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The best anti-theft crossbody travel bags with RFID protection

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The best travel and anti-theft crossbody bags with RFID protection. (Photo: Zappos, Amazon, Art: Yahoo Lifestyle photo-illustration)

If you’re traveling abroad or planning a day trip this season, it’s important to keep your personal belongings safe. There’s nothing more frustrating and chaotic than experiencing a pickpocket thief snatch one of your belongings, especially any important documents such as your passport, driver’s license, credit cards or cash.

To keep your goods safe no matter where you plan to travel this summer, we rounded up the top-rated crossbody bags with anti-theft RFID protection. Travelon and Pacsafe are clear front runners in our search, specializing in anti-theft handbags, backpacks and more.

Below, shop our favorite picks.

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag

This bag is a top-seller on Amazon with more than 1,900 near-perfect reviews. You can easily pack your wallet, keys, water bottle, umbrella, phone, tablet and so much more in this extremely versatile travel bag. It is equipped with RFID protection and includes a special passport slot. However, the best part is its slash-resistant fabric, which is designed with stainless-steel mesh, and its straps are made with stainless steel cables to prevent a thief from slashing your bag and taking off. Did we mention it’s only $39?

Promising review: “I love this bag. For me, it's the perfect size with all the right components. I purchased this for a European trip, mainly Paris, which is known for its pickpockets and scam artists, unfortunately. This bag will hold money, maps, guide books, water bottle, etc with room to spare. My mother purchased the mini crossbody but decided to give hers to my 16 year old daughter once she saw mine and order herself the classic, as well. I especially love that the side pockets (for water bottle/mini umbrella) collapse and can be zipped up when not in use. It's also very comfortable. I was worried that the weight may be an issue, but the strap is just right to hold the weight while maintaining comfort.”

Star rating: 4.4

Shop it: $45,

Pacsafe Daysafe Anti-Theft Tech Crossbody Bag

Pacsafe Daysafe Anti-Theft Tech Crossbody Bag

If you prefer a small, compact-sized bag that will hold only your key essentials, this one is perfect. It’s made of high-density polyester and includes RFID protection. Inside, you can easily fit your phone, passport and slots for your credit cards. Similar to Travelon, it is designed with stainless steel within the strap for extra durability and protection against thieves.

Promising review: “This? Excellent. Purchased one for my daughter and one for myself for a recent trip to Europe. Loved the RFID lining for cards and passport. It's lightweight, wears easily under a winter coat, has locking zippers. Easily held credit cards, hotel room keys, multiple currencies, passport and a cell phone. It would have only been better if there'd been a section to hold change and sunglasses. Water repellent would have been good too. However, very pleased with the bag's performance overall.

Star rating: 5

Shop it: $40,

Mundi RFID Anti Theft Crossbody Bag

Mundi RFID Anti Theft Crossbody Bag

You wouldn’t know from the looks of it, but this bag is packed with 12 credit card slots, an interior zip pocket, and four large pockets for your passport, phone and cash, plus it’s equipped with RFID protection. You can shop it in 18 different colors and prints, and it easily covers from a crossbody bag to a wallet.

Promising review: “This crossbody wallet is roomy for phone, cards, cash and a few extras. Nice design, made with durability in mind. The hardware is strong and fashionable. It is moderately priced but fair considering the quality of the bag.”

Star rating: 4.3

Shop it: $20,

Pacsafe Slingsafe LX50 Anti-Theft Mini Crossbody Bag

Pacsafe Slingsafe LX50 Anti-Theft Mini Crossbody Bag

If you are looking for a simple crossbody travel bag that can still fit plenty of items, this is the one for you. RFID protection? Check. Stainless steal embedded straps? Check. Easily fit an iPad mini or Kindle? Check. Shop it now in both black and grey.

Promising review: “This bag is perfect for traveling. It holds and protects my phone, cards, and other day trip essentials. It is super lightweight, which is a plus for international travel when you want to be light on your feet. The only "drawback" is that it is so light, without enough in it, it will bounce around on your hip. It is sleek, flat and doesn't draw attention yet is decent looking. I would recommend — it serves its purpose well and is exactly as described.”

Star rating: 4

Shop it: $35,

Travelon Anti-Theft Heritage Tour Bag

Travelon Anti-Theft Heritage Tour Bag

This Travelon bag is a bit more stylish than its counterparts with its brown leather-like details. You can easily adjust the strap, and the front pocket has RFID protection too. There is an additional padded pocket to keep your tablet as well as a key clip with an LED light. On the exterior, there are two side pockets to store your water bottle and umbrella. Right now, you can shop it on sale.

Promising review: Purchased this for a 10-day trip to Italy and it was my constant companion. The expandable side pockets accommodated a water bottle and an umbrella, and collapsed when not in use. Two good, deep pockets in the main compartment held my cell phone, passport, wallet, and other incidentals. I was even able to fit a book into the main compartment, which was handy for airport layovers.”

This bag is larger than what I typically carry day-to-day for a purse, but it worked great as a day bag for walking tours and kept my hands free when used as a crossbody bag.”

Star rating: 4.3

Shop it: $49 (was $65),

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag

Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag

Lightweight and compact, this Travelon shoulder bag is discreet, but equipped with an interior RFID protective compartment, as well as plenty of pockets outside. More than 96 percent of eBag shoppers recommend this bag, and it has over 1,000 reviews to back it up. If you act fast, you can receive free shipping and shop it on sale with code FRIEND to earn an extra 25 percent off.

Promising review: "Love this bag! I originally purchased it for travel in Italy but find it perfect for everyday use. It is just the right size and has many great features. I especially like the small flashlight and key ring hook; no more fishing around for my car keys. I would recommend this bag for anyone who wants to carry essentials in a safe and organized way."

Star rating: 4.7

Shop it: $34,

Travelon Women’s Anti-Theft Tailored Crossbody

Travelon Women’s Anti-Theft Tailored Crossbody

Simple and elegant, this compact crossbody has it all. You can feel secure with this around your body with its slash-resistant exterior and strap, RFID passport and credit card slots, and turnlock key to keep your phone easily accessible to you. Shop it in black, red, green and blue.

Promising review: “This crossbody bag was exactly what I was looking for. Perfect size for my Android phone and passport. Enough room for a small camera, as well. I was looking for a small bag to use while shopping in Italy — and I found it! The Anti-Theft and RFID is a plus!”

Star rating: 4

Shop it: $33,

Vera Bradley Iconic RFID Mini Hipster

Vera Bradley Iconic RFID Mini Hipster

Vera Bradley is known for its iconic, vibrant prints. If you want a bag that suits your colorful personality while on-the-go, while still being protected, then Vera Bradley is the answer. The bag is made of a quilted cotton and includes RFID protection. Shop it in 11 different colors and prints, but hurry! They’re selling out quick.

Promising review: “Love, love, LOVE this bag! I used it for an 11 day trip to Europe, and it easily and safely held cash, passport, credit cards, reading glasses, tissues and my phone. It was light enough to carry, and looked great with both shorts and dresses. Great bag, especially with the RFID protection.”

Star rating: 5

Shop it: $40,

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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