My first experience using a Travelon bag was when I used the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour Bag on a spring cruise through the Mediterranean. Pickpocketing is of high concern in parts of Europe, and I wanted a purse with extra security features.
Read the full review: Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Tour Bag Review
As it was spring and our ports of call were all in urban cities my only requirements for a daily purse was for a non-descript, smallish purse that could hold my mirrorless camera, a wallet and a few girlie things like a small cosmetic bag for my lip gloss.
I liked the bag, and it served my purposes well when running around the city.
For a Florida road trip and a Caribbean cruise, however, this bag was lacking a few features. Specifically, I needed additional room inside the bag to hold sunscreen, hat, camera, hand sanitizer, a book, notepad, mp3 player and water bottle.
Travelon sent me the Classic Anti-theft Sling Bag to try out.
Travelon Classic Anti-theft Sling Bag Features
- Slash proof strap and body
- RFID passport and credit card pockets
- Toggle clips on exterior zippers
- Side water bottle / umbrella pocket zips closed when not in use
- 1 inner zippered pocket
- Keychain hook and light
- Grab handle
- Mesh back
- Adjustable padded cross body strap that can cross on the left or the right side
Measurements: Size: 7 x 14 x 3.5
What I thought about the Travelon Classic Anti-theft Sling Bag
I chose the colour “Stone” for the beach / summer. I worried that it would get dirty quickly due to the light colour, though, and it did but, once home, I found the nylon fabric to be durable and easy to wipe clean.
The bag is comfortable to wear, and I liked that I could change the strap for the right or left side. I’m not sure if it is user error on my part but I did find that the strap would start to loosen and start to slide down due to the weight of the contents inside. I solved this by attaching a carabiner to lock the strap in position by hooking it to the bottom hook of the bag. The extra carabiner proved to be useful because I could then hook my hat to my bag when I need to go total hands-free. One thing that is awesome is that you can undo the bottom hook and wrap the strap around a chair or table so that no once can just grab your bag and run.
Here’s a photo without the carabiner so that you can see it in its original form.
The slash proof strap is a bit stiff at first due to the metal wire running through it and needs some “working in” to make it more pliable and flexible.
The bag is roomy enough to hold a lot of things, but I found that I would start carrying more stuff, and it would start to get heavy especially with the addition of a full water bottle.
Speaking of the water bottle: At first glance, I thought the side pocket was too shallow, and that the mesh/elastic would be too tight but it worked out just fine and held purchased bottles of water and reusable water bottles. Do be aware that you can’t put a very wide bottle in the water bottle pocket.
Security is a big selling point with Travelon bags and the toggle clips on the zippers to deter pickpocketing are great. Just know that they aren’t totally theft proof, as there is no way to add an actual lock.
One issue that I had with my original Classic Tour Bag from Travelon that is still a problem with this Classic Sling Bag is the lack of a waterproof zipper or at minimum a flap over the zipper to help prevent the rain from saturating the zipper and thus moisture seeping inside.
I generally travel with a prime fixed lens on my mirror-less Olympus camera but there is more than enough room should I wish to use my kit lens. Even if I wanted to bring along a telephoto lens, in addition, I think I’d still have room for a wallet, notepad, etc.
One key thing that is missing is a spot to hold a few pens. There is a pocket but no particular pen slot.
All in all, the Travelon Classic Anti-theft Sling Bag is a great bag for travel. It will easily carry plane tickets, small camera, wallet, small umbrella, water bottle, guide book/notepad and be safe and secure. I plan on using it on many more trips to come.
My Classic Anti-theft Sling Bag was provided by Travelon for review purposes. My opinions, as always are entirely my own.