I dislike combo gadgets, and prefer tools that do one thing well instead of a dozen things poorly. But the Nomad Leather Wallet for iPhone does two things very well, and is as good-looking as it is useful. If you're looking for a slick way to carry your cards and cash, and charge your phone on the go, this wallet is the perfect balance of quality, style and utility.
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Yesterday afternoon, while boarding a train at Circular Quay station, a stranger plucked my wallet straight out of my back pocket. I never felt a thing. Within ten minutes, they had already used my credit card to make a fraudulent transaction. Here are five hard lessons that the experience taught me.
I learned the importance of keeping your passport dry many years ago. After spending the day wandering around the Cevennes in the pouring rain, the passport in my pocket was dangerously damp. I'm paranoid enough to always have my passport with me when I'm overseas, but it needs to be in some form of protective covering.
I have always had a bad relationship with wallets. It was just one more thing I had to carry because there was no way to keep IDs and money organised in my pocket on its own. After one of my wallets wore to the point of me actually throwing it away, I decided I'd try to make the most efficient wallet ever.
If you're trying to avoid a Costanza-sized wallet, and you routinely travel by car, you may wish to consider creating a second wallet to hold all of your store loyalty cards and other miscellaneous wallet items that you don't use everyday.
Losing your wallet can be devastating, because it doesn't just mean lost money, but rather several cards that will take many hours to replace. Plus, if it results in identity theft you could be paying for that one little error for several years. According to personal finance magazine SmartMoney, you can improve your chances of getting your lost wallet returned by simply including a photo.
While everyone else is rushing to convert their wallets into data, one Instructables user was converting his wallet into data storage. By taking a cheap, ultra-thin USB flash drive dongle and sewing one tiny piece of Velcro, Instructables user "Activist" was able to upgrade his leather wallet into the 21st century.
We've talked about duct tape wallets in the past because they're free and, despite being hideously ugly, pretty awesome. On the flip side, a wallet made out of a coffee bag (for ground coffee — not the teabag-like ones) fits in the same DIY happy place, while actually looking nicer than something you might find sold in stores. Oh, and it smells really nice.