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Thursday, August 28, 2014

One for the ladies

Because of some of the places I've been traveling to lately, I've been a bit leery about purse theft and have been on the look-out for a cross-body travel bag.  I wanted a bag that was large enough to carry everything I need for plane/train travel (wallet, phones + chargers, tablet, bottle of water, umbrella and a sweater/scarf), but yet not one that was too big = heavy.  It also had to be durable and fairly stylish.

I did a lot of googling and read a lot of reviews, and finally settled on the Travelon Anti-theft Signature Crossbody:
It's a bit larger than the purse I normally carry, but still smaller than a messenger bag.  What I love most about it so far though is the amazing number of pockets.  You see, I have been carrying the same raggedy purse around for years now (and even bought the same purse used off of Le Bon Coin) because I love how many pockets it has.  It lets me keep my purse super organized, and you'll never see me digging around the bottom of my purse for my keys/lipstick/etc.

And this bag is the same - as you can see in the photo above, it's got a small travel pocket on the front flap for easy access to things like boarding documents.  There is also a large pocket on the back of the purse.  And inside there is a padded pocket for a tablet, a middle zippered pocket (great for make-up), a large pocket for your wallet, water bottle etc, and then the 2 standard phone pockets.
As an added bonus, one of the phone pockets is also RFID-protected, so it's great for storing your passport & credit cards.  (Read more about RFID protection here).  You'll also notice on the left of the picture that there is a small clip that you can attach to the main zipper when it is closed, preventing thieving little hands from reaching in and stealing your phone or passport. And the last safety feature it has is the main strap is slash-proof, and also has a carabiner that you can undo in order to secure your purse to your chair or table.

I purchased mine in grey, but it also comes in black or purple. It's available on Amazon, but I ended up buying mine from because they had it on sale for $45 (vs Amazon's $79).

**Note - this is not a sponsored post, and I purchased the bag myself.  I just think it's a really good quality, practical product and thought other frequent travelers might be interested in it too. :)



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great bag! Perhaps a little too big for me (at least for daily use) but maybe something to invest in for traveling (which I'm not doing much of at the moment...). Hmm... I'm tempted...


August 28, 2014 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Bossi said...

I'm glad I live in New Zealand! No wonder my daughter who lives in London tells me when I'm visiting, to stop getting my tablet out of my bag and walking around with it on show! And it never occurred to me that someone might slash bag straps! I must look like a lamb come to be slaughtered!

August 29, 2014 at 9:35 PM  
Blogger melinda said...

$45 is very reasonable considering what most of the "travel" bags go for.....and this one does look nice....I used a messenger type bag on my last trip to Paris, but it is really too big.....thx for info

August 30, 2014 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger The Paris Chronicles said...

I would totally purchase this. On my last trip, the amount of time I spent fumbling/looking for/extracting stuff from the bottomless pit that is my Kate Spade handbag drove me and the kids nuts.

Glad you mentioned this wasn't a sponsored post, because the writing really made me think you were shilling for the bag manufacturer. (Can you tell I write SEO blog posts once in awhile?) If you ever want to pick up some extra money, you've def got the right tone for this stuff! :)

August 30, 2014 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

I'm going to check this out, because I use a photographer's backpack when I travel, but since I rarely bring my big DSLR with me anymore, it seems silly to have such a big bag with me. If a laptop would fit in this bag, it would be perfect. Thanks for the tip!

September 1, 2014 at 2:26 AM  
Blogger Ksam said...

Alison- I *think* it would fit a macbook Air, but anything bigger would like not fit since the pocket is supposed to be for an ipad or other tablet.

September 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can attest to the usefulness of a cross-body bag when traveling. I blogged about the one that I used while traveling through Europe here:

Anyone looking into a travel bag... make sure that it zips and locks. While on a train in Naples, I watched a man reach into a lady's bag!

Great insight and post!

November 3, 2014 at 6:23 PM  
Blogger irum khan said...

Its really amazing
love to see that kind of post

November 5, 2014 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Ricky Ricardo said...

Wonderful bags
travel bags | travel backpacks

December 23, 2014 at 4:03 PM  

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