Gear | October 6, 2020 9:14 am

The 8 Best Anti-Theft Backpacks

Stop worrying about losing your passport

The Best Anti-Theft Backpacks
Away, Nomatic, Pacsafe, WNDRD

Nothing screams ‘tourist’ like wearing a backpack on your front. While this tactic helps keep your possessions within eyesight, it looks goofy and is not at all comfortable. Thankfully, many brands have started creating backpacks specifically designed to thwart theft. These backpacks feature innovative secret pockets, integrated locks and kevlar-reinforced fabrics, all of which help you feel more comfortable wearing your backpack on your back where it belongs. Here are eight we think are worth buying.

Nomatic Backpack

Nomatic Backpack

If space is your concern when buying a new backpack, you’ll love the smart design of the 20-liter Nomatic, which can expand to add an extra four liters of capacity. It also packs in 20+ anti-theft features including integrated locks and secret pockets. 

Samsonite Pro Slim Backpack

Samsonite Pro Slim Backpack

This is a backpack for the businessman on the go. It features a 15-inch padded laptop compartment, stylish leather touchpoints and a built-in battery pack that allows both wireless and USB charging.

Away Backpack

Away The Backpack

Away is known for creating sleek, minimalist hard luggage and those same principles can be seen in this outwardly unassuming backpack. While there aren’t any locks, there are two hidden pockets in the large middle compartment plus a hidden passport pocket integrated into the back panel.  

Peak Design Travel Backpack
Peak Design

Peak Design Travel Backpack 

Peak Design’s travel pack has been lauded by one-bag travelers for years. It effortlessly transitions between a slim 35-liter daypack and a hike-ready 45-liter bag. Plus, it’s got all the bells and whistles that made Peak Design famous, including dedicated pockets for everything you might carry, metal hardware and magnetic chest and waist straps.

Pacsafe Venturesafe Backpack

Pacsafe EXP45 Carry-on Backpack

So you want an anti-theft backpack, but you don’t want to navigate Fort Knox every time you open it up? Pacsafe’s backpack has an easy-access pocket separate from the main sealed compartments so you can reach your regularly used items quickly. 


Pacsafe Metrosafe Backpack

The Metrosafe is a great compact option. You can use it as a regular daypack or stuff it in your larger bag and pull it out only when you need it. The slimline design is perfect for commuting and the three-step Lockabout security clip will keep the contents safe between home and the office. 

WNDRD Backpack


The PRVKE is perfect for organization fanatics. It features four zippered pockets, so you can separate small items from larger ones, and keep everything in the proper place. The ultra-durable 1680 D ballistic nylon fabric easily fends off rain and knife slashes.

Brigs & Riley Medium Foldover
Brigs & Riley

Brigs & Riley Medium Foldover Backpack

Most anti-theft backpacks are not that aesthetically pleasing. The Medium Foldover isn’t one of them. The heathered grey exterior looks good enough to wear with a suit but features like RFID protection and a locking front pocket make it worthy of consideration for travelers, too.

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