One of the most stressful things that can happen to you on any trip is to lose your documents. Walking around a foreign city or happily checking in to board a plane only to find your passport or boarding pass missing is not a good feeling at all.
What you need is a passport wallet.
Passport wallets and holders are not new, but the designs and styles have now become way more useful. It's a handy way to keep all your documents in one place, including your money, your credit cards, and sometimes even your phone. It keeps things organized, compact, and safe instead of accidentally dropping out of your bag or getting left behind.
There are literally thousands of passport wallets and holders you can choose from, but let's face it - you'd rather shell out your money for more travel than something unnecessarily fancy.
Here are some of the best passport wallets out there, all under $30, yet still perfectly stylish and functional.
Visconti is a European-based company that specializes in leather bags and goods. They've been creating these items for over 15 years, so you're sure to have something of good quality.
At just $29, the Visconti Soft Leather Passport Wallet is a definite steal. It's not everyday you find 100% genuine leather at this price point. This passport wallet also comes equipped with nationally-accredited RFID Protection against 125kHz, 13,56MHz, 900 MHz to prevent contactless fraud. It comes with four card slots and one top pocket on the left flap. You can either slip in loose bills, receipts, or other small documents.
It also comes in a variety of classic and striking colors, made and secured with perfect and sturdy stitching. With a size of 3.5 x 0.5 x 5.1 inches, it easily slips into your back pocket, jacket, or bag. The classic design keeps things simple and sophisticated without being too boring.
The downside of being a slim and compact wallet is the limited space. With few pockets to slip things into, the number of documents and cards you carry around may be limited. It's possible to stuff more than one card into one slot, but it bulks up the passport wallet and makes it harder to take things out.
Choose from the following colors: Aqua, Black, Brown, Cream, Fuchsia, Green, Mustard, Orange, Plum, Red, Sand, Taupe, Yellow.
If you're after the same classic look as the Visconi wallet, but also keen on more space, the Habitoux Travel Passport Wallet is for you. It is made of Genuine Crazy Horse Leather, the same leather used for horse saddles.
The leather of this passport wallet has been treated to look and feel aged on purpose. This means the longer it's used, the better it looks.
The wallet is lined with RFID blocking lining for added security. Each flap has a pocket big enough to hold one passport each, or slip in bigger items like a small notepad. The top pocket is spacious to fit different currencies and bills, and the left flap has three card slots, and another pocket for your boarding pass, receipts, and other documents.
There is only one color for this wallet since it's meant to look like a horse saddle. Men tend to be more attracted to this design than women, but it really depends on your taste and your needs.
The leather is also much thicker than other passport wallets, so this will feel bulkier and heavier. Because of the thick material, it will also be a bit harder to stuff extra items in case you run out of space.
Not bad for a pricetag of $28.95.
Herschel Supply Co. is a Canadian company specializing in young and modern accessories and apparel and is perhaps famous for the Little America Backpack.
Sometimes, all you really need is an honest-to-goodness, straightforward passport holder, and the Raynor Passport Holder delivers.
Its polyester material makes this holder super lightweight, with a little give if you need to stuff it with more items than it is meant to hold. It has one main pocket for your passport, a slot for your boarding pass or cash, and three card slots.
It comes in two colors, Black on Black and Navy on Red and is affordable at $24.99.
Since it doesn't come with too may bells and whistles, it can easily fit in your back pocket and double as an everyday wallet. The material also makes it easier to handle spills and stains, which will inevitably happen during your travels.
There isn't much other functionalities here, though, so if you're hoping to get your many documents organized, the Raynor Passport Holder will definitely fall short.
The JAVOedge Passport Case is for people who can't help but express themselves. It comes in a wide range of quirky two-tone color combinations. It's also a great deal since it comes with two matching luggage tags for a more coordinated travel look. That's a bargain for a price of $20.
It's not all just for show, of course. It features RFID protection with a side slot for your passport. On the same side are three card holders. On the left side, are two additional pockets for more documents and a pen holder.
A nifty feature is its snap closure, which just comes in handy if there are too many things you need to carry around.
The PU leather material makes the holder more resistant to spills and stains. However, it may not be as sturdy as genuine leather or polyester if used very frequently.
Also, because of the pen holder and the added bulk of the snap closure, the JAVOedge Passport case may be a bit too big and bulky for some pant pockets.
It comes in 35 color combinations and patterns. Most of the designs are loud and very girly, but there are also more subtle colors for those who wish to be more discreet.
Handmade Curious is a homegrown brand that only does one thing - personalized passport holders.
The Personalized Passport Holders are very simple in structure and functionality, but very diverse when it comes to design. For a mere $13.99-$14.99, you get to own a passport with your name on it, and choose from any design in its 16 collections.
The material is faux leather, but it's scratch-resistant and meant to last throughout frequent use.
The main feature is a sleeve for your passport with two card slots and an extra pocket for your boarding pass or other items.
The interior is made sturdy with double-stitching to ensure that it can last for years. If you have any doubts about purchasing handmade items, they offer 100% money back guarantee.
The main reason you'll be getting this passport holder is the personalization, on top of the fun designs.
You simply type in your name (or whatever you want to show on the cover) as you submit your order.
There is not much else this product pretends to be other than what it is - a passport holder.
The pockets are small and narrow, so you won't be able to stuff extra items in the slots.
Some designs are also a bit tacky, so you'll have to choose well if you want to keep it classy.
Whether you travel all the time or only when you have time, having a passport holder just keeps things together a little bit easier. The key to not losing anything is to keep them organized and in designated areas. A passport holder is also way more convenient to bring around than a full on travel wallet or organizer, but it still has enough functionalities for other documents.
Most importantly, you don't have to spend too much on travel accessories. With just $30 or less, you already have so many good and sturdy options, and you just went through the best ones.
Roger is a little obsessed with travel. He has been to over 40 countries, broken 3 suitcases and owned over 10 backpacks in 12 months. What he doesn't know about travel, ain't worth knowing!