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By Andy the HoboTraveler.Com

ISSUE:  067
DATE:  May 3, 2002
TIP:  Secret Pockets
LOCATION:  Bolivia





I used to sit on a beach in Pie de la Cuesta, Mexico.
It is located about 8 miles north of Acapulco and has
the nickname “Sunset Beach.” Because you can sit and
watch the sun set directly in front of the beach. In front of
every hotel was a “Palapas”

I have never seen “Palapas” exactly like this since. In
a few places close, but not quite the same. They would stand
poles vertically about 3 meters apart in squares and make a matrix.
Then they would lay poles horizontally across the top for a flat roof.
In the end it was covered with palm fronds, and you had a perfect
place to hang a hammock and look at the ocean.
A good place for shade, but close to the waves and ocean.

I sat under the Palapas for many a day, reading my book.
Listening to the ocean, and watching the Sun work its way
across the sky and slowly set directly in front. The conditions are
perfect with a small breeze across this strip of land, and you can
live for months only wearing a pair of shorts.

No Shirt, No Shoe, No Problem

Well... I suppose there is one little problem in Paradise.
When you lay around all day in a hammock. Looking at women
and reading your book. You need a few peso and the keys to your
room. I like to travel light, and would take a long walks everyday along
the beach. In this paradise you need about 5-7 pairs of shorts or
swim trunks to live and prosper. A couple of shirt at night to try
to be a little more respectable.


I learned there was a thief on the beach.
Not the normal type, but a long and thin type that used rope.
This comfortable and enjoyable way to let the world pass
you by collects and steals coins, and keys. They had a mesh
type on this beach and the coins would slowly work their way out of
my pockets and fall to the sand below. Then you would have to
run your fingers through the sand below you,
and hopefully find your keys or money.

Now, I am not your normal beach bum.
I am the Beach Bum extroardonaire (SP). I can lay around forever on
beaches, so I have lost lots of money at the beach.
Plus when you go in for a swim, where do you put your money?
I do not like to be frustrated. So I looked for solutions to
this daily problem.

There is a solution.
The real good swim trunks, or travel pants occasionally will have
little pockets sewn inside, with a zipper or velcro closing to keep
inside. I cannot remember how it evolved or exactly what happened.
But I discovered these little pockets. I had 7 pairs of shorts and one
had a pocket. So I had 6 days of work and 1 day of rest.
Watch my money for 6 days, and on 1 day the money was safe.

Strangely enough there was a young man that would walk along
this beach and offered to make custom swim suits, and shorts
for people. I commissioned this guy to put pockets in all my shorts
and pants.

Please look at the photos.

Both literally and in a sense of peace.
My money, my keys, and small things were safe.

You never know how big a problem was until it is solved.
I soon realized that I had been dealing with this problem for years.
Playing a lot of sports, or working out at the gym a home.
Laying around on couch in front of the TV using my remote
control and watching my favorite movie. There are lots of times
when you need a safe pocket.


You seen the guy. He walk into the restaurant or bar for
a drink. He is coming from the soccer field, or gym. He is fit walking
tall and fast, Struts into the local hangout and still has on his
Just stopping to have cold one before going home. He has his wallet
in hand, and puts it on the table in front of him.
This guy needs an extra pocket.

Some pockets have zippers. This will work.
But most pants do not have zippers. A few have a piece of Velcro
but just a small piece to keep the pocket closed.
Coins can still fall out, if you for some reason find your
self upside down or rolling around on the floor or ground.

There is commercial on television right now where an older couple
are shaking their friends on the couch. Then all their friends leave
and they harvest the money for their retirement from under the cushions.
They need a secret pocket.

This all started about 4 years ago, and over 30 countries ago.
I have had two other people make pockets for me, and now I carry
extras with me for when I buy new clothes. I can honestly say.
I will never in my life have a pair a pants, shorts, or swimsuit that
I will not sew in an extra pocket.

A girl the other day had her money belt stolen.
She went into a restaurant, and sat down. The money belt was located
on the front. It was uncomfortable. She took it out.
Placed it on her lap. She stood up to go
to the toilet. The belt fell on the floor.
A short while later she realized it was gone.
Someone had picked up the obvious item of value and ran off.
I gave her a pocket to sew into her pants.

I now carry my wallet on the inside of this pocket.
Sometimes my passport. A pickpocket cannot get in here.
Maybe your lover, but not a pickpocket.


1. Tourist and Travelers for security.
2. Swimmers and beach people.
3. Exercise and sport enthusiast
4. People that lose their keys and money in the couch.

ANYONE that loses things out of their pockets.
Or any place with lots of pickpockets and thieves.

There is nothing complicated about these pockets.
Any good seamstress or tailor can make a pocket.
With some clear directions, and a little work, you can explain
to someone how to make these pockets and where to sew them
into your pants.

You will all say... Too easy.
Then never do it... Just a good thought.

Most people buy new clothes when there is a hole or
a problem with their clothes. So to go out an have a custom made shirt
or these pockets made is just a little too much hassle.


Buy the pockets ready to be sewn into your clothes.

I have been thinking about this tip for years.
Wanting to write about it, but this is not my normal type of tip.
If you have read my tips for a few years, you will realize that all my
solutions to problems are simple and something you can buy anywhere
in the world. I do not recommend special gear, or equipment that is
difficult to purchase. This type of gear is easy to buy in countries
like the
United States, England, or Germany. You get in one of the undeveloped
countries and try to buy a special water bottle that has a filtering
a Swiss knife, or all those expensive gadget and you will find that you
are not in Kansas anymore. You are in the real world.

But the funny part. In the undeveloped countries there is a seamstress
or tailor on every corner, and even people that repair shoes.
I can get COPIES of these pockets made easy here.
The first one was torture to explain in Spanish. But they can make
copies of anything.


You can have someone make some for you, or you can do it easy.
I have a compete money, passport, and credit card solution.

5 Big Pockets (Big enough for passport)
5 Credit card pockets (Small)
1 Neck passport holder (Big enough for passport)
1 Money belt. (Big enough for passport )

I recommend these pockets.
The money belt is not my way, but people use them.
I use a neck pouch.

These are made in Bolivia.
If you are living in another country and wish to sell
things to the world. Please contact me.
I need responsible people.


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Life is good.

As always, these are suggestions. Please realize I am
giving guidance, and there are always other opinions.
“One mans paradise, is another mans hell”
This way we do not all go to the same place.

Article written by Andy the
On year 4 of Hobo trip around the world.
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