In 1858 my 3rd Great Grandmother cashed out her entire life savings and traveled alone by train with the money sewn into the hem of her skirt. She was on her way to start a new life in a new place, after having lost her husband the year before. Fortunately for her she arrived at her destination safely. None of the other travelers ever knew that the quiet, unassuming, little widow woman on the train was loaded. Fortunately for us it’s 160 years later and we have a lot better options for travel security accessories than people did back then.
We have so much more to protect these days than just cash. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could all just travel around with our very own security entourage? But unless you happen to be rich and/or famous that’s not going to happen. And chances are even if you did have bodyguards following you around, they couldn’t protect you from identity theft.
Thieves have access to very sophisticated technology that works behind the scenes. They are like cockroaches that hide in the dark. You don’t even know they are around until one morning you turn the bathroom light on and find one running for cover. But all is not lost. The good guys have even better technology. They are always one step ahead of the bad guys, ready to stop them with one quick smack of a shoe.
Secure Travel Backpacks
Our ancestors were mostly simple people who traveled lightly. But we are a world of people on the go and we have a lot of stuff that goes with us. Leaving everything at home or at the hotel while running around town with only your wallet or purse is not always an option. And when you have children the “stuff” factor goes up considerably.
We’ve always brought backpacks with us on family outings. This has always worked out great. But lately I’ve learned that a plain old backpack isn’t always enough to protect our stuff, especially if we’re carrying expensive laptops or personal, sensitive information.
In my research I’ve found there are quite a few anti-theft backpacks on the market right now. Some are obviously going to be better than others. Bobby by XD Design seems to be one of the best out there. It’s also one of the costlier ones at $95.00 last time I checked. Travelon makes a classic anti-theft backpack that seems to be popular and a little easier on the wallet at around $60.00. Kopack makes an anti-theft laptop backpack that’s around $37.00. What I found so cool about the Kopack backpack is the zippers are hidden so there is no obvious way a thief could easily get in. There are even backpacks on wheels!
A skirt hem isn’t going to do it for us anymore (actually, it hasn’t done anything for us for decades, but I digress). Today’s thieves are more clever than ever when it comes to learning how to part you with your valuables. Fanny packs have been around forever and they work pretty well. But if you want more privacy nothing beats anti-theft bra’s and women’s underwear or men’s underwear with secret pockets.
These pockets are perfect for stashing small valuables like cash, credit cards, passports and things of that nature. And they are designed to be comfortable because who wants to walk around feeling like they are constantly being poked in the nether regions by their credit cards?
The other day I came across some anti-theft scarves. You would never even know they have secret pockets in them. Literally anything can have secret pockets in them. Tank tops, t-shirts, leggings, hoodies and even belts. No sewing required!
As technology has grown, so has the rise in identity theft. These days a thief doesn’t even have to physically steal your wallet in order to steal from you. With something called an RFID reader they can transmit sensitive information without you even knowing about it. By the time you found out it would be too late and the thief would be long gone.
In this day and age, it is practically essential to have products with RFID blocking technology. There’s Anti-theft wallets for men and women. There are even anti-theft shoulder bags. These are all designed with technology which scrambles the RFID signal so it becomes impossible for a thief to read your highly personal and sensitive information.
When I was growing up in the 80’s we had suitcases made with steel frames and little pad locks on them (just don’t lose the key!). Even a gorilla wasn’t supposed to be able to get into these things.
We can do a lot better than that now. Being the embarrassed guy, whose clothes are laying all over the conveyor belt because the airport hired a gorilla to work in baggage claim is the least of our worries these days. In answer to that we now have anti-theft wheeled luggage, duffle bags and even cute little anti-theft luggage locks for even more protection!
A Safe Traveler is a Happy Traveler
My 3rd great grandmother was lucky, not to mention brave. If things had gone bad for her there would have been little she could have done. It’s entirely possible I wouldn’t even be here to be writing this now. Now we have an army of companies who design their entire business around keeping consumers safe from theft and fraud. Because while that kind of crime hurts people individually, it also hurts us as a whole. It affects how everyone lives their lives. It’s good to know we have so many options, and we don’t even have to be wealthy to have them.
Do you know of any anti-theft accessories that I’ve missed here? We would love to hear about it in the comments below. What kinds of things are you doing to keep you and your family safe when traveling? We are planning to acquire a lot more of these anti-theft products in the coming months as our traveling is going to be increasing considerably.
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