Travel + Leisure

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

They’ll give you serious peace of mind.

By Kristy Alpert

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.  

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