The Best Anti-Theft Travel Accessories


One of the joys of traveling is getting out of our comfort zone and experiencing new things. Doing this with an open heart and an open mind invites some of the best experiences and interactions the world has to offer.

That open-hearted sense of adventure has to be tempered with a bit of caution, though. As an American abroad, you will attract interest from pickpockets and petty thieves who hope to capitalize on your perceived lack of local street smarts and fat wallet. Even the savviest and experienced travelers are occasionally victims, so take steps to minimize your risk.

Anti-theft travel accessories to keep you and your property safe

Pacsafe Retractasafe 250 4-Dial Retractable Cable Lock

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This 35-inch metal cable lock gives peace of mind when you’re lingering on a beach, dozing on a train, or sitting at a café. Loop the cable through a strap of your daypack or purse and around something immobile. It will prevent purse-snatchers from running off with your stuff. The stainless steel cable is plastic coated and the 4-dial combination lock can be easily reset.

Bobby Original Anti-Theft Backpack

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This sleek, streamlined daypack has hidden zippers and hidden pockets and is built from waterproof, slash-resistant fabric. With separate shock-proof compartments for a laptop up to 15.6” and a tablet, along with an integrated USB charging port, it’s tech-savvy as well as theft-proof. Reflective safety stripes help pedestrians stay safe at night. XD Designs offers a number of styles.

Unisex RFID Slim Waist Stash

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A pick-pocket proof multi-pocket money belt is the classic travel security device. With room for passport, cards, and cash, wear it discretely inside your pants. RFID technology protects from digital predators. Smart travelers split up their valuables. Reserve this for the big stash, and keep a decoy wallet for routine purchases, with a small amount of cash and some expired credit cards. In case of a confrontation, hand over the decoy.

Tile & TrackR

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These Bluetooth enabled devices, about the size of a mini, LED flashlight, were developed to find misplaced items like keys and phones. They can also be used as tracking devices for stolen items. When you notice something’s missing, press a button on the phone app to activate a loud alarm. If the item is within 100-200 feet, the device will beep. If it’s your phone that’s missing, press a button on the device to ring the phone. The sudden alarm may encourage the thief to drop it and run. If the item is out of range, the app shows you its most recent location. Both products have global networks of users who can help locate missing items.

Safego portable lockbox

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This small portable safe has a 17-inch slash-proof plastic coated steel cable, which you secure to something immobile. About the size of a binocular case, it will hold phone, wallet, documents, and jewelry. It even has an earphone opening so you can listen to headphones or charge devices while they are protected. Lock with a resettable 3-digit combination or key.

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