13 best travel wallets

Stay organised on your trips abroad. IndyBest finds well-thought-out holders for all of your essentials

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Whether you’re a lone traveller who wants a slimline wallet to keep your documents together, are carrying the whole family’s essentials and need somewhere to stash them, or you’re after an organiser that you can stuff into a backpack, there should be something on our list that will meet your needs. We’ve found leather options – for all budgets– as well as tough fabric ones and wallets that manage to be both very practical and super-stylish. Let us know what you think of our edit.

1. Busy B Family Wallet: £13, amazon


If you’re in charge of the family’s travel documents, this will take up to six passports. The elastic band stops any other papers slipping out and the pattern means you can see it in hand luggage, too.

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2. Dickins and Jones Travel Wallet: £13, House Of Fraser


This one isn’t flash – there are three pockets for documents and a zipped one for coins, with a popper closing – but it’s good if you still rely on paper. It also comes in a royal blue and white polka-dot print.

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3. Smith & Canova Travel Wallet Brown: £48, Fashion World


This well-priced leather wallet by the Leeds-based accessories brand will fit documents, cards and multiple currencies (there are three zipped pockets), but with a popper clasp, it’s slimmer than zip-around options. Also comes in black.

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4. Aspinal of London Classic Travel Wallet: £125, Harrods


This deluxe leather wallet is a favourite of i’s head of travel, Sophie Lam, who says: “The compartments mean everything is stashed clearly and the tabs remind me if I’ve forgotten something. I keep my Ehic card and spare euro coins in the zipped section, plus the clasp means there aren’t any spillages.” Choose from nine colours.

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5. Tumi Prism Travel Wallet: £34, Amara


Tumi excels in well-thought-out, durable luxury luggage  and travel wallets like the leather Prism. Inside, you get various pockets for documents, a useful ID window and lots of card slots plus a zip-up section for currency. It comes in bright blue or orange. 

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6. Glo Travel Wallet: £5, Go Travel


Want to travel light but always lose your passport and boarding pass at the bottom of your bag? If so, this simple organiser, with five compartments, available in four bright colours, will keep all of your vital documents in one place but add very little bulk to your bag. 

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7. RFID Document Wallet: £17, amazon


This hard-wearing wallet with a detachable waist belt is ideal for travellers on multiple-destination trips. The large mesh compartment allows easy access to documents and there are numerous compartments for cards and currencies. It’s also made from material that blocks radio-frequency identification signals, so it will prevent fraudsters from skimming your cards and stealing data.

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8. Knomad Leather Portable Organiser: from £79, Knomo


Knomo’s leather organisers will fit your tablet (there are 8-inch, 10in and 12in sizes) along with a smartphone, cards and passport. With no zipped compartments, you’ll need to carry cash separately, but this is a sleek choice. Comes in five colours.

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9. Smythson Maddox Slim Travel Wallet: £395, Smythson


Smythson has a wide range of luxury wallets, including this slimline version in green, white and taupe. It has space for your passport, documents and a couple of cards inside, with a boarding pass pocket on the exterior. You also get a removable passport cover. 

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10. Kipling Travel Doc Travel Document Holder: £30, Kipling


My mum won’t travel anywhere without her Kipling. It zips around to stop fly-away papers, there are plenty of pockets for cards and cash, including a zip-up compartment, and a handy pen loop. Made from tough nylon, it won’t mark or scratch. Comes in five designs. 

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11. Annica Travel Wallet: £89, Hurleys


Who says you have to sacrifice on glamour just because you’re travelling? Not Ted Baker. Its patent wallet with a metal bow is super-sleek. Inside, it has a dragonfly and leaf-design printed lining with loads of card compartments and space for your documents.

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12. Happy Jackson ‘Travel Stuff’ Document Wallet: £18, Amazon


This wallet with a fun slogan has three useful tabs to keep all your documents and notes organised. The zebra-striped lining is a nice touch and the super-bright patent exterior means this will be one you don’t lose.

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13. Autograph Luxury Leather Double Travel Wallet: £65, Marks & Spencer

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If you’re the one trusted to carry your partner’s travel documents on a break, this leather one has room for two passports, multiple currencies and other documents, plus a zipped pocket for coins. The tabs make everything really easy to find, but the zips mean it’s not the slimmest on the list.

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If you want a durable wallet that will fit all your essentials, we think Kipling’s is a well-planned choice. Backpackers going on longer trips with more than one stop (and therefore multiple currencies, lots of paperwork and potential to fall victim to skimmers) should check out Lifeventure's RFiD-protected document wallet. If you want leather, Aspinal’s is a very chic luxury option to keep everything organised.


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