Multiple hidden and secure pockets
RFID blocker is not effective
Visible when fully filled
Pricier than competitors
Whether it’s an international trip or a domestic getaway, travel puts jet setters at risk for all sorts of incidents. One of the worst travel mishaps is undoubtedly pickpocketing. Thieves use a variety of sneaky tricks to pickpocket travelers, which is why pickpocket-prevention gear like the Boxiki RFID Travel Money Belt is so appealing.
The highly rated money belt holds passports, tickets, cash, credit cards, and other valuables in a sleek and thin design that hides easily under clothes. Like many options on the market, the Boxiki belt also boasts RFID (radio frequency identification)-blocking material to supposedly prevent hackers from scanning digital and electronic chips. Realizing these are some pretty lofty promises for one tiny belt, I took the Boxiki RFID Travel Money Belt on a trip through New York City to see how it fit and fared on a long day of travel.
Design: A variety of secure pockets
The Boxiki belt is full of hidden pockets that helped me stash my valuables in an organized fashion. The main zippered compartment—the roomiest of the belt’s pockets—has a large pouch that’s perfect for cash or a passport with two smaller sewn-in compartments for smaller items like coins and credit cards or a room key. The second zippered front pocket is simpler in design; I stored my receipts here just to keep all things financial in one place. Finally, while I almost missed it, the mesh back of the money belt also has a small pocket opening on the side. It’s not zippered, so I didn’t keep anything valuable like a credit card here, but it could be a great spot for airplane tickets or additional documents.
The Boxiki belt is full of hidden pockets that helped me stash my valuables in an organized fashion.
When I filled the wallet lightly—as in, just the bare essentials—it stayed thin and hidden beneath my jacket. That said, it is roomier than meets the eye, and at the beginning of my trial run, I attempted to fit my entire (small) wallet with house keys in the main compartment. Somehow, it all fit! But it also made the money belt much bulkier, so I opted for the less-is-more approach to keep it hidden under my favorite travel clothes while exploring NYC.
Portability: Comfortable for a long day of travel
Since wearing a money belt is newer for me, I thought the Boxiki money belt would feel cumbersome and annoying, but surprisingly, I actually enjoyed it! It comes in beige and is made of 210D heavy-duty ripstop nylon, which feels super durable to the touch. I’m confident it will hold up to years of travel. The back of the belt has a cushioned mesh exterior that keeps it breathable and comfortable when sitting or standing. The belt buckles discreetly on the front right side; the buckle is covered by a sewn-in flap of fabric, so I felt extra protected from thieves (or accidentally unbuckling it myself). And, since the belt strap is adjustable, I was able to fit it perfectly to my hips at the start of the day. I found wearing it over my leggings with a sweatshirt on top was the best way to conceal it, but the belt does stay pretty hidden even with a tighter (but not too tight) jacket.
The back of the belt has a cushioned mesh exterior that keeps it comfortable when sitting or standing.
RFID Blocking: Didn’t pass the test
I don’t have an RFID-enabled credit card, and you probably don’t either (less than 5 percent of the credit cards in the U.S. use this technology, according to expert estimates). So, to determine whether or not the Boxiki travel belt could actually prevent hackers from scanning credit card information, I did the next best thing: I put my apartment key card in the belt for an at-home test. When I put the card (in the Boxiki belt) up to my apartment sensor, the sensor read it perfectly and let me in. In other words, the sensor blocker didn’t work (but it did work on an RFID-blocking competitor).
It’s worth noting that many experts believe RFID-blocking devices are unnecessary. As I mentioned, RFID credit cards are rare, and so are crimes related to them. In fact, The Balance reports that not one RFID-related crime has been committed in over a decade. If you don’t have an RFID credit card, ask yourself if this feature is really important to you.
Sure, it failed our RFID-scanning test, but experts don’t actually believe this feature is necessary.
Price: A higher price point than competitors
With a soft build and thin design, the Boxiki belt is a solid choice for travelers. But you’ll pay for the quality. While most competitors are under $20, the Boxiki averages around $24. It does come with a lifetime guarantee, so it may be worth the extra investment for comfort (unless RFID-blocking technology is a must).
Competition: More comfortable than competitors
Peak Gear Travel Money Belt With RFID Block: The Boxiki anti-theft belt and the Peak Gear Travel Money Belt, both of which I reviewed, are virtually identical in size—11.5 inches long and 5.9 inches wide—and they’re both made with water-resistant nylon. The Boxiki feels a bit sturdier than the Peak Gear belt, and it has more cushioning on the back. The Peak Gear belt is thinner and feels almost flimsy, but at the same time, it can hold an equal amount of travel essentials like credit cards, cash, and passports in the main or second compartment.
While Peak Gear also boasts RFID-blocking technology, it was equally underwhelming in our tests. However, Peak Gear does offer $250 theft insurance and a customer service center for recovering lost items. Finally, the Peak Gear travel belt is less expensive, averaging around $17.
Alpine Rivers RFID-Blocking Money Belt: The Alpine Rivers Money Belt is about as secure as they come; it’s the only belt I tested that actually passed my at-home RFID-blocking test. It also comes with an assortment of RFID-blocking credit card holders, further adding to its anti-theft protection.
Still, unlike the comfortable fit of the Boxiki money belt, the Alpine Rivers model is a bit rigid; it actually rustled whenever I moved while wearing it. The Alpine Rivers travel belt is about an inch wider than the Boxiki belt, which makes concealing it even more challenging. With that extra inch, you’ll have even roomier pockets, but, just like the Boxiki belt, the more you fill it, the harder it is to hide. Prices on the Alpine Rivers option vary between $15 to $30 based on promotions.
With its comfortable design and variety of pockets, the Boxiki RFID Travel Money Belt is a wise, secure choice for travelers with jam-packed itineraries. Sure, it failed our RFID-scanning test, but experts don’t actually believe this feature is necessary.
- Product Name RFID Travel Money Belt
- Product Brand Boxiki Solution Inc.
- SKU BTMBBG001
- Price $23.99
- Product Dimensions 11.5 x 5.9 x 0.3 in.
- Color Beige
- Material Nylon and mesh
- Warranty (if any) Lifetime warranty