How do you keep it straight?
We are the masters of the zip lock bag, but even that beloved little bit of plastic just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Because we regularly travel between the UK, the US and Brazil my pathetic little baggies of leftover change and small bills were becoming unmanageable, not to mention uncool. I can only imagine the mess when we start adding other countries to the list, so I had to finally fix this little problem once and for all.
Our dross includes Euros, American dollars, British pounds, Mexican pesos and Brazilian reais so far. I know I have a couple of pounds from the Bank of Scotland around here somewhere but they’re hiding for now. When they turn up, I have a nice little gold pouch for them.
They’re tiny enough to pop into our little home safe, or to throw one or two (or all of them) into my bag when it’s time to head out to a new country again. No longer do I have to sift through one jumbled lump of mismatched small foreign bills and coins to pay for our coffee. No longer do I have to rifle through my stack of zip-locks before I come up with the right one. Now I just have to grab the right color and I’m ready to fork over our meager spare change for a bite to eat. I just hope I can remember which color belongs to which country. Maybe I can find a tiny little flag charm for each one? Hmm… I’ll keep an eye out.
So how do you handle this? When you have multiple countries on the itinerary and multiple currencies on hand or in your pack, how do you keep it straight?