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How to Not Get Pickpocketed When Traveling Abroad

There is nothing like traveling abroad to expand one’s worldview. As St. Augustine once wrote, “The world is a book, and those who don’t travel only read one page.”

However, as anyone who has ventured abroad can attest, there is always a slight element of risk when exploring other parts of the world. Americans especially make for ripe targets for pickpockets.

That’s why we’ve put together this list of best apparel, luggage, and accessories you should be equipped with when heading overseas…

Clothing Arts’ Pickpocket-Proof Collection

First released back in 2009, Clothings Arts’ Pickpocket Proof (PPP) collection of pants, shorts, skirts, dresses, and even business shirts is a modern marvel for the modern traveler.

Their line of business pants specifically is a must-have for anyone traveling for work or looking for something to wear for a night on the town; touting zippered pockets, button flaps for twice the protection, and a triple secure hidden passport pocket.

Clothing Arts even has a dedicated Testimonials page on their website that features customers’ accounts of all the times their Pickpocket Proof clothing has prevented them from being the victim of petty theft:


Aviator Jeans

Combining style and function, Aviator jeans were created by Colby Kane, a designer and art director who started out in the fast-paced world of New York City fashion feature three zipper-secure pockets (two in the back and one in the front front), as well as a smart 5th pocket big enough for a smartphone:

They also happen to look pretty darn great.

As Nate Peterson, Aviators’ Head of Customer Experience, reminded us over a recent email, “Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to stand out as a tourist.”


Flight Underwear

Stay dry and secure with Flight’s eco-friendly — and ridiculously comfortable — bamboo fabric underwear.

The zipper pocket stitched into the upper thigh couldn’t be more pickpocket proof; simply zip it up and you’re good to go.

You’ll also be forgiven if you just want to lounge around in them while Netflix and chilling.


StashBandz Workout Belt, Fanny Packs, and Garters

Just as good for training as it is for traveling, Stashbandz’ moisture-wicking workout belt fits any size cell phone (vertically or horizontally), passport holder, ID, money, keys, or glasses so you can keep yourself in shape while indulging in cultural cuisines.

And for the female wanderlusters, they also make a flight a flat and lightweight lace fanny pack that is fashionably functional, as well as a 4″ wide French lace garter.


JASGOOD + Yoder Money Belts

To keep your pants up and your valuables safe, turn to JASGOOD’s nylon money belt.

Not only does it inconspicuously hide a wallet’s worth of bills, its non-metallic buckle makes for easy, quick clearance at security checkpoints.

And if you need to dress it up a little, there is Yoder’s leather belt. Just as secure as its nylon cousin, the tanned English bridle belt will keep you feeling as classy as you will secure.


The Nomatic Backpack

There is nothing else out there like Nomatic’s backpack.

With over 20 innovative features, this sleek minimalist bag has more than just your standard laptop sleeve. It’s got dedicated spaces for your valuables, your charges, your cords, your papers, and anything else you could think of; it’s got YKK full-perimeter lockable zippers; it’s got a retractable key leash; it’s got magnetic water bottle holders; it’s got a patent pending strap system that allows you to go from backpack to briefcase for those times when you need to look more professional:

Most importantly it is RFID safe and chocked full of hidden pockets, so you can rest easy when trekking the globe.


To make sure you’re adventuring in the most convenient, most comfortable way possible, shoot us an email: [email protected] Or, just fill out the contact form below.

Because as another great thinker once wrote, “It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, ‘As pretty as an airport.'”

Safe travels!

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