The kind folk over at The Leather Shop reached out to me and asked if I was interested in trying out any of their handmade leather products which could be useful for my travels. I checked out their shop and the the prettiness was overwhelming – Handmade I love, check! Leather I love too, check! Travel friendly, sold! I had a hard time deciding on what to try out, but eventually made my choices and this is what they sent over:
I’ll probably save the wallet reviews for my actual trip in September, because if you’ve seen my daily wallet, I carry most of my life in there and these beauties are a little too small for my personal everyday needs – I carry a much more streamlined wallet for travelling because I’m afraid of losing stuff. So what I’ve been testing out for the past few weeks is the Key Holder.
First and foremost it’s such a pretty key holder, goodbye unsightly keys! Also, the classic leather look will work for anyone from thrifty backpackers to suited up business travellers so you can use it all the time. The holder comes in 2 colours, I personally prefer the tan one over the natural (beige) one. The key holder is made from one single piece of thick leather that enfolds your keys within, so they are hidden and protected from scratching up other items in your bag. I tend to just toss my keys in with everything else, and have suffered due to my carelessness, boo.
Here’s how it works in case you can’t tell from that picture above:
It has a short metal bar that can hold up to 4 household keys – I couldn’t figure it out at first because I’m a dolt like that, but you have to use a Philips screwdriver to manually unscrew and insert the keys onto the key bar. It can be a little troublesome for people who don’t like fiddly things (me!) and don’t always have a screwdriver handy, but it’s also an extra secure way to keep your keys safe.
The holder is attached to a removable leather strap which you can loop around your wrist or on a hook, though it’s not long enough to be a lanyard if you want to wear it around your neck. There is also a metal clasp on the other end of the strap, which is really useful for hooking on to other keys, items or hooks. For those who keep the holder in their pockets, you can attach it to your belt loop for safety; for messy people like me who toss it into a bottomless bag, I attach it to strategic loops on my bag so it’s easy for me to fish out my keys.
So far for daily use, it’s been great – I haven’t had to dig endlessly in my bag for my keys, and my sunglasses lenses don’t get scratched up anymore, hooray! Most importantly, it’s affordable too at US$27, which is pretty decent since it’s good quality leather and handmade to boot – You could use something like this for years, and it also makes a nice gift.
For travelling purposes, I would use these to hold my house keys and hook them in my luggage/carry-on somewhere safe, so when I do return home, it’s easy to locate my keys. This key holder isn’t for short term travellers looking to keep their accommodation keys though, given the fiddly bits and because many hotels/hostels are keycard-operated or have gigantic key chains on their keys.
Thanks to Ken and The Leather Shop for sending me these items for review and providing the nice product images, but all opinions and reviews here are my own. Look out for the wallet reviews later in October after I’m back from Prague!
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