Vacations are all about relaxing and enjoying yourself to the fullest. The last thing you want to think about is the chance of something going wrong. But the reality is: Bad things can happen, even in the most beautiful places.
And while there are some negative travel situations you can’t control—flight cancellations, for instance—you do have control over how prepared you are for pickpockets and identity thieves. Making sure your money, valuables, and personal information are safe while traveling should be on the top of your list, and that’s where a good anti-theft bag comes in handy.
Thankfully, a lot of travel bags and wallets offer protection against RFID (Radio-Frequency Identification) reading devices, so your personal information can’t be shared without your consent.
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If you are heading to a particularly crowded tourist attraction like the Eiffel Tower in Paris or the Colosseum in Rome where risk for theft is higher, opt for a handbag made from anti-slash fabric or wire webbing. It’s always a good idea to have a couple of hidden pockets to store your cash and phone. And many come with have a locking system, both for zippers and straps, so that you can chain your bag to your chair if the patio you’re enjoying a coffee on is close to a busy sidewalk.
And don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to strap on a money belt. We found 17 theft-proof bag options equipped with both security and style