Travel as light as possible with a phone case that does double duty as your wallet. These cases not only protect your phone from drops and scratches, but hold the essentials you’ll need on a day out.
Billed as the “wallet slayer” by phone case company Silk, the Vault Slim Wallet lives up to its nickname. It holds three cards plus cash (or, if you’re like me and rarely carry cash, you can cram in four cards). The case has grip-textured sides which have helped me drop my phone significantly less since switching to this case. You can even customize the case with a personal printed photo or monogram.
Keep your cards and cash hidden yet easily accessible with the Incipio Stashback phone wallet. It looks like a standard phone case, but has a secret compartment that hinges up to conceal up to three cards. The case has been impact tested for drops up to seven feet high, so even the clumsiest phone owners can feel safe using it.
Designed by Under Armour for tough environments, from traveling to hitting the gym, the Protect Stash Case can stand up to a lot of abuse. It has a shockproof case design with a padded interior, and a “self-healing” exterior coating. The back is textured to give you a better grip while using or carrying your phone, and it won’t interfere with wireless charging. This phone wallet can hold up to three cards, but it’s still slim.
Need your phone case to pull triple-duty as protection as a wallet, protective layer, and a kickstand? Silk’s Q Card Case has a little slot built-in that allows you to use any card as a kickstand, so you can watch movies on your phone hands-free—which is perfect for airplane tray tables.
Want to replace your entire purse with a phone wallet case? The LUPA wristlet wallet holds your phone, up to four cards, and cash, plus it has a handy strap so it can be carried on your arm. It’s also super affordable, so you can stock up on all of the fun colors to match any outfit.
I’ve received more compliments on the Spigen Slim phone case than any other travel tech accessory—the sliding door feature that holds your cards garners lots of jealous attention. This is probably the slimmest phone wallet case out there, which is a trade-off because it only holds two cards. You can fit three in there, but I ended up breaking the case by overloading it.
If you prefer to keep the phone case you already have, but still want the benefits of a phone wallet, the CardBuddy is a good solution. It’s a removable pocket that can hold up to two cards plus cash, and sticks on to any existing phone case (or the back of your phone, if you like to live dangerously).
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Caroline Morse Teel prefers a phone wallet case over a purse for travel. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos from around the world.