The following gear review has been submitted by Emily Lessnau.
When I decided to move to Japan, I knew I had to downsize and simplify my life. This included my handbag collection, which had grown quite impressive after working two years at a designer handbag shop. I wanted something small, versatile and stylish, but I wanted safety features for all my adventures throughout Asia. I happily found one bag replaced dozens (and sadly I do mean dozens).
Here are six reasons why I love Travelon’s Anti-Theft Signature Slim Pouch.
1. The safety features.
With anti-slash fabric and straps and locking zippers I feel safe and secure in any location. There are RFID safe pockets for your passport and three cards, as well as a locking carabiner for your strap so you can secure it to arm rests, bed posts, or anything nearby in order to avoid grab and runs.
2. The pockets.
Google anti-theft bags and you’ll run across a collection of frumpy, boring bags that are SO safe that there are no exterior pockets for quick access to basic items. This bag has three. A slip-in pocket for your phone or shades, a latching pocket that I put my personal hygiene items in, and a zipper pocket on the back that’s perfect for maps, tickets or tissues!
3. The style.
Far from frumpy, this bag is slim and chic and totally cute. It’s got decorative stitching on the front pocket flap and comes in three neutral colors: black, eggplant and my choice- truffle, a warm-toned grey. It’s still discreet; you can’t tell it’s an anti-theft bag, which is a huge plus for me.
4. The size.
Though it be but small, it is fierce. The locking zipper on the main compartment extends down to the bottom of the bag. A folio-style piece of fabric keeps your contents from falling out the side. That means easier storage. And with four extra pockets, plus a built in wallet, you can fit more than you can imagine inside!
5. It’s animal friendly.
No cows were harmed in the making of this bag. I was pretty depressed when I realized how many animal lives my leather bags had claimed. The Signature Slim Pouch is poly-twill, which means it’s water resistant so there’s no need to panic if you get stuck in a rain storm.
6. The price tag.
When you’re saving for a trip or move, you don’t want to spend tons of cash on extras. Luckily, this bag’s MSRP is only $40.00. I’ve seen it on numerous sites like eBags and Amazon for $33.00 with free shipping! So shop around. (Check the prices on Amazon here.)
You don’t have to compromise style for function with the Travelon Anti-Theft Signature Slim Pouch.
About the author: Emily is preparing to move to Japan in May 2014 with her husband and cat. Finding several sources on traveling but few on moving abroad, Emily decided to launch her own website to help prospective expats get an inside look at the process of planning, moving and adjusting in your new country. You can find her at www.nekoinnippon.com and follow Neko in Nippon on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter.