes you look like acidboy on vacation.

please stop stealing my pictures from facebook.

and damn, I look fat. frown.gif
post #266 of 427
? I pulled it off of Kiton Brioni's blog.
post #267 of 427
I meant pictures of me from facebook.
post #268 of 427
It's been my experience that when tourists are mugged abroad, the first thing muggers do is untuck their shirts and look for a money belt. Try to keep your passport separate from your cash in case you get mugged, so at least you don't lose that.
post #269 of 427
Your experience is different from mine and everyone else's I know who have been robbed abroad.
post #270 of 427
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Originally Posted by KJT View Post

It's been my experience that when tourists are mugged abroad, the first thing muggers do is untuck their shirts and look for a money belt.

Genius! I'll remember that next time I mug a tourist.


I reckon the likelihood of being pick pocketed is greater than being mugged, so concealing the important stuff is good risk mitigation. That being said, there are tourists who have been literally stripped bare and left at the side of a road; a money belt ain't gonna help you w/ that.
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