Have you ever felt nervous about leaving your keys or wallet on a hotel pool chair while swimming? Or maybe you’ve checked into a hotel and realized that your room doesn’t have a safe. Or even worse, the safe doesn’t work. I know I have, which is why I often carry a portable safe, like the Travelon Anti-Theft Lockdown Bag.

The kind folks at Travelon sent me their large Anti-theft Lockdown Bag to test out and review, so I wanted to share my thoughts on it. Keep in mind that even though they sent me this bag, this is not a paid review and we are not being influenced to review this product in any way.

Design

The bag is made from a material called SafeTex, which is thick but flexible. It reminds me of the material you might find on gloves used to shuck oysters. It’s breathable too, but Travelon claims that the material cannot be slashed or cut by razors or knives.

The strap at the top of the bag is also reinforced and cut-proof, and seems to contain two cables that reinforced in the tightly woven fabric material. The video on their site shows the strap resisting pliers and even bolt cutters. I wasn’t able or willing to try it, but I’ll take their word for it. From my perspective, it definitely looks to be reinforced and the amount of materials required to cut through should prevent most attempts.

The Anti-theft Lockdown bag comes in two sizes. The smaller version fits essentials like your phone, wallet, passport, keys, and jewelry. A larger version, which we received, can fit bigger items like an iPad. In case you’re wondering, I did try to fit a 13 inch MacBook Pro and it was just slightly too big.

Operation

To lock the safe, all you need to do is place your belongings inside, tighten the top, then run the strap over an immovable, solid, or large object. You then run the lock through the holes in the strap and the metal loop, creating a very tight seal at the top.

Travelon also includes a four combination brass lock. While it works, I definitely would recommend using a more substantial lock. The included lock feels very lightweight, so I’m not exactly confident that it would withstand a lot of force. I happen to have a more hefty combination lock from Master Lock, and it fits perfectly through the holes. I think a stronger lock is especially useful if you think you’ll use the travel safe inside your hotel or hostel room.

Final Thoughts

 

The Travelon Anti-theft Lockdown Bag runs around $40 to $45 on Amazon. Overall, I think it’s a great product to use while traveling. It’s not going to stop a hardcore thief from stealing your stuff. Though the product isn’t intended to keep out the heavy duty criminal. This is a product that you can use in a hotel or hostel to secure your belonging while out. It’s ideal for a place like the pool, beach or gym, where you might not have your full attention on your belongings. It definitely beats leaving your belongings under a towel.

I still would prefer to use a hotel safe if given the option. However, if you don’t have one in your room, this is the next best option. It’s definitely more effective than just hiding or locking your belongings in your suitcase. I used a portable safe when I traveled through Southeast Asia, and it proved to be extremely valuable. This was especially the case when at the beach or in smaller hotels without safes in the room.

Also, some of you might remember that we did a review of the Pacsafe Travelsafe almost a year ago, which is a similar style portable safe. Both are very similar in design, but this is definitely more portable. The Pacsafe Travelsafe has a steel mesh cage, which makes it less flexible and bulkier. The Travelon Anti-theft Lockdown bag, on the other hand, has a more substantial strap, while also being a bit more discreet.

Have you used a portable safe? If so, have you found them to be useful too? Please share your experience below.

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