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I Travel Alone Often, and These Are the 16 RFID-blocking Bags I Recommend to Keep Your Info Safe — From $10



I first started traveling solo internationally long before my career as a professional travel writer began, back in college when protecting my belongings involved keeping a death grip on my airline tickets (remember cardstock tickets?) and cashier’s checks. I remember nervously walking around London — wearing my backpack in front, of course — and assuming everyone on the Tube was trying to figure out where I had stashed my cash. I learned from that trip that traveling in fear is no fun as a solo traveler (or as any sort of traveler, for that matter), and it’s definitely not necessary. What is necessary is being aware of your surroundings and making smart decisions, like not walking alone through dimly lit passageways and not letting others know you’re traveling alone.  

More than eight dozen countries later — and hundreds of stories filed from hotel rooms and cafes around the world — and I can now attribute much of my safety success while on the road to being smart, being aware, and being prepared with gear that protects my personal info (like these data blocking charging cables). 

You’ll still often see me traveling with my backpack on my front while riding on crowded Metros around Europe where I live … only now that backpack is equipped with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-blocking technology. Digital theft is a growing problem around the world, and not just in crowded cities, where a simple skim (i.e., scan) of your bag could give thieves access to your name, address, credit card numbers, and expiration dates. For that reason, I always use an RFID-blocking wallet or bag to keep my credit cards and IDs un-skimmable and recommend travelers do the same. From bags that are meant to be worn on the front to bags that are both slice- and skim-resistant, these are my favorite RFID-blocking bags for anyone looking to protect themselves while traveling.  

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag


This roomy messenger is lightweight but durable, and by durable I mean slash-proof, cut-proof, and equipped with locking hardware to strap it down while at a restaurant or café. Travelon makes one of the top anti-theft bags out there, and this bag doubles as a wallet with built-in card holders and zipper pockets, all RFID-blocking, of course. 

Daitet Money Belt Bag


Travelers love this RFID-blocking money belt for “peace of mind” and that it’s easy to conceal when they’re on the go, saying it’s “almost unnoticeable under a T-shirt” and is “super light, durable, and works great.” Coming in at just $10 thanks to a 50 percent off sale, it’s also a steal. And Amazon shoppers have taken note, with more than 2,000 selling in the past month alone. 

Falanko Laptop Backpack


The RFID-blocking pocket is large enough to protect a wallet, a phone, and a passport all at once. I also love that this backpack is waterproof, so it can also protect a laptop against spills or unexpected weather. The built-in charging port and luggage strap come in handy, too. 

Baggallini Essential Crossbody Bag


Amazon reviewers love this crossbody’s multiple zipper pocket options, but I love how easy it is to keep clean. The entire bag is machine washable, which does not hinder the RFID-blocking capabilities in any way. 

Sherpani Geo, Anti-Theft Tote Bag


Although this anti-theft bag is smaller than the average tote, it’s great for storing a 10-inch tablet and perfect for protecting your digital identity with a spacious RFID-blocking pocket built right in. Even better, you can wear it as a tote, a crossbody, or a shoulder bag.

Kroser Laptop Backpack 


There are no less than 13 pockets in this TSA-friendly backpack. Some are mesh, some are zippered, but the most important ones are RFID-blocking. Reviewers obviously love its functionality, but many also mention how comfy it is to wear. 

Nautica RFID-Blocking Mini Crossbody


The RFID-blocking pocket in this crossbody is almost as big as the entire bag itself. This also comes with an interior zipper coin pocket as well as an exterior zippered pocket, but I love that it can be worn as a wristlet or a crossbody depending on which strap you use. 

Travelon Anti-Theft Metro Convertible Small Crossbody 


Don’t let the size deceive you — this durable bag is surprisingly spacious. It comes with Travelon’s signature 5-point anti-theft security system (i.e., slash-resistant strap, lock down straps, locking compartments, an RFID-blocking organizer, slash-resistant mesh), and it can be worn as either a waist pack or a crossbody. 

Wrangler RFID-Blocking Crossbody Purse 


Simply thread your belt through the belt loop for a hands-free RFID-blocking bag that’s great for travel. Designed to resemble an old-school camera bag, this petite purse is perfect for stashing the essentials, and keeping those essentials safe no matter where you go. 

Travelon Anti-theft Classic Sling Bag


Amazon has this popular travel sling on sale for up to half off right now in select colors. It’s an organized traveler’s dream bag, with multiple pockets and specific RFID-blocking card slots and passport pockets. I love that it has the versatility of a sling with the functionality of a backpack.

S-Zone Duffel Bag


Even without the RFID-blocking zippered pocket — which is huge, by the way, at 12.6 inches long — this bag is one of my favorites to recommend for travel due to its smart design. This anti-theft duffel can hold way more than you’d expect and opens like a suitcase to keep things organized.  

Bagsmart Laptop Bag


Leave it to Bagsmart to come up with one of the smartest laptop bags on the market. This TSA-friendly briefcase is fully padded for laptop protection and comes with a secret anti-theft RFID-blocking pocket for digital protection. It’s also water-resistant and big enough for a 15.6-inch laptop. 

AM Sea Blue Laptop Tote Bag


This unassuming floral tote is surprisingly techy, with an external USB charging port and earphone jack on one side and an RFID-blocking zippered pocket on the other. The bag is great for toting a laptop, but it’s also a perfect carry-on, with a full zipper closure for added security between gates and in flight. 

Vera Bradley Mini Hipster Crossbody Purse


I view this bag as more of a wearable wallet, with built-in RFID-blocking card slips and an ID window taking away the need for packing a bulky wallet. It has multiple zippered pockets and pouches for extra organization, and the small size makes it easy to stash in a larger carry-on or tote. 

Vankean Expandable Waterproof Laptop Briefcase 


This bag had me at “expandable.” It’s small, but mighty, with anti-theft features that include multiple RFID pockets. Aside from being expandable, I like that it’s waterproof, TSA-compliant, and holds up to a 17-inch laptop. 

Samsonite Classic 2.0 RFID Crossbody Bag


Samsonite loyalists will love this classic crossbody, especially because it has a solid RFID-blocking lining that protects against skimming. Multiple pockets and a sturdy shoulder strap keep it ideal for travel, and the main compartment is roomy enough to even hold up to a 10.1-inch tablet. 

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