11 Of The Best Travel Purses & Anti-theft bags in 2018 Reviewed
You’d probably agree with me when I say that nobody wants to travel with an uncomfortable bag, let alone stand around holding one in your everyday life.
However, with hundreds to choose from, it can be hard to find the “perfect” travel purse.
Most travelers have their own preferences when it comes to the type of bag they like to carry on the plane. It could be a cross-body purse, a tote bag, a small weekend bag, or a backpack. Check out our guide for picking the right kind here.
Whatever you choose, it should be something that you can also use when you reach your final destination.
A good travel purse has to be spacious, look stylish, have anti-theft features, and be highly functional, while still remaining easy to carry. There is no reason for someone to carry something around that ends up being 30 pounds when all you do at airports is move from one line to the next.
Our 11 top travel purses & anti-theft bags
After multiple trips and research, I’ve shortlisted my favorite travel purses that are available now. Many of these offer a lot of anti-theft features, so you can travel with peace of mind!
- Zippered organizer
- Removable LED light
- RFID-blocking card slots
- Cable-reinforced cut-proof shoulder strap
This travel purse is not only an amazing carry-on option because of the many slots for your cards and passport, but it’s also perfect for big city travel. Its slash-proof straps and body panels will keep thieves from getting into your bag or cutting it off your shoulder (which unfortunately can happen in super crowded areas). Plus, all the compartments lock, which can really save you from pickpockets. On the flip side, it can take longer for you to access your belongings, which can be a bit of a pain.
- Multi-functional pockets
- Cross-body bag
- Available in two colors
This travel purse is very spacious and has an awesome padded pocket that is large enough for an iPad or Kindle. Plus, it has several other interior pockets to keep your belongings organized. We found that the bag was really lightweight and the material held up after several months of use. The only things that we found annoying were the buttons. They made it hard to access the outer pocket quickly, which can be bad when you’re in crowded places.
- Available in 13 colors
- Super lightweight
- Comes with an RFID-blocking wristlet
- Comes in 2 sizes – the larger option is super spacious!
The Baggallini is extremely light and ideal for taking your toiletries, iPods, tablets, documents are more. This bag is made of nylon, so if you get caught in a rainstorm, you have nothing to worry about—it’s water resistant. The zippers are well-made with plenty of pockets. However, you won’t be quite able to fit your phone into the outer compartments. The RFID-blocking wristlet is handy, although it’s meant only for your cards (not your phone), and it’s good in situations where you opt to leave your bag in the car or hotel. Some find the exterior slightly rough, but others like it. The construction is very good and this bag will definitely last you a long time. It’s pretty easy to clean as well, which we liked. It’s worth noting though that the bright colors, like the Papaya, accumulate dust more easily.
- Available in 2 colors
- Luxurious, high-quality and very functional
- Water-resistant exterior
- Quite light
- A bit on the pricey side
If you’re after a luxurious bag that is built to last through all your adventures, then the Tumi Voyageur is definitely the one for you. It’s highly functional and lightweight with plenty of pockets. The phone pouch is well-protected & easy to reach. The exterior not only looks good, but it’s also water resistant. There’s pretty much a pocket for everything—combs, lipstick, pens, and even smaller iPads. The Voyageur series has matching TUMI suitcases that you can purchase, too.
The strap, as you’d expect, is adjustable, with easy-to-use zippers that are made to last. In terms of quality, this is a step up from the Baggallini we listed above You’d definitely expect good durability for the price of this bag, and this one delivers on that; it’s one of the better-built bags out there, not just for travel. We thought the price was a tad high, but many users remarked that the quality was definitely worth the price.
- Available in 4 colors
- Phone pocket is safer but harder to access
- Adjustable straps but shorter on the 2.0
- Material quality is very good
The Piazza Daybag 2.0 is definitely a great bag for those that love to stay organized. It has several pockets, pouches, and compartments, so you can find a place for all of your necessities. It not only makes for a super travel bag, but it’s also perfect for everyday use. The first version was certainly one of our favorites, as it is featured on the list too, but the send is different and definitely has its charms. We thought the material on the second version was much better. The zippers are quite sturdy, but the seams do get frayed over time. The adjustable strap is a bit shorter on this version, which we didn’t like so much.
This travel purse has a couple of slots on the outside of the bag for you to store water bottles or your phone for easy access. Some users like the phone pocket, but others have noted that, despite the added security and closer proximity, it’s actually harder to access. The RFID blocking feature and many internal compartments (some hidden under a flap) make this one of the more secure bags out there.
- Many anti-theft features
- Weighs about 15 oz
- Available in 4 colors
- Great for carrying phones and essentials
- Holds 5L volume
- Slightly heavier than bags with no anti-theft features
Pacsafe is known for providing great anti-theft travel gear—If peace of mind is what you crave, then your search can end right here. This bag emphasizes function over fashion. Although not the largest bag around, you can still carry your cash, keys, passports, lip gloss, IDs, phones etc. quite easily. There is an RFID-safe compartment as well where you could even fit a loose change purse. The stainless steel mesh in the fabric helps prevent slash-and-run theft. You can even lock the zippers! A downside is that, if you do like bringing your water bottle when you shop, this purse might not serve your needs very well. Also, the shoulder strap isn’t the smoothest on your skin, but I still felt happy with the trade-off.
- Available in 3 colors
- Slashproof mesh and straps
- RFID blocking for the main compartment
- Practical and versatile design
The Pacsafe CS400 is one of our favorites. It provides a combination of excellent safety features, well-designed interiors, and capacity, all while retaining aesthetic appeal—something that most anti-theft bags seem to lack. As far as travel purses go, it doesn’t get better than the CS400 in terms of security. The wire-reinforced strap and the flexible steel wire mesh ensures that the bag is slash-proof. A strap can be impractical if it’s rough, no matter how sturdy it is, but this bag has removable shoulder padding for your comfort. The bag isn’t too heavy, weighing in at just under two pounds. The CS400 has a nice balance of lightweight and effective security features that is hard to find in most anti-theft bags. Design wise, there is a zippered compartment on the exterior and pouches on the inside for staying organized. The CS400 is a tad pricey compared to other solutions like the Travelon, but if peace of mind is what you’re after, the PacSafe is a safe bet.
- Available in 4 sleek colors
- Made from waterproof nylon
- Adjustable and comfortable straps
If you have back problems, the best bag you can carry while traveling is a backpack. Backpacks allow you to evenly distribute weight on both of your shoulders rather than putting too much pressure on one side of your body. This bag goes a step further—it’s designed with a padded back and padded straps for optimal comfort. Our favorite thing about it was that you can wear it as a cross-body bag, or you can unzip the straps to wear it as a backpack. Keep in mind that this is small for a backpack. It’s around the same size as a conventional travel purse. If you’re looking to store a ton of stuff, you’ll need to find one that’s bigger. But don’t worry; this size has two different zip pockets and a decent-sized main compartment where you can store all of your essentials for exploring.
- Available in 22 colors
- Slash-resistant construction
- RFID blocking
- Comfortable strap length
- Not the lightest mini around, but still reasonably light
Good things indeed come in small sizes. This second option from Travelon is an awesome travel purse for the minimalist. Other than its compactness, security is its main strong suit. The straps are slash-proof and so is the body panel itself, with a grill-type design inside the lining to prevent thieves from destroying the bottom of the bag. It has RFID blocking like any other anti-theft variant. To get a sense of its size, you can easily fit a Kindle into this bag. The main section is even lockable!
As far as comfort goes, the nylon fabric isn’t too rough but still doesn’t score too many points for how it feels. There are 22 color options with some differing in size, not just color, so be sure to check when you buy. The one we’ve shown above is 8.5″ wide and 9.5″ wide. One last positive feature: this bag has easy-access pockets on the front and rear, which many users found to be very useful for storing ticket stubs and souvenirs from their travels.
- Available in six colors
- Made from high-quality material
- Very lightweight
Finding a high-quality handbag that doesn’t weigh a lot can be tough. This bag weighs less than its competitors, meaning you can carry much more in it before it even starts to feel heavy. We did find that the bag wasn’t quite the same size as advertised, but it didn’t make a huge difference. We were still able to store a lot inside even though it was smaller than we expected. You can fit a large wallet, passport, cell phone, makeup, and more inside of it.
- Available in 4 different colors
- Made from durable material
- Has 9 pockets
- Comes with a one-year warranty
Messenger bags are really great options for travel bags. They often come equipped with extra storage pockets, and this bag comes with seven zipped pockets and two external side pockets without zippers (perfect for storing your cell phone for easy access). The durable bag is multi-functional, allows you to stay organized, and can be used every day. The vintage-style messenger bag is not only a great bag for women but for men as well. It’s a great size for carrying your necessities for a long flight onto the plane.
How Anti-theft travel purses help travelers
As you can tell from the list above, Travelon and Pacsafe are the two main brands providing anti-theft bags for women that come with a host of security features. There are plenty of other bags in the market that provide some, but not all, anti-theft features. At this point, it’s quite natural to ask if these features really matter and if it’s worth sacrificing looks for something practical. The answer is… “It depends.”
Where and how frequently you travel will determine what you decide to go for. Here’s some travel stats that may surprise you. About 3800 people out of every 100K are victims of theft in Sweden according to the UN office on Crime. on Crime. The US number hovers around the 1700 mark as well. While you might not be solving any underlying issues causing all this theft by getting a great bag, you’re definitely protecting yourself and your belongings. Here are some of the most common safety features found on anti-theft bags.
Brands achieve slash-proofing in many ways. Some use a lightweight stainless steel mesh to ensure that the body of the bag can’t be cut off your body. Others are reinforced with a polyethylene variant which, combined with a high-speed knitting process, results in a robust solution. Kevlar is another material from which some travel purses are made.
Shoulder straps can also be cut-proof, thanks to stainless steel cables inside the fabric layer. These do a very good job against slash-and-grab thieves. You sometimes see mesh solutions employed in shoulder straps too, but the cons outweigh the pros with those bags. The mesh can cause the strap fabric to rip and damage your skin.
Radio (R) Frequency (F) Identification (ID) blocking prevents thieves from skimming data off your credit or debit cards. With this data, a thief could steal your identity and make purchases with your cards. Despite the debate raging for years about whether RFID skimming is a threat or not, this is a pretty handy feature to have in a purse or wallet. RFID-blocking materials are usually poor conductors like aluminum or carbon fiber. If the bag that you’ve chosen doesn’t have RFID-blocking capability, then you can either wrap your cards in aluminum foil or use a more elegant solution, like an RFID sleeve such as the one from Baggallini.
Zip Lock Clips
While this may seem like a simple addition, it can come in handy to prevent your zippers from being quickly and stealthily opened while you’re not looking.
A Comparison of the top anti-theft bags & travel purses
As you can tell by now, there are a number of different bags and types, and I hope this list has helped you make a concrete decision. Always make sure you keep in mind things like safety features, pocket count, and so on, since their versatility comes into play after you reach your desired destination.
We hope this list helps you pick the right travel purse for your budget. If you think we’ve missed a bag or purse that you think is great, let us know!
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