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When traveling I want to know that my belongings are safe and secure. I want to avoid being the victim of the thieves, scammers and pickpockets that prey on tourists around the world.

A few years ago on a trip to Paris I witnessed a pickpocket being apprehended near the Eiffel Tower. The contents of his bag where tipped onto the ground and I was astounded to see at least 30 purses and wallets. All of them had been stolen in a few hours from tourists spending the day enjoying the sights of Paris.

Later that day, on the Paris Metro, after being surrounded on a crowded train my backpack was opened by thieves and the contents rummaged through as they looked for valuables.

Not a pleasant experience for myself or my fellow travelers that day.

However I had one advantage. I was using a cross-body anti-theft bag. In it I had all my valuables – my wallet, credit cards, passport. camera and phone. So even though thieves had accessed the backpack my bag (held close to my body) had proved invaluable (and invincible). After I returned home I purchased an anti-theft backpack for both myself and my husband.

The moral of my story is don’t take chances. Do as much as you can to prevent thieves. And one of the best ways to do this is to use anti-theft bags and backpacks.

In this ultimate guide to to the best anti-theft travel bags I am recommending products that I own and use every time I travel. I also purchased some of these products for my daughter when she was backpacking the world a few years ago. Yes they may seem expensive but they are worth every cent/penny for the peace of mind they provide.

 

The best anti theft travel bags, a buying guide featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

What you will find in this article

Comparison Table – Anti Theft Bags and Purses

If you already have an idea what you want but just want a quick comparison of anti-theft bags and purses the table below summarises my research.

 

 
TitleTravelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bucket BagTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Slim Dbl Zip Crossbody Bag, BlackTravelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 Compartment CrossbodyTravelon Anti-theft Classic Small Crossbody Bag
Dimensions33 x 30.7 x 4.6 cm22.9 x 26.7 x 2.5 cm34.3 x 30 x 5.1 cm26.7 x 21.6 x 6.4 cm
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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TitleTravelon Women’s Anti-Theft Tailored BagTravelon Anti-theft Courier Saddle BagTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger BagTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag[
Dimensions4.4 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm5.7 x 22.9 x 17.8 cm11 x 10 x 4.5 inches9.8 x 2.5 x 10 inches
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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TitleTravelon Anti-theft Active Tour Messenger BagTravelon Anti-theft Heritage Hobo BagTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder BagTravelon Women's Anti-theft Heritage Small
Dimensions9 x 3.5 x 11 inches11.5 x 9.5 x 3 inches2 x 8.5 x 8.5 inches2 x 10.5 x 7 inches
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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TitleTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Travel Bag Sling ToteTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Lite Sling
Dimensions8.5 x 8.5 x 2 inches4 x 14 x 8 inches
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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Comparison Table – Anti Theft Backpacks

If you require something larger these pickpocket proof backpacks are the best I have found to keep your belongings safe when traveling.

 

 
TitleCitysafe CX anti-theft 17L backpackTravelon Anti-theft Classic BackpackTravelon Anti-theft Classic Convertible BackpackTravelon Women's Anti-theft Tailored Backpack
Dimensions6.3 x 15.4 x 10.6 inches6 x 12 x 16 inches8.5 x 12 x 3 inches 3.8 x 11 x 12 inches
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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TitleTravelon Signature Slim Anti Theft BackpackPacsafe Slingsafe LX300Pacsafe Metrosafe LS350 15L
Dimensions11 x 2 x 13 inches14 x 29 x 44 inches5 x 11.6 x 16.5 inches
RDIF blocking
Slash Proof
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What is an Anti Theft Bag?

 

Also known as “anti-slash bags” or “anti-pickpocket bags”  anti-theft bags or backpacks have additional features to make it harder for a thief or pickpocket to access.

Most pickpockets and bag thieves work in gangs and are looking for the vulnerable tourist – the ones who have open handbags or wallets in their back pockets. An anti-theft bag makes stealing from you that much harder for them and therefore they more likely to avoid even trying.

The most common thefts occur when thieves

  1. Slash open the bottom of a bag and steal the contents as they fall to the ground
  2. Slash the strap and grab the bag
  3. Undo zips and steal the contents (as the thieves did to me in Paris) or simply lifting items from an opened purse or bag
  4. Scanning your bag for ID and credit card details

Common places for these crimes to occur are at major tourist spots, on public transport, at museums and at the airport. (My step-father had his wallet stolen at Zurich airport after returning home tired from a long-haul flight. The thieves spotted his vulnerability and stole his wallet from his jacket pocket. Don’t assume that even places as safe as Switzerland are free of pickpockets and thieves. They aren’t.)

 

 

Best Anti Theft Travel Bags and Purses Reviews

Who Makes the Best Anti Theft Travel Bags, Purses and Backpacks?

The main brands making anti-theft bags are Pacsafe and Travelon. All the anti-theft bags I own and use were made by these two companies and those are the two brands featured in this guide. They have all of the features you need in an anti-theft bag including RFID blocking, slash resistant material and locking compartments and zippers (more information on each feature is later in the article)

BEST ANTI-THEFT TRAVEL HANDBAGS AND PURSES

A selection of the best anti-theft handbags and purses

BEST ANTI-THEFT BACKPACKS

A selection of the best anti-theft backpacks available on the market right now.

 

Key Features of Anti Theft Travel Bags and Backpacks

 

 

The best anti theft travel bags, a buying guide featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time: Features of anti-theft bags by Travelon
Image courtesy of Travelon

 

√  Slash-resistent mesh body panel and shoulder strap

√  Locking compartments and straps

√  RFID blocking

 

How to choose the right anti-theft bag

I have a number of different sizes of the anti-theft bags as well as an anti-theft backpack. I tend to use the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag during the day and the Travelon Women’s Anti-theft Heritage Small  in the evenings when I am carrying less but obviously everyone’s requirements are different.

Consider what essentials you want to carry with you and buy a bag that fits what you need. I would recommend buying a backpack and at least one bag to start with. I started with the Travelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 Compartment Crossbody and built up my collection from there.

Read more – Guide to the best mini anti theft bags and purses

 

Benefits of Using an Anti Theft Travel Handbag or Backpack

I would never travel without my anti-theft bags and while I don’t want to alarm anyone I think it is absolute necessity especially in some parts of the world.

 

Greater protection from pickpockets and thieves as they tend to look for easy targets

Safer carrying passport and credit cards as they can’t be scanned

Less anxiety when in crowded areas or on public transport

 

Tips when Using your Anti Theft Travel Bags: How to Stay as Safe as Possible

Don’t walk near the edge of the road. Motorbike gangs are known to grab bags as they drive past.

If you are traveling with a partner share the cash/cards between you so if anything happens you still have some money.

When on public transport or in a crowded area keep the bag close to you and in front of your body

Look up any known scams for your destination. I include these in my travel guides as I believe forewarned is forearmed

The anti-theft bags and tips in this post are to encourage greater safety awareness and to use as a precaution when you travel but unfortunately nothing is 100% guaranteed. I highly recommend taking out travel insurance before you travel. I recommend World Nomads and you can click here for a quote.

 

PIN FOR LATER! A buying Guide to the Best Anti Theft Travel Bags

 

The best anti theft travel bags, a buying guide featured by top international travel blogger, Tracy's Travels in Time

 

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Author: Tracy

Over the last 50 years I have lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to many more. I enjoy exploring and learning about new places and meeting people on my travels. History, reading, photography, nature and wildlife are my interests and I am ALWAYS researching and planning my next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, I share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help YOU travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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