The Wanderwave set is a fully comprehensive money belt system designed exclusively for women, and is designed to keep all the essential valuables any intrepid female traveller will need safe, secure and discreetly hidden at all times.
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Travel safety and security is a huge issue for any traveller. No one wants to have their cash or passport lost, stolen or pickpocketed, and as a result it is often advised to keep them and any other valuables with you at all times. Unfortunately that is not always easy, and the traditional money belts designed to do that often cause as many problems as they are designed to solve.
Enter the Wander Belt, an evolution of the traditional money belt that is designed to solve all those issues and provide a comfortable and discreet way for women to keep their valuables safe and discreetly hidden.
Designed by women, for women.
Unlike traditional money belts, this system was designed exclusively with women travellers in mind, and as such sits in a comfortable position on your rib cage and under your arm by attaching itself to your bra or bikini top.
The system comprises of two components, the Wander Belt itself and the Mini Wallet, and both come in two colours, plain and a printed map version.
The Wander Belt is the primary system and consists of three separate, dedicated pockets that are big enough to carry your passport, some cash, a few debit or credit cards and maybe even a room key.
It is substantial enough to ensure that any essential you need can be hidden away in one of the pockets whilst keeping them flat against your torso and completely discreet no matter if it is worn under a dress, a t shirt or anything else.
It has two secure points, a loop that attaches to your bra and a secondary adjustable strap that will fit anything from XS to XXXL, and it can be worn on either side, left or right without an issue, making it extremely versatile.
The Mini Wallet is the second part of the set and is an ingenious little pouch that is big enough to hold a debit card or two plus an extra stash of daily cash so you can get quick and easy access to it without needing to go into the belt itself.
This is absolutely perfect for holding just enough cash to get you through the day so you aren’t flashing huge wads of cash about when you are paying for anything. It also has a handy key ring for your dorm or hotel room key.
The Mini Wallet is very versatile and can be worn in a variety of positions depending on comfort or need. It has two loops, a tight one across the back for attaching it to a belt, or a long strap that can allow it to be attached to a belt and hidden inside a pocket or inside your trousers or shorts, or discreetly attached to the Wander Belt itself or your bra if you are wearing a dress.
Made of a mixture of cotton and polyester, the wanderwave set is smooth and comfortable to wear. It has a sweat proof lining to protect your valuables and this can be fortified further with the use of strategic waterproof pouches.
As expected it isn’t exactly breathable (but to be fair it isn’t designed to be) and being held right next to your skin you will sweat a little in tropical heat where the belt was thoroughly tested (if worn in cooler climates than south east Asia then you should have no problems at all) but no more so than an average tight T shirt will make you do in this climate. The women it was tested on reported no significant discomfort throughout the day doing a variety of activities, from shopping and exploring in the city to heavy trekking, and none reported any noticeable pull or discomfort on their bra or bikini strap.
The material itself is comfortable to wear, easily washable and quick drying.
Both the Wander Belt and the Mini Wallet are extremely discreet and aren’t too bulky even when padded with cash and passports. They genuinely can’t be seen when wearing the vast majority of everyday clothing, dresses, T shirts, it doesn’t matter. As long as your torso is covered, the belt will be too.
One thing I did think would be a slight problem is the printed map version of the belt and wallet may be visible under lighter clothing but after seeing it under a wide variety of colours from plain white to light pastels, this really isn’t the case.
Will it keep your valuables safe?
This is the big question.
One thing all money belts are meant to do above all else is keep your valuables safe and secure. The big problem is the vast majority of traditional money belts fail significantly at this one crucial point.
As someone who has taught martial arts, self defence and safety and security to both civilians and professionals for many years, I know a thing or two about keeping yourself and your valuables safe, and one thing I will never recommend to anyone – ever – is traditional money belts. They are just not fit for purpose, and this is for two main reasons.
Apart from the comfort and horrible sweat factor that most belts have, there are usually one of two types. The ones that go around your waist, and the ones that go around your neck.
Any professional or half competent thief or mugger knows this, and if they have targeted you as a tourist then that is the first thing they will go for. Trust me, I have seen and heard about this a lot. They will look for that pot of gold around your waist or neck, because they know that is where tourists will keep the stuff worth stealing!
It really is obvious when you think about it.
The second reason is the fact that those money belts that hang around your neck can also very easily be grabbed and turned into a weapon to throttle you.
Not the best idea is it?
The Wander Belt and Mini Wallet does not have that problem. The average thief, pickpocket or mugger will very quickly check your waist and neck, they will not think to look at your bra or your torso, That is why this system works so well.
The Wander Belt’s biggest advantage is that it does the unexpected. It sits discreetly in a surprising place that few people will think to look and is not immediately obvious to those who may want to separate you from your valuables.
Yes there is a chance that the Mini Wallet may be found if you keep it in your pocket and a mugger can take that from you (and you should give it up too), but that has two advantages. First, your assailant will very rarely be looking for a second wallet or purse, and may assume that is your hidden stash, grab it and run. (It essentially acts as the dummy wallet many people carry around for such an occasion). If you do lose it, then all you should have lost is your daily stash, a small amount compared to your main cash haul in your belt and secret place in your pack. (Even with a belt as good as this it is still a good idea to separate your cash).
So all in all yes, I would genuinely say that the Wanderwave set is a great weapon in reducing your risk of becoming the victim of theft or a mugging, and along with other reasonable safety precautions will reduce that risk significantly.
The Wanderwave Wander Belt and Mini Wallet are a fantastic set that will significantly increase your safety factor on your travels and are the perfect accessory for any intrepid female traveller. I have no hesitation in recommending this product to all my female readers, and am in fact a little jealous that I can’t take advantage of it personally!
Ready to buy? You can get your very own Wanderwave set here. Don’t forget to add the exclusive code BBWW10 in at checkout to get 10% off!