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Pacsafe Citysafe 200 - Best Travel Purse Ever

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Pacsafe Citysafe 200 Shoulder Bag

Pacsafe Citysafe 200 Shoulder Bag


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. The bag's inner pockets keep my passport, credit cards and more secure, but I can quickly reach everything else I've packed into various pockets.


  • 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 use this bag, too


  • Only small water bottles fit in the side pouches


  • 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 through the years, but this one is special because it keeps valuables (passport, credit cards, money) well away from prying hands,yet holds the incredible amount of stuff most women deem vital in our handbags during a long trip. The anti-theft features were the final touch.

It took experimentation to see where things fit best. My passport, credit cards and iPhone all fit into 2 padded pockets inside a large zippered organizer section, with a headphone port. My other "can't loose" items could be tucked into other parts of this zippered organizer, which is hidden behind the purse's front flap. I tucked almost everything else, from my digital camera to a small make-up kit, into the main zippered compartment. Tissues to lip balm, things I might need quickly, went into an outside zippered compartment. Side pockets hold 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. After eight hours on a plane floor, it 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 have eXomesh, so thieves racing by can't slice the strap or the purse open. A hook on the shoulder strap lets you wrap the strap around a secure 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.

More Pacsafe Anti-Theft Travel Gear

Pacsafe has great travel gear, from hip packs to back packs. Visit Pacsafe Travel Gear.

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