Staying safe while traveling (or in everyday life) is another subject I take seriously. When we travel, we often travel with our passports. Leaving them locked in a safe while we are enjoying the sights (or the pool) gives me peace of mind. In most of our travels, a safe has been provided by the hotel. However, when there isn’t one in the room, I always wish I’d brought a portable travel safe.
So I know I want one, but which is the best travel safe to buy? Let’s get to the portable travel safe reviews and start comparing!
Why Travel with a Portable Travel Safe?
The short answer: so you don’t lose your important stuff.
Nowadays, not only do we travel with important identifications that are inconvenient (at best) to replace, we also travel with expensive cell phones, cameras, laptops, and other gadgets. If you’ve invested a lot of money into these devices, losing them could be devastating (and yet another reason to have travel insurance for every trip). Traveling with a portable travel safe just makes sense.
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Are you looking for other safety items for travel? Here’s my comparison guide for anti-theft purses.
2018 Best Portable Travel Safe Comparison Chart
|Pacsafe Travelsafe 12L GII Portable Safe, Charcoal||Portable Safe||Check price!||- Safe has wire mesh to deter bag slashing
- Can hold a 10" tablet
- Water resistant
- Some buyers complained about the quality of the lock included with the bag (some swapped out with a better lock)
|Master Lock Personal Safe||Portable Safe||Check price!||- Small, but can fit most small valuables
- Resettable 4-dial combo lock and fixed cable
- Again, some people had problems using the lock
|SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe||Portable Safe & Lockbox||Check price!||- Comes with a combination lock and a key
- Comes in multiple colors
- Impact and water resistant
- Some purchasers complained it wasn't sturdy enough to keep thieves out
|Pacsafe Dry 15L Anti-Theft Portable Safe (on Amazon, it's called Pacsafe Dry 15L Travelsafe Backpack)||Portable Safe & Dry Bag||Check price!||- Dry bag, IPX6 rated water-resistant bag
- Includes stainless steel mesh and an RFID blocking pocket
Pacsafe Travelsafe Reviews
Pacsafe Travelsafe 5L GII Portable Safe
This safe claims to have all of the features one looks for in a great travel safe: stainless steel wire mess that is embedded into the poly canvas fabric to help prevent slashing by would-be thieves, TSA accepted 3-combo lock with a stainless steel cable, handles for easier carrying, and water resistant (this is different than waterproof). Some purchasers complained that the lock malfunctioned or was easy to break into and replaced it with a different model. Other purchasers had no problems. As with anything, read the directions thoroughly and practice with it before traveling.
Pacsafe Dry 15L Travelsafe Backpack/Portable Safe
The Pacsafe Dry 15 Travelsafe Backpack (or Portable Safe, as it’s sometimes called) is a great option as it has both the safety features, plus it’s water resistant (IPX6 rated water-resistant bag, which means it can handle a light rain and your contents probably won’t get wet, but that rating says not suitable for electronics). It has also has 360° eXomesh® guarded with an RFIDsafe™ pocket. That said, it does not appear to come with a tethering cable like the other safes on this list.
SAFEGO Portable Indoor/Outdoor Lock Box Safe with Key and Combination Access
This cute little number comes in multiple colors (at the time of publication and subject to availability), combination and key access. It’s made of plastic and is lightweight, so while it’s a deterrent, it may not keep out someone who has enough time to break it apart. Also, it isn’t collapsible, so you’ll have to get creative when bringing it along in your suitcase. Another pro is that it is impact and water resistant (again, this does NOT mean waterproof).
Best Travel Safe Review
Pacsafe Travelsafe X25 Anti-Theft Portable Safe
This safe is big enough to fit a 15-inch laptop and other valuables. It has stainless steel mesh embedded into the poly canvas material, deterring would-be thieves. It comes with a stainless steel cable that you can secure to a fixture in your hotel room, or pool, or other public place with a TSA accepted 3 dial combo lock. It will fold flat to fit into your luggage, but it also comes with two backpack straps for you to carry on its own. Whether you leave it secured in your hotel room or carry it with you, you can explore without worry. This is my choice!
Final Words About Travel Safes
It makes sense to keep your valuables secured when you travel. It can be inconvenient to difficult and expensive to replace electronics and passports. Losing those items could downright ruin your vacation and also your peace of mind.
Go forth, travel, and bring your safe!
What portable travel safe is your favorite?