10 Best Anti-Theft Wallets for Travel & Everyday Use
Getting your wallet stolen is everyone’s worst nightmare. Well, that and being locked in a room with a giant spider.. like the one from Lord of the Rings.
But the point is that losing your cash, credit cards and ID in one unlucky event can be a serious blow. Especially if you’re in a distant land, far away from home.
I recently wrote a review article for the best anti theft backpacks so I suggest checking that one out as well, especially if you’re planning a trip abroad.
In this article however, I want to share with you the 10 best anti theft wallets, based on feature comparisons, affordability and actual user experience. So I hope you find this list helpful.
Anti Theft Wallet Buying Guide
These are the top 4 features to consider when purchasing a secure wallet:
Many credit cards nowadays have an RFID chip. RFID stands for “radio frequency identification”.
Well long story short, RFID can be hacked from distance to steal your information! This is why every anti theft wallet has an RFID protected compartment for credit cards. Newer anti-theft backpacks have it as well.
Having said that, all the wallets on this list have this compartment, and it’s a neat feature regardless of whether you’re travelling or not.
The size of the wallet matters, because if you plan on carrying a lot of cash, cards, documents and nickels in one, you’ll obviously need a bigger wallet with many compartments. If you only plan on carrying some cash or credit cards, you could get a more minimalistic wallet instead.
Since wallets are pretty small either way, the size doesn’t play much of a role in determining the price. After all, a smaller wallet is easier to carry, so either choice has pros and cons.
Just don’t be like George Constanza, stuffing your small wallet with so much stuff that it becomes an explosive wallet, and hurting your back in the process.
The aesthetics of you wallet are also important. But since everyone’s taste is different, I’ll rather comment on the carry type of each wallet.
As you know, there are regular pocket wallets, as well as neck wallets, money belts, cross-body wallets etc. Pocket wallets are the most popular option because we’ve all grown used to them.
Having said that, neck wallets are pretty safe because you’re more aware of them and they’re closer to your eyes. than a pocket wallet. The same is true for cross-body, shoulder wallet/bag. The money belt however is great because it allows you to conceal your valuables under your shirt.
So each of these options has its pros and cons. I’ve listed the best ones from each of these design categories. But leaving those aspects aside, what’s really important is choosing the wallet you’ll be happy to carry around because it’s cool!
Unless you’re fishing for rare snake skin wallet with a Charlie Sheen autograph, you can buy a great anti theft wallet for less than $50. Actually, 9 out of 10 wallets on this list are under $20, and just one of them costs around $40. So there’s really no reason to risk having your money and information stolen when securing them is so affordable.
Best Anti Theft Wallets:
1. The Venture 4th Travel Pouch/Neck Wallet
This wallet is my overall top recommendation. It has many safety features, slick design and it’s pretty affordable (under $20). There are also six different colors to choose from.
It’s also a neck wallet, which is in my experience a more secure carrying option because you tend to be more aware of it. It’s also harder to steal a neck wallet than a regular pocket wallet simply because it’s typically closer to your line of sight, unless you keep it in the backpack of course.
The water resistant passport holder can keep your travel documents, credit cards, cash and other valuables concealed and secure.
This wallet also has three clever caches and an ID window for easier safety checks. It is 8” wide and 5.5” high and slim enough that both men and women can wear it hanging around their neck and safely covered by their clothes.
It’s safety design and reinforced double stitched seams make it both tough and durable travel companion. So next time you want to go to that big sporting event, bustling market place or loud music festival and you fear falling victim to a pickpocket, strap on the Venture 4th Neck Wallet (link to Amazon) and you’ll be good to go.
2. The RFID-Blocking men’s Premium-wallet
This wallet is created from NAPA’s finest full grain cowhide. It’s got smooth and soft fabric, chic look and can last you for years.
This wallet has also been tested and certified by the highest military grade RFID blocking and scanning. It blocks 13. 5 MHz Credit Cards and 125 KHz ID Cards. So you can sleep soundly knowing that your information won’t be e-pick pocketed regardless of your location.
The wallet compartments are spacious enough for all your cards, your money, bills and even photos. At 4.4” x 3.3” the Wallet fits comfortably into any jeans and regular pants pockets. Inside the wallet there are nine card slots, including an ID window, and one money pocket.
In today’s constant risk of cloning and stolen identity, this elegant wallet is ideal for any boy, young man or dad as a present.
3. The Pacsafe-RFIDsafe Z100
This is the most expensive security wallet on this list (still under $45 though), and the one I bought 3 months ago. I love it, and I had to include it on this list, for the reasons you’re about to find out:
It’s available in Charcoal and is a trendy bi-fold wallet. Its RFID-blocking pockets and material make it a valuable commodity for travel, keeping you safe from any scam to hack or steal your identity or credit card information.
To keep your essential cards organized, it has slots for four credit cards and one mesh ID window. There is a separate slot for your bills and an outer coin pocket with a zip, which is pretty big.
The wallet also opens and closes with a zip. The metal chain that is attached to the wallet is fitted with a Turn & Lock Security Hook, which you can attach to the inside of a bag or your belt loop preventing a snatch-and-run robbery. Apart from the super-slick design, this is the unique feature that makes it more secure than other wallets.
The Pacsafe RFIDsafe Z100 is also a light-weight wallet at only 5.5 ounces and soft enough that it won’t bother you whether you’re carrying it in your pocket or the backpack.
4. Leopardd’s Leather RFID Blocking Wallet for Women
This cool women’s wallet comes in a variety of ten vibrant colors. It’s crafted from 100% cowhide leather. It’s soft and smooth to the touch made in modern European and American style, and is highly durable. Measuring at 4.1” x 3.1” x 1.4” it will fit comfortably in your purse or pocket.
It is equipped with one ID window that is set on the outside. It’s also contains two compartments with durable, stainless steel, high quality zippers. On the one side it has a one-zip pocket for coins and two bill pockets. Neighboring this compartment lies ten credit cards slots, isolated from the other with its own complete zip.
The Leopardd RFID Blocking Wallet blocks RFID signal frequencies of 13.56 MHz. In other words, it blocks the scanning of credit cards, debit cards, bank cards, ID cards, driver’s licenses and even bus cards. So you can rest assured that no nerdy hackers will be able to mess with you.
5. Lewis N. Clark RFID Blocking Neck Wallet
This wallet is ideal for travelling. It’s available in an assortment of five colors and can be worn around the neck with an adjustable lanyard.
Its RFID blocking properties make it ideal to protect you against e-pick pocketing and identity theft. Being slim in appearance, the Lewis N. Clark Wallet can be worn under your clothes without looking bulky.
The special TravelDry material will prevent body odors, moisture, mildew from penetrating and shrinking your documents. The rip-stop nylon exterior and zippers that repair itself, makes it a durable, low-profiled and super lightweight wallet.
It is designed with four individual compartments for your passports, travel documents, cards, electronics, cash and coins. It has a mesh pocket and an ID window and securely closes with a hook and loop clasp. The Lewis N. Clark RFID Blocking Neck Wallet will keep everything organized, safe and at your fingertips.
6. The Sandbar Money Belt for Men and Women
Here is a wallet that is comfortable, ultra-light, water resistant and manufactured with rip-stop nylon. The back panel, which will mostly lie against the naked skin, is produced from a breathable soft mesh that doesn’t irritate the skin or encourage sweat production (very important!).
The stretchy, adjustable strap is up to 60” long and also has a 2-finger release clasp to fasten it. With the RFID blocking feature lining the pocket, you can move safely with your credit cards and ID cards without the risk of electronic theft.
There are two long, strong zippered pockets, the one slightly longer than the other. The upper pocket has two mesh sections, one ideally for your passport and/or phone, while the other section is card and key friendly. The second pocket is ideal for coins and cash.
The comfort, functionality and security features make the Sandbar money belt a real travel asset.
7. Peak Gear’s Travel Money Belt
This money belt comes in a variety of three basic colors and two sizes. The two compartments inside the hidden pocket can easily hold two or more passports and keep your credit cards handy.
The moisture-wick backing of the belt makes it cool enough to wear on the naked skin and it is also water resistant to protect the contents from unexpected downpours or body moisture.
RFID block protection is added into the fabric to protect against scanner theft. By purchasing this money belt wallet from “Peak Gear”, you also get a $250 theft insurance to reimburse you if any items get stolen. That’s pretty brave of them!
There are also two recovery decals from “ReturnMe” that you can stick on your passport, phone, and camera which can help recover missing items globally.
8. Anti-Theft Belt with a Hidden Money Pocket
This is another excellent non-revealing way of carrying extra cash or travel documents with you wherever you go.
It’s manufactured with a high quality flexible nylon webbing and fitted with a strong YKK plastic buckle which makes passing through airport security effortless. If you purchase it, you also receive an extra buckle as well.
It is suitable to wear with pant sizes from 26- 40 inches, with a belt length of 49.2 and width of 1.5 inches. The belt has a zippered pocket of about 28 inches long and can conceal single folded cash and emergency documents with ease and can be reached quite easily while it is on the body.
The down side of the money belt is that it is too small in width to have room for ID, license, or credit cards. So consider it mainly as a safety solution for cash and smaller documents that you can fold.
Having said that, there are different sizes which are correlated with the price. It’s a really affordable belt, costing between $5-$15, depending on the size. I recommend adding it as an emergency cash option along with an anti-theft wallet. Check out the current price and reviews on Amazon.
9. Crazy Horse Leather Anti-Theft Wallet
Here is a wallet made from genuine leather, small enough to fit in most front pockets of a man’s garment – pants or shirt.
The dimensions are 4.8 x 3.7 x 1.1 inches. It has a big main cash pocket, slots for 6 cards, 3 bags with zippers for ID card, credit cards, or bills and a 1 photo-holder slot.
Due to the size of the wallet, it is easy to wear close to the body and can be easily concealed inside your clothes. The RFID pocket gives that added protection against identity theft by blocking RFID scanners from extracting your ID, or credit card information without your consent.
Crazy Horse Leather Wallet is handcrafted from cowhide leather and lined with soft to the touch polyester material which gives it a stylish finish. It’s available in various colors to fit your personal preference.
10. TOPNICE Crossbody Sling-Bag
This is a functional, water-resistant, close-to-the-body bag that can be utilized as a wallet or purse, a shoulder or chest pack for light traveling, or an outdoor sports bag.
Its dimensions are: Length 14 x Width 9.5 x Thickness 1 inch. It has an adjustable shoulder strap that can easily fit a slender adult person. It is easy to wear on top or under a jacket for extra protection.
For added security there are pockets for an ID, credit cards, or cash, and it’s equipped with high quality zippers and a compartment for a phone or iPad. It securely closes with a magnetic snap fastener.
A small inner pouch has RFID blocking to prevent identity theft. It’s constructed from tough polyester fabric and with careful stitch work which makes it a durable and safe option for travel.
The TOPNICE sling bag has is pretty affordable, costing less than $20. It’s got over 200 customer reviews and a 4.5/5 star rating on Amazon. So I suggest checking out the product page to learn more about this stylish secure wallet option.
Final Word: Best Security Wallet
This list is packed with great anti-theft wallets. But have you found the best one for yourself?
I’ve owned a couple of wallets in the past but finally settled for the Pacsafe-RFIDsafe Z100. Apart from the James Bond-ish design. the security feature that won me over is the security hook. As I mentioned before, you can secure this wallet to some part of your clothing or a bag by using this feature.
This way, the wallet won’t get snatched by someone or accidentally fall out of your pocket, at least without you noticing and being able to react immediately. I typically secure the wallet to my belt or a belt loop on my pants if I’m not wearing the belt.
Either way, I hope this list helps you, and as always, stay safe out there!