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Travel books and accessories to give your favorite travelers

OK, we admit it upfront: These aren't the sexiest gifts you'll find on the market. No, in this group you won't find the miracle travel shirt that never needs washing or the wonder-wheeled suitcase that converts into a bicycle. (If you find these items, please contact us.) Instead, we offer you some of our favorite finds that say, "Hey, traveler, we get you. You're smart, you're curious, and you want pockets in your underpants." For our picks, read on.

-- Times Travel staff



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Underwear with pockets

( Clever Travel Companion )
The reason: "Why?" you may ask. Johanna Denize, the founder of Clever Travel Companion, is a longtime budget traveler who worries about being pickpocketed, so she created these bloomers (styles for men and boy-cut style for women) that allow you to keep money, passports and other documents safely under your clothes. They're jersey soft and generously sized. One caution: Don't, as I did, put your cellphone in there if you're expecting a call. Can be embarrassing if you're in a meeting.

The details: www.clevertravelcompanion.com.

-- Catharine Hamm

  

This is what the Lonely Planet wrote about our products


Gift ideas: 5 perfect travel presents

2. Perfectionist planner

‘Better safe than sorry’ is the mantra for this clued-up globetrotter, whose expertise lies in detailed itineraries, malaria tablets and mosquito nets. This traveller can recite their travel insurance policy’s exclusions by heart, checks government travel warnings daily and has emergency antibiotics for a spectrum of ailments. How can your gift possibly make them any safer?

Perfect gift: Passport-concealing underwear. There’s no safer place to keep a credit card, cash and important documents than down under, but it’s so much easier with these nifty pants and their zip-secure pockets. And it’s a saviour from the waist-widening evils of travel belts and fanny packs, meaning the essentials are kept secure while the wearer stays svelte.




This is what Matador Network wrote about our products


The Clever Travel Companion’s underwear with pockets

Much more than just travel garb, this item has potential for a whole range of applications.

THEY CAME IN a padded white envelope to my door. I tore it open with excitement. My first pair of underwear with pockets. Ever.

When I first saw the team email forwarding a message from The Clever Travel Companionasking if we’d be interested in reviewing the underwear I thought, “hells, yes!” I replied to the email within 0.3 seconds. I don’t know what it was, but I felt compelled to have these. I’d never been so sure of anything else in my life.

I slipped my passport into one of the pockets. A snug fit, just the right size.

According to the label they are made of 95% cotton and 5% spandex. After a quick wash I pulled the blue beauties on, the spandex stretching them over my legs. Comfortable. Not too tight, not too loose. Of course, I immediately dove into the pockets, of which there are two zippered ones on either side and on the front of each leg. I slipped my passport into one of the pockets. A snug fit, just the right size. I put a couple of credit cards and some cash in the other. Then I pulled my jeans on.

I headed down to the local farmers’ market for a test run. After a while I forgot about them. Until I sat down. My one issue with this product is that my passport digs into my thigh when crouched over. It makes sitting a little uncomfortable and little adjustments are necessary. It’s for this reason that when I use a money pouch under my pants when I travel I wear it on the side of my hip. I don’t understand all the logistics of installing pockets on underwear but my one suggestion would be to move the pockets from the front to the sides of the legs.

That said, my friends were quite impressed with the undergarment. “Check these out!” I would say as I unzipped my jeans and tore open the fly. One night when we headed out to a bar my roommate asked me if I could carry her driver’s license and a bank card. I briefly considered using my new pockets, but then thought if she was actually ID’d I would have to go fishing inside my pants for it, which may have raised more eyebrows than I’d have cared to.

Ladies, fear not: they also come in women’s style. Minor qualm I mentioned aside, these would be extremely handy when traveling; they’re a lot less cumbersome than a money belt, and it’s one less thing to carry. But most of my time is actually spent at home and not on the road, so what to do with these extra pockets when I don’t have to transport my passport around? I thought it might be helpful to brainstorm some other uses for the underwear…

For the lovers

Sexy-time pockets

You know those awkward moments when you’re getting sexy with someone. You’re standing there, down to your unmentionables, and suddenly you don’t know what to do with your hands. Maintain your cool by sticking your hands in your new sexy-time pockets! (Although, it must be said at this point, that if you don’t know what to do with your hands, other help may be needed.) They could also be used for condom storage. Avoid that weird moment when you open your wallet to pay for dinner and a rubber falls out.

For the musicians

Anyone who plays guitar knows that the universe seems to open up and swallow guitar picks. You set one down somewhere, and it’s never to be seen again. Use these pockets to keep a stash of picks handy. Bonus: Drive the crowd crazy on stage when you reach down there and pull out some picks to toss out.

For the photographers

A safe and secure place to store the filled-up flash memory cards you don’t want to lose. Just remember to grab them before sticking them in the wash.

For the chefs

For those who like to cook in the buff, but are a little shy, the pockets could be used for various kitchen utensils: spatula, measuring spoons, and, for the adventurous, a paring knife. My only suggestion if you’re cooking bacon — put a shirt on.

This is what Adventures With Ben had to say about our products


Underwear with Pockets Travel Gear Review: Protect Your Valuables (& Money too!)

Your most important travel document is your passport. Hands down. Without it, you’re going nowhere fast. And if you’re like me, you probably keep an ever-watchful, neurotic eye on it’s whereabouts at all times. I’m constantly patting my pockets, looking inside my bag and (gasp) sometimes checking inside my embarrassingly lame money belt to make sure it’s safe. But the days of strapping on this purely functional tacky-tourist travel tool are gone.

Enter The Clever Travel Companion

The Clever Travel Companion makes pickpocket proof underwear with pockets for travelers. I jumped at the chance to take these out on a test drive for this holiday season’s travel gift guide. Let’s take a look at how they, ahem, measured up…

Functionality

Clever Travel Companion provided me with one pair of men’s boxer briefs (ladies, you’re on your own) to test out on my recent jaunts around the world. There are two pockets, one on either leg. They are sized to carry a passport, cash, credit cards or other small items. It’s easy to stuff your shorts as you’re getting dressed in the morning. and Zipping them up is a breeze. The pocket size is appropriate, and rests mid-thigh.

Whether you’re jetting through terminals or walking through the city, you barely know anything is there. More importantly, pickpockets wouldn’t suspect a thing. The pocket placement allows for easy movement, is completely invisible (unless you strip in the middle of the downtown square) and when stocked feels like there’s nothing there.

The Clever Travel Companion does an excellent job of protecting your valuables, but be sure you don’t need to access anything in them during the middle of the day. The only way to access your stuff is to unzip your pants and reach down inside . They’re great for keeping spare credit cards, you driver’s license, hotel room keys, emergency cash and your passport (if you don’t need it on that particular day).

Look & Feel

The cut of these boxer briefs is a bit longer than most in my top drawer. While it’s true that I prefer a shorter cut (TMI?), it’s not like the whole world will be seeing you in them (or will they)? It all comes down to a matter of personal taste. (Note: I presume that the longer cut is needed to compensate for the pocket length.) The fabric is 95% cotton and 5% spandex. They are comfortable, supportive and the size stated is what’s reflected in the actual product (no need to order up or down a size). Available colors for men include: Blue, Black, Gray and Green. Gents, there are two buttons in the front to access your valuables not protected by the zipper pockets.

Hot stuff!

Durability

I’ve run the Clever Travel Companion through the wash a number of times and they’re still going strong. The zipper has been pulled back and forth on numerous occasions and is still working just fine. All indications point to quality.

Price

The men’s and women’s underwear retails for $29.90 per pair, which makes them the single-most expensive pair in my collection. But at the end of the day, I think it’s priced right. Remember, you’re not just buying a pair of underwear, but a functional travel accessory that will give you the peace of mind you need to enjoy your adventures. You can purchase them at the Clever Travel Companion Online Store.

Conclusion

Underwear with pockets is perhaps one of the most fun, clever (duh) and useful travel investments you could make. I giggle every time I have them on. It’s a product that does what it promises… and does it well. They are priced right for travelers of any style and would make a great stocking stuffer. I love ‘em and wear ‘em and I suggest you add a pair (or two) to your collection. Follow them on Twitter andFacebook

This is what I Backpack Canada said about our products


Product Review: Travel Underwear with Pick-Pocket Prevention

Product reviews are gradually becoming something I look forward to. I get a kick out of trying the latest outdoor and travel related gizmos and gadgets. Whether it’s the latest travel app on the iPhone, a camping blender for my friends at Outdoor Informer, or most recently, gotch. Technically boxer-briefs, but you read that right. 95% Cotten, 5% spandex, butt huggin’, gentlemen securing, underwear.

The kind folks from The Clever Travel Companion sent me over some of the latest travel duds for your unmentionables. What’s great about this particular design of underwear isn’t the fact that they’re comfy, or that they’re surprisingly sleek and sexy. It’s the pockets! Two front pockets, that are perfectly sized to fit your passport, credit cards, money, and any other important documents you might carry while you travel.

Protect Your Goods with Pockets

It’s natural to be protective of your identity. While some countries seem to be more prone to this type of theft than others, it can and does happen in Canada. Ensuring all of your documents and bank accounts are protected can be crucial when it means crossing borders, or heading home if you’re from away. It would be pretty difficult for any would-be thiefs to pick-pocket through your jeans. Even if they were crazy enough to try, I’m sure you’d be in full on defence mode if someone started getting grabby down there.

So you might be wondering, “Sure, they make sense, and probably work. But do you sacrifice comfort for security?

Nope! The fabric feels great, and the fit ensures “everything” stays in place. I’m a big fan of the boxer-brief style, and the folks at The Clever Travel Companion did good work on the overall construction and quality of their mens underwear. The pocket zippers feel like they’re sturdy and could be definitely be trusted with hanging onto your documents. Despite what my photos show, the pockets allow the entire passport to be zipped up.

While it takes a bit of getting used to the feeling of having a couple pockets in your underwear, you stop noticing after a few minutes. Even with the pockets filled with credit cards & a passport, it’s by all means not uncomfortable. These undergarments would make a perfect gift for travellers, or a great buy for yourself if you’re heading somewhere sketchy.

The Clever Travel Companion offers underwear with pockets for both men & women in multiple sizes & colours. They currently sell for $29.90 USD on their website. Be sure to check them out on Twitter too! @CleverTravelCo


And here's what the Chicago Tribune had to say


Travel books and accessories to give your favorite travelers

OK, we admit it upfront: These aren't the sexiest gifts you'll find on the market. No, in this group you won't find the miracle travel shirt that never needs washing or the wonder-wheeled suitcase that converts into a bicycle. (If you find these items, please contact us.) Instead, we offer you some of our favorite finds that say, "Hey, traveler, we get you. You're smart, you're curious, and you want pockets in your underpants." For our picks, read on.

Underwear with pockets

( Clever Travel Companion )
The reason: "Why?" you may ask. Johanna Denize, the founder of Clever Travel Companion, is a longtime budget traveler who worries about being pickpocketed, so she created these bloomers (styles for men and boy-cut style for women) that allow you to keep money, passports and other documents safely under your clothes. They're jersey soft and generously sized. One caution: Don't, as I did, put your cellphone in there if you're expecting a call. Can be embarrassing if you're in a meeting.

What Trendhunter had to say

Built-In Pocket Briefs


The Clever Travel Companion Underwear Will Fool Thieves Around the World

CLEVER TRAVEL COMPANION UNDERWEAR

Forget about those money belts and travel pouches that travel gurus swear by, the Clever Travel Companion Underwear is the ultimate way to keep the most crucial documents and personal belongings safe while adventuring around the world. They are essentially briefs with built-in pockets, eliminating the need for extra hardware around one’s belly. Of course, they appear to be made solely for men for now, but women could rock them too or wait for gender-specific underwear.

Although they are quite expensive as far as briefs go, the Clever Travel Companion Underwear will definitely fool anyone and everyone who tries to rob the wearer. Although many thieves are familiar with the much-used money belt, they are surely not aware of this pocketed underwear.


What the Art of Backpacking had to say


Giveaways: Pick-pocket Proof Underwear and T-Shirts

I can’t think of any spot safer than a pocket in your underwear. Even at gunpoint, it’s difficult to ever know you have more hidden in your underwear. This clever design is byThe Clever Travel Companion.

Put your passport, credit cards, or some extra cash in either of the two pocket zipper closures. It’s available for both male and females and in many colors.

We’re giving away TWO pairs of underwear from The Clever Travel Companion. As a bonus, we’re throwing in a t-shirt to each winner. I love the quotes on the t-shirts.

Read their about page and products page to learn more about The Clever Travel Companion.


Brooklyn Exposed said the following about our products


FIVE MUST-HAVE TRAVEL ITEMS

While most of you know to pack medicine, sunscreen, and electrical adapters when going on vacation, there are other travel items that you may not be aware of. These items will not only help keep you safe and organized on your journey, but can also personalize your trip and make it more unique. Before you pack for your next trip, be sure to check out these five must-have travel items.

1. Travel Underwear

Even if you feel completely safe in a region, you’re still an easy target for cons and pick pocketers as a foreigner. Keep your valuables safe and out of reach in your underwear – that’s right, your underwear.  Both men and women ($29.90) styles are available from The Clever Travel Companion, with pockets to hold your credit cards, passport, cash and anything else you don’t want to part with willingly.  And no, the underwear don’t look like   generic hand-me-downs, they are actually very stylish and available in a variety of colors.  They also look fashionable enough to wear as bikini bottoms or trunks – just don’t go in the water.  Wearing these can save you the hassle of having  money wired or visiting an embassy to re-order your passport.

The Ottawa Citizen had the following to say


A company called Clever Travel Companion has developed travel underwear with zippered pockets.


The Sydney Morning Herald had this to say


Very personal finance

Smart Traveller would normally consider credit cards in underwear hazardous rather than a natural fit. But US-based Clever Travel Companion says it has created comfortable underwear with hidden pockets to stash cards, passports and other treasures from the prying hands of pickpockets. The cotton boy short for women and boxer brief for men have two front pockets with zippers that only you - and the X-ray at airport security - will be able to see. Garments cost $US29.90 each.

See clevertravelcompanion.com.



Travel Weekly also said some nice things about our products


What's New, What's Hot: October 2011

Underwear With Pockets. A new company called Clever Travel Companion says it designs and produces products with one simple goal, to make travelers safe and secure on the road, and you could say they are starting from the bottom up with this unique undergarment. After all, it would take a pretty deft pickpocket to make off with your passport, money or tickets once you have hidden them away in the two zippered pockets that could make this unmentionable the biggest thing in undies since Depends. Underwear With Pockets range in size from X-small to X-large as boxer briefs with a two-button fly for men (available in green, black, blue and gray) and boy-style shorts for women (pink, black, blue and gray). $29.99; www.clevertravelcompanion.com.  



OhGizmo! Said this...


Underwear Has Pockets, Muggers Will Be Fooled

By David Ponce

Someone points a gun at your face and tells you to empty your pockets. If you’re wearing these babies, you’ve got no problem. Well, you still have the gun-in-face problem, but assuming your assailant can be satisfied with chewing gum wrapper and old receipts and will simply walk away, miffed… you’ve got no problem!

Although you do still have a bit of an issue, which is that as practical as this underwear is, it’s also expensive at $30. Still, could be a good travel accessory for safekeeping passport and cash stash. Comes in 4 colors (blue, black, grey, green) and 4 sizes.



The Globe and Mail said this


3 cruise-worthy accessories that are dapper, not dowdy

Safely stashed

If you need a safe place to stash your cash, slip on a pair of pocketed skivvies. The Clever Travel Companion’s boxer briefs have two zippered enclosures that are roomy enough to hold currency, credit cards and even your passport. $29.90 (U.S.); clevertravelcompanion.com

(Handout | The Clever Travel Companion)




Smarter Travel said the following


Product Review: Underwear, Tank Top with Secret Pocket

What Is It: Clever Travel Companion undergarments with built in zippered pockets to keep your valuables safe.

Price and Where to Buy: $24.90 for the underwear, $34.90 for the tank top atclevertravelcompanion.com.

Pros: Traditional money belts are the worst—they get sweaty and gross against your skin, they add unflattering bulk around your middle, and everyone can tell that you're wearing one. With the Clever Travel companion, pockets are sewn into your underwear or tank top, giving you (but not thieves) easy hands-free storage for your valuables. The tank top is 100 percent cotton, and the underwear is 95 percent cotton; both are very comfortable.

The pockets on both garments (there are two on the underwear and one on the tank) are the perfect size to hold a passport, credit cards, and some cash. The best part: There's no way a mugger is getting anything out of these pockets unless they're really determined. And you definitely won't get pick-pocketed in these.

We could also see a use for these beyond travel—they would be perfect for occasions when you're going out (like to a concert) and don't want to bring a bag. Just stick your phone and keys in one pocket and ID and a credit card in the other, and you're all set.

Cons: If you're getting carded or need some cash, these garments are kind of awkward. "Hold on, officer, while I reach my hand down my pants for my ID." Definitely carry small cash in an easily accessible purse when wearing these, lest you cause some uncomfortable moments at the check-out. Ladies, opt for the tank top instead of the underwear if you're wearing a dress—otherwise you'll have to excuse yourself to the restroom or risk indecent exposure if you need to retrieve something.

How it Rates:

  • Usefulness: 10/10 - It's money and clothing in one!
  • Portability: 10/10 - You're wearing it—what could be more portable?
  • Value: 7/10 - Spending $25 on underwear usually gets you something a little more fashionable, but consider this the price of a money belt and a new item of clothing.
  • Durability: 8/10 - The Clever Travel Companion is well-made and will stand up to a number of washings.
  • Cool Factor: 7/10 - The point of these is that no one will notice you're wearing anything different—when you take your pants off, we suppose these would be considered cool. The underwear comes in a variety of colors (and stripes) and in a men's version.

Final Verdict: If you're going somewhere with a high risk of pickpockets, staying somewhere where you want to keep your valuables on your body, or just hate carrying a purse, the Clever Travel Companion is worth it.



Trailsurfers in Phnom Penh said this


Hide cash in your underwear

Smart Traveller would normally consider credit cards in underwear hazardous rather than a natural fit. But US-based Clever Travel Companion says it has created comfortable underwear with hidden pockets to stash cards, passports and other treasures from the prying hands of pickpockets. The cotton boy short for women and boxer brief for men have two front pockets with zippers that only you – and the X-ray at airport security – will be able to see. Garments cost $US29.90 each.

Check out the undies at clevertravelcompanion.com.

I needed these undies when I got pick-pocketed twice in Cuba.  I thought I had stashed my money in a safe place deep down in a pocket. When I reached into this buttoned pocket my money was gone. I went back to my Casa Particular (home-stay) to get some more cash and 10 minutes later I had been pick-pocketed again. Amazing skill! I did not feel or notice anything. The thieves must have seen me as a walking auto-teller.



The New Zealand National Business Review quotes Johanna from the Clever Travel Companion


CARRY ON: News for business travellers

Virgin goes round the world
The world's three Virgin airlines – Virgin Australia, Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic – are closer to becoming the second round-the-world airline after Air New Zealand.

This week the three Sir Richard Branson-linked airlines said they would be merging their frequent flyer programmes – a possible precursor to a genuine round-the-world airline grouping.

Members of Virgin Australia's Velocity programme can already earn points and credits when travelling on Virgin America and Virgin Atlantic flights and also trade their Velocity miles in on a ticket with their overseas siblings.

However, the same two-way “earning and burning” deal now applies to members of the Virgin America Elevate and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club programmes.

The result is a global frequent flyer scheme that could allow very frequent flyers to consolidate their points across Virgin airlines and swap them for what would in effect be a round-the-world Virgin ticket.

Club Med to open three resorts
Club Med is opening new resorts in Italy, Turkey and China within the next 12 months.

Club Med Guilin, which opens in August, is located in China's Guangzi province and is famous for its protected environment.

December 2012 is the scheduled opening for Club Med Pragelato Via Lattea, Italy, in the heart of Piedmont Europe's second largest ski area.

Club Med Belek on the Turkish Riviera, which is due to open in March 2013, is surrounded by a golf course with nearly 2.5km of beach on its doorstep.

All resorts will have Club Med's all-inclusive package, which includes accommodation, all meals and drinks, and a range of activities with expert tuition.

Qantas boss tells all
In a revealing interview with GQ magazine, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has talked about telling his family he is gay, surviving cancer, his childhood in Ireland and mistakes he has made during his career.

"I could pick a load of mistakes I've made, but the one that stands out is when we set up Jetstar without assigned seating," he said.

"It was a disaster and I was the one who'd insisted on doing it. ..It taught me this: If you know you've f . . ked up, admit it immediately, then take fast action to fix it."

Mr Joyce, who was appointed Qantas chief executive in 2008, began with Aer Lingus in the 1980s before joining Ansett in its dying days and launching Jetstar in 2003.

He said it was tough growing up gay in a Dublin working-class suburb but that he enjoyed "very supportive parents.”

Today he lives in an apartment in Sydney’s The Rocks with his partner of 14 years, an unidentified New Zealand man. "[Coming out] was a big moment but there was no real inner turmoil for me and it wasn't a surprise to my family."

In the interview, he also spoke of the trauma of being diagnosed with aggressive prostate cancer.

"What came into sharp focus in the aftermath of the cancer scare was my determination to do the right thing by Qantas and the honour it is to be CEO. I want to make sure that when I leave it's a lot stronger . . . than when I arrived."

Finns test anti-jet lag headset
Premium passengers on Finnair's route between Helsinki and Shanghai will soon be able to try out a “bright light headset” said to help passengers adapt to jet lag.

Finnair says the Valkee bright light headset “brings wellbeing by channelling bright light into the brain via the ear canal,” adding that “it stimulates passengers and helps them adapt better to jet lag and the fluctuation of the circadian rhythm.”

The headset will be available free of charge to business class passengers on the Helsinki-Shanghai route during April, before going on sale in-flight in May.

Finnair says the device should be used about an hour before landing, assuming an early morning arrival.

Going undercover for security
Years of backpacking in more than 40 countries has given Swedish-born Johanna Denize a wealth of firsthand experience about protecting travellers from pickpockets.

"Money belts are bulky and therefore easy to spot. Fanny packs are easy to cut open. Neck pouches are easily cut away. In fact, the more traveling I did, the more I realised that none of these security systems worked and that none of them were any good at all when it came down to normal human forgetfulness and absent-mindedness,” she says.

It spurred her to do something to help all travellers keep their belongings safe.

So the now Washington DC-based Denize has developed The Clever Travel Companion Company, which came up with the idea of fitting secure, secret pockets in specially designed, slim fitting underwear.

She started with a set of boy short style underwear for women and a boxer brief for men. Both have two pockets with secure zippers on the front where travellers can keep their passport and the bulk of their money.

She has since moved on to T-shirts and tank tops with a secret stomach pocket and for skiers, long-johns with secure pockets.
 

by Nevil Gibson



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Gadling gear review: Clever Travel Companion secret-pocket tank top and underwear

When going abroad, one of the biggest concerns for travelers is keeping their valuables safe from pick-pocketers. While fanny packs may be a decent option, they're also a dead giveaway that you're a tourist, making you an even easier target for getting ripped off. Then there are money belts, which are great fashion-wise, however, tend to get itchy and leave sweat marks when it's hot out. That's why I was excited when I found out about The Clever Travel Companion's line of "100% pick-pocket proof" clothing.

I tried a solid black tank top with hidden pockets, as well as a pair of underwear with pockets. To be honest, with or without the pockets I would definitely buy this tank top. It's not too tight, not too loose, made of 100% cotton, and actually feels like a second skin it's so comfortable. Even after walking around in it for an entire day it didn't stretch out or chafe my skin. The pockets make it that much better, as the zipper is literally right above your stomach, allowing for easy access to all of your important documents while still keeping them safe from thieves. You can wear it as an undershirt or as a shirt on its own.

The underwear, which are actually more like boy-short bathing suit bottoms, are also extremely comfortable and made of 94% rayon and 6% spandex. When I first saw them I was a little worried they'd tug, slide up, or show through my pants; however, I was pleasantly surprised to find that they did none of these things. In fact, I forgot I was even wearing them. What I really like about this product is there are two zipper-pockets right in front, making it really easy to quickly get to your things while also eliminating the nervousness back-pockets cause of never really knowing if your stuff is still there.

The Clever Travel Companion has created an extremely useful yet comfortable set of clothing options for travelers, especially when you also think about the extra accessories you now won't have to pack. Secret-pocket tank tops and t-shirts cost $39.90, while the women's underwear costs $29.90. There are also products for men, including long johns ($39.90) and men's underwear ($29.90).