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There’s a fine line that divides the modern jet setter from the weary traveler, and it’s (mostly) marked by a precise combination of style and preparedness. After all, getting there is half the battle, so you’ll want to be equipped with the best of the best—and crossbody bags are an effortless part of that equation.
The best crossbody bags for travel (some of which you’ll find on 2023’s list of must-have designer bags) allow you to carry your essentials hands-free while you’re hauling ass through airport security at 5 A.M. or putting on the miles during a day of sightseeing. Get a bag that can do both. And if you choose wisely, you’ll also be able to sling it over all of your bulky winter puffer jackets before heading out for dinner and drinks.
So, whether you’re jetting off on an international adventure or just heading home for the holidays, shop the 14 best crossbody bags for travel ahead.
Small Logo Faux-Leather Camera Crossbody
Nobody does ethical luxury like Stella McCartney, so move this logo camera bag to the top of your wishlist. The sleek design and ample interior space make it perfect for housing your Polaroid and a pair of sunglasses during a day of sightseeing.
Dimensions: Height: 6 inches; width: 8 inches; depth: 2 inches
Material: Polyamide, polyurethane, fabric
Colors: Black, Moss, Cloud, Bellini Rose
Customer review: “It is larger than my other camera bags, but not overwhelming on my petite frame! I use it as a work bag rather than my other totes. I like this bag because it’s not leather but still looks luxe.”
The Transport Shoulder Crossbody Bag
Regardless of whether you’re planning a girls’ trip or a day trip, this functional zip-up tote will serve its purpose far beyond getting to and from. Glossy leather and multi-strap options mean you can sport this bag all day and night.
Dimensions: Height: 9 inches; width: 12 inches; depth: 2.5 inches
Colors: True Black, Espresso Bean
Customer review: “This really reminds me of the kind of bag my mother had when I was growing up in the eighties and nineties. It’s structured in a way that other Madewell bags are not, and the leather is beautiful and thick with more of a sheen, almost a gloss...the two straps give it more versatility. Recommended for the value and quality.”
Mini Teddy Southbank
What’s not to love about this mini teddy tote? Cozy-soft faux shearling, multiple carrying options, and snap-open side panels for extended width (meaning you can probably stuff an extra pair of shoes inside if need be). Pair it with Kurt Geiger’s matching Teddy Scarf.
Dimensions: Height: 8.2 inches; length: 10.2 inches; depth: 4.7 inches
Material: Faux shearling, polyester, leather
Editor review: “This bag is just the pop of color I needed heading into dreary winter months (thank you daylight savings). I like the multi-strap options and, unlike a regular tote, this one zips closed to keep my stuff from falling out. And nobody can convince me that the cozy faux shearling isn’t keeping me warmer.” —A.A.
Padded Re-Nylon Shoulder Bag
It wouldn’t be a complete crossbody roundup without some form of nylon Prada. Similar to the ever-practical Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon Bag, this quilted flap-over bag comes complete with a detachable mini zipper pouch.
Dimensions: Height: 17 centimeters; width: 24 centimeters; length: 8 centimeters
Material: Nylon fabric
Colors: Black, Desert Beige
Customer review: “I have the original nylon and the Re-Edition, and they are my go-to bags. Lightweight, durable, and great for daily use.”
Dharma Crossbody Bag
This sophisticated ESLLA bag is so stylish, that it may seem more fashion than function. But when you need to trek through an airport or spend a day on your feet, you can attach the shoulder-padded crossbody strap and be on your merry way.
Dimensions: Height: 6 inches; width: 11 inches; depth: 4 inches
Material: Cactus leather, recycled polyester
Colors: Green, Beige, White, Matte Black
Customer review: “I have the matte black color...gorgeous AND vegan!!”
Performance Twill Triple Compartment Crossbody
If you like to stay organized without unnecessary bells and whistles, opt for this weather-friendly Vera Bradley crossbody. With multiple zip, slip, and exterior compartments, you can travel hands-free and look good while doing it—rain or shine.
Dimensions: Height: 9 inches; width: 10 inches; depth: 2 inches
Colors: 10 options
Customer review: “I saw this style and decided to purchase it on a whim. This has a lot of room and I was able to safely store my cell phone and sunglasses while walking in Las Vegas...this is now going to be my go to travel purse.”
Josephine Recycled Vegan Leather Crossbody
Nothing drags down a getaway vacay like lugging around an overpacked bag the whole time. Optimize your efficiency and stick to the essentials with this top-rated mini crossbody from Mali + Lili.
Dimensions: Width: 5.5 inches; height: 6.5 inches; depth: 2.5 inches
Material: Vegan leather, polyester
Colors: 6 options
Customer review: “Taking this to Europe! It fits my iPhone 13 Max Pro, plus has room for wallet and credit cards etc. I love that it comes with an extra strap that can be used to dress it up.”
The Sport Sling in Black
Béis knows travel. This sling backpack is ideal for busy walkabout days and can play counterpart to any number of other Béis luggage pieces. If you act fast, you can stock up and save big on multiple items during the brand’s early Black Friday sale.
Dimensions: Height: 8.2 inches; width: 6.7 inches; depth: 2.7 inches
Material: Nylon, faux leather, recycled polyester
Colors: Black, Slate, Beige
Customer review: “Love all the pockets and how accessible the sling is! Grabbing what you need quickly from the slots is so handy. I can’t wait to use this on my Italy trip!”
Anti-Theft Courier Tour Bag
As a traveler with her naïveté on constant display, this anti-theft bag could’ve saved me some heartbreak (and the four hours I spent Google translating a theft complaint to the Paris police department). Slash-resistant material, deep locking compartments, and an RFID-protected pocket mean you can rest a little easier knowing your belongings are safe and sound.
Dimensions: Length: 11 inches; height: 11.5 inches; depth: 3 inches
Material: Cotton canvas, leather
Colors: Navy, Stone Grey
Customer review: “Did a month with this bag all over the world and there is no wear or tear that I can see at all...it fit everything I needed (wallet, rolled up rain jacket, phone, passport, rolled sun visor, etc.) and the zip out water bottle pocket works with a collapsible water bottle to fill up when you’re not in an airport.”
Precious Mini Bag
Anyone who knows anything knows that Aupen is the celeb-loved brand of the moment, for which I am so thankful. Aupen functions under the adage that “fashion should never come at the cost of animal welfare or the environment,” so its bags are ethical and certifiably sustainable (not to mention affordable). Recent conscious consumers of this brand include Taylor Swift, Hailey Bieber, and Olivia Rodrigo.
Dimensions: Length: 12 centimeters; height: 9.5 centimeters; width: 8.5 centimeters
Material: Vegan leather
Colors: 6 options
Customer review: “I am surprised at how much I LOVE it. Super cute. Small. Different. For the price it’s great.”
For those who never leave their tech behind, keep your lifeline secure in Tumi’s vertical leather crossbody, complete with a touch of gold hardware for style points. It even has a few additional pockets for cash, cards, and mini must-haves.
Dimensions: Height: 7 inches; length: 4 inches, depth: 1.6 inches
Customer review: “I bought the Katy for travel, but I’ve been using it daily for just about everything. It holds so much...the main space houses my small wallet, a pen, vaccination card, a mask, comb, and my folding sunglasses. The styling is elegant. The Katy feels equally appropriate for a walk in the neighborhood, or an evening out.”
This bag from Mango gives off an aura of quiet luxury that makes it versatile enough to wear as your day-to-day bag or take it on the go. It’s polished, simple, and houses dual compartments to enhance convenience.
Dimensions: Length: 10.2 inches; height: 6.7 inches; width: 3.5 inches
Material: Polyurethane, polyester
Colors: Black, Leather
Customer review: “Yeah to to faux leather! The time has come for us to be conscious consumers. This purse is perfect to wear with my simple, classic wardrobe pieces.”
Coachtopia Loop Quilted Wavy Tote
An extension of the Coach brand, Coachtopia revives recycled and upcrafted materials to give birth to new designs, like this puffy-soft crossbody laptop tote.
Dimensions: Length: 16.75 inches; height: 12.25 inches
Material: Recycled polyester
Colors: Twilight, Deep Orange, Black, Olive Green
Customer review: “This tote is so cute and comfy on my shoulders. It holds a lot of items...great for work or travel.”
Triple Zip Small Crossbody Bag
This crossbody bag has a 4.6-star rating from almost 30,000 reviews. At such an affordable price point, you might want to choose a couple of color options to add to your collection.
Dimensions: Length: 8.5 inches; height: 5.5 inches; depth: 2.75 inches
Material: Faux leather
Colors: 30 options
Customer review: “I use this when traveling, it holds so much without being bulky. I can put passports, phone, sunglasses, lip products, money/cards and still have gobs of room left.”
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