The 8 Best Cheap Anti-Theft Backpacks Under $50

Good morning astronauts, I’m your host and the creator of Anti-Theft Boss, Traveling Chuck. Today, I’m sharing some cheap backpack options under $50 (at the time of this writing) that also happen to be anti-theft.

The beauty of anti-theft backpacks is that they don’t have to be expensive, and they can be used for just about anything: school, travel, city commuting, hiking, moonwalking, etc.

This review is the fifth installment in my best anti-theft backpack series.

Alright, let’s get to it!

#1) Oscaurt Anti-Theft Travel Backpack

The Oscaurt backpack is essentially a budget version of the Bobby Original Backpack.

Check out a video of the Oscaurt in action below:

Oscaurt Backpack Features

  • The zipper of the main compartment is hidden, making it difficult for pickpockets to enter your bag
  • Reflective strips on the bag guard you against becoming a ghost at night
  • External USB charging port allows you to place a power bank inside your bag and charge any USB device from the outside without opening your bag
  • Back panel uses custom EVA material to ensure premium back support no matter how fully packed your bag is: can hold up to 55 lbs
  • Crazy good internal organization compartments
  • Secret pocket in the back
  • Roomy side pockets to hold water bottle and umbrella
  • Water-resistant materials
  • Airport checkpoint friendly feature with 180-degree lay-flat opening
  • Fits laptops up to 15.6″
  • Dimensions: 11.02″ x 4.92″ x 17″ (width x depth x height)
  • Capacity: 12L
  • Weight: 2.3 lbs

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Pros
  • Great for working professional commuters
  • Works well for travel
  • Sturdy materials
  • 17-year-old son loves it for school
  • Extremely lightweight
  • “Couldn’t have asked for a better product”
  • Wide opening prevents from having to dig around
  • “Perfect” organization and size
  • Worked great for an international week-long journey
  • Hidden zippers work great
Cons
  • No RFID blocking materials
  • Limited storage space
  • No internal slash-proof materials
  • Not rugged enough for some people

My Grade: 7/10

#2) Mark Ryden Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack

Next up, we have another budget spin on the Bobby backpack.

Let’s take a look at the Mark Ryden backpack below:

Mark Ryden Backpack Features

  • Hidden zippers on the main compartment to keep clever pickpockets at bay
  • Water-resistant materials
  • Can hold up to a 15.6″ laptop with an added tablet sleeve
  • Laptop and tablet sleeves are both padded
  • Tons of internal pockets for precise organization
  • TSA checkpoint friendly lay-flat design; opens 180 degrees
  • Secret stash pockets keep you from having to open the bag to access your essentials
  • Modern, sleek and attractive design fits both men’s and women’s style
  • Strap to connect to rolling luggage (I love this feature)
  • USB charging port means you can charge your devices using a power bank without opening the pack
  • Safety reflective strips for night crawling
  • Padded back and shoulder straps keep your back happy when loading heavy objects
  • Dimensions: 16″ x 10.5″ x 3″ (height x width x depth)
  • Weight: 2 lbs

Let’s see what current owners are saying next!

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Pros
  • Incredible organization
  • “LOVE” the modern design
  • 70% 5-star reviews
  • “Super” comfortable
  • One person loves the easy access to the outside pockets
  • Great for travel
  • “Feels light” on the back when fully packed
  • “Durable” will last a long time
  • One person stuck in a thunderstorm reported nothing wet inside the bag
  • Awesome for school
Cons
  • No RFID blocking pockets
  • No slash-proof mesh or materials
  • Zippers on the front compartment and on the hidden pockets stand out
  • Tough to fit a large water bottle in the side pockets
  • Too small for some users

My Grade: 8/10

#3) Hanke Anti-Theft Backpack Review

Now, let’s explore another quality backpack that’s selling for cheap. Check out the review of the Hanke below:

Hanke Backpack Features

Keep in mind, this particular bag is not designed for anti-theft use only, but it does have some great features at a stellar price.
  • Durable and water-resistant materials used throughout the bag
  • Hidden zippers on the main compartment
  • Additional hidden pockets on the back and side give you easy access to your items while keeping thieves out
  • “S” curve shoulder straps and padded back panel keeps your back happy and your shoulders happier
  • USB charging port to charge your electronic devices without opening the bag
  • Tons of internal organization pockets
  • Fits up to a 14″ laptop (one reviewer said it can squeeze in a slim 15.6″ laptop)
  • Internal credit card slots
  • Reflective strips to keep you safe at night
  • Strap for connecting to rolling luggage
  • Sunglasses hook on the shoulder strap
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 4.92″ x 16.93″ (width x depth x height)
  • Weight: 2.18 lbs

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Pros
  • Unbeatable price
  • Suitable for travel and as a carry-on bag
  • An added sense of security
  • Professional looking with excellent attention to details
  • Perfect for a trip to Universal Studios
  • Stylish
  • One reviewer noted that it’s going strong after 7 months
  • Very sturdy
  • Surprising amount of internal storage space
  • One woman noted receiving many compliments
Cons
  • No RFID blocking pockets
  • No internal cut-proof materials
  • Tight side pockets
  • Too narrow for one reviewer
  • Bag does not open 180 degrees
  • Only holds up to a 14″ laptop

My Grade: 8/10

#4) Mancro Anti-Theft Laptop Backpack

I’ll finish off this review with a bang.

The wildly popular Mancro backpack has thousands of positive reviews and is currently selling for next to nothing.

Check out the thorough review below:

Mancro Anti-Theft Backpack Features

  • Comes with a combination lock to use on the main compartment zippers
  • Laptop sleeve fits up to a 15.6″ laptop
  • Additional internal compartments for tablets, cell phones, etc.
  • 9 internal organization pockets
  • The USB port allows you to charge your phone or other USB devices without opening the bag
  • Durable zippers
  • Water repellant
  • “S” curve padded shoulder straps for superior comfort
  • Great for all uses: school, travel, business, commuting, hiking, weekend getaways, shopping, etc.
  • Suitable design for everyone including picky teens
  • Dimensions: 20″ x 12.2″ x 5.7″ (height x width x depth)
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs

Last but not least, let’s see what people are saying!

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Pros
  • Awesome internal organization
  • Super comfy on the shoulders and back
  • A frequent flyer loves it for travel
  • One person says it’s “waterproof” not just repellant
  • Sturdy straps hold weight well
  • Stylish and sleek looking pack
  • Front slash pocket perfect for quick access
  • Everything is A+ according to a graphic designer
  • Fantastic size
Cons
  • No hidden pocket in the back
  • No RFID blocking materials
  • Not slash-proof
  • The internal USB cable can get in the way
  • May not fit a large water bottle in the side pockets
  • Can get warm in hot weather

My Grade: 8/10

Honorable Mentions

Now that you’ve already seen my top 4 picks for cheap backpacks under $50 that still pack a punch, let’s check out a few additional options.

The Matein anti-theft backpack is a solid option for business travelers.

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Macron makes another anti-theft backpack intended for students.

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The bag featured below is currently selling for a super-low price and has tons of five-star reviews.

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Finally, the Tzowla Business Anti-Theft Backpack has some cool features I haven’t seen in other bags and is a steal.

Final Thoughts

All of the packs I mentioned above are great choices for cheap anti-theft backpacks under $50 (at the time of this writing).

Most of them sell for well under $50 and have tons of five-star reviews to back them up.

The premium features I see missing most in these bags are RFID blocking materials and slash-proof materials.

To be honest, I’ve been traveling for over a decade and don’t know if those features are 100% necessary.

I do like having RFID blocking compartments while at the airport for extra peace of mind.

Check out the RFID blocking hidden waist belt I use by clicking the image below:

It’s up to you to decide whether you think some of the premium features on other bags are worth the extra price.

In my opinion, the budget anti-theft backpacks listed here get the job done and more.

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