All travellers, at some point consider what security features are important when purchasing travel gear. We all want to protect our things from theft. Stolen items whilst travelling can put a real damper on your trip. I had some items stolen on a recent trip to Panama, so I know how it feels.
After doing some research I came across a couple brands, but one generally stood out to me based on style, functionality and durability. The Pacsafe brand does a brilliant job with its offering of anti-theft travel accessories. These Pacsafe products command a higher price than the other brands but in my opinion it’s worth the peace of mind.
Pacsafe products technology features
Carrysafe Slashguard Straps: There are steel wires running through the straps of the bag deterring slash and run theft.
Exomesh Slashguard: Mesh wire made of steel embedded in the fabric panels of the bag, secures your items in the event of attempted slash and run theft.
RFID Blocking: The Pacsafe brand protects your personal data from identity theft. There’s usually an RFID protected pocket or panel to store your passport, credit cards and other items that contain RFID microchips.
TurnNLock Security hooks: These products come with smart hooks that detach so you can attach your bag to a stationary object like a chair or railing. The hook also has a special locking feature, which is a deterrent for any bad snatcher.
Smart Zipper Security: All zippers on the exterior of the bag come can be attached to security hooks for additional protection against pick pockets.
I recently added these 3 items to my travel gear and here’s why.
Pacsafe Citysafe LS200 Anti-Theft Handbag
At home, I don’t carry anything larger than a wristlet because I don’t enjoy carrying handbags. On trips however, I tend to need a bit more things handy. This bag is a good messenger style day bag. It’s large enough to carry the essentials and then some (not the kitchen sink). I was able to fit a camera and a lens or two plus there’s an outer pocket for a bottle of water or small umbrella, space for a snack, your wallet, a tablet or small laptop and other small items like toiletries.
The slash proof features were a major selling point for me because having my bag cut and stolen is something I’m a little paranoid about when travelling. The Pacsafe Citysafe LS200 has a turn and lock hooks on one end of the shoulder strap, so you can secure it through a chair or around a table’s leg while you’re stationary.
There’s also a very hidden pocket on the interior. It’s so hidden that it took me a while to notice it. I think this is a good feature in case someone finds the time to go snooping around your bag.
The smart locked zippers aren’t easily undone, and they give me a warm and fuzzy feeling of added security on the inside.
Overall, I can only find one downside to this product; it can get a bit cumbersome to unlock and relock everything when you want to get in and out of your bag.
Pacsafe Slingsafe 75 GII Anti-Theft Sling Purse & Hip Pouch
For the times when you don’t want the kitchen sink, this one is perfect. I’ve started using this one almost daily at home instead of only when ii travel. Cell phone, cash, cards, passport and a few other small items like lip balm or room keys can fit comfortably. The fabric is water resistant and the adjustable strap is detachable on both ends so it can be converted to a hip purse. This feature came in handy on my last trip, on days that I went jogging I wore it around my hips.
The negatives on this bag the TurnNLock clips are sometimes stiff and sticks a bit. Also, if you’ve got a lot of keys like a dungeon master, this small bag is not the bag for you.
Pacsafe Carrysafe 100 GII Anti-theft camera strap
I got this for my Sony Alpha a6300 camera. The entire strap is slash proof except for the adjustable strap that attaches to the camera. This strap doesn’t remain exposed those, there’s a cover that you slide over it, so it’s concealed. This strap also comes with TurnNLock features and very comfortable neck padding. The original Sony camera strap was heavily branded, which I hated, so the Pacsafe strap was a nice switch with discreet labels. The strap is a bit bulky which can make your camera’s bag a bit cramped.
While no anti-theft solution offers 100 % protection, Pacsafe products do help safeguard your valuables. It’s not going to stop an armed robbery but, I do personally think it’s worth the extra investment for the more probable threats of pickpockets or slash and run. I’ll probably be adding a Pacsafe carry on backpack to my travel gear suite soon.
How do you protect your valuables on trips?