Money Hiding Spots: 11 Of The Best For Travel & Home

Money Hiding Spots: 11 Of The Best For Travel & Home

There are loads of clever money hiding spots, and today we're sharing the best ones with you!

Whether you're looking for places to hide money at home, on holiday while you paddle in the sea, or on your person, we have a solution for you.

Check out our money hiding spots now to keep your dosh safe whatever you're up to.

1. Hiding money on the beach

Don't miss out on the fun!

Of all the money hiding spots, this has got to be one of our favourites.

Going to the beach is so much fun, but it isn't always easy. Not only are there all those towels, buckets and bottles of water to take with you, but it's always a tough negotiation deciding who's going to stay and look after everyone's belongings whilst the rest splash about in the sea.

We have a solution:

Store your money in an empty suncream bottle! Once it's empty, wash it thoroughly, then remove the cap, and pop your notes, coins and even keys inside. If you have a few of these you could even store mobile phones inside too.

Now your money is completely disguised, so there's very little chance of it being stolen, enabling you to relax and have fun.

2. Money hiding spots you can wear

Wearable money hiding spots are perfect for keeping everything out of view whilst travelling. 

A money belt is an easy way to keep everything organised and within reach whilst also keeping it safe from pickpocketers. Having your valuables so close to you will make your valuables much safer.

3. Hidden pockets

If you're travelling and need regular access to your valuables, but don't want to carry a bag, consider sewing in a security pocket.

These provide you with more storage space on the insides of jackets and trousers providing a secure solution to all your pick-pocket worries.

4. Hide money in a sanitary pad packet

money in pad

Another wonderful way of hiding money - especially in your handbag - is in an empty sanitary pad packet.

This a wonderful solution for obvious reasons - it's one of the most unexpected hiding places ever.

It's a great way to store notes when you're on the go - just be sure to reseal the packaging to keep your money hidden.

5. Deodorant hiding spot

Another one of handy money hiding spots involves using an empty deodorant container.

It's surprisingly easy, and really rather great at keeping your money well hidden. 

6. Hideaway wrist wallet

Similar to the money belt is a hideaway wrist wallet. These are - as the name suggests - worn on the wrist, and have a built-in pocket, inside which you can keep money, keys and other valuables.

Although these are more conspicuous than some of the other money hiding spots on this list, they do offer security and ease. They can also be passed off as a sweatband, or worn under long sleeves if you're particularly concerned about drawing attention to yourself.

7. Hide money in your shoes

money in shoes
Note: This doesn't work with sandals!

Don't need access to your money for a while? Hiding it in your shoes could be the perfect solution. Notes will be out of the way and unreachable by any prying pickpockets.

Just remember to take your money out whilst out-of-view - the toilet cubicle is always a good idea.

8. Pocket scarf

Going somewhere exotic? A big scarf will not only give your look a touch of drama and shield you from the heat when needed but could also be a practical way of hiding your money.

Pick yourself up a scarf with a hidden pocket and you'll be able to relax in the knowledge you have all your valuables with you at all times.

9. Velcro your bag

velcro bag money hiding
There's no such thing as 'too secure'.

This isn't exactly a money hiding spot, but it will provide you with extra protection when you're out and about.

Attaching some stick-on, hard-duty Velcro to your handbag will make it more difficult to open. Velcro can be surprisingly strong and will require real force to tug open, which will alert you to any unwelcome pickpocket hands.

10. How to hide money inside your hairbrush

Got a round-headed hairbrush? You probably didn't know, but most of the tops on these beauty tools are removable, and the space inside is the perfect place to hide money and other valuables.

11. Hiding money inside your chapstick

money in lip balm
What a great idea!

Now, this is a really brilliant idea. Who'd ever guess that a tiny little lipstick could be hiding a wad of cash?

You might not be able to fit all your travel money inside, but it will certainly do the job for a day out exploring a new city.

This is one of the best money hiding spots we found, and a must for any traveller!

Do you have any clever money hiding spots you'd like to share with us? Tell us all about them in the comments below!

Stephanie C


Lover of all things fashion & foodie...I look to satisfy my tastes without obliterating my budget. Wannabe interior designer, I'm an avid cushion cover maker and charity shop hunter.

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  1. Author Karen lavery on July 8, 2019 at 7:38 am

    Love all these tips keep them coming xx

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

      Thanks for the great feedback, Karen!

  2. Author April on July 8, 2019 at 8:10 am

    Let's hope there are no burglars or pickpockets reading this! : D

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 10:00 am

      We hope you found the ideas inspiring!

  3. Author JJo on July 8, 2019 at 8:52 am

    So you think those inclined to steal would not take sunscreen bottles? Highly unlikely the price it is I think.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

      That is a good point, Jo! I feel like I'm being robbed when I buy the stuff!

  4. Author Gillian on July 8, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Hopefully no burglars or pickpockets read this - but some interesting ideas.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 9:59 am

      Hi Gillian! Hopefully not - but then again, even the majority will not hide their money in these spots. The opportunist thief probably wouldn't waste their time checking these places.

  5. Author Sue on July 8, 2019 at 10:35 am

    I have a cushion a friend made. There is a zipped pocket seen inside which hides my valuables when I am out.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 10:56 am

      That's a great idea, Sue!

  6. Author Carole Dunn on July 8, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Inside your bra is a ideal place to hide notes. Many of the travellers community we serve in work use this & it works.

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 11:32 am

      That is a good idea, but perhaps not very hygienic? When you travel you are likely to be sweating quite a lot from the amount of walking and other activities. You could adapt this idea by creating a secret pocket for your bra.

  7. Author Charles L. Gallagher on July 8, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Steph, hate to be a killjoy but you have just told some would be tea-leaves where to look, though many are as old as the hills. When I was about 5 or 6 we were coming home from the Irish Republic where my mam had been given a present of a Swiss gold wrist watch which he had promised back from when they got married in 1941 and were only really available in the UK at exorbitant prices. To smuggle it past British Customs at the Border, the same Border that's causing all the current problems with Brexit, so my mam carefully opened a tube of toothpaste, removed some of the contents and carefully resealed and safely through customs. That was in 1948 and though my dear mam is long dead my sister still wears the watch today with only regular cleaning and a new glass being necessary. So nothing really new under the sun!!!

    1. Author Joanne A on July 8, 2019 at 3:50 pm

      Your mother sounds very clever! We're sure not everyone would think to do this.

    2. Author Martin McMerkin on July 12, 2019 at 8:17 pm

      Of course nowadays the airport security would wonder, Toothpaste, it's a liquid, can't take that through. Time-Out. Ferry Boat you say, yup that should do it.

  8. Author Franziska Isom on July 3, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    I quite often put notes in my bra, which I do forget some times.I've also had coins in a shoe can't forget though bit uncomfortable when walking!

    1. Author Joanne A on July 28, 2020 at 12:25 pm

      Doesn't sound too hygienic!

  9. Author Susan Buchan on July 4, 2020 at 9:14 am

    My friend’s mum hid money all over the house including £300 in a doll’s head!

    1. Author Joanne A on July 28, 2020 at 12:23 pm

      How bizarre!

  10. Author Marolyn Berry on November 3, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Unclip plinth along bottom of kitchen units put valuables behind and clip plinth back on. Ideal if going away or even when at work, how many burglars woukd strip plinths off in kitchen?

    1. Author Joanne A on November 3, 2020 at 11:37 am

      What a great idea!

  11. Author Maggy may on November 3, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I think all these tips are really good, but now everybody else knows about them as well

    1. Author Joanne A on November 10, 2020 at 4:41 pm

      Hopefully, the wrong people won't see!

  12. Author Nad Checks on March 16, 2022 at 7:42 pm

    Keep old coffee tins or hot chocolate. Rinse them out and keep money or valuables inside, in the cupboard. You’ll never find a robber taking food and drink from a cupboard with them. Dried rice in a Tupperware pot , put passports or important documents in and place at the back of the freezer

    1. Author Joanne A on September 28, 2022 at 9:39 am

      Using tins is such a great idea! Are you saying to freeze important documents, though? We would worry about them getting wet!

  13. Author susan bowden on April 12, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    any empty opaque food jar with a lid can be used to store valuables (Marmite and Bovril jars are ideal) just store in a cupboard with like items. Money can be stored in a plastic bag wrapped in tinfoil in the fridge or freezer. Kitchens are good for storing valuables - lots of hiding places!

    1. Author Joanne A on September 27, 2022 at 2:49 pm

      Great idea - as long as you remember where you left it!

  14. Author Madeleine Carter on March 17, 2023 at 8:05 am

    Not sure what type of mobile phone would fit in a suncream bottle 🤔

    1. Author Joanne A on March 17, 2023 at 4:35 pm

      You can find larger suncream bottles for this purpose.


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