When you’re headed someplace new, unfamiliar or potentially risky to travelers, make sure you’ve got a travel wallet for your essentials.
While the best wallets for men are designed mainly to hold cash and cards, travel wallets make use of additional features that could be useful when away from home. For example, many travel wallets can fit passports. Others are more like sophisticated clips that make it impossible for money to fall out and some even have hidden compartments. Furthermore, nearly every travel wallet is made of materials that block radio-frequency identification (RFID), which can be used to steal your credit card information without contact.
While every trip will have something go awry, you can do a lot to protect yourself from unnecessary headaches with the right preparation. That’s why we rounded up some of the best travel wallets below. Check them out because you never know when your next trip is and you’ll want to be as prepared as you can, especially when it comes to things like money and passports. And even if you’re not traveling, many travel wallets make for a secure, spacious option for everyday carry.
1. Bellroy Travel Wallet
You would think identifying the best travel wallets would be a difficult prospect, but you’d be wrong. The Bellroy Travel Wallet has everything you’d ever want out of a travel wallet, even things you think would be good but never actually see.
This leather bi-fold wallet can hold between four and 10 cards, a standard-size passport, cash, boarding passes, a small pen and it even has an additional hidden cash compartment if you lift the leather up off the wallet. (Why isn’t this standard for all bi-fold wallets!?) The wallet also blocks RFID scanning.
So in one manageably oversized wallet, a traveler can carry all the essentials he or she might want at all times. You can’t ask for more out of a wallet. It looks good and carries your most important items, and there’s nothing else it could or should do.
2. Allett Leather RFID Travel Passport Wallet
While we stand by the Bellroy Travel Wallet, we know it’s pretty pricey for a wallet that doesn’t say Gucci or Louis Vuitton. The Allett Leather RFID Travel Passport Wallet offers a lot of desirable features at a reasonable price.
With this passport-style wallet, you can hold, of course, a standard-size passport, at least five cards and plenty of cash or boarding documents thanks to the large envelope pocket. You can also trust it to block RFID too, completing the package for this humble but very solid travel wallet.
3. The Ridge Slim Minimalist Metal Wallet
For another travel wallet with the bare essentials, we love The Ridge Slim Minimalist Metal Wallet.
It’s not specifically designed for travel, but it is specifically designed to be awesome. The wallet is made from a burnt, rainbow Grade 5 titanium, the same grade of titanium used in planes, so it’ll last forever. Plus, if any of the parts do break down, The Ridge offers a lifetime guarantee on the wallet and will replace or repair any busted parts. The wallet can securely hold between one and 12 cards and some cash without stretching, and the outside notch makes pushing your cards out a piece of cake. And if you do have a bunch of cards, the cash can always go on the outside integrated money clip.
Overall, The Ridge travel wallet offers supreme, minimalist bang for your buck, and it blocks RFID too.
4. Travelambo Front Pocket Minimalist Leather Slim Wallet
There are two equally valid approaches to a travel wallet: the kitchen sink approach or the bare essentials approach. We’ve given you a few kitchen sink options that hold everything, but for our budget pick, we like the bare essentials approach of the Travelambo Front Pocket Minimalist Leather Slim Wallet.
Thinner, RFID-blocking wallets like this one — it’s only .12 inches thick and holds six cards and a bit of cash — are a lot less visible and more discrete, minimizing the chance you might be targeted for having a fat wallet in your pocket. Plus, these kinds of wallets encourage you to lock up other valuables, perhaps in a hotel safe, and only carry with you what you need for the day. While getting robbed will always be terrible, you’ll have a much easier time managing the fallout if your passport is safely locked away.
5. Bellroy Travel Folio
BEST PASSPORT WALLET
Bellroy is back, only this time we’ve got the highly secure Bellroy Travel Folio. This travel wallet/organizer offers you similar storage to some of our other wallets and passport holders, but this one actually zippers shut and is comparatively compact for being able to fit multiple passports.
In this case, Bellroy might be overreaching on the lofty price, but it’s a high-quality leather folio that will zip your essential travel items shut, and that just might be worth a pretty penny.
6. Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch
BEST NECK WALLET
Wearing the Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch might make you feel a bit silly as a traveler, but any traveler would readily admit it’s pretty difficult to lose something that’s hanging around your neck. Furthermore, it’s difficult to steal something from around someone’s neck, especially if the neck pouch is underneath the traveler’s clothing.
That’s why we like this neck pouch: Despite the insanity and running around inherent to a trip, this thing will hang with you every step of the way, keeping your money, passport, tickets, coins and other small valuables safe and secure.
7. Lewis N. Clark Hidden Clip Stash Travel Belt Wallet
BEST FOR COINS
The U.S. is somewhat unusual for its limited use of coins in its currency. (Yes, the U.S. has many coins, but they’re hardly actively carried around to actually buy things, which is mostly done through cards or dollar bills.)
At least, compared to places like Europe, Canada and the U.K., the U.S. hardly uses any coins. All of those places use coins for their lower denominations, like the $1 Euro coin and the $2 Euro coin. That means if you’re an American in Paris, you’re going to find yourself with a heavy pocketful of coins in no time. That’s why we like the Lewis N. Clark Hidden Clip Stash Travel Belt Wallet.
This ripstop nylon, zippered, RFID-blocking wallet is small, discrete and can clip to the inside of your pants for great security and easy access at the same time. It’ll easily hold a few cards and some cash, but the zippered pouch is also great for any coins you accumulate.
This travel wallet is on the cheaper side too, making it a no-brainer before you head to a coin-heavy country.