When choosing a bag ( a handbag, travel purse, daypack or backpack) for travel or city use 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 hard as possible. We’ve taken a look at the best anti-theft travel bags for travelers, the ones designed to keep your passport, cash and other travel essentials attached to you. These anti-theft bags work just as well for daily use, anywhere in the world.
In my personal experience as a global traveler of many years, a small cross-body handbag or travel purse is extremely useful. You don’t always want to carry your day-pack, backpack or suitcase if you’re just going out for the evening, for instance. For times like this, I generally use a small crossbody bag, there are several designs below suitable for evening use.
I have a couple of cross-body fabric bags that I pack for travel, both have internal pockets and I can easily add extra security with a safety-pin or two. If you want to buy a travel bag designed to keep the thieves at bay and look a bit dressy or formal, somebody has thought of that!
Here are the best and most popular anti-theft bags for travel and for travelers. As an extra security measure, some also have RFID blocking capacity. The new anti-theft backpacks with built-in charging ports are another travel must-have, see them at the end of the post along with a few extra anti-theft devices you may like. All are suitable for use as travel bags and have similar anti-theft features while having slightly different uses.
These bags are mostly aimed at women, but some would work just as well for men, Men like using a smaller crossbody bag, similar to this one. Although not designed as anti-theft travel bags, We think they’re a great, long-lasting, good-looking, option and of course, can be worn crossbody.
Our Top Picks
For UK, Europe, and USA
If you don’t have time to read this full post, our top picks are here. One is an anti-theft bag for travel, work or city. See it here. The other is an anti-theft backpack ideal for city life or travel days. See it here. Find full descriptions and specifications further down the page.
Tips For Buying and Using an Anti – Theft Bag or Purse
Before we get into the best anti-theft bags here are some extra tips for travel bag security:
- 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 motorized bag snatchers by keeping yourself and the bag away from the road.
What Features Should an Anti Theft Bag Have?
In an anti-theft travel purse or bag look out for features such as:
- anti slash fabric
- locking pockets and locking zippers
- RFID blocking
- steel enforced shoulder straps
- locking hardware for securing to immovable objects
The Travelon bags generally have all of these anti-theft features.