Safe keeping

The VaultPro Everyday Bag and WalletSafe are a purse and wallet that emphasize security and organization. The compact purse (measuring 10 by 7 by 2 inches) has four exterior pockets with zipper or magnet closures, and four interior pockets plus credit card and pen slots.

Security comes in the form of a steel cable inside the shoulder strap to foil razor-toting thieves, steel mesh surrounding the outside pockets, and a zipper topped with a clamp that locks onto a metal ring to prevent thieves from quickly unzipping the purse and grabbing its contents. The trifold wallet contains a chain that can clip onto your belt and a zippered compartment for cash.

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The good: The purse and wallet's organized designs make certain aspects of traveling - or daily life at home - a breeze. You can stash a boarding pass and ID in one of the purse's outer pockets for quick retrieval. At home the same goes for bus and train passes or cab fare. The purse's durable polyester material wears well. With the purse's interior pockets and slots, it's easy to find things, and you can get by without a separate wallet. But using the WalletSafe in tandem with the purse works well.

The bad: Both items' security features can slow you down. It's not a simple thing to unclamp the purse's zipper from the metal ring to open the purse, for example. And the wallet's chain sometimes tangles when you pull the wallet out of the purse.

Cost: VaultPro Everyday Bag, $39.50; WalletSafe, $19.85; available from

A friendly locale

Charleston, S.C., has won another travel honor.

Travel + Leisure Magazine has named Charleston the friendliest city in the nation. The magazine also named the city tops in bed and breakfasts, inns and antique stores. Last month, Charleston was listed among the nation's top destinations by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine. Charleston placed second behind San Francisco. About 4 million people visit Charleston each year.

Charleston and the rest of the South Carolina coast are the heart of the state's $18 billion tourism industry.

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