The Best Travel Wallets 2018
I’ll be honest, I used to think of travel wallets and passport holders as a vanity accessory. And they are… except when you start to travel frequently, especially on business travel, a good travel wallet is a lifesaver.
After finding myself rummaging through my bag for my passport then my ticket then spare change for a coffee one too many times at the airport, I realized I needed a better organization system. I wanted a travel wallet that would be sturdy and compartmentalized enough to hold my travel credit cards, loose change, foreign currency as well as my passport and receipts. Bonus points for something stylish and durable!
Keep reading for my list of the ultimate travel wallets!
9 TRAVEL WALLET REVIEWS
These are my favorite travel wallets in no particular order. I’ve included a mix of designer and inexpensive wallets to suit different budgets and both men’s travel wallets and women’s travel wallets.
Some have unique features like the ability to charge your phone, hold cords, block RFID and waterproof outers – but all have the most important feature – functionality!
For the most part, these are larger travelers’ wallets designed with a passport holder in addition to currency and travel documents. I also looked for those with multiple zippers or folds to keep everything neatly organized. Let me know if you have a favorite to recommend and I’ll check it out!
Designer Travel Wallets
1. Kate Spade Travel Wallet
This Kate Spade Travel Wallet was my first travel wallet and remains one of my favorites. It keeps everything neatly organized and is made of durable saffiano leather, with 17 interior pockets for cards, IDs etc.
The zip around also makes everything inside quite secure and you can stick in 2 passports if you’re traveling as a pair. Unzipped, it lays entirely flat so you can see everything at once. There’s also an exterior pocket outside the zipped section. Kate Spade produces this travel wallet pretty much every year and so there’s bound to be a color to suit your preference!
2. Smythson Travel Wallet
My hands down favorite is the Smythson Panama because it has almost manila-folder like organizational folds on the inside so you can easily section off boarding passes, travel documents and receipts in different dividers without digging through scraps of paper. I’ll be using a Smythson travel wallet for Europe!
Smythson makes a button-folded travel wallet and also a zip-around travel wallet, depending on your preference. All Smythson wallets come in a rainbow of gorgeous, durable leather so you can go for classic black or something bright. The only downside is the price!
3. Michael Kors Jetset Wallet
The Michael Kors jet set travel wallet was recommended to me by so many people and it’s easy to see why! There’s a couple different variations by both Michael Kors and Michael Michael Kors – some have a wristlet and some are a zip around – but all are continental wallets with accordion style pockets, tons of card slots and a gorgeous leather outer.
There’s tons of room on the inside and I can even stuff my iphone 6S plus inside, which is a huge plus in favor of the Michael Kors travel continental wallet. I especially love the durable saffiano leather, which only needs a spot clean to get off dust and spills. Overall, this is a classy and stylish travel wallet and I’ve found that both millennials and older women love Michael Kors so it’s a universal travel wallet.
4. Cuyana Travel Wallet
Cuyana makes luxurious, sleek and unbranded leather goods. I love their travel passport wallets for the buttery smooth, pebbled leather. All Cuyana travel wallets are made with Italian leather and feature gold tone hardware and a snap closure. Cuyana nails it in the design department, offering monogramming and a range of gorgeous colors.
The travel wallet opens to show 3 sections, one for travel documents, a second zippered compartment and a final slot for your passport. I like the neat organization and this reminds me of the Smythson but at a better price point. There are eight card slots in all, making this one of the best passport wallets on the market!
5. Ted Baker Travel Organizer Wallet
This Ted Baker organizer and travel wallet has a gorgeous floral motif, featuring interior snap tabs, slip pockets, four card slots and a pen holder. I particularly like how it fits my phone and has a tie to keep cords nicely tucked away and tangle free. Other benefits: a pen slot, a zip around closure for security and zippered pouch for loose change, vital travel documents, etc.
Overall Ted Baker offers a stylish zippered travel wallet perfect for women! The only negative is that this is faux leather and made of polyurethane, but that does lend it durability.
6. Smythson Currency Case & Travel Document Pouch
Smythson is my pick for luxurious travel pouches. They offer this sleek travel document holder in a variety of colors and designs but my favorite is the happy yellow. There are four zippers to section different travel documents or currencies, making organization easy.
Smythson makes their currency pouches in a buttery soft, calfskin leather and manufactures in Spain.
Unique Travel Wallets
7. Hidden Travel Neck Wallet
For those who like to carry things close to the vest, this small waterproof travel wallet offers 7 pockets to stash your valuables around your neck. It’s just large enough to fit an oversized iPhone 6+, a whopping 4 passports and things like gum, loose change, etc so this is my pick for the best family travel wallet.
The rfid neck wallet is made of water resistant nylon and laced with RFID blocking material. I find this to be the best hidden travel wallet due to its adjustable neck string – as long as you keep the items minimal, it’s quite comfortable to wear close to the body.
8. RFID Blocking Travel Wallet
This is a hefty, all-in-one travel organizer with slots for everything you need. It comes in a huge range of colors and still manages to be light and compact! I find this one particularly handy for running through multiple countries and airports as it has a place for a pen to fill out customs forms and slots for SIM cards.
As someone who carries a lot of credit cards, I did wish there were more card holders but overall this is a fantastic travel document organizer! The best part is the saffiano leather blocks RFIDs to give you peace of mind.
9. Leather Travel Wallet
I’ve always loved the look of leather pouches and this travel organizer wallet immediately caught my eye, because it looks like something Indiana Jones would have carried! I’m partial to the purpleish red color but they also sell more traditional leather options like tan, black and brown. This travel document organizer wallet holds 2 passports, credit cards and ID slots and isn’t too big – it fits right in a large pants back pocket.
I was pretty impressed with the quality of the leather, especially given the price, as it’s soft and rich to the touch with even stitching. They do claim it is manufactured in Europe. Overall, it’s quite a stylish option that looks more expensive than it is!
Best Travel Wallets – Summary Comparison Chart
To summarize, here’s a handy chart to compare each of the different travel wallets and their benefits.
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