As soon as your get a passport, you should get a passport holder.
First and foremost, a passport holder (or passport case or passport wallet, whichever you prefer to call it) will protect and preserve your most important travel document from drops, rips, spills and being stuffed in your suitcase. And not only is it nice to have a crisp and clean passport while on the road, years later, when your passport is expired, it’s also nice to have a crisp and clean passport as a keepsake (as opposed to one that’s stained and falling apart at the seams).
Putting your passport in a passport holder may also make it harder to misplace, as a loose passport can easily be dropped or left behind. But when put in a holder, your passport has a place — one that’s bigger and easier to see, remember and hold on to.
Then of course, there’s the simple fact that having a passport holder makes you look like a professional traveler. So to step up your travel game, I’ve compiled 7 of my favorite passport holders for your consideration. And to make sure there’s an option for everyone, my selections range in price from $15 to $145 — so if you’re looking for a no-frills option to get you by, or for something handcrafted to have for the next several decades, you’ll find it below.
Standard Luggage Co. – Leather Travel Wallet / Passport Holder
Standard Luggage Co.’s Travel Wallet is packed with handy pockets and features aimed at making traveling easier. It of course has a dedicated pocket for your passport, keeping it protected and handy — but Standard didn’t stop there. The bifold pocket was designed to fit currencies of all different sizes and is big enough to comfortably store customs forms and boarding passes too. There are also four credit card slots, with room to hold eight cards, as well as a SIM card pocket and an SD card pocket (an excellent way to ensure you never loose them again). To top it off, it even has a pen holder with included pen, becasue it’s always a a smart idea to have a pen handy while traveling (like when it comes time to fill out arrival forms or jot down important info in a hurry). $39.99
Hershel Supply Co. – Raynor Leather Passport Holder
Just like their bags, backpacks and wallets, Hershel Supply Co.’s Raynor Passport Holders are stylish and affordable. Certainly the most vibrant passport holder on the list, the Raynor comes in a variety of colors — with both solid and two-tone options (click “Buy It Here” below to see all the color combinations). Made from 100% leather on the outside, the interior is made of polyester with a fun stripped lining. Starting at $49.99
Monologue – Passport Holder
Sleek and slim, Monologue’s Passport Holder is a no frills and affordable way to protect your passport. Made of faux leather with a faux suede lining (which is why it’s so affordable), it’s available in a variety of colors (click “Buy It Here” below to see all the color choices). Inside you’ll find 3 simple card slots and a flap under which to store your passport. $15.99
Fjallraven – Passport Wallet
Some of you may know that I’m a big Fjallraven fan (they make my favorite duffle bag, parka and sweatshirt). So it’s no surprise I’m a fan of their passport wallet too. Made of Fjallraven’s signature G-1000 canvas fabric (it’s tough and looks great), this passport wallet zips closed to ensure all your travel documents stay in place. Inside, you’ll find plenty of room to store your passport, cards and cash — there’s even a interior zippered pocket to hold coins or other small valuables. Starting at $48
Tanner Goods – Travel Wallet
Tanner Goods, makers of stylish leather and canvas products (like duffle bags, belts and backpacks) hits it out of the park with their Travel Wallet. Made of vegetable-tanned Meridian English bridle leather, the slim but very study wallet features plenty of slots to store your passport, other travel documents, credit cards and cash. There’s even a pocket built to fit a small notepad. As a professional traveler, this is one of the passport holders that I personally own and use. $125
Visconti – Hunter 327 Distressed Leather Passport Holder
Available in two colors, brown and dark brown, the Visconti Hunter 327 Passport Holder features a distressed leather exterior (so even if you’re not constantly traveling the world, your passport case will say otherwise) and plenty of interior pockets (including 4 credit card slots and a extra pocket for cash or airplane tickets). $24.99
ZLYC – Passport Holder
Made of vegetable tanned leather, the ZLYC Passport Holder has a vintage look on the outside and just the right amount of storage pockets on the inside. It is available in brown and black leather. $29.99
Stephen Kenn – Passport Wallet
Stephen Kenn makes amazingly high-quality and masculine leather products that I’ve been telling people about for the past few years (you can find more from Stephen Kenn in the following articles on this site: The Best Weekend Bags For Traveling, The Best Backpacks For Traveling, The 10 Best Travel Kits/Bathroom Bags For Men). So naturally, I want you to know about his Passport Wallet. Yes it’s the most expensive on the list, but consider it an investment — something you can hand down to your grandkids. The exterior is made using perforated leather, and inside, the leather is buttery smooth and features several well-placed pockets for cards, cash and boarding passes. I also own and use this passport wallet — and always feel like the most stylish traveler in the security/boarding/customs line whenever I pull it out. $145