For some people, a wallet is a constant companion. You carry it with you every time you leave the house. So, choose wisely. Some folks want the thinnest wallet they can get by with, as long as there’s room to stash a bit of cash and a few cards. Others treat a wallet like a miniature briefcase, stuffing it with receipts, notes, pocket change, and dry-cleaning ticket stubs. Think about what you want to carry, and whether you need a wallet that goes in a back pocket or a front pocket. Then think whether you need these other features before you buy.

It may be super skinny, but this product has several slots for cash, photos, and other things you need to carry. Tommy Hilfiger

The first decision you have to make is whether you want a bi-fold, tri-fold wallet, or no-fold wallet. A bi-fold wallet folds in the middle, and it’s large enough to carry paper currency and has slots for cards. A bi-fold wallet is thinner than a tri-fold but somewhat bulkier than a no-fold design. For those who want the slimmest profile and the least bulk, a no-fold wallet will carry folded currency and a few cards and easily slip into a pocket.

This product has a zippered pouch for loose items. JM JUST MUST

Some folks don’t want to leave anything behind and carry cash, cards, ID, spare keys, coins, and maybe a few lottery tickets in a wallet, just in case. There’s nothing wrong with a slightly larger wallet. Just make sure it’s built sturdy enough to handle all the extra goodies you tuck inside.

This product has a flip-up ID holder that lets you show an identification card without removing it. Ben Sherman

It’s a slightly scary thing to consider you could lose all the personal information you carry in your wallet, from bank cards to personal identification and more, in an instant thanks to the sticky fingers of a thief. To lock down your info, consider an RFID blocking wallet, which contains a thin layer of carbon fiber or metal that blocks scanning devices from surreptitiously stealing your data.