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How to give a kid spending money for travel

My son is going to Puerto Rico with a high school group. I'm not going along (too expensive for me, there will be chaperons). I don't want to give him a big wad of cash to lose/have stolen...he has had money stolen at summer camp, etc. He does not have a bank account except the savings account for college, and that doesn't have an ATM card (he doesn't have a job and we give him his allowance in cash). Their meals are included in the package but not beverages or snacks.

What's the best way to give him spending money? I can't find anything definitive on Visa/MC sites that says whether a prepaid card is commonly accepted, or whether it can be used to get $ from an ATM. Does anyone know if something like VisaBuxx can be used outside of the mainland?

ETA: thanks for your concern but he actually does know how bank accounts work and manages his money just fine. He does not have an income other than his allowance, which is small, and we live too far from a bank for him to just walk over there and withdraw cash. I was just looking for short-term solutions for one trip away from home...and thanks to everyone who contributed great ideas. :D
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  • It's my jam!

    What is your favourite musical or movie soundtrack? Mine for some reason is Heavy Metal--lots of great songs on there!

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    What is your favourite kitchen gadget or tool? (I remember some of you love your stand mixers--I still haven't gotten around to selling ours) What's…

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