What is a Wrist Pouch?

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  • Last Modified Date: 28 December 2019
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A wrist pouch is a pouch which is designed to be worn around the wrist. These pouches can be useful in a wide range of settings, and are manufactured by several companies which make bags and pouches. People can also make their own wrist patches at home, either from scratch with basic materials or by modifying an existing pouch to fit on the wrist.

Wrist pouches can be attached with elastics, ties, snaps, buckles, and velcro. The pouch itself may zip, button, velcro, or cinch closed, depending on the design, and is usually designed to accommodate a few small items. Commonly, a wrist pouch has enough space for credit cards and identification cards, along with things like keys, chapstick, and other small items which someone might want to be able to carry around.

Keeping things in a wrist pouch while traveling can be more secure than using a wallet. It is more difficult for a thief to access a wrist pouch than it is to lift a wallet, and the pouch can easily be hidden inside long sleeves for concealment to make it less obvious to potential thieves. It's also more difficult to lose a wrist pouch, which can be a concern for travelers who have accidentally left wallets and purses in shops and other facilities in the past.


Runners and other athletes also use wrist pouches. The pouch can be used to hold necessary items at the gym, on the field, or on the trail without being too intrusive, and it can also hold tools such as a heart rate monitor which can be used to keep track of one's heart rate during a workout. Such pouches are also useful for short day trips and hikes in which people want to bring a few items along without feeling burdened by a backpack, purse, or bag.

When selecting a wrist pouch, people may want to think about how they are going to use it. It's a good idea to select a product which is washable, as the wrist can get dirty or sweaty over the course of the day. It is also a good idea to bring along the items which will be carried in the pouch to confirm that they fit, and to carefully check the construction to make sure that the pouch is tightly sewn together. If a wrist pouch is being used for money or personal items, it may be a good idea to find a product with a hidden pocket which can be used to conceal things like money and credit cards so that they will not be readily visible when the pouch is opened.


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