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Best Anti-Theft Backpacks For Parents & Travel

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As a parent, I find I get easily distracted when on days out with the kids, so I am likely to be more of an easy target for theft. My husband had a close call on a train in Barcelona, when a lady placed her coat over his bag and her companion attempted to chat to him and distract him – luckily he noticed before anything was taken. He now uses a more secure backpack when traveling.

However, when you have kids, they are constantly asking for snacks, drinks and need to be kept an eye on, making it easier for a more opportunist thief.

This guide will help you decide which anti-theft bag or theft-proof backpack will be best for your next family trip. I’ve also included some useful anti theft travel gadgets below – which have an element of James Bond to them!

If you just want to jump straight to the comparison chart and the best anti-theft backpack reviews, just click on the relevant part on the contents table below. Alternatively, I have some ‘normal’ travel bag for mums suggestions, here.

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How to Decide which is the Best Anti Theft Travel Bag

What is an anti theft bag?

It’s not only public transport where you need to be aware but popular tourist attractions are favourite haunts of pickpockets.  In places like these, where the risk for theft is higher, opt for an anti theft bag, purse, handbag or back-pack made from anti-slash fabric or wire webbing. Look for features which include secure locks on zippers and straps (so you can tie your bag to a table leg) and hidden pockets for your most valuable items. Anti theft bags can also be referred to as theft proof bags or slash proof bags.

Thankfully, a lot of travel bags, purses and wallets now also offer protection against RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) reading devices, so your personal information can’t be shared without your consent.

What is Exomesh?

eXomesh® cage system is patented by Pacsafe. It is flexible, stainless steel wire mesh  which comes in two forms – It can either be thrown externally over backpacks and bags, or it’s laminated between the fabric to form stealth-like portable safe.

What is a RFID bag?

RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) technology is a wireless means of transmitting information from one device to another using an RFID chip and a scanner. Some bags have a special metallic material lined pocket which blocks this signal.

How does an anti theft bag work?

Anti slash, wire webbing, locks, and secure straps can all help prevent the theft of your bag or at the very least delay a pickpocket or bag snatcher. Be aware of delay tactics and distractions by strangers in crowded places.

When you are flying with kids or travelling with kids, a backpack or messenger bag makes it a little bit easier as it keeps your hands free to either push a stroller, hold another bag, carry your child or hold their hand.

I was just talking about this in my family travel facebook group, and asking for recommendations there and elsewhere for the best anti-theft backpacks for travel, so I hope these theft proof backpacks and bag reviews prove useful to you too. Do let me know which you prefer in the comments.

What To Look For When Buying An Anti Theft Travel Backpack Or Bag

  • Security – What security features does the bag have eg is it slash proof, is it lockable, is there RFID blocking technology, hidden pockets. What makes it a pickpocket proof bag?
  • Design – Will it fit you if you are taller or shorter than average, will it fit everything you need? Does it have enough pockets?
  • Durability – is it made of a good quality fabric, check reviews to see if it lasts..

If you are wondering what are the best anti theft backpacks to travel with, then look for one which has lots of security features. The best features to make it as theft proof as possible include locking zips (or the ability to add a small padlock), hidden compartments which are close to your body and hard to access,  slash proof straps, sides & bottoms, and straps which can attach a purse to the back of a chair or other item to prevent grab and go thefts. I personally like backpacks with a few compartments to help me keep more organised too. Some of the new anti-theft backpacks come with built in charging ports! Check out anti theft back pack reviews to help you make the final decision.The information below will help you too.

How to Avoid Pickpockets

  • Avoid wearing expensive items when walking popular tourist hot spots and public transport – consider leaving them in your hotel safe.
  • Keep your hand on your bag in busy places.
  • Keep away from the edge of the road – walk closer to buildings.
  • Spread valuables around various hiding places
  • Don’t keep all your money or cards in one place.
  • Do return cards to your purse or wallet quickly and zip it up or button it.
  • Wear your the bag on your front if possible.
  • Consider using a money belt if you’re carrying a significant quantity of cash.
  • Do carry bags in front of you- however this is not ideal if you have a young child and may need to carry them.
  • Alternatively, wear your bag across your body and not on one shoulder.
  • Don’t leave anything on the back of a pushchair.
  • Don’t place your belongings out of sight on the floor.
  • Do keep a list, separate from your wallet and phone, of contact numbers of family in case your phone is stolen.
  • Do keep a photocopy of your airline tickets, passport, credit cards and any other documents that would be impossible or inconvenient to replace if stolen. I took a photo of my passport, and emailed it to myself which proved very handy when my passport was stolen, as i could prove who i was to the embassy and get an emergency travel document issued very quickly.
  • I’ve also heard of people placing ‘dummy’ wallets  on themselves e.g in a back pocket, etc whilst they keep their actual real belongings safely hidden away.
The best anti theft backpacks and anti theft bags for travel. If you are out and about with little ones it is easier to become more distracted and a target for pickpockets. This guide to the best theft proof bags (or at eh very least theft resistant) will help you decide which one is good for your next family travel trip.#familytravel #travelgear #backpack #antitheft

The Best Anti Theft Travel Backpacks & Anti Theft Travel Bags Comparison Chart 2023

I have compared various backpacks, bags and purses and reviewed their features in a quick reference table below to help you decide what is the best anti theft bag for you. From insulated bags with space for all your baby gear, to the more traditional rucksacks and backpacks to stylish and small anti theft backpacks and crossover bags/purses for date night on your holiday or vacation, this guide will help you filter through the anti theft bags designed to keep your passport, cash and other small valuables attached to you and safe.

ImageWeightFeatures lockable compartments
Slash Proof
RFID compartment
Fit laptop
Ambor Anti theft backpack1.65lbsYNNY
Hanke Travel Backpack2.18lbYNNY
Kopack anti theft backpack0.92kg/2.05lbsYNNY
Korin Design ClickPack Pro Anti- Theft2.2lbsYYNY
Lewis & Clark Secura Anti Theft Backpack1lbYYYN Fits 11" tablet
Mancro Laptop BackpackYNNY
Pacsafe Metro Safe LS4500.8kg/1lb13ozYYYY 15"
PacSafe Venture BackPackYYYY
Travelon Anti Theft Cross Body Bag14.9 ozYYYN fits iPad
Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Travel BagYYY
Travelon Anti Theft Classic Messenger Bag1.2ozYYYN will fit a mini iPad
Travelon Cross Body Bucket Bag0.9 kg/2lbsYYYN will fit an IPad 2
Travelon Heritage Tour Bag1.25lbsYYYN Will hold iPad or tablet
Travelon Anti Theft Hobo Bag2.2lbsYYYN
Vogshow Waterproof backpack/diaper bag1.83lbsNNNY 14"
XD Design Bobby OriginalYYNY

Best Anti Theft Bags and Anti Theft Backpack Reviews

AMBOR Laptop Backpack

The Ambor laptop backpack has a fixed combination lock for security but it is not a slash proof backpack, nor does it have hidden pockets.

It is made of a durable polyester fabric and has adjustable shoulder straps.

There is a conveniently an external USB port with a built in charging cable. As with all similar backpacks, you will need to supply your own power pack. It can fit a 15.6″ laptop.

Some of the key features of this anti theft daypack of this anti pickpocket backpack include:

  • Ten pockets
  • It’s a backpack with a lock (combination lock)
  • Adjustable shoulder straps

For more information and latest prices on this theft resistant backpack see  here.

Hanke Travel Backpack

Sleek in design like the Bobby and the Korin secure travel backpacks, the Hanke Travel Backpack has several anti theft features. There are two hidden zipped pockets: One hidden zipper pocket on the left side which is invisible from the outside – which can fit a phone. The other zipper pocket on the back of the backpack which could fit your passport or wallet. The zip around the backpack is also hidden, leaving no obvious entry point.

A 14” laptop can fit inside this anti theft laptop bag and there are two main compartments, with several smaller zipped compartments. This backpack has a charger port too. There is a built-in cable for USB charging, for which you will need to use a powerbank.

The shoulder straps are also padded and adjustable, and there is an additional  padded back panel. There are reflective straps on the back for use in the dark also.

Some of the key features of this anti theft travel backpack include:

  • Durable polyester fabric.
  • A hidden zipper around the main pocket.
  • Reflective strips will reflect the light in the dark.
  • USB charging port: The built-in cable and the external USB port. Will need own powerpack .
  • Suitable for 15.6 inches laptop.  

For more information and the latest price see here.

Kopack anti-theft laptop Backpack.

The Kopack anti-theft laptop Backpack is another security conscious and stylish backpack with several anti theft features, although less than some of it counterparts.

This slim Kopack model (KP694) is lightweight and made of durable material and fits a laptop up to 15.6″. It has several internal compartments for easy organisation and a separate laptop compartment to make it easier when you need to pull it out. As this is under the straps it makes it hard if not impossible for a pickpocket to steal it. Not only are the straps padded but the back is too, making it more comfortable to wear. It also has two external side pockets for smaller items such as sunglasses, small umbrellas etc. You will need to purchase some backpack locks if you would like additional security.

Some of the key features of this anti-theft travel bag include:

  • Separate laptop compartment
  • front compartment with mesh pockets for smaller items.
  • Anti theft compartment under the straps for your laptop.
  • A lockable zipper ( but the lock is not included)
  • A built-in cable to connect your power bank.(Power bank is not included.)

For more information and latest prices see here.

Korin Design ClickPack Pro Anti Theft Backpack

Korin Design ClickPack Pro

The Korin Design ClickPack Pro Anti Theft Backpack won a Good Design Award 2017 and the iF Design Award  in 2018.

The first thing that strikes you is it doesn’t look like an ordinary backpack and looks secure from the outside with no obvious pockets or openings. The material is thick and anti-slash and has strong zips to secure it. Additional security features include a TSA approved lock and a retractable wire lock. 

Within the lockable backpack, there are five main storage compartments and a USB charging port.

From a comfort point of view, the bag has adjustable, padded straps, and the back section is designed to be breathable. However, if you are traveling with kids, you may miss features such as side bottle holders. To make this a waterproof anti- theft backpack it comes with a rain cover.

At a glance key features of this anti theft backpack for travel:

  • Slash resistant material
  • TSA lock and a  retractable metal wire lock.
  • Five inner storage compartments. 
  • Supportive padded shoulder straps which distribute weight evenly.
  • USB charging port
  • Store tablets up to 10″ and laptop up to 15.6″. 
  • Comes with a rain cover

For more information and latest prices see here

Lewis N Clarke Secura Anti Theft Bag

This Lewis N Clarke Secura Anti Theft Backpack caught my eye with its design and practicality. However, as the straps are not padded it could get a little uncomfortable if wearing it all day.

Key features of this anti theft backpack include:

  • Interior divider
  • RFID blocking pocket
  • Anti-slash shoulder straps
  • Padded pocket to fit 11″ tablet
  • Water bottle holder
  • Large main compartment
  • Draw string closure

For more information and latest prices see here.

Mancro Laptop Backpack

Mancro Laptop Backpack

The Mancro Laptop Backpack is a practical and sporty-looking backpack perfect for days out with kids or using as cabin baggage. A huge draw of this backpack is the USB charger on the outside with charging cables on the inside. I like particularly like this feature as it means you don’t have to leave you bag vulnerable and partially open if you are charging your phone or a kids tablet. There are lots of other internal compartments plus two sealed outside pockets. Other safety features include strong zips plus a combination lock. However, this backback is not reinforced with wire mesh and is not slash proof. An alternative option could be your normal backpack with a lock if you are concerned about a built in charger.

Key features of this anti theft backpack include:

  • Combination lock
  • External USB with built-in charging cable
  • Water repellent
  • Padded straps

For more information on this backpack, please see here.

Pacsafe MetroSafe LS450

Pacsafe Metro Safe
Pacsafe Metro Safe

The Pacsafe Metrosafe 450 is large with a 25l capacity plus it has an RFID compartment for your purse or wallet.

To make it anti theft and anti slash, the material has a stainless steel wire mesh woven into the fabric to make it tough and durable. There is the added protection of a security clip lock to help prevent pickpockets from getting into your bag.
For parents, a welcome feature will be the padded shoulder straps for all that travel gear, which are also slash proof. The backpack is also water resistant and easy to wipe clean.

A Flying With a Baby reader adds, “there was a group of four women, it was on a travel day in Italy, so I had my suitcase, backpack, baby and a handbag just for toys, nappies and travel documents. They reached into the handbag on a very crowded train and I could hear the rustling of my plastic sleeve of documents so clamped my arm down…thankfully all my important things were in the backpack and they got off at the next stop.

Lockabout Security Clip on the Pacsafe

Key Features Of This Secure Backpack For Travel:

  • Lockable Zippers and Cut Proof Materials
  • RFID blocking pocket
  • Side Pockets for Water Bottles or Umbrella,
  • Large capacity
  • Comes with a 5-year Pacsafe warranty.

For more information, more pictures of the features and latest prices of the Pacsafe 450 see here.

Pacsafe Anti Theft Tote

Pacsafe anti theft tote
Pacsafe anti theft tote

I have a tote bag as I don’t have to carry nappies/diapers around anymore – but I do have to carry copious amounts of snacks, water bottles, tablets and usually a sticker book or two. The Pacsafe Anti Theft Tote is a decent size and can be worn two different ways plus it has a detachable strap. A key feature is the hidden pocket but there are also several internal pockets to help keep your gear organised. There is one water bottle pocket and a pen loop too.

Key features of this anti theft purse/tote bag

  • RFIDsafe blocking pockets and material
  • TurnNLock Security Hook
  • A slashguard strap and material
  • Secure Zip Clip and zip tab
  • Detachable strap
  • Comes in navy, green or black
  • Padded iPad/laptop compartment
  • RFID compartment
  • (H x W x D): 12.99 x 19.69 x 7.09 in / 33 x 50 x 18 cm

For more information and latest prices, see here.

Pacsafe Venturesafe 25L GII Anti Theft Backpack

This Pacsafe anti theft backpack has a more sporty look to it due to the colour choices, but it still has plenty of anti theft features making it a great backpack for travel and days out. It is made of strong nylon with stainless steel wire mesh to make it resistant to a slash and grab theft and tear-proof. The handles are also padded to make it a more comfortable wear.

There is a security hook that attaches to the strap and RFID blocking material in the main compartment, to protect the data on your bank cards. There is room for a 15” laptop inside the bag, in its own padded sleeve and a separate front compartment, which closes with a strong zipper.  It is on the pricier end but it is a trusted brand and is a good ravel backpack security wise.

Key Anti Theft Backpack Features:

  • Holds 25L of belongings
  • Steel wire mesh material
  • RFID blocking compartment
  • 15” laptop sleeve

For further details and latest prices see here.

Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L GII Anti Theft 

If you need a larger bag, then the Pacsafe Venturesafe 45L GII Anti Theft could be a good option for you. It does come with a heftier price but with lots of the features that Pacsafe is known for. Anti theft wise it has securable and puncture resistant zippers however a padlock is not included. Inside there are two main lockable compartments, including a padded laptop sleeve. Conveniently there are two side pockets for water bottles and the straps are padded. If you have to wear it for a considerable amount of time, then there is also padded back support. The material is lined with eXomesh splashguard to make it slash resistant.

Key Anti Theft Backpack Features:

  • 2 lockable compartments
  • 21.65″H x 13.78″W x 8.66″D Weight: 3.81 lbs.
  • eXomesh Slashguard
  • Stainless steel locking cable
  • Roobar Anti-Theft Anchor Lock -which enables you to lock down zippers, slashguard anchor straps, and locking cables, as well as attach your bag to a secure fixture.

For more information and latest prices see here.

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Travel Bag

Travelon Anti theft bag

The Travelon Anti -Theft Classic travel bag is a smaller anti theft crossover bag and ideal for those with kids who don’t need to pack everything bar the kitchen sink! It has locking straps which are slash proof and lots of useful compartments including an RFID compartment. The rear organizer includes slots for credit cards, and pockets for travel documents. The zippered expansion pocket holds a camera, water bottle, or sunglasses. If you are wondering if all Travelon bags are anti theft, not all are, but they have a huge selection and variety of anti theft bags to suit all needs.

A Flying With A Baby reader adds, “It has great space, security zipper and anti cutting system. It’s super light and comfortable!”

Key Features Of This Secure Bag For Travel:

  • Lightweight
  • Slashproof straps & panels
  • RFID compartment
  • Tiny LED light attached to a clip on the interior in case you’re looking for something in the dark.
  • Locking Straps & Compartments

For more information and latest prices for the Travelon Anti theft cross over bag see here.

Travelon Anti Theft Classic Messenger Bag

The Travelon Anti Theft Classic Messenger Bag is ideal if you don’t have to bring lots of baby stuff with you, or if you just need a smaller travel purse or bag.

Key features of this anti theft purse

  • Internal pockets
  • External water holder
  • RFID blocking card and passport sections
  • Cut proof, reinforced shoulder strap
  • Lobster claw clasps on pockets and straps
  • Slash resistant internal mesh on body panels
  • Main strap can be used to fasten to immovable objects using lobster claw

For more information and latest prices see here

Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bucket Bag

Travelon Cross Body Bucket Bag

The Travelon Anti- Theft Cross Body Bucket bag has all the usual Travelon anti theft features,  is a decent size and comes in over 20 colours. While it won’t fit in lots of toys etc, it can easily take your travel documents, a water bottle and more. However, it is not a RFID crossbody bag

Key features of this anti theft purse for travel include:

  • Built in external water pocket in expandable pocket
  • Built in external umbrella pocket
  • Locking main compartment
  • Strap can lock to an immovable object
  • Removeable LED light

For more information and latest prices see here

Travelon Anti-Theft Signature 3 Compartment Cross-Body Bag

The Travelon anti-theft cross body bag is slightly larger than the classic shoulder bag, so you can fit a bit more in but it’s not ideal if you need to fit lots of baby or kid stuff inside. It comes in several colors.

Some of the key features include:

  • The main compartment has passport slots, another pocket and zip wall pocket with RFID
  • The two front zip compartments hold an iPad, tablet or iPad mini.  One of the front pocket locks for added security.
  • Slash-resistant body panels and shoulder straps.

For more information and latest prices see here.

Travelon Womens Tailored Back Pack

Travelon Womens Tailored Back Pack is a slim fitted anti theft backpack. It is made from a slash-resistant fabric. It has a top grab handle and can be fixed to a table leg or chair if need be. Other anti theft features include locking compartments and a turn lock detail on the flap. The main compartment has an RFID pocket for a passport  and card slots. This bag also comes with a tethered key clip with an LED light. The straps are not padded and due to the protruding clasp, it could easily get bashed about or lose its shine. It won’t fit a lot in so it is more useful if you are traveling light.

At a glance key features of this Travelon anti theft backpack include:

  • Slash proof material
  • RFID compartment
  • Lockable zippers.
  • Fits an iPad

For more information and latest prices see here.

Travelon Anti-theft heritage Hobo Bag

The Travelon Anti-theft heritage Hobo Bag has four major compartments, plus it has a zippered RFID pocket inside the main compartment. A regular sized water bottle would fit perfectly inside.

The straps are wide and comfortable but not padded and comes with two different length straps. The zipped compartment in the front fastens to a fixed point offering more security.

Some of the key features include:

  • Two slash-resistant, removable shoulder straps
  • Compartment with zippered RFID blocking pocket
  • Tethered key clip with LED light
  • Easy access, locking front zippered pocket
  • Rear zippered pocket
  • Size: 11.5″ X 9.5″ X 3″

For more information and latest prices see here.

Travelon Anti-Theft Heritage Tour Bag

The Travelon Heritage Tour Bag is a compact anti theft bag but still fits in a water bottle and umbrella in its two outside mesh expansion pockets. There is a roomy interior  compartment with a zippered RFID blocking pocket and padded pocket to hold an iPad or tablet.

Further features include two easy access, locking front pockets and one rear zipped pocket.  Anti-Theft features including slash-resistant fabric, locking compartments: There is a clasp that you push the connect to the zipper.

Some of the key features include:

  • Outside panels and compartments are slash proof
  • Key clip with small Led light
  • Padded pocket
  • locking clasp which attaches to the zip.

For latest prices and more information, please see here.


Vogshow Waterproof Multifunction Backpack/Diaper Bag

Vogshow waterproof insulated backpack/diaper bag

The Vogshow Waterproof Multifunction Backpack/Diaper Bag is lightweight with 13 compartments, including one anti-theft pocket which is a zipped compartment that rests on your back as you wear it. To make this compartment  extra safe you would need to purchase a lock which could reach from the zipper to the D ring on the back. It’s not specifically made to be anti theft.

Some of the key features include:

  • 3 insulated pockets for bottles
  • 1 large insulated pocket inside,
  • 2 side pockets
  • 1 wet-dry separation pocket for wet clothes or wipes
  • 1 laptop compartment (about 14-inch)
  • 1 key chain in the main pocket keeps your house keys easily accessible.
  • Anti-theft pocket protects your cellphone, cards, wallet
  • Back zipper design allows you access to the bag directly

A great practical feature for parents includes the two magnetic snaps instead of zips at the top for easy access plus thee back zippers allow you access the inside of the bag without going through the top.

It’s a stylish and practical backpack with padded straps for comfort, which is easy to clean.

For more information and latest prices on the Vogshow waterproof backpack see here.

XD Design Bobby bag Original

The XD Design Bobby Original has a cut resistant and water repellent fabric, hidden zipper closures and secret pockets. A bonus is the  integrated USB charging port, which allows you to charge your phone while on the go.

The bag has a padded compartment – ideal for a laptop up to 15.6” in size, as well as an individual tablet sleeve for a tablet up to 10”.

XD design Bobby Original

A Flying With A Baby reader adds,I have been using the XD Design bag for a number of years. I have the original version which is not the most comfortable but is very safe.”

Some of the key features include:

  • Hidden Zippers & Pockets
  • Cut Resistant
  • Integrated USB charging port
  • Water repellent fabric
  • Optimal Weight balance
  • Illuminating safety stripes
  • Shock-proof compartments
  • Fits a 10″ Tablet (tablet compartment)
  • Fits a 15.6″ Laptop (laptop compartment)

For more information and latest prices on the Bobby bag see here.

Other theft proof devices

One of the ways to avoid being pickpocketing is to spread cash around and don’t keep it all in one place. Below your find some additional items to help you travel more securely.

Travel Money Belts

What is the best money belt? The best moneybelts are lightweight, large enough to conceal your money or important documents yet thin enough to be discreet, and secure. An additional bonus is if it is an RFID money belt – this stops thieves from being able to read the data from your bank cards. People often ask can i wear a money belt through security? if it has any metal ( most don’t) or you have coins etc inside or if it has an RFID compartment you will need to take it off or be subject to further scans. Otherwise you can leave it on your person.

Best Luggage Locks

Not all the theft proof bags above have locks, so you may need to invest in your own. if you are out and about a simple padlock can act as great deterrent but if you need to store your bag somewhere or check it in as hold baggage on a plane, then you may need something a little more secure. Even in the UK, you can purchase TSA approved locks. This means that in theory, should the TSA or airport security need to check your bag a little more thoroughly without you being present, then they have a special device which can open this lock without causing damage. My only concern would be how easy is it to make a skeleton key and copy this? Here are some more details on the best travel locks for luggage.

To find the best TSA lock, look for combination locks and ones that say ‘TSA approved Luggage Lock’.  Some even have an open alert indicator them like these TSA combination locks.

Luggage Strap Locks

Luggage straps or luggage belts can only help secure your baggage but are a useful way of spotting your bags from all the others. With so many looking very similar almost everyone knows of a story of a person taking the wrong suitcase by mistake. A luggage strap lock is usually a combination style lock. Again look for TSA approved luggage straps, ones that are adjustable and non slip. You will likely need two to add additional security. Look here for a selection of luggage straps with locks.

Tracker Tags

Consider using a service like Trace Me, to help trace your bags if they go missing.”With your TRACE ME Smart ID membership, your bag is protected from the moment you check-in to the moment you arrive. TRACE ME works in tandem with the computer systems at thousands of airports and hundreds of airlines around the world, to minimise the risk that your bag gets lost without a trace.

Each TRACE ME Smart ID membership comes with your own personalised luggage ID tag and access to our bag search and identification service, which steps in if something goes wrong with your standard airline baggage tag.”

Hidden Bra pocket/ Travel Bra stash

You can even buy bras with hidden pockets or secret stash! Even some running pants and yoga attire have (albeit small) hidden pockets.

Scarfs with hidden pockets

Yes, you can even buy scarfs with hidden pockets . In fact there are many items of clothing you can now purchase with various anti-theft features!

This appeals to my love of James Bond and Q’s brilliant devices which looked like household objects. Hide your valuables in plain sight with clever gadgets designed to conceal money, credit cards, and keys. You can either opt to buy some specially designed gadgets or even decide to make you own. Some clever travel safe gadgets include:

  • Tennis Ball – Make a slice into it and squeeze the ball and insert your money, watch or other valuables. Once you release the ball, it will pop right back into shape.
  • Purchase a secret hiding place container: these vary from:
    • hairbrush – a hairbrush where you can put cash in the top to conceal it.
    • deodorant with a screw compartment in the bottom
    • water bottle with a bottom that unscrews to store items.
    • sunscreen bottle with hidden storage place.

How do I spot a pickpocket?

The observers

Look for people loitering who seem to be gazing at bags, coat, trousers pockets etc, whether in a crowded tourist spot or in a busy shop or shopping centre. Busy places make it easier for them to blend into the crowd.


Some thieves will push up against you in a group and quickly steal your belongings.

Distracting tactics

An individual pickpocket could cause a distraction  by shouting and pointing so you look elsewhere. However, pickpockets don’t always operate alone, they may work in teams to distract the target while someone unseen removes the items and blends back into the crowd.

What do I do if I am pickpocketed?

  • Report to the nearest police station. Make sure you get a police report from and reference number in order for you to claim on your insurance. If valuable documents such as you passport or your bank cards have been stolen, make sure you report this to you bank or if a passport to your relevant government authority. If this is the UK see here or in the USA see here.
  • Speak to your bank. If your purse or wallet was stolen and you need money, immediately contact your bank to cancel your card. If you have ID, you have a couple of options, to collect money over the bank counter or organise a money transfer with a company such as Western Union.
  • Contact your local consulate or embassy. If your passport has stolen ( mine was once) ring or make an emergency appointment for a replacement emergency travel document. Luckily, I had a copy of my passport within my email account, so I asked the clerk  to get to the sign in page of email provider. I logged in and showed the copy of my passport as I had no ID on me whatsoever. The process was very straight forward as I also had the police report and an ETD or emergency travel document was issued swiftly. Be aware you will likely need passport size photos.
  • Try and relax and enjoy the rest of your holiday. As my husband says, “why worry twice”.

I hope the guide on the best anti theft travel bags and secure backpacks for travel has helped you. Please do let me know if I have missed one that you rate

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