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Multiple IDs and currencies + maps + reusable shopping bags + street thieves. Not punchy, but true.

Hey you guys, I found you through Thrillist and just in time, because I have a problem I need some serious help with. It's not my problem, it's my friend's. (I know, I know, you've heard it before, but it really is not me and you'll see why - please read on.)

This is the deal - she and her family have been transferred to Bangkok. A dream come true. BUT. She's got 3 different (big, lanyard-style) IDs that she needs to show at various times during almost every day , and no place that she shows an ID should see any of the others. (See? Exotic life. Exotic, secret-agent-style life.) In addition, she's in one of the many pickpocket/purse-snatching capitals of the world - in fact, her iPhone was stolen right out of her bag when I was visiting last month. In addition to THAT, multiple currencies.

The only idea I could come up with for the IDs was one of those valet-style keychains where you can hand one ring off without handing over everything on the keyring. You know, with each ID on a separate ring. But that can be a pretty fiddly exchange when you're in the car handing stuff through a window. Some of her friends have taken their IDs out of the plastic case and have them tucked in to their wallets like credit cards, but then that entails opening their wallets every time they have to show ID, which is less than ideal.

Also, she carries a LOT of sh*t in her bag. They just moved, so maps and guidebooks (this will never change), in addition to reusable shopping bags and bottles of water because of the climate, plus the basics everyone carries, plus etc. - you know moms. So it can't be heavy in and of itself before she even puts anything in it.

I know I'm being pretty verbose here, but.

Help!

Shannon
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    Shannon,
    what a magnificent brief!

    I've forwarded it to the Carryology guys, so I'll hopefully have a number of options for you as their brains digest it.

    We'll get back to you.
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  • Can we just check if the ID's are in fact credit card sized? That will change the options significantly...
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  • Excellent point. And no, they're not, of course. Heaven forbid. They're more like card keys for a corporate office - smartcards. My internet's acting up so I can't find out the standard dimensions, but ballpark they're 11 cm/4.5 in-ish by say 7 cm/3 in-ish....? And they're also like the thickness of about 3 credit cards probably...?

    Loving your detail orientation, I must say.
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  • OK, so here's where the guys got to with suggestions...

    Finding a passport cover with large slots. I like this one as being querky:
    http://www.mmmg.net/shopping/shopping...

    Running with an iCover (you know, iPod/iPhone/iWhatever – finding one that fits well. Cote et Ciel have some nice and slim options:
    http://www.coteetciel.com/store.html

    Euro ID's are often larger, so finding a Euro wallet with external card slots.

    Or just getting plastic ID sleeves from somewhere terrible like this: http://holders.idcardgroup.com/produc...
    And then keeping them in a pouch like the iPhone covers.

    Then we had our Californian contributor suggest the following (he has more experience with security...):

    "It depends if the ID's are RFID/Magnetically scanned or just checked visually (like a Drivers License or Passport). The reason being is if it's RFID, you can sometimes feel where the chip is, and as long as you avoid it, you can trim it anyway you want.

    You can also punch a hole through the card and attach it to a lanyard.

    And if they are just cards, then why not treat it as a person who needs to carry many credit/ID cards. Get a nice wallet, with quick access slots, and take them out as needed."

    So that's where our guys got to on the information we had. I hope it was some help...?
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