Pacsafe Citysafe 200 - Best Travel Purse Ever

Pacsafe Citysafe 200 Shoulder Bag
••• Pacsafe Citysafe 200 Shoulder Bag. Pacsafe

The Bottom Line

The Pacsafe Citysafe 200 shoulder bag is, quite simply, the best travel purse I've used during my years of exploring the world. The anti-theft features give me a sense of security on crowded city streets, and the bag's inner pockets keep my passport, credit cards and more secure. But, despite having built-in security features designed to thwart would-be thieves, I can still quickly and easily reach everything that I've packed into its various pockets.

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  • A thief can't cut the shoulder strap or slice the bag open
  • Passport, credit cards and jewelry go in secure pockets
  • It holds an amazing amount of "stuff"
  • It never shows dirt, even after 15 hour on a plane floor
  • Guys can use this bag too!


  • No built-in water bottle holders


  • Pacsafe's Citysafe 200 is a well-organized travel purse
  • Anti-theft feature: eXomesh slashguard in front and bottom panels
  • Slashproof adjustable shoulder strap
  • Zippers that lock closed or latch to a spring-loaded metal clip
  • Metal clips on slashproof straps so you can loop and anchor a bag to secure fixtures
  • Tough, durable material that doesn't show wear.

Guide Review - Pacsafe Citysafe 200 - Best Travel Purse Ever

It only took the first long plane ride with the Pacsafe Citysafe 200 shoulder bag to realize that I'd finally found the best travel purse ever. I've used a lot of travel purses throughout the years, but this one is special because it keeps my valuables (passport, credit cards, money, etc.) well away from prying hands, yet holds the incredible amount of stuff most women deem vital for a long trip.

For me, the impressive anti-theft features were simply the icing on the cake for what was already a wonderful travel bag. 

It took experimentation to see exactly where things fit best. My passport, credit cards and iPhone all slid neatly into two padded pockets inside a large zippered organizer section that includes a headphone port.

My other "can't loose" items could be safely tucked into other parts of this zippered organizer, which is hidden behind the purse's front flap. I placed almost everything else, from my digital camera to a small make-up kit, into the main zippered compartment where they were within easy reach. Tissues, lip balm, and other things I might need quickly went into an outside zippered compartment. There wasn't much room left after that for a water bottle or umbrella.

Pacsafe, the maker, lists Citysafe as a well-organized urban travel bag, but I've carried it in locales from crowded streets in Rome to the African bush, finding it equally useful in a wide variety of settings. Best of all, after eight hours on a plane floor, it still didn't show any dirt.

Pacsafe's Citysafe 200 Anti-theft Features

The anti-theft features are winners. The shoulder strap has a steel cable and the front panel and the bottom panel are made up of Pacsafe's proprietary eXomesh. This material prevents thieves from racing by and simply slashing the strap or the purse open. A hook on the shoulder strap lets you wrap it securely around a fixture, such as the chair you're sitting on when dining in a streetside cafe patio.

The zippers can be latched or hidden on the main compartment and front organizer pocket as well, providing yet another layer of protection. 

More Pacsafe Anti-Theft Travel Gear

Pacsafe has great travel gear, from hip packs to back packs, all of which incorporate the company's anti-theft features.  For more information, visit Pacsafe Travel Gear.


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