Whether you’re trying to hide valuables or simply hate carrying a bag, a hidden pocket is the ultimate asset in any travel gear. Feel like James Bond when you slide open a secret compartment to reveal a stashed credit card, or enjoy the liberation of stepping out of your hotel room without a purse.
Hidden Pockets in Clothes and Accessories
Here are 10 items featuring hidden pockets to hold your essentials.
Savvy Sleepers Pillowcase
Sleeping in close proximity to strangers? (Like in a hostel, airport, or on a night train/bus?) Bring along a Savvy Sleepers Travel-Sized Pillowcase to pop over your pillow. The pillowcase has a hidden pocket that keeps your valuables literally under your nose, so no one will be able to steal items without you noticing. Plus, the satin pillowcase is great for your skin and hair, and prevents skin creases and doesn’t mess up your ‘do.
Damda Glide Phone Case
Even since getting a Damda Glide phone case, I rarely take a purse with me when I leave the house. This case not only protects your phone, but also has a hidden pocket on the back that holds two credit cards or ID cards. The secret door slides back easily so you can access your cards quickly, and keeps them secure when closed.
Dressier clothes make you look good, but also leave your valuables vulnerable, as their pockets usually aren’t designed for function. Not so with Bluffworks’ Blazer, one of our Editor’s Choice Best Travel Products of 2017, which looks stylish but conceals 10 hidden pockets within its sleek profile. The hidden internal security pocket at the left hip is impossible to pickpocket, and can hold cash and an emergency credit card. Other pockets are big enough to hold an iPad Mini, boarding passes, and a passport.
Craghoppers Fleurie Pant
Craghoppers’ Fleurie pants will protect you from bugs and pickpockets. The pants feature a hidden pocket, and are made from an insect-repelling fabric that will keep you from getting bitten. As a bonus, these pants are more of a slim fit than most women’s adventure/hiking pants, so you may actually wear them even when you’re not traveling.
For travelers in the know, the SCOTTeVEST brand name is synonymous with hidden pockets—that’s the premise the entire clothing line is built on. Its newest item, a cotton hoodie, has 21 hidden pockets, which can fit valuables as large as a tablet or as small as a credit card.
Eagle Creek Silk Undercover Bra Stash
Keep your valuables close (like, really close) with Eagle Creek’s Undercover Bra Stash. This sleek silk pocket snaps on to the center or side of your bra. The little pocket can hold cash and a few credit cards, and is fairly undetectable under clothing. This one is best used for emergencies, as it will be awkward for even the wearer to access what’s inside the hidden pocket.
Bluffworks recently re-designed its awesome travel pants to include a second hidden zippered front pocket. The pants have a side hip pocket (large enough to hold a large smartphone or a passport) and a Velcro credit card-sized interior pocket (within a pocket) that hides credit cards. Both Bluffworks’ chinos and original pants have a hidden zippered internal security pocket, a rear zippered pocket, a side pocket, and a hidden loop that you can clip keys or id badges on to. Both are also made from a technical, rugged, breathable, and quick-drying polyester, yet look like cotton (chinos) or wool (originals).
Clothing Arts Travel Wrap Skirt
Clothing Arts’ wrap skirt just looks like part of a normal outfit, but it conceals five hidden pockets with zippers that are designed to be pick-pocket proof. The side pockets are easy for you (but not for thieves) to access so you don’t have to worry about digging around inside your skirt when you need to pay for something.
WINHI Fitness Towel
This microfiber towel is perfect for the gym, camping, or the beach, thanks to the hidden pocket that zips closed. You can keep your keys, cash, or cards with you while you hit the shower or go for a dip, and won’t have to worry about leaving your valuables out in the open.
Zero Grid Travel Security Belt
This belt has a secret—a hidden pocket that can hold a few folded-up bills … or paper with secret codes on it (if you’re a spy). The Zero Grid belt can be adjusted to fit all sizes of men or women, and is made from a fray-proof nylon that’s also water-resistant.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.