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    Question asked in : South America - 4 years ago

    Any tips on handling your cash in dangerous countries?

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    Red H. says :
    Oct 17, 2009
    Salem has the common sense tips covered here. I would add that don't forget to be smart with your money in the hotel, not jsut on the streets. Leaving money under your pillow or accesible in yoru room is still asking for trouble. Not because hotlestaff are theives, but if you saw a year's worth of income lying around in a room..it would be tempting wouldn't it? Always keep your money locked up if it isn't with you, and have bits of money in at least 3 spots. One of my favourite "Secret" comaprtnemtn thigns comes from Keen sandals. They have some that have a secret hiding spot in the heel. Very cool for an emergency stash of cash.
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    Bryan S. says :
    Oct 17, 2009
    Tamyra said it right! I also carry a dummy wallet, one that looks real and seems that your are cooperating when you give it up. let them steal it, because you've already prepared yourself for them!
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    Tamyra C. says :
    Oct 17, 2009
    I always keep my local currency is a separate wallet from my credit cards and other cash. Then, if someone takes your wallet... it is the wallet without your credit cards.
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    Salem O. says :
    Oct 15, 2009
    Lots. Don't advertise it. Keep it in a few safe places so you don't loose all of it if your mugged. When going out at night only bring what you need & always leave your plastic in the room. I have one pants I always ware when going on busses, trains or public transport because they are safer then the rest because they have many pockets with buttons & zippers. Their not 100% safe but better then most. Always keep an eye out for shady people trying to distract you. Never leave your stuff out of your own reach. etc, etc. Just don't be stupid.
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    Roger P. says :
    Oct 18, 2009
    always keep something in your shoe, just in case.
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    Peter O. says :
    Oct 17, 2009
    have a day wallet for pick pockets to take with small change and a few notes, keep cards etc out of sight & secured neck purses etc
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    Simone M. says :
    Oct 16, 2009
    I've never been robbed or attacked with a weapon in my entire life and spent more or less 2 years in South America. Sometimes with lots of cash on me - specially when travelling off the beaten track there was no other option. Things get stolen if you are not careful - but what is money compared to a life? If it happens that you'll get robbed, just hand it over. Be aware of pickpockets in large cities. Usually no problem in rural areas. And usually they choose people with low self-esteem and generally are afraid of being mugged or robbed. Show confidence and you'll be alright. :-)
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    Melanie L. says :
    Oct 16, 2009
    Salem has this one covered. If you can, work out how much cash you will need and only take/get out what you will need. Take at least two different bank cards incase one gets lost or stolen.
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    Aug 26, 2010
    1. Do not carry too much cash around in case they rob you (to avoid major financial loss) 2. Do carry enough cash around in case they rob you (so you don't get murdered for not being of any economic assistance) 3. Do not expose your money on the street 4. Tipps in case of robbery: a) acquiesce at all times if being robbed, thugs won't hesitate to stab, shoot, or hit b) keep two wallets; one you will give the robber (with enough money), and the second one with your larger amount which you will conceal c) keep bills in your shoe or other not visually tangible spots d) only carry loose change in your pockets e) do not keep your wallet in your back pocket f) always be alert
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    Daniele P. says :
    Nov 18, 2009
    I think that the best you gotta do is have the Visa Travel Money card. With this you can cash your money in any ATM and use it any place that accepts Visa cards. Safe and practical.
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    Rodolfo C. says :
    Nov 12, 2009
    Inside your underwear. :))
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    Reece D. says :
    Nov 6, 2009
    thanks guys for the tips
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    Eddie D. says :
    Nov 4, 2009
    if you stay in a reputable hotel they usually have a secure safe...other than that, wear a money belt or some other concealed device, carry travelers checks, NEVER flaunt your wealth...all places are the same, someone wants your money, use common sense. take out only what you can afford to lose at one time. i keep a few dollars in my pocket in case i am robbed, they are going to be in a hurry and will be happy with the few dollars, but if they want it all they will get it, just like anyplace else...so leave it in the hotel safe.
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    Guste N. says :
    Oct 19, 2009
    Secret inside bra pocket for large bills long term :) and over neck purse under the shirt for todays change.
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    Daniel H. says :
    Oct 18, 2009
    I divide my money upon arrival and only carry what I think I will need for the day. The rest of my money I store in the hotel safe.
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    Emma D. says :
    Oct 18, 2009
    wear a money belt, avoid areas where muggings are common, keep a decoy wallet, just in case.
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    Oct 17, 2009
    Take a money belt - one you can wear under your clothes. It was the most valuable piece of kit I took with me
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    Nancy W. says :
    Oct 16, 2009
    I think it is harder for women to hide the cash. I have a heavy cotton skirt and jacket and have sewn large bills into the hems when needing more cash with me. Neck pouches are handy when needed along the way, but are predictable. The leg carriers only work with slacks, and I go into areas where skirts are needed
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