The Best Passport / Travel Wallets
Travel wallets have quickly become a must when traveling long distances. Wherever you’re going on holiday or away for business it really helps to keep all your important documents, cash and cards together in a way where you can easily access everything in an easy and systematic way.
Before we continue let’s quickly discuss what a passport or travel wallet actually is and the pros and cons of getting one. The first thing we should talk about is their size. Passport wallets are not small. They actually are one of the largest wallets available on the market today down to the simple fact is they must accommodate room for a passport. The standard size of a passport is 125 mm × 88 mm so it’s crazy to assume they’d have to be quite large.
Passport wallets also need to have added security. I’ve used passport wallets in the past which were not good quality. This caused the wallet to slowly deteriorate very quickly while abroad and I actually found myself having to buy a new one. When this did happen I also lost my passport in the process as the wallet felt to bits. This ties into the second must-have. The quality of the wallet. As mentioned if the wallet is not of sufficient quality then there’s a chance it could fall to bits and you could easily end up losing important documents in the process.
My Holiday in America
In September of 2019 I dedicated to bite the bullet and book a cross country trip from Los Angeles to New York. Traveling by van we stopped in many amazing places including Los Vegas, Zion National Park and The Grand Canyon.
As much as this was a holiday I took this as an opportunity to try out my travel/passport wallets along the way as this epic journey would take me at least 2 months to complete. While I was on my travels I ended up trying more than 30 passport wallets – some good and some not so good. With this information I narrowed it down to the top 5 and this is how I formed this list. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the best Passport wallets for 2020 and beyond.
The best thing about the Bellroy Travel wallet is its size. This wallet is by far the smallest on this list and Bellroy does a fantastic job of accommodating a passport while still maintaining a slimmer size. Coming in at only 150mm x 97mm it is a fantastic size and allows for storage in a pocket, unlike other wallets on this list.
The features of this travel wallet are also worth talking about. The Bellroy comes with a range of hidden compartments to store your cash. Thieves can be brutal on holiday as they pray on a lot of tourist destinations. Having a secret cash slot located under a leather fold (so it looks like it’s inside the leather seam) is an ingenious way to keep cash safe while on the move. Finally, the wallet also comes with a tiny pen that’s stored in the fold of the bi-fold aspect of the wallet. This fits perfectly as you barely notice it’s there. I didn’t think this would be useful at first, but I saw the appeal while filling out important information like my Visa or even writing in my travel journal.
- 4 – 10+ cards
- RFID Protection
- Sections for passport, tickets, and bills
- Fits all passports except German and Irish
- Hidden compartment for spare cash
- 4 quick access card slots (+ 3 extra slots)
- Micro travel pen with refills
- Premium, environmentally certified leather
- Backed by our 3-year warranty
- Comes in a variety of colors including Blue, Black, and Brown.
One thing to note is this wallet fits all passports except for Germany and Ireland. I guess they wanted to be unique and not stick to an internationally renowned size for passports.
The wallet is of great quality and is amazingly functional. Coming in at £99.00 (around $120.00) the wallet is by no means cheap. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a travel wallet with a brand to back it up then I highly recommend the Bellroy. For more information on this wallet be sure to check out the Bellroy website by clicking the link below.
I never fail to mention the Dun brand on any of my wallet reviews and that’s because they are just that good. The only wallet I’ve yet to review in their range is the Dun Duo. This travel Esque wallet is quite a bit different than most on this list. While The Bellroy was the smallest this is probably the biggest coming in at 7.5 inches by 4.5 inches.
The Dun Duo is more like a small travel case. With a double zip design on each side, it enables you to quickly access your belongings. With an integrated phone pocket on one side and compartments for your passport and cash on the other, the Dun Duo is spacious yet small enough to fit in a coat or jacket pocket. One thing we can’t fail to mention about this travel wallet is its design and quality. Made from premium calf leather and in a sexy all-black design the Dun Duo is by far my favorite looking travel wallet on this list as it excels in quality.
But be wary. This comes at a cost. At a price tag of $120 the Dun Duo is the most expensive wallet on this list and is targeted at the probably more premium clientele. But if you have the cash to spare and you want something that’ll stand out from the crowd, I highly recommend the Dun Duo. For more information on this wallet check out their official website by clicking below.
The Allett is a pretty good all-rounder on the list. It’s not the smallest and it’s not the most functional but what it does have is a great combination of the two at an affordable price tag. I first stumbled across the Allett brand while looking for wallets that are best used for the outdoors and the type of people who like to camp or hike.
The wallet only measures 142mm by 112mm and is the thinnest wallet in terms of its thickness only coming in at around 5mm. With room for more than 10 cards and an integrated deep pocket for boarding passes and travel document storage, the wallet has all the features you’d expect from a well throughout travel wallet.
One feature I like about this wallet is the inclusion of an ID slot so you can easily show any sort of identification. Showing your ID is a common occurrence while traveling abroad especially in America with strict alcohol laws so I found it very handy as I never had to clumsily fiddle around to find my ID.
Coming in at only $60.00 the Allett Passport wallet is the cheapest travel wallet on this list. With a range of great features, a passport, and plenty of card storage I recommend this wallet for someone who wants a great travel wallet on more of a budget. For more information on this wallet check out their Allett official site by clicking the link below.
The Dash passport wallet is another successful attempt to create a travel wallet with a more minimalist design. First seen on Kickstarter the project successfully raised over $150,000 so it’s not hard to see why this wallet made our list. Coming in at only 13.5 cm by 10 cm the wallet is pretty damn small for what it sets out to achieve.
With a passport sleeve on top, this is my favorite way to store a passport as it provides a tight fit (so it doesn’t fall out) while providing easy access without any trouble or unzipping. Along the sides are where you carry additional items mainly credit or debit cards. On the flip side is a longer card slot which is meant to store your boring pass or other important documents for travel.
The wallet is built on simplicity so it doesn’t have as many features as some of the other wallets on this list. Nevertheless, it’s perfect for people looking for the slimmest possible design will a variety of travel features. Coming in at only $30.00 this wallet is an absolute steal for the price tag and is definitely for someone who wants a good range of functionality at a really affordable price. For more information on the Dash Passport wallet click below.
- Modern slim wallet design in passport sleeve / minimalist travel wallet
- Over $150,000 in funding on Kickstarter
- Holds 2-4 cards, cash, international currencies, any type of money
- Fits passports up to 12.5 cm x 9 cm x 0.4 cm
- Front pocket, shirt pocket, or back pocket. Truly a modern wallet for men or women.
I think we’ve all been introduced to the Fjällräven brand at some point with the success of their famous backpack. But I was more intrigued by their passport wallet that ticked all the criteria for me in a good travel wallet. The full zip around travel wallet is compact in size and has many of the features you’d come to expect from a wallet like this.
Practical and durable travel wallet in durable G-1000 HeavyDuty Eco with G-1000 Eco inside. This material is perfect for people who are traveling more outdoors as it can take any mud or stains quite easily. The slim format for travel with room for a passport (max. measurements 125 x 90 mm) and open pockets for banknotes, credit cards. It also includes a small zippered pocket for coins on the inside which is perfect as you always end up with way too much shrapnel when on holiday.
Environmental Info: Organic, Recycled
Height: 16 cm
Material: G-1000® HeavyDuty Eco: 65% polyester, 35% cotton
Size Range: One size
Weight: 140 g
Width: 11 cm
At a price tag of $60.00, the Fjällräven is at a mid-range price tag. It’s a great all-around travel wallet and I like it for its strong build quality and complete zip-around design. For more information on the Fjällräven check out their website by clicking below.
Wingback Travel Wallet
The latest offering from Wingback offers one of the most premium travel wallets and the ability to easily store your passport. Wingback is all about premium quality, and that’s reflected with the leather choice and their high level of craftsmanship. Wingback wallets are made from a full-grain vegetable-tanned Tuscan leather, that has a beautiful thick hide and amazing smell. You can guarantee the Wingback Travel Wallet or any wallet from their range, will develop a beautiful patina over time.
In terms of features and layout, The Wingback Travel Wallet has a very strong design. It can hold anywhere between 4 – 12 credit/debit cards, up to 2 passports, and around 20 notes of all currency sizes. The positioning of card slots is very pleasing with everything laid out and spaced out for maximum utility and ease of access. The only downside, compared to other passport wallets, is the wallet can’t accommodate things like tickets or larger paper items. But the benefit of not having this is the wallet is a smaller size coming in at 100mm x 154mm x 10mm.
One final note, as all Wingback Wallets are handmade to order, in London, which gives them the opportunity to customize your wallet to your liking. Wingback offers an inscription (or monogram) inside or outside the wallet of up to 20 to 130 characters. At a price of £130.00 (or $166.00), the Wingback Travel Wallet isn’t cheap, but you pay for the quality you get. For more information check out their official website using the link below.
Harber London Travel Wallet
Haber London has done a fantastic job of creating a brand full of fun, creative, and innovative leather goods. From wallets, phone cases though to bags and accessories, Harber London does it all with a stance of good quality and affordability. One such offering from Harber London is their range of Travel Wallets. Today we’re going to focus on their RFID Protection wallet that’s designed in a long style bifold style. The wallet itself is made from full-grain leather that has a fantastic appearance with deep rich colors. That being said, the leather hasn’t the thickest hide meaning it can feel quite flimsy in the hand and not as higher quality as other wallets on this list.
Functionality wise the Harber London packs a punch with many great features not present on other wallets of its kind. This includes the inclusion of a quick access (pull tab) for easy access to cards and a dedicated slot for storage of tickets and other travel documents. Along with this, the Harber London can carry up to 12 cards easily and has enough room to accommodate a range of currencies what whatever country you’re traveling to.
Haber London provides a halfway house between price and quality and does a great job of providing innovative functionality in a still small and compact wallet. At a price tag of $112.00, The Harber London is a fair price tag and coupled with a great warranty and speed shipping it might be a great option for you. Check out Harber London’s official website by clicking the link below.
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