Traveling alone makes it incredibly difficult to do the simplest things like go to the bathroom or grab a cup of coffee, simply because you have to lug your stuff around to keep it from being stolen. Laptop and technology lock maker Kensington hopes to make the whole process easier with its new line of secure travel backpacks, carrying cases and rollers for 15 inch and 17 inch laptops.
Kensington conducted a survey in the third quarter of 2015 and found that while 70 percent of those surveyed traveled with up to $2,500 of valuables, 75 percent “take no precautions to secure their bag.” 35 percent had previously had one of their bags stolen during a trip. While the company didn’t release the number of people they surveyed, there are a lot of people making it easy for thieves while they’re on-the-go.
The tech that makes the SecureTrek line — which includes a 15” Laptop Backpack ($99.99 on Amazon), a 15" Laptop Carrying Case ($99.99 on Amazon), a 17” Laptop Overnight Backpack ($119.99 on Amazon) and a 17” Laptop Overnight Roller ($149.99 on Amazon)— secure is its patent-pending Lock Base. The zipper pulls are first secured on the base, the base shuts and then is secured with either a Kensington lock or a TSA-approved lock (although maybe you'll want to skip that kind). The company says the zipper is also puncture-proof, so no one can unzip your bag with a ballpoint pen to grab your MacBook Pro.
You can check out how the Lock Base works in the video below.
The bags have a ton of padded storage space, with lots of pockets and enough room for both a laptop and a 10 inch tablet. The bags are all carry-on compliant, too.
Unfortunately, you’ll have to buy the lock itself separately. Kensington recommends buying their Portable Laptop Lock (which starts at $12.73 on Amazon) so you can leave your bag attached to a fixed object to go do something else, somewhere else.
Happy (and more secure) traveling!
[SecureTrek Line via Kensington]