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When exploring a new city, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of culture, art, and those yummy street foods, and lose focus on keeping your belongings safe. Luckily there are a wealth of purses, packs, and pouches designed to keep your important travel items locked down, even if your attention wanders.
Sturdy screw-on buckles, instead of carabiner or clip buckles, keep this bag firmly attached. The adjustable strap lengthens or shortens by up to 14 inches, which makes it suitable for a wide range of heights, with reviewers commenting that it suits men or women. One also said, “The front pocket is well padded for things like sunglasses. The zipper compartment has a clip to keep people out which is nice for close quarters like trains or tourist spots. The strap is comfortable and can be swapped from left to right. The strap is also attached with a nice locking clip.”
- Slash-proof straps
- Hidden zippered pocket
- Water resistant material
Thoughtfully designed, this classic messenger bag by Travelon has a number of useful features to deter theft. With locking compartments, angled pocket flaps, and clip-close zippers, it stymies pickpockets from all angles. The external drink holder pocket lets you easily take a sip without undoing the security features, lessening opportunities for theft. Stainless steel mesh in the body panels and cut-proof straps further protect you from losses.
- Wide range of colors available to suit every style
- Wear on one shoulder or cross-body
- RFID blocking
Designed to be worn under clothes and out of sight and reach for pickpockets, neck pouch style bags are popular for tourists in many cities around the world. You may plan on wearing a travel backpack while exploring areas popular with tourists. A bulky bag makes it all the easier to carry umbrellas, snacks and bottled water, jackets, or other necessities, but if you keep your travel documents, cash, and cards in this pouch, even if your backpack is stolen, you’re only out items of convenience, not necessity.
- Useful for airports or other high-traffic areas
- Highly reviewed
If you’re looking for a bag that is more theft resistant than an everyday purse, without adding on the extreme features like steel paneling or combination locks, a good crossbody bag may be enough to dissuade the local opportunists. Small, angled zippers are difficult to open without being noticed, and the adjustable strap helps keep it secured close to your body and out of arms reach.
- Fits snugly against your body
- Great for daily commutes
- Angled zippered pockets
A good way to keep thieves out of your pockets? Make sure they can’t find the pockets to begin with. The hidden zippers and pockets in this backpack make it a frustrating target for pickpockets. There’s an integrated USB charging port and room on board for a rechargeable power pack, great for charging phones and other devices while on the go.
- Laptop compartment for up to 15.6″ models
- Hidden pockets
- Access point for portable charging
If you’re looking for an anti-theft bag for use in a hotel or inside a backpack, Travelon’s LockDown bag is a step above the rest. Lock this bag to the bed frame at your hotel and it won’t get up and walk away; the cable is cut proof, even if would-be thieves bring bolt cutters. A great choice for hostels or other open housing styles, you can rest easy knowing that without the lock combination, no one will be accessing your bag.
- Great for home or travel
- Keep prescriptions, valuables, or documents out of the wrong hands
- One piece of construction
A great traveler’s bag, this laptop backpack is flat scan capable at TSA screening points. Holds up to a 17″ laptop securely, and also has a protective pocket for a tablet. Multiple hidden pockets make it easy to keep valuables secured, and the main compartment zipper is difficult to access while the bag is being worn.
- Lots of compartments for staying organized
- Scratch resistant, though not cut proof
- Sunglasses band and earbud port for extra convenience
Another option for stealthily carrying valuables under your clothing, this pouch uses an adjustable elastic strap to attach securely to a bra or similar strap. Holds cash, keys, or cards with ease. There’s no way to carry devices in this little pouch, so you’ll still need a way to protect your phone, tablet, camera, or other electronics, but it’s a very comfortable way to keep a hotel key and emergency cash on hand just in case.
- Comes in black or pink
Does it count as wearing a fanny pack if nobody else knows? This RFID blocking pouch buckles securely around your waist, keeping your valuables close at hand, and away from pickpockets. With multiple pockets to store items in, you can keep larger items like passports in one section, and still have easy access to cash or cards in the other.
- Adjustable length waistband
- Great for errand running with small children; keeps both hands free
“It has lots of room for everything including things my kids and husband want to throw in, and it held my iPad with room for more. I took it on my vacation to Europe, and it worked out perfectly.” With room for an 11″ Macbook, this stylish bag satisfies reviewers seeking versatility, function, and comfort. It converts easily from one shoulder to cross-body wear and has a more streamlined look than many anti-theft bags.
- Anti-slash features
- Zipper clips
- RFID blocking pockets
A locking main compartment and slash-resistant shoulder strap make this petite bag great for anyone who travels light. The convenient key clip and led light inside makes it easy to find keys or cash while out at night, and prevents the typical digging-through-the-purse-for-keys routine. The mesh body panels are also slash resistant and come in a variety of colors, so finding something to perfectly suit your style is easy.
- Bag weighs just 5 ounces
- RFID blocking
- Stylish, vintage design
A technophile’s dream bag with room for all their gadgets and gizmos, the anti-theft features, like hidden pockets, are just icing. Tons of inside pockets make it easy to keep organized while on the go, and ports for earbuds or charging make it easy to stay on the move and enjoying your trip. The TSA approved lock keeps your items secure, while also making for quick progress through airport security, and the bag fits snugly over the handle of most rolling suitcases.
- Locking main compartment
- Hidden external pockets against your back and on the straps
- Don’t forget TSA luggage locks for your rolling suitcase, too
A large capacity bag with cut-proof materials and an integrated lock, this is a great everyday commuter’s bag, with enough protective details for carrying in some of the world’s centers for petty theft. Padded internal dividers keep delicate items or electronics safe, and RFID shielding hidden pockets do the same for your passports, hotel keys, and credit cards.
- Hidden pockets in the back and straps
- Base of the bag is also cut proof
- Steel reinforced combination lock
Water-resistant and lightweight, this wear-anywhere bag has multiple pockets for keeping organized. Keep first aid items, sunglasses, and more in the front pockets, and use the more secure hidden pockets for your valuables. A great choice for tourists heading to major museums, theme parks, or other crowded venues that experience petty theft to some degree, but aren’t notorious for it.
- Multiple pockets for easy organization
- Fits a phone with up to 5.6″ screen
- No cutting protection