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travelon_tifA good friend just gave me this anti-theft travel bag that I can’t wait to use. It has locks, cut-proof straps, RFID blocking compartments, the works, but my favorite feature is the cute LED light attached to an internal strap — brilliant for when you’re looking for something in the dark.

I’ve written about the time I almost got robbed in Paris, but I had another near-theft experience on that trip. We were in Brussels Midi, eating waffles while waiting for our train to Amsterdam, when we saw a well-dressed young man lift one of our bags. At first I thought he only meant to move it so he can sit on our table, but on second thought, there were a lot of empty seats in other tables so it didn’t make sense… Fortunately, my companion had the presence of mind to quickly take the bag from him and the well-dressed guy immediately walked away, leaving us rather startled and bemused by the whole incident.

Nothing happened during our mini-layover in notorious Milano Centrale, but something could very well have! There were a lot of dodgy characters about, especially in McDonald’s. (Well, of course — there we all were, obvious tourists just ripe for the picking.) I swear I had one leg hooked around my luggage and the straps of another bag wound around my arm while eating french fries.

So…yeah, an anti-theft travel bag is A Really Good Thing. (Thank you, Tif!)

My erstwhile favorite travel bag is this super-light wheelie that fits most airlines’ specs for carry-on luggage, purchased on an impulse at the Zaandam Primark. Not only does it weigh very little, I love that the metal bars of its trolley are at the sides instead of at the center and therefore don’t interfere with packing. My Roxy backpack — which I bought when my family and I were in Ho Chi Minh, so I suppose I should say “my ‘Roxy’ backpack” — also saw a lot of use in the past year. I usually bring it on weekend trips, or as my carry-on bag and/or day bag on longer jaunts.

What’s your favorite travel bag? Have you ever had a bag lost or stolen while traveling?

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10 Responses

  1. Hahaha Milan Centrale, the Tour Eiffel and Brussels Midi. Throw in Copenhagen station and Napoli’s Spanish Quarters and you’ve got pretty much the Serie A of Europe’s pickpocketing.

  2. Great post – my favourite bag is my LowePro Passport Sling camera bag. It is subtle enough that doesn’t scream “CAMERA!” and also has a large amount of storage space with the extender. Perfect for sneaking on a plane as my “camera bag” which also holds – phone, headphones, tablet, etc. etc. It also has no labels on it so savvy crooks wont easily identify it as a Lowepro bag.

    1. Ooh, I’ll have to look that up! It sounds perfect as a day bag too — something you can securely put your camera in plus other stuff you’ll need for the day. And spot on about bringing it on the plane as a “camera bag” — I’ve sneaked in a lot of stuff on my “laptop bag” too so I know what you mean. 😀

  3. your little one is guarding the wheelie? 🙂
    ima using a backpack, a special cameras bag and a handbag… thanks god I haven’t been robbed abroad… but it’s always useful to think about preventing that!! great post…

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