When choosing a bag ( a handbag, purse, daypack or backpack) for travel most people will give some thought to security. It makes sense to buy a bag that makes a bag snatcher’s or pickpocket’s life as difficult as possible. We’ve taken a look at the best anti theft travel bags for travellers, the ones designed to keep your passport, cash and other small valuables attached to you. In my personal experience as a global traveller of many years, a small cross-body handbag or purse is extremely useful, you don’t always want to carry your day-pack, backpack or suitcase. I cave a couple of cross-body fabric bags that I pack for this purpose, both have internal pockets and I can easily add extra security with a safety-pin or two, but if you want to buy a travel bag designed to keep the thieves at bay, somebody has thought of that! Here are the best and most popular anti-theft bags for travel and for travellers. As an extra security measure, some also have RFID blocking capacity. At the end of the post you’ll find a few extra anti-theft devices you may like.
These bags are mostly aimed at women, but some would work just as well for men, I include the one that my husband uses on airport days, it’s first on the list. The Kipling bags, although not designed as anti theft travel bags, are rugged and sturdy, we think they’re a great, long-lasting, good-looking, option and of course can be worn crossbody. My husband has used his on travel days for almost 20 years.
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Tips For Extra Travel Bag Safety
- Keep your bag across your body, not on 1 shoulder.
- Wear the bag on your front, not on your hip or behind.
- Keep a hand on it on busy trains, buses or in markets.
- Don’t keep everything in one bag, spread valuables around various hiding places.
- Avoid motorised bag snatchers by keeping the bag away from the road.
Best Anti Theft Travel Bags. Large and Small Bags and Purses.
The Cross Body Purses and Bags
We’ve shown all of the bags below in black but they do come in multiple colours from blue to red, click-through on each item to check the range.
Kipling Cross-Body Bag ( ideal for men or women)
Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag
Travelon Classic Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag
Travelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 Compartment Cross-Body Bag
Baggalline Everywhere Cross Body Bag
Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bucket Bag
Bagallini Pocket Cross Body Bag
Larger Anti Theft Travel Bags, Backpacks and Daypacks
Apologies, under revision for 2017, work in progress, this stuff changes all the time!
Anti Theft Laptop Bag
A backpack that will take your laptop safely and securely is an absolute God-send. This one has all the bells and whistles. The zips are lockable with a combination padlock and his has an external USB port for charging your mobile devices.
Extra Anti Theft Devices For Travel
Cable locks allow you to secure your bags to a bench, a train luggage rack, a table, your other bags, or anything that will make them harder to snatch. Useful at airports, train stations and anywhere you sit-a while, the brand below is one of the most well respected and TSA compliant. Cheap versions are easy to break.
This is clever! It’s from Pac Safe so it’s a brand you know you can trust. Every thief knows about neck and waist wallets, but I bet they don’t know about belt wallets! I love that it’s non metal so you won’t set the endless metal detectors beeping. I’d buy this just as a belt for every-day use.
I want to reassure you that theft isn’t a major issue from the moment you leave your front door. In 20+ years of travel, to 50+ countries I’ve had one pickpocketing incident. I stupidly left my bag unzipped on a crowded bus in Malaysia. We have had one bag stolen completely, we took our eyes off it in an airport in Australia. One one occasion we had a bag slashed by a potential thief, luckily it had a metal mesh inner to make it knife proof. We travel full-time and have lived in London ( which some travellers consider high risk for theft) for many years. These bags exist, mostly, to give you extra peace of mind. It’s your choice, do you need one? While a handy-sized cross body bag is always a good idea, particularly for airport days when your documents need to be accessible and extra pack security is reassuring, we don’t want you to think your belongings and documents are always in imminent danger.