I have, thankfully, not been a victim of thieves during my travels. I always try to be watchful of my surroundings, pick reputable tour companies, and keep away from children traveling in packs. To this end, I equip myself with quality travel products that make it harder for thieves to steal from me.
I lucked out when a friend tipped me off to a bag she used on a trip to Paris. Manufactured by Swiss Travel Products, the bag comes in black and constructed of nylon. It is both slash and water-resistant. For 10 bucks, I had plenty of room to comfortably store my iPad, passport, credit cards, different currencies, regular cell phone, international cell phone, inhaler, camera, pens, etc.
The bag has a single, adjustable strap so that I can wear it on my shoulder like a purse, or cross-body for more security. It also has a handle so that I can carry it like a briefcase. It helped me easily transition from lugging around a large purse. The bag, however, does not actually does not look like a purse. As a matter of fact, I have seen many men overseas using the same bag. It looks more like a camera bag.
I’ve searched high and low for this particular brand to replace my well-worn and well-traveled bag. Sadly, I can’t find that exact brand and bag. I found one, offered by Swiss Gear for about $20, that most closely resembles the bag I own. The Swiss Gear bag has special technology to thwart thieves who use wireless technology to steal credit card and passport information. Pacsafe offers a similar product, but for much more than $10-$20.
Whether it’s a travel bag or backpack, it pays to invest in a handy carry-all that make it hard for thieves to take advantage of you.