GUIDE TO THE BEST CROSSBODY BAGS FOR TRAVEL
The best travel daypack for both men and women is a crossbody bag.
Crossbody bags for travel are more secure than a shoulder travel purse or backpack. They are often more stylish than a traditional travel daypack, so they don’t make you stand out as a tourist potentially making you a target for pickpockets.
A crossbody travel bag is also often more practical and convenient than a backpack for travel, especially when sightseeing in busy cities.
We’ve put together this guide to take some of the guesswork out of choosing a crossbody bag, to help you find the most practical and comfortable bag for travel. Keeping in mind, the best bag for travel is not just safe, practical, and comfortable. It also needs to suit your style and last the distance.
THE BEST CROSSBODY BAGS FOR TRAVEL
Based on our own travel experience, we have rounded up some of the best and most popular crossbody travel bags on the market. We have selected these bags based on the following criteria:
- Reputable manufacturers of travel bags.
- Design and functionality including; comfort, the versatility of design and suitability for travel.
- Security of the design and anti-theft features.
The fashionability and style of each bag were also considered because good Across Body Travel Bags should be ones you like wearing and are comfortable to wear on long travel days.
QUICK GUIDE: COMPARE THE BEST CROSSBODY TRAVEL BAGS
Read a more in-depth review of each crossbody bag below.
|EDITOR’S CHOICE||1. Travelon Anti-Theft Cross Body Bag
|RUNNER UP||2. Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag
|3. Travelon Unisex Anti-Theft Heritage Crossbody Tour Bag
|4. Travelon Anti-theft Heritage Crossbody Hobo Bag
|5.Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Essential Messenger Bag
|6. Travelon Unisex Anti-Theft Active Tour Bag
|7. Travelon Anti-Theft Cross-Body Bucket Bag
|8. PacSafe Women’s Citysafe Cs100 Anti-Theft Travel Handbag
|9. Lululemon All Night Festival Bag
|10. Travelon Women’s Anti-Theft Heritage Crossbody Bag
|11. Travelon Anti-Theft Metro Crossbody Bag
|12. Travelon Anti-Theft Courier Saddle Crossbody Bag
|13. NeatPack Crossbody Bag for Women with Anti Theft & RFID Pocket
|14. Travelon Men’s Anti-Theft Urban Messenger Bag
|15. Tumi Voyageur Canton Crossbody Bag
|16. Baggallini Everywhere Bag with RFID
|17. Pacsafe Women’s Daysafe Anti-Theft Slim Crossbody Bag
|18. Pacsafe Citysafe Anti-Theft Square Crossbody Bag
CROSSBODY BAGS BUYING GUIDE
What is a Crossbody Bag?
Before we look at our reviews of the best crossbody bags for travel, let’s look at what an across the body travel bag is and what features you should consider for when buying one.
A crossbody bag is usually a smaller bag, often a messenger style or bucket bag style. It will have a single, long, adjustable strap that is slung across the body from one shoulder, so the bag sits at the hip on one side.
Not to be confused with a sling backpack or sling bag. These also cross the body from one shoulder; however, the bag usually sits on your back as opposed to the side of your torso or hip.
While both bags are versatile for day to day use and travel, the sling pack style of travel bag can be less convenient and vulnerable to pickpockets as they are more exposed while sitting on your back, especially in crowded tourist areas.
What Features Should a Good Crossbody Bag Have?
Whether you are looking for a dedicated bag for travel or a versatile bag that can also be for everyday use, look for the following features-
- Comfort: The bag should be comfortable enough to be worn all day without cutting into your shoulder. Straps should easily adjust to suit your body style.
- Size: Choose a size large enough for your requirements but not so large you risk overloading it and in turn, overloading yourself.
- Weight: Look for durable yet lightweight crossbody bag construction. You don’t want a bag that is heavy before you have even put anything in it.
- Material: Look for a waterproof cross body travel bag or at least one with water-resistant materials. It will be more stain-resistant and will keep your belongings safe from rain. The material must also be durable because travel can be tough on your luggage, you want your bag to last.
- Pocket Configuration and Compartments: Look at what compartments and pockets you need. Do you need a padded sleeve for a tablet or laptop, pockets for coins and cards, external pockets for a water bottle or travel umbrella? Remember, while some bags will have loads of pockets as a selling point – more is not always best. Pockets should fit what you need.
- Zip Closures: Avoid bags with wide or gaping openings that don’t close securely. All compartments and openings should have zips or other secure closures.
- Features: What features do you need in a travel bag? Aside from design and functionality, one of the most popular features in a good travel bag these days is anti-theft features.
Anti Theft Crossbody Travel Bags
One of the reasons a crossbody bag is one of the best bags for travel, other than convenience and style is safety. A crossbody bag is harder for pickpockets to access and is less likely to be a target of snatch and run theft.
Crossbody bags in particular ladies cross body travel bags were one of the first styles of travel bag to be designed with full anti-theft features.
When choosing your perfect crossbody bag for travel, our advice would always be to look for one with at least some anti-theft features.
The best anti-theft crossbody bags will have what some manufacturers refer to as “5–Point anti-theft features”:
- Slash-resistant straps.
- Locking compartments.
- Slash-resistant body panels or outer fabric.
- Lockdown hardware.
- RFID blocking to prevent identity theft.
Not all anti-theft bags will have all of these features but should have at least a few. Make sure if a bag claims to be anti-theft, you check the features carefully. Some will make this claim based solely on an internal pocket.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT CROSSBODY BAG FOR TRAVEL
When you are comparing the myriad of crossbody bags available for travel, think about the type of travel you will be doing, what will you need to be carrying and what kind of compartments and features you will need.
The bag must be practical for the purpose, suit your needs and, you must like wearing it.
When choosing a bag for travel, consider the following:
- Where will you be travelling to? Do you need a bag that will transition from city sightseeing to dinner? Or, do you need a bag that is equally practical for day hikes as it is for city sightseeing?
- What style of travelling will you be doing? Do you need an elegant bag for dressy occasions or will a casual look suit the style of travel?
- What do you need to carry? – Think carefully about the size of bag you need and the pocket configuration. Too large could become a burden. Too small could be a problem.
- Will you be carrying a large camera, laptop, or tablet.
- Will the weather be changeable, and you may need to carry gloves, a hat or even a spare top.
- Will you be travelling with children.
- Do you want a bag only for the small essentials – money, glasses, phone etc.?
- Do you only have the capacity for one bag for all occasions or do you have space for a second, smaller evening bag?
- Do you have any physical or medical conditions that may determine the style or size of bag you can comfortably carry for long periods?
BEST CROSSBODY BAGS FOR TRAVEL REVIEWS
Travelon’s best selling anti-theft crossbody handbag for travel, this women’s crossbody travel bag has an excellent pocket configuration to keep your things organised and surprising capacity for its size.
The sleek design sits comfortably close to the body even when full, so it won’t stand out in a crowd or weigh you down.
There is also room for a Kindle in the back pocket. Travelon’s pocket configuration coupled with anti-theft technology is the best features of this bag.
- The main compartment features locking zips, internal organisational pockets and RFID card slots.
- Front smartphone pocket, two front flap pockets and a locking zipper pocket
- The adjustable cut-proof shoulder strap attaches to post or chair for added security
- Rear zip pocket
- Removable LED light
Available in over 25 colours and designs.
Similar in design to the Travelon classic crossbody bag but more spacious. Like the Cross-Body Bucket Bag, this bag has the two external expandable pockets on the sides to hold a travel water bottle and travel umbrella. This bag has room for a Kindle, iPad mini, cell phone and a compact camera.
It also features all the usual Travelon anti-theft features such as:
- anti-slash fabric and straps
- locking zippers and lockdown functionality
- RFID blocking rear organiser for cards and passports.
A good pocket configuration to keep your things safe and organised including:
- A large locking main compartment.
- Front locking zip pocket.
- the two mesh expansion pockets
- Rear organisational pocket.
Available in 16 colours and designs
A versatile unisex crossbody bag perfect for travel and everyday use.
Made with durable cotton canvas; the design features suede trim, matte nickel hardware and classic pinstriped lining which lends a stylish casual look for both men and women.
Designed with style and safety in mind, it has anti-theft features such as slash proof shell and strap, locking zippers and RFID security.
The roomy main compartment has a zippered RFID blocking pocket and padded sleeve to hold an iPad or tablet.
Two front locking pockets and one rear zippered pocket allow room for easy access of frequently used items. Two exterior mesh expansion pockets hold a travel water bottle, travel umbrella or sunglasses.
Comes in four colours: Indigo, oatmeal, pewter, and sage.
A more feminine version of the Heritage Tour bag this bag features the same stylish cotton canvas design, suede trim, matte nickel hardware and classic pinstriped lining.
The main compartment has plenty of room for all your day to day travel items and has a zippered RFID pocket and two open-top wall pockets.
There is one lockable exterior front pocket and one rear zippered pocket.
This bag comes with two slash proof interchangeable shoulder straps to change from a travel shoulder bag to a crossbody bag depending on your requirement.
Comes in four colours: Indigo, pewter, sage, wine, and two-tone indigo & pewter.
Looking for a smaller crossbody bag to carry the essentials, a phone, and a wallet? This bag is an excellent alternative to some of the large crossbody bags.
While this bag does have a smaller profile, it still delivers on capacity. You get loads of compartments to keep your things organised and plenty of room for essentials, as well as a large smartphone, a Kindle, and a small water bottle without the bulk of a larger bag.
This crossbody bag also has all of the best anti-theft features – slash-proof fabric and straps, lockdown feature, RFID blocking pockets, and three outer zippers, two of which are lockable for added security.
Made with hard-wearing, easy-care fabric, it is available in 19 colours and various pattern designs for those who want to spice it up.
The Travelon Anti-Theft Active Daypack is designed to suit both men and women in all travel situations from city exploration to active travel.
Lightweight waterproof fabric has a reflective print for added safety day and night. Anti-theft features such as slash proof fabric and straps and lockable zips are all included.
The main compartment has a fleece-lined pocket to hold a 15.6″ laptop. The easy-access front pocket stores a smartphone and the organiser compartment features RFID pockets for cards and passports.
The external side pocket expands to fit a water bottle or umbrella. An air mesh padded back panel keeps you cool, and flexible strap arrangements mean the bag can be worn crossbody or as a backpack.
Comes in three colours: Black, charcoal, and teal.
Another Travelon bestseller, the anti-theft crossbody bucket bag maintains a sleek silhouette but has a tremendous capacity.
It is also a lightweight crossbody bag which is comfortable to wear – two essential attributes of a good travel bag, especially a crossbody bag. Adjustable straps quickly transform it from a shoulder bag to a crossbody bag for added security.
Two external mesh pockets can hold a small umbrella and a medium-size travel water bottle. With loads of pockets to organise your belongings, the best feature is the Travelon 5 Point anti-theft technology.
Pockets include the large, main locking compartment which has a dedicated RFID blocking compartment for cards and passports. A front slash pocket and rear zip pocket.
The bag is made from a slash-resistant shell and has an adjustable, slash-resistant shoulder strap which can be secured to a chair or post.
A versatile crossbody bag for travel and everyday use. Great for those who like a larger handbag.
Available in 25 different colours and prints.
This bag is a go-to bag for all occasions. A little smaller than the Travelon Crossbody Bucket Bag, this bag is consistently praised for being the perfect size for travel and day to day use.
A practical bag with lots of functional size pockets and organisational features, you will fit all your essentials in this bag plus some without the risk of overloading yourself.
Fit all your daily essentials, as well as an iPad in a padded tablet sleeve, phone, wallet, and chargers without looking too bulky.
A bright interior lining makes things easy to find, and the classic design and sleek look won’t attract attention which is what you want for travel.
This bag also features all the same anti-theft technology such as eXomesh slash guard construction, smart zipper security with turn & lock strap hook, Carrysafe slash-guard strap, and Smart RFID blocking zip pocket in the main compartment protects personal data on passports and credit cards.
Made with water repellent fabric, it is available in 6 colours.
Activewear brand Lululemon gives us this stylish and versatile crossbody bag designed with festival-goers and modern travellers in mind.
Also picked by Forbes as a top crossbody bag for travel, the sweet “multi pouch bag” design also incorporates easy access wide, zip and fold opening with additional magnetic closure for added security.
It has lots of useful lots of useful pockets including, easy-access slots for phone or camera, mesh fabric pocket for small items, and an internal pocket thoughtfully labelled “items of importance.”
The strap adjusts to change from crossbody bag to shoulder bag. Made from water-repellent fabric which is easy to clean it comes in a range of colours and patterns from classic black, salmon and floral designs.
A perfect handbag for city travel and around town, this cute little crossbody purse is a favourite.
Room for all your essentials plus a little more, the canvas exterior with leather accents and quality lining gives the bag a stylish finish some other anti-theft travel bags lack.
This women’s crossbody travel purse has anti-theft features such as RFID pocket for cards and ID, a slash-resistant adjustable strap which keeps the bag snug against your body, front zip pocket and rear slash pocket with a snap closure so you can quickly access frequently used items.
The small purse design may not be suitable for those who want to carry bulkier items but makes a great second bag or for those who like to travel a little lighter.
Available in Indigo, Pewter and Wine.
The METRO crossbody bag is perfectly sized for travel with a modern take on the classic design.
Loaded with anti-theft features such as slash proof shell and strap and lockable zippers, it also includes a removable RFID air mesh pouch for cards, ID, and cash.
The main locking zipper section has two drop pockets, an interior sleeve to hold a water bottle or umbrella and a zippered RFID pocket. There’s even a tethered key clip with led light.
The exterior has a rear zippered pocket for frequently used items. The front has two zippered pockets, one which locks for added security.
Comes in three colours: Black, grey, and navy
Leaning towards a more traditional ladies handbag design; the Travelon anti-theft Courier Saddle crossbody is perfect for when you only want to carry the essentials but still need a versatile travel handbag.
The curved shape sits nicely against the body and the soft finish with quality leather accents mean it works equally well for sightseeing as it does heading out for dinner.
It has all the Travelon 5-Point anti-theft features such as slash proof shell, pockets and strap, locking zippers and RFID pockets.
Under the front flap which has a secure magnetic closure, the main locking zippered compartment has two zippered wall pockets including an RFID protected pocket and slash organisational pocket.
A rear slash pocket is excellent for storing a smartphone and other frequently accessed items. Not too big or small, it would also make a great second handbag for travel.
Comes in grey and navy.
Lightweight, stylish, and practical. This crossbody bag is a well thought out travel bag.
There are three front exterior pockets –two zippered and one slide-in. The main compartment has zip anti-theft pockets as well as two open pockets for small items and coins.
There is also plenty of space for electronics, light clothing, and more.
The back pocket with a Velcro closure will fit an iPad or other small tablets, and a side pocket will hold a travel water bottle.
There is an RFID blocking pocket to protect your personal information and lockable zips for added security.
The Anti-Theft Urban North South Messenger Bag for men has all of Travelon’s anti-theft features – slash proof outer fabric, cut-proof crossbody strap, RFID blocking and locking zippers.
Designed to sit comfortably on the shoulder even when fully loaded; the spacious main compartment has room for a 14″ laptop, iPad or tablet.
The interior has a zippered mesh pocket and an organisation compartment with RFID card and passport slots. An outer mesh expansion pocket is large enough to hold a water bottle.
The add–a–bag strap enables you to hook it over a luggage handle for easy carrying when in transit.
A very practical travel bag for men, especially those who travel with a lot of techs. The design would also suit women although smaller women may find the bag a little long.
The Tumi Voyageur Canton is a lightweight, stylish and practical leather crossbody travel handbag for any travel occasion and day to day use.
A sleek profile hides a surprisingly roomy interior with numerous compartments and pockets to keep your things organised.
In addition to the secure interior pockets, there is a front zip pocket with locking zip pull and rear, quick access pocket with magnetic snap closure.
The bag has an adjustable nylon strap with leather anchor details. It also has a TUMI TRACER® an exclusive complimentary service to help Tumi customers find lost or stolen items.
This leather crossbody travel bag, which features stylish finishes and hardware, also comes with a detachable leather keyring which Tumi will monogram for free.
You can choose between leather or soft nylon construction. Comes in 7 colours.
It is surprising this bag lacks some of the anti-theft features of Pacsafe and Travelon crossbody bags because it is a very well thought out and practical bag for travel.
Designed with travel in mind; this popular crossbody bag has features such as a luggage handle slip on the back and the lightweight, water-resistant material ensures durability and comfort.
The classic, modern design has loads of practical organisational pockets and compartments with convenient access points, and a removable RFID blocking phone wristlet keeps your personal information safe from being scanned and stolen.
Available in 15 colours and designs.
The Pacsafe Daysafe Anti-Theft Slim Crossbody Bag is perfect for those who want a simple handbag that is safe and low key.
It has all the best anti-theft features such as slash-proof shell and straps, locking zippers and RFID protection.
The bag maintains a slim profile but still has plenty of room for daily essentials with lockable exterior pockets and two interior pockets including credit card slots and a padded slip for electronics.
For those who require a larger travel purse, this would make a great second travel handbag for dinners etc. as it is small and packs flat.
Comes in four colours, including navy with white polka dot.
Also voted by Travel & Leisure as one of the best small crossbody bags, this anti-theft crossbody bag for travel boasts design features of a sophisticated ladies handbag.
The slash proof outer fabric has an elegant satin look finish, and the feature clasp acts as the locking system for the zip closure.
The small flat bottom profile allows for enough room for daily essentials plus a large smartphone or Kindle. RFID safe pocket keeps cards safe from unauthorised scanning.
A lovely crossbody bag for city travel or a second crossbody bags for travel at night.
Available in black, dahlia, merlot and blue orchid floral print.