It’s difficult to find a good travel purse. I want something that provides security, looks fashionable, and isn’t annoyingly bulky. How does the Baliloca travel purse match up in these categories?
While traveling, it’s very important to keep your valuables safe. Typically, I’ll wear a money belt snug beneath my clothing. This does the trick, although it can be a little uncomfortable at times. While we were in Italy, I ended up carrying both of our passports and extra cash in my money belt as Justin found it to be too cumbersome to wear beneath his clothing. That added some extra bulk to my mid-section (even beyond that from all the pasta I ate!). The Baliloca travel purse is a revolutionary idea that can free us from the money belt. No more fussing beneath your clothing to grab some extra cash. No more sweating beneath the money belt, which adds to the discomfort.
How does it work?
The Baliloca purse has a very innovative design. It is easy to wear – you put each arm through a strap, almost as though you’re wearing a backpack. It sits snug and secure to the body without falling off. The purse also doesn’t impair any movements so it has a variety of other uses in everyday life. You can wear it while you work out, go hiking, or go out for a jog. Both of your hands will always remain free and you won’t have to worry about your valuables.
Here’s a short Youtube video that illustrates how to wear the purse:
The purse has two separate zipped compartments where you can store your passport, keys, wallet, cards, and cash. It does not feel heavy at all; in fact, it almost feels weightless while you’re wearing it.
I was thrilled to discover that the Neoprene version of this purse is 100% vegan. It is made of a completely synthetic material and it’s also machine washable. Having this small purse by my side is way more fashionable than wearing a fanny pack or any sort of backpack. The Neoprene versions come in bright red or bright blue. I’m not completely sold on the bright colours as I tend to stick to more neutral tones, though it doesn’t hurt to change it up now and again.
It can also be easily worn beneath a sweater or a jacket, giving another layer of protection against your valuables being noticed.
How Practical Is It?
This purse is useful in a variety of situations. I will use it while traveling outside of Canada and the USA, where I would be more fearful of being pick-pocketed. It’s also great for those times when you don’t want to carry around a heavy purse, like when you’re going for a jog around the neighbourhood or a hike through the forest. For those moments when I only want to carry my keys, my ID and a little bit of money, this purse is awesome.
However, while traveling, I like to carry around my DSLR camera wherever I go, and I’d still need to wear an additional bag or purse for this purpose. I would wear the Baliloca purse for the valuables that I’d typically put into a money belt while continuing to carry a larger purse for my camera, notebook, maps, and other things of that nature.
Would I recommend the Baliloca travel purse?
Absolutely! It’s lightweight, versatile, and practical. It won’t add much extra weight for those who pack lightly for their trips. It saves you from having to wear a money belt beneath your clothing. And the Neoprene version is made without using animal products – it’s tough finding vegan purses sometimes!
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Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary Baliloca Neoprene travel purse for review. All opinions, as always, are entirely my own. I highly recommend this travel purse!