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I will be traveling to Cancun on my Honeymoon in June. I am looking for a good leather passport holder for each myself and bride to be. Needs to be nice, and well made. I have seen some made by Coach and other famous brands. Would prefer leather if possible. Can somebody suggest a link or some place to find a good one?
 

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You can also look into something that will shield the RFID Tags in the new passports like these. difrwear.com
 

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Hey all,

I will be traveling to Cancun on my Honeymoon in June. I am looking for a good leather passport holder for each myself and bride to be. Needs to be nice, and well made. I have seen some made by Coach and other famous brands. Would prefer leather if possible. Can somebody suggest a link or some place to find a good one?
About the only places I routinely see those sold are at airports...

If you end up with one with a neck strap, please promise you won't wear it outside your clothing! Outside the USA, it's easy to identify the Americans, especially senior citizens... they're the ones carrying passports and other IDs along with boarding passes dangling on their chests for all to see, and for the nefarious to grab easily.
 

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Never felt the need for a special passport holder.

(Off topic-- I wish there were a practical way to do away with these documents and substitute something (a new system) where you don't need to worry about lost or stolen documents while traveling. These things are a throwback to 19th century technology in the same way that paper money is a throwback to the technology of earlier times. Money today is electrons flowing though computer systems which represent paper dollars the way paper dollars once represented gold. Identity today is what??? Biometrics reduced to digital form?

You'd think that with the world electronically connected, the paper shouldn't have to go with you. I can transmit photos across the world with the stroke of an enter button. Our biometrics, photo, fingerprints, and other records can now all be handled without paper. Same with Visas, and some countries do issue Electronic Travel Authorizations, thus doing away with paper visas and stamps. )
 

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Never felt the need for a special passport holder.

(Off topic-- I wish there were a practical way to do away with these documents and substitute something (a new system) where you don't need to worry about lost or stolen documents while traveling. These things are a throwback to 19th century technology in the same way that paper money is a throwback to the technology of earlier times. Money today is electrons flowing though computer systems which represent paper dollars the way paper dollars once represented gold. Identity today is what??? Biometrics reduced to digital form?

You'd think that with the world electronically connected, the paper shouldn't have to go with you. I can transmit photos across the world with the stroke of an enter button. Our biometrics, photo, fingerprints, and other records can now all be handled without paper. Same with Visas, and some countries do issue Electronic Travel Authorizations, thus doing away with paper visas and stamps. )
Thanks for raining on my topic Hopyard...:congrats: LOL
My fiancee enjoys travelling immensely, her passport is a symbol of freedom and the ability to go anywhere. Our 2nd anniversary is coming up, and hoped to give a nice thoughtful gift. LOL Just looking for suggestions, for something she will cherish as a memento and be useful. I agree with all the stuff you said but to two country bumpkins for WV, a passport is a very fancy thing.
 

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Sorry, it really is a great gift idea

Thanks for raining on my topic Hopyard...:congrats: LOL
My fiancee enjoys travelling immensely, her passport is a symbol of freedom and the ability to go anywhere. Our 2nd anniversary is coming up, and hoped to give a nice thoughtful gift. LOL Just looking for suggestions, for something she will cherish as a memento and be useful. I agree with all the stuff you said but to two country bumpkins for WV, a passport is a very fancy thing.
Sorry, that wasn't my intention. Yes, get your fiancee a nice passport wallet. It will make a very nice gift.
 

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I'd go with a money belt that fits under your clothes.

Protect that passport. Lock it in your room safe when you go snorkeling.

It's a real (b) itch if it gets stolen.
 

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Agreed. You really need to protect it, preferably underneath your clothing. I'd also recommend one of those RFID-blocking wallets. That way you don't have to worry about people reading your RFID passport tag without your knowledge/consent.
 

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Sorry, that wasn't my intention. Yes, get your fiancee a nice passport wallet. It will make a very nice gift.
Its OK...I knew no malicious intent was intended. Its all good.
 

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Get one with a good strap to hang it around your neck as you go thru the different checks. I don't know about Cancun, but I know when I was overseas it was handy with my hands full at times to have it handy, as many times as I had to show it to someone.

Also, stealing USA passports has high market value outside of the USA... good to keep it close. So, I would just tuck mine into my shirt and leave it around my neck when I didn't need to be showing it to someone.
 

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Ok showing my lack of world knowledge...what is RFID? How do the BG scan them, and what occurs if they do?
 

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Hey all,

I will be traveling to Cancun on my Honeymoon in June. I am looking for a good leather passport holder for each myself and bride to be. Needs to be nice, and well made. I have seen some made by Coach and other famous brands. Would prefer leather if possible. Can somebody suggest a link or some place to find a good one?
We have some really nice THIN passport wallets I could dig out and hope there is a brand on them, but as others have said, get RFID blocking wallets if you can. Newer passports (issued starting last year??) have a little chip in them...think of it as a radio bar code. Supermarkets could put these things on all their products and you would just have to push your shopping cart through a lane and the total would be there, so no scanning of bar codes = quick turn around. But the fear, and why Walmarts of the world haven't implemented them on any great level, is that the RFID tag doesn't get taken off, so it could be tracked. Probably paranoia for purchased goods, but for your passport some say your personal information is being broadcast on that chip. I don't know if that is true or not, but why risk it. The BG would only have to have a radio receiver (and cracked whatever encryption if any is on the broadcasting RF chip in the passport) in close proximity (several feet?) to capture that info. Somewhat far fetched, but again, why risk it when simply blocked.

BTW, have you flown into Cancun before? if not I strongly suggest having your transfer to hotel/resort already taken care of and proceed immediately (after claiming baggages and hoping when you press the light switch you are not selected for a search LOL) to the OUTSIDE of the airport where all the transfers (Lomas Travel, American Express travel, etc.) are waiting. Inside the airport there will be people trying to grab your bags to 'help' you find your way..they expect a tip at best or at worst they may even claim to be your transfer when they are not and then stick you on one of their cabs/cars/busses and charge you for the ride. Just keep walking, don't even address them or answer them unless they try to grab your stuff, then just say "No" and keep walking. It isn't anything but a 30 second walk, and if you know what to expect it isn't a big deal. But newbies seem to struggle with it first time through. Just go outside, find a podium with a sign or somebody holding a sign for your pre-arranged transportation. BTW, returning to the airport is the same, when your transfer drops you off outside the airport say no to the porters and walk the 20 seconds into the airport and find your airline counter. Unless you have a lot of bags or something and want some help of course. They aren't as pushing leaving as they are coming.
 

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A SmartCarry is a secure way to carry passports, cash, etc. It's not a nice leather wallet, but put the valuable paper in the wallet and the wallet in the SmartCarry.

I travel a lot and that's what I do.
 

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We have some really nice THIN passport wallets I could dig out and hope there is a brand on them, but as others have said, get RFID blocking wallets if you can. Newer passports (issued starting last year??) have a little chip in them...think of it as a radio bar code. Supermarkets could put these things on all their products and you would just have to push your shopping cart through a lane and the total would be there, so no scanning of bar codes = quick turn around. But the fear, and why Walmarts of the world haven't implemented them on any great level, is that the RFID tag doesn't get taken off, so it could be tracked. Probably paranoia for purchased goods, but for your passport some say your personal information is being broadcast on that chip. I don't know if that is true or not, but why risk it. The BG would only have to have a radio receiver (and cracked whatever encryption if any is on the broadcasting RF chip in the passport) in close proximity (several feet?) to capture that info. Somewhat far fetched, but again, why risk it when simply blocked.

BTW, have you flown into Cancun before? if not I strongly suggest having your transfer to hotel/resort already taken care of and proceed immediately (after claiming baggages and hoping when you press the light switch you are not selected for a search LOL) to the OUTSIDE of the airport where all the transfers (Lomas Travel, American Express travel, etc.) are waiting. Inside the airport there will be people trying to grab your bags to 'help' you find your way..they expect a tip at best or at worst they may even claim to be your transfer when they are not and then stick you on one of their cabs/cars/busses and charge you for the ride. Just keep walking, don't even address them or answer them unless they try to grab your stuff, then just say "No" and keep walking. It isn't anything but a 30 second walk, and if you know what to expect it isn't a big deal. But newbies seem to struggle with it first time through. Just go outside, find a podium with a sign or somebody holding a sign for your pre-arranged transportation. BTW, returning to the airport is the same, when your transfer drops you off outside the airport say no to the porters and walk the 20 seconds into the airport and find your airline counter. Unless you have a lot of bags or something and want some help of course. They aren't as pushing leaving as they are coming.
That is great information. Thank you very much...this is why I love this forum so much.
 

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I don't know anything about the RFID blocking wallets, but if your fiance' and you are Mountaineer fans, they have some really nice leather wallets and passport wallets at the Ben Franklin frame shop in Fayetteville WV. They have the flying WV etched or engraved or whatever in them. They are really nice. Just a thought.
 

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Personal preference, but I don't need to go any further South than Key West. Eliminates the need for passports and such, and I can carry pretty much anywhere. Enjoy Cancun and post pics...
 

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Ok showing my lack of world knowledge...what is RFID? How do the BG scan them, and what occurs if they do?
All of your information will be stored "digitally" as well being printed in your passport.

So if you wanted to make a fake passport you'd need to create a physical version and a RFID version.

But a BG with an RFID scanner could just walk up next to you and read all your digital information.

I asume there is to be encryption but anything is easily broken into.
 
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