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Numinous Packs Anti-Theft Travel Pack Review

by Mary Chong
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Numinous Packs — Anti-Theft Travel Backpacks & Luggage

Anyone researching a trip to Europe, South America or a whole multitude of locations sees the warning “Beware of pickpockets.” Sadly it’s a part of travelling that we have to be mindful of for our safety.

When you are at home — all your worldly possessions are locked behind your front door.

When you are travelling, they are locked inside your suitcase.

Travel is about exploring, learning, adventure and enjoyment. It shouldn’t be about stress, worry, sadness or fear.

There are many products out on the market to help take the worry out of pickpocketing/theft such as pickpocket proof pants, underwear and purses.

A new product that I hadn’t heard of before are the backpacks by Numinous Packs.

Available in 4 sizes: 20L, 25L, 40L, 55L, 65L, 80L the backpacks are designed by backpackers and launched via a Kickstarter campaign. These bags are specifically designed to take the worry out of protecting your belongings while you are travelling abroad. “…give you all round peace of mind and keeps travel documents and personal belongings safe at any stage of your journey…”

We were sent a 25L and 55L backpack to test out and here’s what we found.

Numinous Packs 25L / 55L DaySac

25L Weighs 1.1 kg
55L Weighs 3.05 kg

Numinous Packs Review by Calculated Traveller


  • Padded laptop compartment
  • Kevlar anti-slash fabrics throughout
  • Padded lumbar support and airflow system so the bag is comfortable on your back
  • Safety whistle (it’s the little things that count)
  • TSA approved zip locks with cover
  • Numinous Shield retractable combination locks so you can lock your bag to a secure piece of furniture
  • Puncture resistant zipper and zipper flap
  • Mesh side pockets on each side, 2 small ones on the back and one large one on the front
  • The concealing back panel on the 55L is great to cover up the backpack straps for airport check-in.
  • You can open the 55L pack completely as the zipper runs the entire length of the bag and there are compression straps inside.
  • You can attach the 25L to the other 55L/65L bags
Numinous Packs Review by Calculated Traveller
Numinous Packs Review by Calculated Traveller


  • The 25L day pack, is a little large for my needs.
  • The zippered opening of the 25L main compartment was a bit awkward as it doesn’t open all the way around.
  • In general, I’m not really a fan of the giant 25L/55L text printed directly onto the exterior of the bag. I understand that it’s a graphic style choice but I honestly thought that the printing was just for advertising purposes only (DOH!)
  • The 55L is really large for me as I’m only 5 feet tall and there is no physical way that I could lift this onto my back once packed full.
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I could totally see a serious backpacker who is physically taller / larger loving these bags.

Shipping was an amazing experience. I was a little worried because the company is from the UK and I’m in Canada, but Numinous Packs has solved the international shipping problems that could potentially arise by working with a distributor in the USA. I swear that I was sent about four automated emails detailing when and where my package was – one email occurring after I had received my package confirming that it was received! That’s communication for you!

Numinous (adj.) – Latin. Describing an experience that makes you fearful yet fascinated, awed yet attracted — the powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and inspired.

Isn’t that exactly what travel should be all about?

Numinous Packs Anti-Theft Travel Backpacks and Luggage Review by Calculated Traveller

I received the 25L and 55L backpacks from Numinous Packs for review purposes. This had no bearing on my review of this item. As always, all my opinions are my own.

What feature do you like the most?

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kim neville April 8, 2015 - 12:55 pm

My favourite is the zip lock with cover

Ben T April 6, 2015 - 8:56 pm

It’s nice you can stash the straps during airport check in

Alexei April 6, 2015 - 11:05 am

Love that you can attach the 25L to the the other 55L/65L bags!

Lori April 4, 2015 - 8:27 pm

I liked the Kevlar anti-slash fabrics and the
padded lumbar support and airflow system so the bag is comfortable on your back even when it’s very hot out.

Bons April 4, 2015 - 1:38 pm

I like the zip lock with cover.

Steven Dubreuil April 3, 2015 - 8:59 am

Pack and features look great. following a recent trip to Italy, I have come to appreciate the peace of mind a secure bag brings. Wondering why there is not a 35 L one. Would be carry on friendly but with more capacity than the 25 L pack.

Wil C April 2, 2015 - 6:46 pm

I have to go with the locks. Definitely would come in handy.

Holly E April 2, 2015 - 5:34 pm

I love the anti-slash fabrics.

Destination Fun April 2, 2015 - 10:52 am

We are new travellers and we haven’t got enough backpacks for our trips, so we would like to get it 🙂 This is the perfect backpacks for us. 🙂

Futó Marianna April 2, 2015 - 10:18 am

I am a new traveller. I just start my trips and I search the backpacks that fit me. I fall in love it. 🙂

Rust April 2, 2015 - 9:43 am

I like the zip locks with cover, and that it’s attachable to other bags.

Terra Heck April 1, 2015 - 11:16 am

I like that it has mesh side pockets and padded lumbar support. Thanks.

laura March 31, 2015 - 11:24 pm

The smallest one looks like the most useful for me now! What a great concept and a great giveaway

Lori Jackson March 31, 2015 - 9:32 am

Peace of mind knowing my backpack is locked!

Mae March 29, 2015 - 6:56 pm

I’m travelling to China in the summer and I’ve heard theft is a huge issue so the security measures on the bag will keep me worry-free!

maria March 28, 2015 - 8:16 pm

I like the lock.

Gene D March 28, 2015 - 5:54 pm

volume, and quality are my fave features

Maggie C March 28, 2015 - 10:36 am

The Mesh side pockets on each side, 2 small ones on the back and one large one on the front are my favourite fature. It allows me to put water bottles and it is accessible!

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Good luck Maggie. The side pockets are perfect for water and an umbrella…

Maggie C April 3, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Thank you! Good luck to all!

Rajee Pandi March 27, 2015 - 9:14 pm

I love TSA-approved Locks – The 2 zipper locks are safe from perpetrators, but allows the TSA access if needed in airport security.

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:27 pm

I love the fact that you can lock everything up and attach it to the seat of the train and take a nap without worry…..Good luck Rajee!

Hannah March 27, 2015 - 6:38 pm

oooh handy. I’m in the market for a backpack and this sounds pretty good Definitely entering that contest 😉

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:27 pm

Good luck Hannah!

Julie Ap March 27, 2015 - 1:02 pm

I’ve gotta go with the padded laptop compartment for a favorite feature, besides all the great anti-theft wonders. Looks great!

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Padded laptop area is a great way to keep tablets protected too! Good luck Julie. Thanks for coming by…

SJ March 27, 2015 - 12:18 pm

What a seriously cool backpack! I’d love this for my upcoming trips!!

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:29 pm

Good luck SJ and Thanks for stopping by!

Mona March 27, 2015 - 9:24 am

I am a big fan of Numinous backpacks as they have 3 locks n are made of Kevlar. No more pickpocketing!!

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Totally agree. Pick pocketers are the worst as its a total invasion of privacy…Good luck!

Chantelle Walker March 26, 2015 - 9:50 pm

Honestly its features are crazy! I mean this would mean so much less worry when I travel. If I had to choose, I like: Padded lumbar support and airflow system so the bag is comfortable on your back because travel packs can really get uncomfortable.

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:30 pm

Staying stress free is the only way to travel! Good luck Chantelle!

Stephanie Mayo March 26, 2015 - 4:49 pm

What a great giveaway Mary! Love that smaller bag, it would certainly come in handy for my big Europe trip this summer!

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Good luck Stephanie! Thanks for entering!

Manouk March 26, 2015 - 8:42 am

I love the locks on the backpack! It will definitely make it less ‘attractive’ for opportunity theft.

Mary Chong March 28, 2015 - 12:32 pm

I totally agree! Good luck Manouk!


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