Anti-pickpocketing is a must! A shoulder bag is recommended for overseas travel. A shoulder bag is recommended for overseas travel, along with what to bring while sightseeing.

What’s the best bag for international travel? I’m afraid of getting pickpocketed…

There are many people who think so.

I often get asked about bags for overseas travel on social media, so I decided to explain about bags and what to bring while sightseeing.

From the standpoint of theft and pickpocketing, this article summarizes how to carry a bag and how to manage your valuables.

I have traveled abroad about 30 times and have never been pickpocketed.

I have put together an article about what I usually take care of while traveling.

If you are going to travel abroad, please refer to it!

The bag you use while sightseeing is more important than your suitcase!

For international travel, I recommend a shoulder bag that zippers shut

I recommend that you use a shoulder bag while sightseeing in a foreign country.

Reasons why shoulder bags are recommended
  • You can keep an eye on your valuables
  • Easy to get your stuff out
  • Light and secure

Shoulder bags are recommended because they allow you to carry your bag in front of your body.

You should never take your eyes off the bag containing your valuables.

How to choose a shoulder bag

When choosing a shoulder bag, try to pay attention to the following points.

  • The lid closes perfectly
  • As light and compact as possible
  • No stains to be seen

Lid closes perfectly

The most important thing to prevent pickpocketing is to have a lid that closes completely.

If you have a bag that closes properly with a zipper, you will feel safer.

Light and compact

When traveling, you want to be as light as possible.

Choose a bag that is light, especially if it is a shoulder bag, because the burden is concentrated on one shoulder.

Also, you may not be able to carry a large bag like a backpack in tourist areas.

It’s better to choose a compact one that can hold the bare minimum.

Dirt doesn’t stand out

Whether you are in Europe or Southeast Asia, you may leave your bag on a bus or train to get dirty.

While traveling, the possibility of getting dirty is higher than in daily life.

It is safer to have a bag in a color that is hard to get dirty.

Also, if you have a black or gray bag, you can easily match it with any clothes.

Fashionable shoulder bags for women

You don’t want a tacky bag, no matter how much you say it is for security and safety.

As much as possible, I tried to find a bag that I thought could also be used on a daily basis.

The kanana series is the traveler’s best friend

The “kanana series” is persistently popular among women who love to travel.

I thought the light-colored shoulder bag was cute.

The Kotorippu series can also be used in everyday life

“co-Trip”, a name synonymous with cute guidebooks, also makes bags for travel.

The look is casual and can be used in everyday life.

Some of the colors are so bright that just having one makes you look gorgeous.

Simple and functional Millest

“MILESTO” is simple, beautiful looking, and functional.

I also use a Milest shoulder bag when I travel abroad.

They’re light and just so easy to carry!

The classic LeSportsac

LeSportsac is also used by many people for travel.

These bags are also very popular because they are light and have pockets and storage space that are well designed.

They come in a wide variety, so you’re bound to find a pattern you like!

Please pay attention to the way you carry your bag


If you have a shoulder bag, you can travel abroad! This is not the case.

Please pay attention to the way you carry your bag.

I travel with the following points in mind.

  • Never hold your bag in front of you
  • When crowded, put your hand on the zipper
  • Do not put your bag on the side of the road
  • Put your jacket on over your bag
  • When sitting in a chair, keep the shoulder strap through your arm or leg

Never carry your bag in front of you

In Japan, you would carry your shoulder bag on your back, but in other countries it should come to the front of your body.

This is the bag that contains your important valuables.

Don’t take your eyes off it even for a moment!

Keep your hand on the zipper when it’s crowded

Metros, markets in Southeast Asia, museums in Europe.

Crowded places are where pickpockets are most likely to be found. < > < Crowded places are common pickpockets. <>

Keep your hand on the zipper to prevent your bag from being opened.

If you feel uneasy, I recommend attaching a padlock to your zipper.

Even if it’s hard to attach it every time, it’s a good idea to use it here and there.

Do not put your bag on the side of the road

When walking around town, be careful not to put your bag on the side of the road.

Bikes sometimes grab your bag.

Women in particular should be careful.

Put your jacket on over your bag

When putting on your coat, carry your shoulder bag first before putting it on.

It is easier to hide your bag under your coat if you carry your shoulder bag first.

When you sit on a chair, keep the shoulder strap through your arm or leg

You may find yourself putting your bag under a chair in a restaurant.

Even then, I would put the shoulder strap through my legs so that it wouldn’t be taken without my permission.

The next thing I know, my bag is gone! You don’t want to be in a situation where you realize your bag is gone!

Literally, keep a bag with your valuables on your person!

No bag for overseas travel

Avoid backpacks as much as possible


Depending on where you are traveling, a backpack is not recommended.

Because you won’t be able to notice if someone opens it from behind without your permission.

If you must use a backpack, choose one that cannot be opened easily.

If it’s the type that has a lid over the zipper, it’s a bit safer.

Alternatively, you can leave your valuables in the backpack and have a separate sack.

Keep your jacket, guidebooks, and other things in your backpack that you don’t mind being stolen.

A tote bag with an unfastened lid is also Not Good


In general, you should not use a tote bag with an unfastened lid.

They are also easier to steal than shoulder bags if you are snatched.

As with a backpack, it would be nice if you could combine it with a succor bag and keep your valuables separate.

When I have a lot of luggage, I sometimes use a tote bag without valuables in it.

How to carry valuables


Once you have chosen your travel bag, make sure you know how to manage your valuables.

I try to keep my valuables in three separate places.

  • Security pouch: extra cards, extra cash, passport
  • Smaller wallet: frequently used cards, 5000 yen cash
  • Pocket: 2000 yen worth of cash

Basically, keep the cash and cards you use that day in a smaller wallet.

Spare money, cards, and passport are kept in a security pouch.

In my jacket pocket, I keep small change and 2000 yen worth of money so that I can pay immediately.

There are five important tips for managing valuables, and I will explain each of them here.

Tip 1: Put important things in a security pouch

By my own rule, I put things that I don’t want to be stolen in my security pouch.

This includes spare credit cards, cash, and passports.

If you wear this security pouch under your clothes, you won’t be able to tell from the outside.

At first glance, it looks like just a pouch, but it has the following functions

  • Anti-skimming
  • Completely waterproof
  • Adjustable belt size
  • Fits larger smartphones

The functionality is outstanding. If you don’t have one yet, you should get one because it will make your trip abroad more secure. (Reference: Do you need a security pouch? It’s not tacky anymore! Manage your valuables well with a stylish pouch)

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By the way, on days when I wear a dress, I use a security pouch that hangs around my neck.

Tip 2: Don’t let people see where you keep your valuables.


This is what I heard from our tour guide when we went to Paris.

He said that pickpockets look at souvenir shops and subway ticket counters to see where you have closed your wallet.

They check where you put your wallet away and follow you to pickpocket it. It’s scary.

So, don’t take out a wallet that contains tens of thousands of dollars easily.

If you have a lot of cash, put it in a security pouch.

If you have a lot of cash, put it in a security pouch.

Tip 3: Use credit cards as your main form of payment

To begin with, I try not to carry too much cash when I am abroad.

In fact, credit cards are much less risky, aren’t they?

If your card is stolen or used by a third party due to skimming, you will be covered.

You do not have to pay a single yen yourself.

It is recommended that you make your payments overseas mainly with credit cards and keep a minimum amount of cash with you.

Keep about 2,000 yen in a place where you can take it out quickly


Buying a ticket, buying juice, etc. There are many situations where you want to quickly take out some cash, right?

I often keep 2,000 yen worth of money in my jacket pocket.

This money can be stolen at worst.

I try to reduce the number of times I have to take out my wallet as much as possible.

Tip 4: Keep your wallet and cell phone at the back of your bag

Wallets and cell phones are especially important. Don’t put them in places where they are easy to access.

I put them in a pocket in my bag and zipper it up.

Men often put their wallets and cell phones in the pockets of their pants, but it’s better not to do this overseas.

My brother, who lives in London, had his wallet stolen from him when he put it in his pants pocket.

Also, if you are afraid of your phone being stolen, there are anti-theft goods such as the following.

If you secure it to your bag or something, you’ll have less worry about it being stolen.

Tip 5: Leave things at home that you don’t need, such as your Japanese driver’s license

By the way, organize the contents of your wallet before you go on vacation!

It’s safer to leave things at home that you know you obviously won’t use.

  • Driver’s license
  • Company employee ID card

If you take it with you overseas, it can get stolen along with your wallet.

My partner, Yosuke, once left his company ID card at a hotel in Paris (lol).

What to bring while sightseeing

Here is a list of the things I actually carry in my shoulder bag most often while sightseeing.

  • Passport
  • Mobile phone
  • Camera
  • Guidebook
  • Water
  • Folding umbrella
  • Cardigan
  • Handkerchief or tissue
  • Mobile battery
  • Lips and powder

Guidebooks and water, which are often taken out of these bags, are often kept in separate eco-friendly bags.

Because the more you open and close the bag containing your valuables, the more you risk being targeted or dropping things.

It is useful to keep things that can be stolen and used often separate.

You should have rental WiFi with you in case of trouble

Should I bring my own rental WiFi? We often receive the question, “Should I bring my own rental WiFi?

I understand that you want to save money, but I recommend that you bring it with you in case of trouble.

You may not be able to get to the place you want to go in the first place, or there may be a sudden strike or demonstration in the area.

When you are in trouble, if you cannot use the Internet, you will be in a great hurry and it will be difficult to take action in the area.

When preparing your belongings, assume that the situation will not be good.

A set of compact mobile batteries is also a good idea

These days, many people take pictures with their smartphones.

It is recommended to bring a compact mobile battery with you.

Taking pictures with a smartphone drains the battery more than you can imagine.

If the battery runs out at a crucial place, you won’t be able to take any pictures.

These days, they’re even compact enough to fit in your pocket!

This can charge your iPhone more than twice, so it’s not a bad idea to have one.

If you feel you are in danger, give what you can

In this article, I have explained what to bring with you while sightseeing, as well as how to prevent pickpocketing.

It would be cute if you were still a pickpocket and got robbed without realizing it.

  • Suddenly, I was beaten up and my luggage was taken
  • Dragged along with your luggage on a motorcycle

in Europe.

The guide I met in Paris told me that the company said, “If it’s really bad, you can turn in everything. If it’s safe for you to do so,” he said…

Basically, it’s important to protect what you have.

But if you feel you are in danger, it may be safer to give it away.

In case of emergency, please put your own safety first before your luggage.

For more information on crime prevention when traveling abroad, please refer to the following article.

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Prepare well and enjoy your trip abroad

In this article, I have explained about bags and belongings for overseas travel.

Please be really careful with your valuables.

Pickpocketing or theft can interrupt your enjoyable trip.

There is no harm in being overly cautious, so please be careful.

Have a great trip!

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