The Best Anti Theft Travel Bags and Accessories

Written By: The Planet D

In today’s world of cyber technology and highly trained criminals, it’s easy to have your valuables compromised. You need more than a money belt to keep safe, and these anti theft travel bags will help you do that while looking good!

In this article, we explain what to look for in an anti-theft travel bag, options for choosing the right anti-theft travel purse, and reviews of the bags that we have used ourselves.

Best Features of an Anti Theft Bag

  • Slash proof over the shoulder straps
  • Metal mesh-lined body panel and compartments
  • Locking zippers
  • Locks to attach to a secure fixture
  • RFID blocking pockets and compartments
  • Versatility – You are spending a lot, so you want to have it fit a lot of different outfits
  • Easy to clean

What is RFID Skimming?

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Deb with her cross body bag

RFID Skimming It is a form of theft using wireless transmitters to gain information to your credit and debit card identification chips. They can decode personal information like your name, address, phone number, and private social insurance and social security numbers. Once somebody has that information, they can do anything from gaining access to your accounts to stealing your identity.

RFID protects your credit cards and personal information from being swiped by cybercriminals. If people want to, they can get your bank and credit information and wipe out your accounts in an instant. That’s why it’s important to think about anti-theft travel bags, purses and wallets when planning your trip abroad.

Check out our Ultimate Travel Packing List to Help you Prepare for your next trip.

The Best Anti-Theft Travel Purses

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Deb’s favorite anti theft cross body purses

When looking for a good purse for travel, an over the shoulder slashproof bag with RFID protection is a must. Having your hands free for travel lets you enjoy the little things. And with a shoulder strap crossing your body, you never have to worry about someone grabbing your bag.

Anti Theft Crossbody Bags and Purses

There are many types of anti-theft purses and bags that you can use to travel safe and we wanted to outline some of the latest designs to help travellers protect their valuables and their personal identities.

Pacsafe Citysafe LS400 RFID Travel Tote

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Best Bag to Carry when Traveling

If you are looking for something on the larger side, this is a great option. I love carrying large bags when traveling because I pack a lot of stuff to go out each day. This Pacsafe Tote holds my camera and even my computer when flying. The inner compartment is large so I can rummage through to find what I need.

It has reinforced locking zippers, eXomesh Slashguard stainless steel wire mesh embedded into the fabric to protect from a slash and grab, a slash guard strap and turn and lock security to fasten my bag to a secure fixture at an airport, patio, or restaurant.

Having zippers reinforced and lockable in your travel bag is a must. Take it from us, we’ve had people rummage through our bags without us noticing stealing our valuables. No matter how much you keep an eye on your bags, things can easily go missing.

Travelon Anti Theft Classic Messenger Bag

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Travelon Purse

If you are looking for a different style and more compact the Travelon Antitheft Bag is a classic messenger bag design with anti-theft security. It has all the same features and functions as the classic Travel Bag, with the added feature of two outside pockets for water bottles and an umbrella.

Travelon Anti Theft Purse

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Anti theft travel purse classic

Travelon Anti-Theft Purse – This classic Mini Shoulder Bag is a classic one size fits all travel bag that has all the antitheft functions you need. It also has a removable LED light and a mesh expansion water bottle holder that you can open when needed.

  • Locking zipper compartments
  • Slash-proof construction
  • Adjustable, cut-proof shoulder strap attaches to post or chair
  • RFID blocking pocket for credit cards and passports.

When walking through a crowded market, I can lock my zippers so that nobody can rummage through my valuables. I used to constantly walk with my hand on my zipper or squeeze my bag under my arm pit. Now I walk with a little more comfort.

Pacsafe City Safe Antitheft Travel Purse -Small Crossbody Bag

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A Small yet secure purse

The PacSafe Women’s Citysafe Cs100 Anti-Theft Handbag Travel Cross-Body Bag is a smaller version of the travel tote I mentioned at the top. I like to use this bag when I’m just going out sans camera.

This is more of a purse than a travel bag, but it is a great option to pack in your suitcase and bring out at night or while sightseeing. It doesn’t hold a large camera or computer, but it has all the antitheft functions and is still large enough to hold everything you need.

Small Secure Crossbody Hip Travel Purse

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If you are looking to dress things up a bit, this Pacsafe Crossbody Safety Purse gets rave reviews. Its long shoulder straps work for everyone, it mixes fashion with function but is big enough to hold what you need.

Minicat Cross Body Purse

This doesn’t look at all like a travel purse and when traveling to places like London or Paris it is exactly what you need to blend in in the city. It’s small, so you can’t take along the normal travel gear you want, but if you are heading out to the clubs or shopping on the Champs-Élysées, you’ll look good and keep safe. This travel purse has the usual RFID lining and secure cross body straps, and covered zipper. It has a built in wallet to keep your cards secure.

Choosing the Best Anti Theft Bags

Travelon and Pacsafe are both great options for safe and secure travel bags. Travelon has more options for small travel purses and more urban designs, but Pacsafe has more options for functionality and travel specific uses. Take a look at both brands to see what features best suit your needs.

Anti Theft Purse Backpacks

For the longest time I avoided purse backpacks because I felt vulnerable having my valuables on my back. But with all the new anti theft technology, things are much safer. Dave and I both carry a lot of camera gear and I used to always only use a messenger bag. But now, when we are going out, I need to save my back and evenly distribute the weight. A backpack is great for this.

Look for a backpack that has locking zippers, steel mesh lining, and slash proof straps – You are now good to go. Check out these options for cute nights out to full day packs.

Sherpani Sojourn, Anti Theft Convertible Backpack

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The convertible backpack is also a tote and cross body bag

This versatile backpack, purse and tote is a great option to change things. up when you travel. It can be a backpack, tote or cross body purse offering different options for any occassion when traveling. Plus it has all the anti theft security features you are looking for. It comes in a small version as well.

Baggallini Convertible Backpack

Anti theft sling bags

If you want to dress up your anti theft bag a bit, this backpack is trendy and cool looking. It will blend with your wardrobe for a night out or a day of sightseeing. It’s cute and is small enough for those places that don’t allow large bags or backpacks and stylish enough to wear out at night.

Anti Theft Travel Bags for Men

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Keep your luggage safe at the airport

Anti Theft Backpack

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Anti theft backpack

We are fans of the Pacsafe Design and a great option for an anti theft travel backpack is the Pacsafe Venturesafe EXP45 Anti-Theft Carry-On Travel Backpack. The 45-liter size is small enough for carryon and it has the anti-theft features you need for opeace of mind. Reinforced zippers can all be zipped to one central point to secure the backpack to a fixture. This is great when sleeping on trains or overnight buses.

You have peace of mind that everything is closed, locked and secure. The wire mesh fabric protects from slash and grabs, and it holds, laptops, and all your travel gear and clothing if you pack light. This is a great option for backpacking through Southeast Asia.

Anti Theft Camera Backpack

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Anti Theft Camera Backpack

While Dave has a very set system with his camera gear using Shimoda, there are great backpacks specified to camera gear. If you want a camera bag made for professional photography that holds several lenses and camera bodies, you will want to go with something else. Check out Dave’s Travel Photography Gear Guide

But this is a good camera backpack option. We recommend a backpack over a cross body messenger bag as camera gear can be very heavy. We are fans of PacSafe – and the PacSafe Camsafe X17 Anti-Theft Camera Backpack is a good option to carry all your camera gear with the usual anti-theft features.

Anti Theft Bag Accessories and Alternatives

Pacsafe Travel Organizer

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Everything is well-organized

I don’t want to always carry my tote or travel purse, so this folding wallet turns into a nice anti theft travel purse. (even though it is really a wallet). I’ve put my cellphone, a portable charger, and a charging cord into this handy organizer to go out at night. It’s RFID secure and there is a strap that I fasten to my wrist so nobody can grab it out of my hand. It’s not exactly a handbag, but I use my Pacsafe Travel Organizer as a clutch purse at night.

Leather RFID-Blocking Thinfold Wallet 

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The perfect wallet

Dave rarely carries a wallet these days. I’m his designated wallet carrier. Thankfully I have all those secure purses and bags to keep everything safe. But when he does, he also makes sure his credit and bank cards are safe with RFID Technology. It easily holds all his credit cards and money.

Pickpocket Proof Pants

To keep his wallet safe, he wears pickpocket-proof shorts or pants. (basically pants with button pockets) These pants have come a long way baby. When traveling, you don’t always want to carry a bag, sometimes we just want to go for a walk through town with a few items and some cash. The Pickpocket proof pants are the answer with deep pockets that are protected with a zipper and button for extra protection.

FlexSafe Aqua Vault

This is a great idea when hanging out at the pool of a resort or when on a lounge chair at the beach. Read: Things to do in Daytona Beach

We all hate going into the water and having to hide our belongings. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in the water fretting over my valuables.

Well, now you can lock them to your lawn chair and enjoy our time in the pool!

PacSafe Anti theft Travel Bag Protector

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Pacsafe is a must for trains and buses

The Pacsafe Travel Bag protector put our minds at ease when travelling on the train and when leaving our beach bungalow. This item is excellent for securing all valuables in one place.

Often when traveling on trains in Asia, your bags will be stuck somewhere else. With a Pacsafe protector, you can wrap a lightweight steel frame around your bag and lock it to a pole. We could sleep soundly knowing that our valuables were locked securely to a pole inside its own vault like safe. When we stayed in some questionable accommodation on the beach, we locked our computers and cameras up inside a bag and locked it to the bed frame.

It can add extra weight to your luggage, but we didn’t regret the extra weight when traveling through India. We used it all the time as we were on a tight budget and our accommodations never felt completely secure. With the pacsafe protector, we locked everything and enjoyed our day.

Luggage locks

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These are easy to use

We like to lock our luggage when in transit. Even while standing in line, people can easily get into your zippers. Luggage locks give you that extra protection to deter thieves. We always say, “why make things easy for people?” Thieves look for easy targets. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve stood in a queue and noticed my fellow passengers dragging bags behind them that are wide open.

Be it a carryon roller, backpack, or rolling duffel bag anyone can stick their hand in and rummage through your things. Luggage locks are lightweight and easy to open, help to make things difficult for criminals.

Other Anti Theft Products

Let’s face it, sometimes you don’t want to carry anything but your cell phone when going out on the town or going sightseeing. These are some anti theft alternatives to carry some cash and credit without having the fear of being pickpocketed.

  • Bra Wallet – Great for keeping ID, money, and credit cards safe. Clips to your bra letting you enjoy a night on the town hands-free. Note: It is not big enough to hold a phone.
  • Security Belt – RFID Blocking wallet that clips to your waistband. It holds credit cards, ID, and money. It is not big enough for a cell phone.
  • Travel Scarf – Go hands-free to the market with a zip-locked secure travel scarf to carry your ID, cash, and credit cards. It is also big enough to cover your head and shoulders for going into temples or places where you need to cover up.
  • Money Belt – A good old fashioned money belt lets you carry passports, and other valuables under your clothing. But this money belt has a modern touch with flexible spandex fabric and enough space to store phones.
  • Neck Wallet – Don’t want the bulk of a money belt? A neck wallet lets you go through the airport handsfree with enough space to hold all your travel documents.

Luggage tracker

We can’t always be with our luggage when flying. Even when traveling carryon only, you sometimes have to check a bag on smaller planes. If luggage does get lost, it’s a bonus to have an extra set of security to track your luggage. It has automatic Worldwide Tracking with Cell-tower Connected Technology.

Travel Tips for Anti Theft Bags

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Well, you’ve made it this far, let’s go over the best practices to keep you and your valuables safe when traveling.

  1. Split your valuables between bags – It’s a great idea to put some valuables in your travel purse, your backpack and your carryon so if something does go missing, you’ won’t lose everything.
  2. When sightseeing, don’t carry your passport with you. Keep it safe and secure in your hotel room safe.
  3. Leave behind a credit card so you have a backup in case of emergency at your hotel. Don’t carry every credit card and all your money at all times.
  4. Choose a cross body purse or travel bag to avoid slash and grabs.
  5. Keep your over the shoulder bag close and in front of you in public markets and transit. (pickpockets are good and can get into reinforced zippers)
  6. Check out our top travel scams around the world
the best anti theft travel bags and purses

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About The Planet D

Dave Bouskill and Debra Corbeil are the owners and founders of The Planet D. After traveling to 115 countries, on all 7 continents over the past 13 years they have become one of the foremost experts in travel. Being recognized as top travel bloggers and influencers by the likes of Forbes Magazine, the Society of American Travel Writers and USA Today has allowed them to become leaders in their field.

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23 thoughts on “The Best Anti Theft Travel Bags and Accessories”

  1. As I’m a traveler but due to pandemic I’m stuck and taking information from other travelers and here I have landed. The information which you have mentioned here is very essential for traveler and they must use these accessories for the safe travel. Its really worth for the traveller.

  2. Wow! Had no clue about these wonderful gears. So thank you Dave And Deb for sharing this informative post. I am a regular traveller and have been a victim of theft on some occasions. so will definitely invest in these travel accessories.

  3. Amazing Post…!!!

    Thanks for providing such wonderful tips. These tips really gonna help us lot while traveling.

  4. Just some small things. Most bags/cases have two zips that close using flat tabs attached to the ‘pullalong’ part of the zip. Using multi-tools/pliers, destroy the tabs – they’re easy to bend/break as they’re connected by small circles of weak wire – & substitute suitably-sized spilt rings. **In cold weather you can easily put a finger in each split ring to open your bag quickly, & for security you can link the rings using a travelling padlock. Memorize the number but don’t label the bottom of the lock**. If you use a rucksack, attach a large split ring to each loop used to pull down the straps when you put the bag over your shoulders It’s so much faster. For compartment zips on the ruck sack, remove the loops & use split rings for the reasons given above(**)
    Have secure holidays !!

  5. I have a question do you think it is possible to hack data when my laptop is off and it is in my bag?

    Although I would prefer to be safe, rather regret it later.

  6. Fico muito envergonhado em comentar isto sobre meu pais.Mas é a realidade,no Brasil deve se tomar bastante cuidado em aeroportos porque é muito grande o número de registro de roubos de bagagens por isso eu quero dizer que este artigo é muito bom e ajuda aos viajantes a terem mais cuidados.

  7. It is unbelievable how people can theft your personal details out of your credit and debit cards . I had no idea about RFID skimming.Thanks for the information. I must say it is very informative and people should be aware of it for safe travel.

  8. These are some great ideas. I never heard of RFID until now. It is a scary thought. I will certainly look into some of these items. Luggage locks were something that I used to use until Airline Security broke my locks in order to get into my luggage to check it for any terrorist threats. They left a note in my luggage that they did this and then re-secured the luggage with a nylon tie. I realized that if I bought a new lock to put on my luggage, that they would just break that one too. So I stopped using luggage locks and just used nylon ties like the airlines do. I guess sometimes security items can be compromised for the sake of security.

    By the way, I agree that Apple computer products are the way to go. There are less hackers on these computers than there are on PCs. All my computer products are Apple.

    • My mom had been telling me about RFID for about a year or so and I didn’t really listen. She had a pocket that the bank gave her, but it’s awesome to have a full wallet now. I think it’s going to become a real problem in the future.

  9. Didn’t realize they now have RFID wallets. I need to get one that can hold passport. I found a good one on the Travel Smith, thanks. Also it was nice meeting you guys at Thursday’s Travel Massive event.

    • There are RFID passport holders and wallets combined. I have a large passport holder wallet, but there are other options that you can buy that aren’t quite as big as mine. Since I carry a purse, I can have a larger wallet.

  10. Great article. Keeping everything safe is always something really important to us but it’s also important to keep our luggage contents down. I saw an RFID over shoulder satchel only last week and considered very seriously making the purchase. I might go back and revisit it now.

  11. We’ve been lucky enough to never have anything stolen while travelling (except that one time when Stephen was mugged at knifepoint in an alley in Spain, I guess).

    One security tip I love is to keep a little cash in a scrappy wallet and use that when you pay for things. I have a hand-made duct tape wallet that looked like something a 12-year-old would carry and it helps give off the impression that I don’t have anything worth stealing if that’s what my wallet looks like. If someone does decide to pickpocket me, they only get a little cash. Meanwhile, I still have my cards and other cash either tucked away deep inside a bag or a money belt.

    It has worked so far, but as we get older and travel to more expensive places, we might just need to invest in some nicer gear so thanks for the reviews.


  12. It really is crazy how people can scan your card to get information like that. It’s easier to prevent that from happening than to fix it after the information has been stolen, so be prepared! It’s worth spending the money on protective gear.