I was in Tunisia, North Africa once, taking a little cool off break in the Mediterranean, when I looked down and realized I had forgotten to take off my belt. Saltwater on the leather wasn't my concern. That was easy. I just had to soak it in fresh water for 24 hours. The problem was a lot of the dye from the belt went running down my shorts when I got out. And since I only had a couple extra pairs on the extended trip, it was very inconvenient when convenience really mattered. You don't realize how much you depend on a belt until you're inadvertently dropping trow in a strange medina. If you absolutely positively must depend on a belt, depend on this one. Worst case scenario, one piece of leather tears, you rip the stitching and cut it off the damaged leather and you use the second piece with the buckle. Of course, if you're in a situation where your belt tears almost in half, I suspect that the least of your concerns is the belt.