Those who know me, know I have this packing/travel organization addiction, because I like to be comfortable and secure…as I tend to be distracted by my surroundings—I’m a people watcher. I have been looking for a light vest for the summer for times when I am traveling or when I don’t want to carry a purse. Most travel vests are a bit overkill, IMO. But as some of you know, women’s clothing is not well equipped with pockets so we often must make do. I found this Orvis vest on line:
The Orvis reviews had referenced the three front pockets, but in reality these pockets might hold a key and a little change with no security. As I like the fit and the weight of the vest, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Due to the style of the original pockets, the inside of the garment works well for adding interior zippered pockets that won’t show on the outside. The zippered pockets can be attached to the original pockets’ lining, not the body of the vest.
This is my vest, so I worked up the zippered pockets quickly. I’d fine tune them if this were a gift. So now I have an interior passport pocket and a CC, ATM card and/or phone pocket. Once I am at my destination, I can leave my purse behind as my phone and wallet will be secured in an inside pocket.
Here’s a better view of the inside of the vest. No money belt required! Happy sewing!
This is clever. I usually carry a backpack when I travel for odds and ends, including wet wipes and hand sanitizer. I think I would need a ton of pockets to carry everything I carry, but then again, I am an over-packer!
This doesn’t replace my messenger bag, but just keeps the items I really need for the trip to continue…passport, ATM…if I lose my bag or get pick pocketed.