Travelling can be pretty stressful. You’ve got to be in the right place at the right time. You’ve got to make sure you’ve got everything you need for the trip. Then, on top of that, you’ve got to carry around money, cards, passports, and other travel documents. So, wouldn’t it be great if you had one handy place to keep all of those important things? Introducing the travel wallet.
You’ve probably seen people using them before. When you’re boarding a plane and the person in front of you has an amazing case to keep everything in. If only you could be as organized as that. Now you can. We’ve scoured the web to find the best travel wallet. We’ve looked at everything from the cheapest to the most expensive and picked our ten favorites. Here they are.
The Best Travel Wallet
There are a few different types of people that use travel wallets. You’ve got your seasoned backpackers, organized dads, and high-flying businessmen. Our Best Choice product, The Bellroy Travel Wallet is definitely aimed at the latter. The first thing you notice when you pick it up or even look at the product picture is the beautiful quality of the thing. It’s made from premium leather that is double tanned to give it that dark and classy look. The leather is also gold-rated under the LWG environmental protocols, which means you can go about your business without feeling too guilty. It also means that the leather ages better than cheaper, surface painted leather. So, instead of cracking over time, it’s just going to look better and better.
Then, as you open the wallet, you’ll see the lighter tanned leather on the inside, which has ample space for all your travel documents. It fits all standard sized passports (everything except German and Irish passports) and has pockets for your tickets, bills, and up to ten cards. It even comes with a handy little micro pen, so you never have to awkwardly ask the guy sat next to you if you can borrow theirs. The only problem is, everyone will be asking you now. On the product description, Bellroy suggests that you don’t overload the wallet, or you could stretch out the leather and ruin the shape of your wallet.
Fits all standard sized passports
Space for bills, tickets, & 10 cards
Comes with micro pen
- Weight4.2 ounces
This Passport Holder from Herschel is a direct competitor to the Bellroy leather travel wallet. Herschel is one of those strange companies that seem to have been around forever but actually have only come around in the last ten years or so. Formed in 2009, they are famous for making hipster retro backpacks but have recently branched out into luggage, hats, and other accessories. Having any Herschel product as part of your travel arsenal is sure to give you hipster credibility, but the question is: are the products any good? Well, the simple answer is yes. Without going into too much detail about the rest of their range, we can focus purely on the quality of this travel wallet to get the point across.
It’s made from 100% leather and has a black pebbled look that gives off a slightly different vibe to the Bellroy wallet. In fact, we’d say this wallet is aimed more at the affluent surfer type than the businessman, but it could really work for anyone. It has plenty of storage space, including 14 card slots, a pen loop, and space for your tickets. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a pen, but anyone who travels regularly will know how easy free pens are to find. It also has that all-important RFID protection to stop you falling prey to any card fraud when you’re on the road. These wallets are actually quite hard to come by now because Herschel has replaced them with a cheaper fabric version. So, if you’re looking for the perfect hipster leather travel wallet, you should act now. It’s not as high quality as the Bellroy wallet and you’re not going to look as good when you pull it out, but it is a little cheaper. Make sure you also check our guide to the best minimalist wallets.
Fits all standard sized passports
Space for tickets, & 14 cards
Pen slot (pen not included)
- BrandHerschel Supply Co.
- Weight4.6 ounces
The Tumi Men’s Alpha Zip Around Travel Wallet is the daddy of travel wallets. We’ve chosen it as our Premium product because it’s really the best of the best when it comes to keeping your travel documents safe and organized. It’s expensive, at $175.00, but if you’ve got a big budget, it can’t be beaten on quality. Instead of making it purely out of leather, it has a ballistic nylon case with leather trim. If you haven’t heard of ballistic nylon, it’s an extremely strong fabric that was invented during World War 2 to protect aircraft personal from shrapnel and bullets. Yep, you heard that right – bullets. It’s since been replaced by Kevlar as a material for bullet-proof vests and other protective equipment, but it should still be plenty tough enough to keep your passport and other documents safe. Hopefully, you’re not going to get into any situations where you’re going to need a bulletproof wallet, but it might make you feel easier when you’re walking through the airport.
Aside from the obvious quality of the wallet, it has a lot of space for storing your documents. Three of the sides zip completely shut, which means that your precious cargo is completely protected from slipping out. It also means that, when you open the wallet, it opens wide and gives you plenty of room. It has loads of pockets for your passport, tickets, bills, cards, and even an extra zipped pocket for your coins. The main downfall of this wallet is the fact that it doesn’t offer RFID protection. You would think that it could have been built into the product when you consider the price. To be honest, the amount of RFID crimes reported is really low, but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t become a problem in years to come. That is a decision you’ll have to make on your own. This is, without a doubt, one of the best travel wallets available, and it comes with an impressive 2-year warranty. But with a price tag of nearly $200, it could be even more valuable than its contents.
Fits all standard sized passports
Space for tickets, & 12 cards
Multiple zippered pockets
Ballistic Nylon & Leather
- Weight13.6 ounces
This Pascafe travel wallet might be cheaper than the three we’ve looked at so far, but don’t let that make you think it’s not a great option. At less than $50, it’s a lot more affordable and you can tell where they have saved money. For a start, it’s not made out of expensive materials like leather and ballistic nylon. Instead, it’s made out of a high-quality fabric, which is still hardwearing enough to last you a long time.
This travel security wallet has a fantastic safety feature called a Dyneema webbing strap. This is a hard-to-cut strap that can be attached around your wrist or secured to the inside of a bag to stop your wallet from being stolen. This is an excellent safety feature if you’re visiting a city where pickpocketing is particularly rife. Plus, it has an RFID blocker, in case of any card fraud.
Space for passport & ID
Dyneema web strap
Multiple zippered pockets
- Weight6.2 ounces
The Tumi Alpha Passport Case is a worthy competitor to the Bellroy travel wallet and the second product from Tumi we’ve included in this list. As it’s over $100, it’s a pretty serious investment for a travel document wallet, so it had better be pretty impressive. It’s not as big as some of the other expensive wallets, with just enough space for one passport, a few cards, and maybe a boarding ticket if you’re lucky. That said, if you’re traveling solo, you shouldn’t need to carry much more. If you’re the kind of guy that likes to travel lightly, this could be the perfect little passport case for you. It should fit into a larger pocket, but you probably won’t be able to slot it into the pocket of your jeans or suit trousers.
Like all Tumi products, it’s made out of high-quality materials. The outside is made from woven nylon that makes it really easy to clean and helps you keep a strong grip on it. The inside is made from a lightweight and well-crafted leather. Unlike cheaper leather wallets, the Tumi Alpha Passport Case will age well without the leather cracking.
Space for passport & ID
Woven nylon and leather
8 card slots
- Weight8 ounces
So far in this buying guide, we’ve featured a lot of high-end, expensive travel wallets. But if you don’t want to spend a lot of money, there are actually a lot of amazing budget options. At around $20, this wallet is considerably cheaper than the Tumi and Bellroy wallets, but really it does the same job. It keeps your passports, money, and other documents organized and safe.
You can tell where they have saved money on making this Zero Grid wallet. For a start, instead of the high-quality leathers and handwoven fabrics, they’ve used cheaper water-resistant nylon. But don’t be fooled, this is one of the safest ways to carry your stuff around. It’s not completely waterproof, but it will keep everything dry if you get a bit of rain. Plus, it’s rip-resistant, so it shouldn’t be a problem if you snag it on something when you’re pulling it out of your bag. The material also has built-in RFID blocking technology and you get seven free RFID blocking sleeves to keep your stuff extra safe.
Space for six passports
Water-resistant & rip-resistant nylon
100% lifetime guarantee
- BrandZero Grid
- Weight5.4 ounces
The Venture 4th Travel Neck Pouch offers something a little different. Instead of carrying it around in your coat or bag, you hang it around your neck. For travelers that are visiting busy cities or areas with a lot of crime, there is always a worry that you could get your stuff stolen. Tourists are always an easy target for criminals and pickpockets because they are likely to be carrying money and valuables around with them. So, hanging this stuff around your neck is a great way of preventing this from happening. Think about it – it’s going to be pretty hard to yank a bag from your neck. Sure, you’re not going to look that cool when you reach down the front of your shirt and pull out your passport. But equally, you’re not going to feel that cool when your passport and money get stolen.
There’s plenty of space to fit all of your important stuff inside, including passports, money, cards, phones, and other gadgets. The only problem is that, if you fill it with too much stuff, it could start to hurt your neck after a while. The neck strap is adjustable, so you can find the perfect length to fit it under your clothing. When you add on the fact that it has RFID protection, this becomes one of the safest ways to carry your valuables around. It’s practically invisible when hidden underneath your clothing, and even if it could be seen by thieves, there isn’t much they could do to get it off you. It’s really a question of whether the design works for you – some people don’t mind having stuff hanging around their necks, whereas some people would find it really annoying.
Adjustable neck strap
Two zippered pockets
- BrandVenture 4th
- Weight2.4 ounces
Now we come to the cheapest travel wallet on the list, the Zoppen wallet. Obviously, it’s not going to be as high-quality as the travel wallets that are 10X more expensive, but you actually get a lot for your money. It’s made out of ultra-lightweight, thin nylon fabric. That means that it’s not going to be stiff and protect your documents very well, but it is super easy to carry around with you. The material is really durable and water-proof to a point – you can get it out in the rain, but don’t take it into the bath with you.
The travel wallet then zips open and reveals an interior with plenty of different storage options. It has the token passport slot, with space for up to two passports and a mixture of different sized other pockets to carry your other documents and cards. You can fit around six cards in comfortably, as well as your boarding pass, a full-sized pen, and your notes and coins. Plus, it has one handy little feature that none of the other travel wallet manufacturers has thought to include: a keychain. This might not be the most exciting revelation, but it actually comes in really handy if you are carrying around keys that you don’t normally use. The keychain is removable if you don’t find that as exciting as we did.
Removable wristlet strap
Multiple different storage options
- ModelTravel Zipper Wallet
- Weight9.9 ounces
This travel wallet comes from a company with a traveling pedigree that none of its competitors can match. The company took its name from the Arctic Fox (Fjallraven is Swedish for Arctic Fox) because of its resilience and ingenuity, so you know their products are going to be clever and durable. They’re most famous for their classic backpacks, once worn exclusively by Swedish schoolchildren and now see all around the world on college campuses and high schools.
The wallet itself is super high-quality. It’s made from the same weather-resistant and breathable fabrics they use in their backpacks and clothing. This might not seem really important for a travel wallet, but it’s always good to know that your important documents are safe. Plus, all of the materials are ethically sourced to have minimum impact on the environment. On the inside, it has a simple and effective design that is complete with beautiful brown leather fittings. This gives you space to keep around six cards, your passport, boarding card, and a pen safely tucked away. There’s even space to keep your smartphone if you don’t need constant access to it. A quick read of the Amazon reviews will show you how much people love this wallet. The quality of it is immediately obvious. You won’t need to replace it any time soon, even if you are a regular traveler.
G-1000 Heavy Duty Eco
Space for passports, boarding cards, and pen
Hold up to six cards
Outside pocket for boarding card
- Weight5.6 ounces
Lifeventure is another company with travel at the heart of everything it does, set up by a world-traveler who was fed up of heavy, bulky, and badly designed travel items. So, it’s no surprise that this is one of the best travel wallets available. At around $35, it’s not a luxury item and instead focuses on functionality, which is obvious as soon as you see it. The first thing you will notice is how small it is – it’s literally just big enough to fit your passport in, which means it’s really easy to carry around and can even fit into the front pocket of a pair of jeans. This is something that not of the other travel wallets on this list offer, so if you like to travel light, this is definitely the wallet for you.
Despite its small size, there is still plenty of room inside. You can easily fit your passport, seven cards, money, ID, and even a small travel pen inside. You might struggle to stuff your boarding card inside unless you fold it in half. It even has a small ‘stash pocket’ to fit your smartphone in if you want to keep it safe.
Water resistant fabric
7 card slots, 1 with ID window
1 smartphone stash pocket
- Weight2.9 ounces