A year after we met in 2001, Troy and I started our travel life together as a couple. We usually took a month off every year to travel. Whenever we would prepare for a particular trip, we would become somewhat obsessed in finding the perfect travel gear. At the end of every trip, we would jot down what items didn’t work out for us or what we needed to bring next time. Troy is a gadget guy and he spends a great deal of time researching items to find the right one for packing and safety. The most important items we carry are those that could protect our valuables. Pacsafe was always one of the brands that made it to the ‘safe list’ for our gear because of how well they secure our valuables. Now that we travel full-time, we use these kinds of products every day to carry our video, camera, and computer equipment.
Nothing is 100% theft resistant, but most thieves are opportunistic and they aren’t professionals. They will grab items that are easy to prey on, like bags left in a room unlocked or backpacks left unattended in a bus station. Your goal is to not make it easy for them.
Of our 14 years of traveling together, we never had any items stolen that we had locked up in a room.
Below are the features and benefits of the products we use:
Our newest additions are:
We've used the following items for several years:
Pacsafe® C35L Stealth anti-theft camera bag – This bag works not only for cameras. I like its size and shape. I can put all of my gear in here, including my computer, hard drives, cameras, you name it. Because of its duffel size, it holds many odd-sized items. It folds into this small cylindrical bag to fit in carry-on or checked bags. Once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to stuff into its storage bag, it just takes a little effort. Now that I have the Venturesafe 45L bag, I either use it or the stealth bag to lock up my gear. Click here for pricing, styles and colors.
Travelsafe® 12L GII portable safe – This is great for fitting laptops, passports, wallets and smaller valuables. I often lock it securely on a bedpost or sink with the steel cable. Click here for pricing styles and colors.
Other items we use and recommend, but are not featured on the video:
The Venturesafe™150GII anti-theft cross body pack – This isn’t featured in the video but it is one of the best ‘man bags’ for me. Instead of a backpack, I can securely carry my valuables on my body, with easy visibility and access. Click here for pricing, styles and colors.
The Pacsafe tri-fold wallet and the RFID neck wallet – We both have Pacsafe wallets. We just like different styles: Troy has the trifold one while I like the bigger RFID neck wallet to carry more cards. I rarely use it as a neck wallet, but just as a regular wallet in my purse. I like the size of it and the hidden zipper closure for more valuable items, which I can fit my passport in it. Click here for pricing, styles and colors.
The functionality and durability of these bags exactly fit our needs. Now that we travel, work and live in a new location every few months or so, they give us just the peace of mind to enjoy the travel, without worrying about any ‘what if’s’ about losing our gear.
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Troy is an ex-TV editor and producer originally from Canada. He quit his 20+ year career to pursue a life of long-term, slow and transformative travel. Now with his wife Dorene, he helps people who want to redefine their midlife by making conscious changes at TravelLifeExperiences. He also works with travel and hospitality brands to create and share their video stories at TravelLifeMedia.com