Most messenger bags I’ve used on my travels and in my daily movements have been pretty simple, with a zipper or two and a couple of pockets. But as I spend more time on the road, I’ve had greater difficulty organizing and transporting a growing number of documents, wires and devices. I recently tested out the Anti-Theft React Computer/Messenger Bag from Travelon on a weekend trip and was very happy with how much it improved my travel experience.
The React line from Travelon contains Radio Frequency Identification (“RFID”) blocking technology. Many passports, IDs and credit and debit cards contain RFID chips, which store a significant amount of data that can be scanned with a reader. Using RFID technology, someone with a counterfeit reader could pick up this data and use it to steal your identity or financial info. The bag I tested comes with special slots that contain technology to shield your IDs, cards and passports from theft. This feature is a nice bit of security for international travel and everyday use.
On the side of the bag is a water bottle pocket, which doubles as a sunglasses holder in a pinch. The pouches and slots inside the front of the bag made separating my devices, cords and travel documents easy, which allowed me to find what I needed quickly when on the plane. The slot where I have my phone in the pictures is also a convenient place to store an external hard drive.
The zippered back of the React Messenger Bag has a TSA checkpoint-friendly pocket for the computer, which is a big help when passing through security. There is enough space in this pocket to throw in a magazine or two for a flight or just a commute.
As extra layers of protection, the bag is slash proof and has locks for the main zippered compartments. And if you’re traveling with a roller bag, the “Add-A-Bag” panel on the back will help you consolidate your luggage on those long walks between terminals.
Overall, I was very pleased with the React Messenger Bag and highly recommend it, especially to those regularly on the move.
In addition to the messenger bag, I also tried out Travelon’s new Wet/Dry 1 Quart Bag, which comes with plastic bottles. The bag complies with the TSA’s 3-1-1 Liquids Rule for carry-ons and packs up easily.
Three reusable bottles for liquids and two 0.5 ounce jars make for simple and efficient organization that prevents hassles at security. I used the bag on a recent trip and it worked perfectly, so I recommend this piece as well.
Travelon has generously offered a discount code for my readers. When you’re at checkout, enter the code travfall14 for a 25% discount on your entire order. The code is valid until October 31, 2014, so please head to their website to see their variety of travel products.
A note from Travelon: www.travelonbags.com does not ship products outside of the USA and Puerto Rico. Travelon does however have retailers in certain parts of the world that sell certain products. To view a list of retailer websites, please visit: http://www.travelonbags.com/where-to-buy. Some travel accessory and luggage stores sell Travelon products, although our products are not available in every country.
Disclaimer: Travelon provided the React Messenger Bag and the Wet/Dry 1 Quart Bag for this review. My opinions on these products are entirely my own and I retain editorial control over any product reviews on this site. I only review products that I would actually use and I will only recommend products that I truly enjoy.