14 Anti-theft Travel Bags That Will Protect Your Stuff in Style
Vacations are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself to the fullest. The last thing you want to think about is the chance of something going wrong. But the reality is: Bad things can happen, even in the most beautiful places.
And while there are some negative travel situations you can’t control — flight cancellations, for instance — you do have control over how prepared you are for pickpockets and identity thieves. Making sure your money, valuables, and personal information are safe while traveling should be on the top of your list, and that’s where a good anti-theft bag comes in handy.
Thankfully, a lot of travel bags and wallets offer protection against RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) reading devices, so your personal information can’t be shared without your consent.
If you are heading to a particularly crowded tourist attraction like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome where the risk for theft is higher, opt for a handbag made from anti-slash fabric or wire webbing. It’s always a good idea to have a couple of hidden pockets to store your cash and phone. And many come with a locking system, both for zippers and straps so that you can chain your bag to your chair if the patio you’re enjoying a coffee on is close to a busy sidewalk.
And don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to strap on a money belt. We found tons of theft-proof bag options equipped with both security and style.
Travelon Anti-theft Signature Slim Backpack
The roomy main compartment of this cool pack has RFID-blocking card and passport slots and there’s a hidden slash-proof pocket under the flap, perfect for your smartphone.
To buy: amazon.com, $49
Calpak RFID Travel Wallet
Calpak's travel wallet can be worn cross-body, as a belt bag, or tucked under your shoulder (with or without the cozy, fluffy short strap), all while protecting your phone and credit cards from RFID theft.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $75
Pacsafe Stylesafe Anti-theft Tote
This roomy and lightweight tote is perfect for the traveler who tends to carry (or shop) a lot. It has a secure zip closure that locks to the zip clip and plenty of pockets for everything from an umbrella to your keys.
To buy: zappos.com, $110
Lodis Pismo Pearl Kay Accordion Cross-body
This chic cross-body with an adjustable shoulder strap has plenty of room for all your belongings. The best feature of this bag is that it is completely RFID protected when closed.
To buy: ebags.com, $148
Sherpani Geo Crossbody Bag
This sleek option, available in subdued and bold colorways, is perfect for keeping your laptops and/or tablets protected from RFID theft.
To buy: amazon.com, $76
Pacsafe Citysafe Crossbody
This vibrant, compact handbag has chic hardware and detailing that make its high-functionality and theft-protective features simply pluses. Its cut-resistant exterior and hidden stainless steel strap give this stylish little bag an edge.
To buy: ebags.com, $70
Travelon Anti-Theft Tailored Satchel
This spacious nylon handbag has interior organization for your cards, passport, and phone and is resistant to forced entry with its quality materials and construction.
To buy: ebags.com, $98
Travelon Heritage Tour Bag
This bag has a slash-resistant exterior and an RFID blocking compartment to protect your items from identity theft
To buy: ebags.com, $75
Lodis Audrey Under Lock & Key Top Zip Shoulder Bag
We have to admit that the stand-out scarlet shade of this minimalist tote is what grabbed our attention, but it’s just as functional and protective as it is pretty. It has a padded laptop compartment, is RFID secured, and is crafted from imported leather.
To buy: lordandtaylor.com, $378
Kah&Kee Travel Backpack
This backpack has a 12-inch padded laptop compartment that protects your electronics from bumps and falls. There is also a secure back pocket where you can store your wallet, phone, and other important items.
To buy: amazon.com, $36
MINICAT Small Crossbody
Make a bold statement with this RFID blocking cobalt blue cross-body bag, which has over 400 positive reviews.
To buy: amazon.com, $19
Vera Bradley Carson RFID Mini Crossbody
This quilted, mini cross-body in a vibrant floral pattern will liven up any outfit.
To buy: zappos.com, $67
Madewell LOLA Mondo Starlight Crossbody
Madewell has partnered with California label LOLA to create this little travel bag wonder. Available in three adorable colorways, this bag features an ID patch for easy original owner identification if lost or stolen.
To buy: madewell.com, $38
Suvelle RFID Expandable Travel Convertible Cross-body Bag
This classic cross-body conveniently expands with a zipper along the bottom to fit more of your travel valuables, or, let’s face it — new souvenirs and gifts. The strap is adjustable so you can wear it as a shoulder bag, too.
To buy: amazon.com, $24