Do you have a great day bag for when you travel, or even something to carry your necessities in when you fly? The problem with a lot of bags is that they are either too big or too small for what you need. Many aren’t secure and those that are aren’t attractive and scream “tourist”. The Signature Messenger Bag from Travelon can solve those problems for you. If you hate regular messenger bags that are bulky and hurt your shoulder, take a look at this stylish bag that won’t get in the way, is ergonomic and has an adjustable, wide shoulder strap.
As you know, I’m a bag hoarder. I have been known to buy a new bag every time I travel based on where I’m going and what I’m doing. Obviously, I want a different bag for the plane than I do for sightseeing or than I do for an amusement park or than I do for a beach trip. Do I need to carry a lot of things with me – like a sweater – or not? Yes, I am really particular, but I’m guessing many of you are, too. Here are the pros of this bag for those of you still searching for the perfect bag for your travels.
Going to any large city? Guess what? There are probably thieves. If you’re really worried about this, like I am going to Paris, then fear no more. The large strap is cut-proof and the lining of the bag has a slash-proof mesh as well, so unless they want to try to wrench the bag off of you and drag you halfway down the street, it’s a safe bet that no one is going to steal it off your person.
The zippers have locking clips so no one can dip into your bag without you realizing it. This is something that would take effort to achieve by a thief, no matter how deft they are. As you can see from the pictures above, there are clips that slip through the holes in the zippers on both the front pocket that holds your credit cards, phone and other small items and the main compartment as well.
Another feature you can use is the locking clasp that you can detach and reattach the shoulder strap to. Say you’re sitting down to eat at a café. You don’t want to hold the bag in your lap while you eat and you don’t want to hang it on your chair where anyone can just make off with it. Instead, detach the strap, wrap it around the table leg or your chair and reattach it. The slash-proof construction basically turns your bag into a mini-safe. It would be pretty obvious that someone was stealing your purse if they had to take the entire chair or table with them.
Keep your information safe with RFID-blocking card slots that hold up to four cards and a passport. It would suck to get to your destination only to find that someone had used an electronic card reader to steal all your info – and maybe your identity – and spend all your money. Worst vacation ever, right? These things have been tested and they really work! You can feel pretty safe that your cards will still have any money on them that you didn’t spend and your passport won’t be compromised either.
A lot of room, but not too much room!
Most regular messenger bags are like un-structured overnight bags. You put stuff in there and it all falls to the bottom somehow, no matter what it is. Yes, everything is in the bottom. How did that happen??? I have no idea, but it’s annoying. I took this bag with me on the plane to Vegas and the main compartment was perfect for my netbook, but it would be more convenient for an iPad. I was able to also get all my travel docs in there and also stashed my airplane magazine in it as I was deplaning. It still closed and I had makeup items in the back pocket.
I’ve also used this bag on several outings, including a day out where I stashed my mini makeup bag in the main compartment, along with a cardigan, keys and sunglasses. I like that the main compartment is just that. The mesh pocket doesn’t go all the way to the bottom, which makes it easy not to lose things down there and also to get them out. If you can’t see the contents, use the included snap-in handy-dandy mini flashlight to check it out.
The back pocket fits next to your body and is good for things you like to have convenient, like your lip balm and snacks or gum. It is also a half-size pocket, like the one on the inside, so you can’t overstuff it, though, like me, you can try.
It’s pretty rugged!
It’s also pretty and rugged. The eggplant might be a bit feminine, but I feel like the black and the mushroom can work perfectly for men as well. Everyone’s going to look good with this bag slung across their body. Travelon bags can really take a beating. I know, we have a bunch and we aren’t gentle with our travel gear. After many trips, the Signature Messenger Bag is still going to look like you just got it.
Where you can buy it: Travelon online
How much it costs: $65.00
Colors it comes in: black | eggplant (shown) | truffle
Other specs: Poly twill fabric that is easily wiped down if you spill on it, 11.25 x 10.25 x 2
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Disclosure: I was provided with the Anti-Theft Signature Slim Pouch for the purposes of this review, but all opinions are 100% my own.