Let's start with the basic question, what exactly is a travel belt?
Like any other belt, a travel belt (or money belt) is designed to hold your pants up, but more importantly, they have hidden pockets or compartments for concealing cash, flat items, or travel essentials. Making them a must-have for any savvy traveler.
What makes a good travel belt?
There is a variety of belts on the market with a wide range of features and price points, so how do you select the best one for you? Here are some key factors to keep in mind:
Whether you’re into flying around the world or cross-country road-tripping, your belt has to be comfortable, so this is truly one of the most important aspects of a belt when assessing your options. Look for a balance between firmness, to properly support your pants, and flexibility, to bend and move as you do. Adjustability of the belt is another key factor in determining comfort. The ability to quickly fine-tune its tightness will go a long way when heading off for some heavy activity, or letting out a little slack after a big meal.
DURABILITY AND MATERIALS
All belts are subject to wear and tear but travel belts should be held to a higher standard. Wherever your travel takes you and whatever wild adventures you have planned (or unplanned) along the way, your belt needs to be up to the challenge. So, it's important to choose one that is made from durable materials all throughout. The belt material itself should hold up to abrasion, be able to withstand UV rays, and dry quickly if it gets wet. Lastly, the buckle should be made from a strong, break-resistant material such as aluminum or stainless steel.
The key feature that makes a travel belt different is the ability to discretely stow some items inside and depending on your destination and personal preferences, your travel belt load out may change often. Some common items you may want to fit inside include cash, bandaids, duct tape, a small sewing kit, or backup travel documents and identification. But for those of you who want to be ready for anything, there are small tool kits available, specifically designed to fit inside a travel belt.
After determining what you would want to store inside your belt, you should also consider the closure method of the pocket. Some belts have zippers, some have velcro (aka hook and loop) and others may just have open ended pockets. A velcro closure is the the most reliable long term option because it won't snag or jam on the items inside, and doesn't have a single point of failure like a zipper. Another added benefit of the velcro is that it also allows access to a specific item anywhere along the belt without having to open the entire pocket from one end to the other.
STYLE AND VERSATILITY
A travel belt is only helpful if you have it with you when you need it. That's where style and versatility become a huge factor when selecting a belt. Make sure your belt is adaptable enough to work well with a variety of outfits. Think to yourself, could I pair this with my hiking a volcano in Hawaii outfit as well as my gourmet dinner in Paris outfit?
So is the Cache Belt™ a travel belt?
Yes! The Cache Belt™ is the ultimate travel belt! It’s infinitely adjustable, made of comfortable yet durable, MIL-SPEC webbing, has a massive top-loading storage pocket that’s accessible while wearing the belt, and every belt comes with a stainless steel buckle. We made it so that it's simple styling is sure to compliment any outfit. It's also not just for travel. Wear it everyday and you'll be amazed at how many little daily challenges you can conquer with it.
What should I put in my Cache Belt™?
That's entirely up to you! Of course we recommend our Cache Kits™ that are packed with compact tools, thoughtfully designed with components that will give you the capability to overcome any unforeseen challenges you encounter. If you really want to make it your own, check out our individual components and go wild customizing your loadout. That's half the fun anyway!
OK, but can I fly with a loaded Cache Belt™?
Absolutely! TSA regulations are ever-changing and you can find the current list of prohibited items on their website. At the time of writing this article, flying with the entire Essentials Kit is fine. And out of the 23-tools in the Adventure Kit, the only component that COULD BE prohibited is the Mini Ceramic Folder since it's a small folding blade. So load up your belt and travel on!
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Fowler doing a Cache Belt dump on the airplane!
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