Product Review: The Wanderbelt Money Belt & The Mini Wallet from Wanderwave

Best! Money belt! Ever! For women.

I was provided with a prototype of the The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet from Wanderwave, two women who met during their Industrial Design studies, and who love to travel. I took this awesome recently designed money belt with me to wear during my 47-day, 482-mile walk across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. And I tell you, this money belt made my travels all that much better!

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Prototype

This money belt is designed for women, as its location on your body is not in the places the conventional money belts are – around your neck, or around your waist. This money belt instead utilizes the side of a bra strap and sits mainly under your arm. When I first heard of this concept, I liked it from the get-go, as I never really liked having my money belt around my neck or waist.

The money belt is clipped onto the bra strap, and also has an elastic band that wraps around your torso to hold it in place. It has three separate convenient main pockets – one for your passport, one for your money, and one for your credit cards. This made it easy to retrieve just one necessary item at a time. It is discreetly hidden under your shirt, and is flat enough that I don’t think anyone knew that I was wearing it. I felt that my very important items were safe and secure.

Wanderbelt Printed

When I needed to get something out of The Wanderbelt money belt, if I was in a public place, I would find a bathroom, lift my shirt up to the money belt, unzip a pocket, and easily pull out what I needed. With the money belt still on! I loved that I didn’t need to take the money belt off to get anything out of it. And it wasn’t awkward to reach to any pocket either!

Occasionally there was a time or two that I couldn’t find a bathroom but needed to get something out of The Wanderbelt anyway. So I actually stood next to a wall, faced the wall so no one would see me, and was still able to discreetly lift my shirt a bit, and retrieve whatever I needed.

Wanderbelt Plain

I wore The Wanderbelt money belt practically every day, walking an average of 10 miles per day, and I didn’t even know I was wearing the money belt, as the fabrics were soft, and the fit was very comfortable!

The only downside to my prototype was I did not have a waterproof version of The Wanderbelt, so I needed to wrap all my items in plastic baggies. But that didn’t matter. My stuff kept dry anyway, and the final version of The Wanderbelt will be made with a sweat-proof liner.

And the only downside in general was that even though my items stayed dry, because it was hot many times when I walked, and I sweated, the material of the money belt actually became moist (as did my bra and clothes). I didn’t notice it while I was wearing it however. I only noticed it at the end of a day when I took the money belt off and felt it. But it dried over night.

The Wanderbelt money belt also included The Mini Wallet, which I used for daily spending money. It could also hold a credit card if needed, and a key. The Mini Wallet has several ways of attaching, either to The Wanderbelt itself, or to your regular pants belt and clothes for safety.

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Printed

I will never go back to a neck or waist money belt after trying The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet! This is the best money belt ever for women, and I highly recommend it!

Wanderbelt and Mini Wallet Plain

The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet will be available near the end of November 2015 for 35 Euros in a “printed” version with their own special travel map print, or in a fully skin colored “plain” version, with free worldwide shipping if you pre-order on Wanderwave’s website. There is also a short video on this weabsite showing all its features. (Note that the yellow version with the camera print was the prototype I was provided with, and I don’t think it will be available.)

Sweet Travels!

Disclaimer: I was provided a prototype of The Wanderbelt & The Mini Wallet free of charge from the women of Wanderwave. The opinions in this blog are my own. The photographs in this blog were also provided by Wanderwave, except for the yellow version with the camera print prototype.

Second Disclaimer: “Wanderlust and Lipstick,” and “Wanderwave” and “The Wanderbelt,” are not affiliated with each other. The similarity in their names is merely a coincidence.

For more blogs about my 502-mile, 47-day journey across northern Spain and up the Atlantic Coast, please visit my Camino de Santiago category.

Product Review: Lenmar World Travel Adapter

Lenmar World Travel Adapter

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous trip in the Cotswolds area of England. But before I get into writing about our walking through fields and flowers in bloom, farms with sheep, cows, and horses, and visiting small villages with their homes and churches built hundreds of years ago, I was kindly provided with a very useful product to test out on my travels – The World Travel Adapter from Lenmar – a convenient adapter and converter all-in-one device, for use in over 150 countries.

Meant to replace the entire kit of five adapters and converters that I have been using for years, I found that this “All-in-One International Travel Adapter” device worked great! At first I was a bit hesitant about it, really wondering if I could charge three things (yes, three things) at once, because Lenmar advertises that it is “designed to charge one iPad/tablet or two iPhones, android or other USB powered device.” But, with its three inputs – a plug and two USB ports – while I did not bring any iPads or tablets on my trip, I certainly was able to charge two android cell phones, and a camera battery, at the same time! Very, very convenient.

I will admit that the first time I tried using the device I was a little concerned actually about some of the plastic prongs that need to be pulled out of the device, hoping they would not break, as they seemed a bit fragile. In addition, at first, it was a challenge to pull the prongs out and get used to how they worked. However, after that first try, both these concerns went away. I got used to the way the prongs pulled out of the device, and I no longer felt like the plastic prongs would break. I used the World Travel Adapter daily, always charging those two cell phones and one camera battery at once!

Lenmar World Travel Adapter

What is really cool about this device is that it is both an adapter (for the right shaped plug) and a converter (for the right electricity voltage). No need to bring two items from my entire kit of adapters and converters on a trip, just the one. They have a list of over 150 countries in which it works. Note that the “list of locations and their compatible adapter plugs” that they provide has very tiny writing, but listed next to each country is a number, which corresponds to an illustration of which prongs to pull out, depending on where you are traveling. The box also has the illustrations, and summarizes which prongs to use per region of the world.

Now I will admit that I did also bring with me the adapter and converter for England from my previously-owned kit because I was afraid that if the Lenmar one did not work, then I would be out of luck. Other than one time where I needed to charge a fourth item (yes, I brought my electric toothbrush charger on this trip), my previously-owned adapter and converter sat in my bag for the rest of our travels.

What is even more, is that the Lenmar World Travel Adapter weighed a lot less (it only weighs just over 3 ounces) than the combo of my adapter and converter for England, and it was much smaller in size (it is approximately 3.5 x 2 x 1.25 inches), and thus a lot less bulky. All definitely plusses in my book, because I normally do like to travel light.

So, would I take the Lenmar World Travel Adapter on future trips? You bet! Would I leave my other adapters and converters at home? You bet!

You may purchase World Travel Adapter directly from Lenmar for $29.99. To summarize, it has “five foldable adapter plugs in one compact, lightweight unit, and two versatile 100-240V outlets compatible with any 100-240V AC powered device, for use in over 150 countries.”

As far as walking through those fields and flowers in bloom, farms with sheep, cows, and horses, and visiting small villages with their homes and churches built hundreds of years ago, please stay tuned for blogs on our trip to the Cotswolds.

Sweet Travels!

Disclosures: Lenmar sent the World Travel Adapter to me for review. I have provided some “facts in quotes,” and the opinions in this blog are my own. The two photographs are from Lenmar’s website.