These Anti-Theft Items Kept My Valuables Secure Abroad

Including a portable door lock, versatile backpack, and RFID-blocking wallet.

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These Anti-Theft Items Kept My Valuables Secure Abroad

I have to admit, it’s daunting to travel to a new destination when you’re unfamiliar with the  country or continent. I recently found myself in that exact situation as I prepared for a two-week-long trip to Thailand. But part of my planning process included leveraging my experience as a shopping writer to find top-notch gear to help me travel safely and comfortably. 

My research paid off: I returned home without losing a single item, thanks in part to my street skills and new anti-theft products. The best part? Each item I relied on costs less than $30, and I’d easily use them again for my next international trip. Keep scrolling to add my top travel picks to your Amazon cart starting at just $6.

I travel frequently and have been fortunate that an airline has never lost my luggage, but that doesn’t mean the worry hasn’t crossed my mind. For $28, an Apple AirTag provided peace of mind as I traveled from Los Angeles to Bangkok. During my layover in Tokyo, a quick check on the iOS FindMy app assured me that my checked bag made it to the next destination. Now, the Apple AirTag has become my travel companion, and I always pop one into my suitcase or everyday bag and clip one to my keys using this handy AirTag holder. 

I can’t stand rummaging through my personal bag to find my passport, and Lewis N. Clark’s large wallet eliminates this hassle for just $16. Measuring 8 inches by 5 inches, the wallet has a velcro pocket to stash your passport, two side zipper pouches to store cash and small valuables, and a clear card holder to display your driver's license. It also features an adjustable strap that can be worn around your neck or across your body as you move through the airport. I found it very convenient for keeping all my valuables in one place, within reach, and safe. Plus, the lightweight organizer provides RFID protection.

Travelambo’s wallet also provides RFID protection by preventing your credit cards’ electromagnetic chips from being scanned by thieves. The 100 percent leather cardholder is slim enough to slip into your pocket or stash in a belt bag. It also has enough space for six cards, cash, and a personal ID. Choose from six colors like blue, black, and khaki, and add the minimalist wallet to your cart for as little as $7.

Our team named Cheruty’s bag as the best mini anti-theft backpack for a reason. What sets it apart is its main compartment, which is only accessible by unzipping the pouch on the back of the bag. I used the backpack every day in Bangkok, and I appreciated that the interior was spacious enough to accommodate large items like a 14-inch laptop and a reusable water bottle. It also comes with a removable, adjustable strap, so you can wear it as a shoulder bag or crossbody bag. Shop the vegan leather style in 27 colors. 

On the days I wanted to carry less, I opted for this crossbody sling bag. Made from faux leather, it features an adjustable, embroidered strap that is not only stylish but also thick and sturdy enough that it doesn’t add stress to your shoulder. The sling bag has a button-closure compartment that’s slim enough to hold hand sanitizer and sunscreen, and a larger zipper compartment ideal for storing a phone, wallet, and keys. 

For additional security, consider buying zipper pulls. I bought Lgooiin’s pack of 10 for just $6, and I rely on them to clip a compartment’s two zippers together by the holes at the end, ensuring my bags are as difficult as possible to pickpocket. They also double as replacements for broken zippers. 

Getting a good night’s sleep in an unfamiliar place can be tough, especially if you’re an anxious traveler like I am. For peace of mind, I bring along Rerishom’s Portable Door Lock to provide extra security at night. Installing it is a breeze: Simply insert the handle into the door slot, close the door, and lock it into position. With the lock in place, no one can break into your room — even with a key. 

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These Anti-Theft Items Kept My Valuables Secure Abroad

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