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Steven Frischling, aka: Fish, is globe hopping professional photographer, airline emerging media consultant working with large global airlines and founder of The Travel Strategist. Fish has racked up more than 1,000,000 miles since he started to track his mileage in 2005.

Fish's travel tends to be less than leisurely, including flying from New York to Basrah, Iraq, for six hours; Hong Kong for eight hours, Kuwait City for two hours and traveling around the world in 3.5 days to shoot a series of photo assignments in 4 cities and 4 countries on 3 separate continents.

Fish grew up at the end of New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L, which probably explains his enjoyment of watching planes, fly overhead. When not shooting photos or traveling Fish designs camera bags, hones is expertise on airline security and spends his time at home cheering for the Red Sox with his 3 kids 102 yards from the ocean.

Travel Security & Pants (Part 2) : 5.11 Tactical Jeans

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6/05/2009 – Travel Security & Pants (Part 2) : 5.11 Tactical Jeans

Jeans are a staple of many travellers wardrobe, however blue jeans rarely provide the security travellers need on the road.

Don’t get me wrong, no one wants to get pick-pocketed, however when travelling the stakes are higher for the losses. On the road you stand to lose your Passport and usually more cash that you’d normally have in your pocket while at home. At home you have resources and contacts in place to replace stolen items somewhat quickly, on the road…well resources to replace lost critical items aren’t so easy.

Jeans on the road when travelling for business (corporate casual), pleasure or as a photographer are ideal. Jeans are comfortable, jeans go well with a dress shirt and sport coat, for photographers jeans are great for blending in and providing durable clothing while climbing, squatting and scouting throughout a long day shooting.

For those seeking security for important items on the road as well as the comfort and durability jeans afford travellers, 5.11 Tactical’s Denim Jeans are the answer.

5.11 Tactical’s Jeans were designed for undercover law enforcement officers, more specifically they were designed to conceal a hand-gun, extra ammunition clip and a pair of handcuffs. To allow for maximum concealment of weapons 5.11 Tactical incorporated versatile pockets inside the waistband of the pants.

When travelling I have found the internal pocket designed to hold a handgun excellent for securing my Passport. In addition to carrying my passport, the pocket designed to accommodate the ammunition clip perfect for concealing cash. While I am rarely on the road with a lot of cash, I still like to separate cash for security and emergencies.

Many pickpockets are quick and skilled, but it would be very hard for a pickpocket to get their hand under the belt of your pants and deep inside the waist band of your pants without you noticing.

In addition to the two internal pockets, the external hand pockets are quite deep with a somewhat tight entrance making it a fairly secure location for a wallet. It would be a challenge for a pickpocket to enter these pockets without being noticed.

The external rear pockets are like all other jeans pockets. Easy access and never recommended for placing your wallet…at home or on the road.

Blending in is important on the road, you never want to stand out and you never want to be an easy target. Jeans allow you to blend in and 5.11 Tactical’s Jeans allow you blend and its security features do not allow your valuables to become an easy target.

Below are three photos of my 5.11 Tactical Jeans and me.

Happy Flying!
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2 Responses

  1. Fish,

    Thanks for these couture tips for the travelling photographer. You make a point that the rear pockets are not safe for keeping a wallet and I would like to point out that for anyone who ever plans to sit down, a wallet in a back pocket will put unbalanced pressure on the pelvic bone and can lead to far more serious leg and back pain than any benefit that putting a wallet there might give.

    Keep up the great blog with the great info. I am finding myself flying much more often these days with photo gear and have learned much here…


  2. […] as in my primary travel bag.  My passport its self is almost always kept on me at all times in a hard to access pocket, generally in a waterproof sleeve, but it is better to plan for the worst rather than assume […]

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