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Safe and Organized with Travelon’s Anti-Theft React Computer/Messenger Bag

Travelon React Messenger Bag

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.

Travelon React Messenger Bag

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.

Travelon Messenger Bag RFID

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.

Travelon React Messenger Bag

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.

Travelon TSA Collage

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.

Travelon React Messenger Bag

Travelon React Messenger Bag

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.

1 Quart Bag Hanging Collage

1 Quart Bottles Collage

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.

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  • Claudia September 30, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Too bad they don’t ship outside the US. I was getting excited about it!!

    • Dave September 30, 2014, 3:22 pm

      Sounds like an excuse to travel to where they ship!

  • Meg Jerrard September 30, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Wow this sounds necessary! I had no idea people could use a counterfeit reader to pick up info about you – scary as hell! Glad they’re finally coming out with products like this to protect information; looks like a great bag.

    25% off?! Yes please!
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    • Dave October 1, 2014, 9:51 am

      Hi Meg! Always great to have that extra level of protection, especially when on the move.

  • Ron | Active Planet Travels September 30, 2014, 9:04 pm

    This seems like quite the legit bag. Sturdy, safe & seemingly perfect for traveling. Will be keeping this in mind when I got to upgrade my computer bag. Thanks for the recommendation! :-)
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    • Dave October 1, 2014, 9:53 am

      It definitely fit the bill for my travel this past weekend – taking it further afield soon!

  • Samantha September 30, 2014, 9:42 pm

    What a snazzy bag! I’ve been thinking about getting a new one for my camera since I like to use backpacks to carry laptops but this seems like a great option for business travelers.
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    • Dave October 1, 2014, 10:10 am

      I switched over to the messenger bags for my computer and devices a while ago – missed the pack at first, but now I can’t imagine switching back.

  • Hannah Logan September 30, 2014, 9:49 pm

    That anti-theft bag sounds fantastic. I’m loving all the pockets (I like to keep things organized) and after hearing so much about identity theft being such a major issue, the security aspect is a great idea. Bummer they don’t ship outside the USA.
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    • Dave October 1, 2014, 10:11 am

      Hi Hannah, my hours spent rummaging every week have greatly decreased. The bags are available some places outside of the US…or you could just have one delivered to the hotel on your next US trip!

  • christine September 30, 2014, 10:45 pm

    That’s a great bag! Seems very handy and is a good size.
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    • Dave October 2, 2014, 9:26 am

      You can fit quite a bit into the bag – helps to be able to find it all afterwards!

  • Dorothée Lefering October 1, 2014, 7:03 am

    Hi Dave,

    oh dear, I also had no idea about “…. RFID technology, someone with a counterfeit reader could pick up this data and use it to steal your identity or financial info …” Thanks for making me aware :-) Safe travels
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    • Dave October 2, 2014, 9:29 am

      The ways they can steal your information these days is astounding, isn’t it? Thanks for stopping by, Doro!

  • Lauren October 2, 2014, 1:10 pm

    This looks like an awesome bag! I love all of the different compartments to keep everything organized. I hope they ship to Canada someday!
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  • Margherita @The Crowded Planet October 3, 2014, 4:46 pm

    Wow, great bag! Looks neat and with so many compartment I think I *might* finally find everything in my bag if I had one. Too bad they don’t ship. Do they have outlets in Italy?
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  • melissa October 5, 2014, 12:07 am

    I have their hobo bag and I love it. It looks smaller than in the pictures but I manage to cram a lot of stuff in it.
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  • Michael Huxley October 5, 2014, 4:17 am

    Sounds like two pretty decent products, love the security features on the bag. I was going to check out if they did a backpack/daypack version but it was such a shame to see they don’t ship outside of the US, talk about limiting your market! Fantastic review though!
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  • Raphael Alexander Zoren October 8, 2014, 2:32 pm

    Looks like a great invention against thieves! Nice choice!
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