A wallet is one of the few essentials that you carry with you every time you leave the house, and of course, you can’t head off on holiday with it. Regardless of personal circumstance and your plans for the day, you need a wallet. With this you can carry your cash, credit and debit cards, as well as your IDs, business cards, keys and anything else you have to take with you. With so much choice out there, it can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing a new wallet which is why we have put together the following considerations.
The Leather Quality
Leather is one of the most popular wallet materials – although you can find wallets made of other things if that is your preference. There are a few different classifications of leather, including full grain, top grain or genuine leather. The best quality wallets are often made of full grain because it is tougher, resisting wear and tear, meaning that it lasts well, and the leather tends to develop a stunning patina over time. This is a great choice for holidays as it can better withstand the rigours of long journeys and extended periods of travel, whether you’re spending a weekend in Marrakech or embarking on a round-the-world adventure.
The next things to think about are the design features and functionality of the wallet. Take a look at your old wallet and what it has had to house; this will tell you what you need from your new one. Bi-fold wallets are often the standard, and for the most part, they can carry somewhere between six and eight cards as well as cash. There are other wallet styles if you need more room for things like travellers cheques and multiple currency notes.
The brand of the wallet is another thing to think about. There are a number of brands to consider which hit a range of different price points. The truth is that the higher the price tag, the better quality the wallet is likely to be and, therefore, the longer it will last. Designer wallets can have a range of price points themselves which does mean that there are more affordable options. Take the bifold Gucci wallets on SSENSE as an example; they range from a couple of hundred up to around seven hundred dollars. This is an item that will last you many years and accompany you on many adventures around the world so it’s a worthwhile investment.
The last thing that you should bear in mind when shopping for a new wallet is the size. They range from small cardholders that only hold a couple of cards up to breast pocket wallets which can even hold a checkbook. The size that you need will depend on you obviously. Think about the sort of things that you tend to store in your wallet. How many cards does it need to carry, and how much cash do you usually keep handy? The size will also affect the experience of carrying wallets, some of them can be a little bulky and heavy to carry, especially while travelling, bunching out the pockets of your trousers. However, there are also smaller and sleeker options, although they won’t be able to fit as much in. This type of wallet could be ideal for travelling abroad.
Choosing the right wallet can be a little overwhelming at times because you don’t want to waste money on a wallet that isn’t going to fit all of your personal items in, or fall apart after a couple of months. So bear in mind the elements listed above to help you to choose your next wallet.