Travelsky RFID Blocking Passport Wallet
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Travelers have a right to be concerned about identity theft. These days, just about everything (your credit cards, some enhanced driver’s licenses, even your passport book) are equipped with information-packed microchips that emit radio waves.

Modern pickpockets no longer have to even reach their hands into your bag—they can simply pass by with a handheld RFID reader, which wirelessly collects the information transmitted by the embedded radio frequency identification chip.

From several feet away, these tech-savvy crooks can skim everything from your legal name and country of origin to your credit card number.

Several companies are now producing RFID-blocking wallets and passport holders (and bags, fanny packs, purses, and more) to prevent those radio waves from falling into the wrong hands.

Baggallini, for example, is an accessories line created by former flight attendants. Two of their products will assuage any worries you have about RFID-style theft. A radio wave-blocking nylon wallet and wristlet are easy (and chic) ways to ensure your information stays secure inside your cards and travel documents.

Chances are, any high-tech theft like this would mean little more than a thief knowing your full name, and maybe where you’re from. But if you’re a better-safe-than-sorry traveler, consider upgrading to an RFID-blocking wallet and passport cover.

Melanie Lieberman is the Assistant Digital Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @melanietaryn.