The Basics Travel Guide

A Simple Travel Accessory to Make Your Airport Security Process a Little Easier

TSA precheck
Written by Charlie

One of the worst parts about flying is having to deal with the long lines and delays at airport security. This little accessory can help you be ready much faster and still keep all of your belongings together!

Going through airport security can be a really tedious process, even with PreCheck sometimes! It never helps when people seem to wait until they get to the scanners before they start thinking of getting things out of their bags. While you cannot move them any faster, there is a little accessory that could make your process easier.

A Simple Travel Accessory to Make Your Airport Security Process Easier

I have no relationship with SPIbelt other than the fact that I have worn their belts on every run and for most of my travels for many years! 🙂

Link: SPIbelt

This little accessory actually isn’t even a “travel” focused accessory but it works fantastic for travel! It was made for runners (and I use one of them on every single run I do) but they also work exceptionally well for travel. Plus, it doesn’t look like a fanny bag so those can stay back in the 80s/90s! 🙂

This accessory I use in all my runs and travels is called the SPIbelt. It is a specially designed belt that has storage pockets that stretch to allow runners to carry things like wallets/gels/phones/keys/etc while on the run – and without having any bounce along the way.

How the SPIbelt Can Help Your Airport Security Process Be Easier

This means that they can work very well for travel also. They are so low profile that you can have it under your shirt and it tucks neatly into your carryon bag once you are through with it. Or, you can use it to carry your documents/electronics under a shirt or jacket while out and about at your destination!

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The dual pocket SPIbelt

For travel, I would recommend the dual pocket SPIbelt ($29.99). This will let you put anything metal in one and electronic in the other. Believe it or not, I have fit a point/shoot pocket camera (Sony RX100 series), wallet (with passport and credit cards/driver’s license), keys, cell phone, and earbuds all in one of these belts!

The solution for using this for airport security quickness is easy – simply put all of your pocket contents in this belt before heading to the airport or while waiting in line. Then, with one simple motion, the belt and its contents is off your waist and in your carryon bag. Once you are through airport security, pull it out and put it back on – or you can empty it into your pockets.

This means I am no longer digging around in my backpack for something that slipped down when putting my pocket contents in my bag. Plus, especially on regional planes, I am not having to worry about what is in my pocket spilling out and becoming unreachable. Wearing the belt onboard is pretty comfortable and inconspicuous – unlike the ubiquitous fanny pack!

Plus, they sell the SPIbelt Messenger Bag which could be a great solution for those times you are flying an airline that has super-strict carry-on weight requirements. They never care how much you weigh – just your bag. So, load up your Messenger Bag (which should easily go up against your back or even under your jacket), and you are now within the weight restrictions and you still have all your valuables close at hand!

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Now, if only we could get everyone in front of us to have something like this and learn to use it before getting to the scanners… 🙂 I think SPIbelt would like that, too! 🙂

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About the author


Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

1 Comment

  • I like my spi belt, didn’t know they have a dual pocket one.

    I also don’t get why there’s always someone in front of me at security who waited until they’re at the counter to start taking stuff out of their pockets/rearranging things in their bag /taking off belts, shoes, jackets… No regard for how slowly they’re moving or how many death stars they’re getting from others.