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Top 6 Safe Travel Tote Bags


What kind of travel bag do you like to use to tote around your gear? Some people prefer using a backpack to tote their stuff. That's a fine bag for every day, but when I'm about to travel to a place well-known for pickpockets, I don't want to tote my travel gear behind my back; I want it securely under my arm. With that in mind, below are my top choices for a travel tote bag to accompany you safely on all your journeys.

1. Tumi Q-Tote

The quintessential tote bag, Tumi's Q-Tote is more than great for travel; I carry it every day in warm weather. It's made of lightweight, waterproof nylon, shown in the Autumn Eclipse print. It's also available in a variety of classy colors. Comfortable twin rounded leather shoulder straps that don't slip down when you carry it make it a keeper. And it's what's inside that counts -- an array of pockets and zippers to keep your stuff relatively well organized in the capacious interior. The contrasting lining does help when you're trying to find something. Shaped like a trapezoid, it's 13.25 inches wide at the top,  overall height is 12.25 inches, and the depth is a wide 6.25. The only risk you run is overloading it because it has so much room.

2. CitySafe Travel Shoulder Bag

Stay safe with this tote bag's slash-proof shoulder straps, wire-reinforced side and bottom panels, and tamper-proof zippers. This bag, good for city as well as vacation travel, is organized inside with dedicated pockets to tote a digital camera and phone. Measures 10.5 x 13 x 3.5" with adjustable-length strap. Available in walnut and midnight blue, it's smartly designed to keep the gear you tote, and hopefully you as well, safe. The one drawback: It won't win any style awards.

3. Michael Kors Jet-Set Leather Tote

If you regard black as the only suitable color for a bag and leather the proper material, this Michael tote is well-designed for the traveler. Double handles make it less likely to slide off your shoulder. Roomy inside, with two zipper pockets and four slip pockets. The tote measures 14 x 10.5 x 6 and has four small metal feet to protect the bottom. The leather features the saffiano texture, which has a brushed look. (And it's also available in several colors).

4. CitySafe Hobo Travel Tote

In this model, PacSafe combines style, safety and convenience. Unzip the top and bottom of the back pouch, and you can slip it over the handle of your upright luggage. Nearly square 13.5" W x 13" H x 7.5" D tote is available in chic black, plum, and blue.

5. Vera Bradley Black Tote Bag

Vera Bradley makes quilted cotton bags in sophisticated black as well as a rainbow of paisley colors. Her stylish and lightweight Vera bag measures a roomy  14.75" x 19.25" x 6.25"  and is a practical tote for local travel as well as an airline carry-on. Strap drops 11", so you can hug this tall bag close to your body. Keep valuables inside the zippered interior pocket and travel documents you need to access quickly in the outside pocket.

6. Anti-Theft Backpack

Another strong-and-safe bag from the PacSafe line, you can tote this roomy and well-organized backpack. Has protective front and bottom panels, tamperproof zippers, RFID shield, and other built-in antitheft design. Also includes a padded laptop sleeve and removable, locking bag.

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