The Best Crossbody Bags for Travelers
Every savvy traveler should have at least these three go-to bags: a carry-on, a backpack, and something lightweight for day-to-day use. For the latter, we swear by crossbody bags. Not only are these cute carryalls large enough to store all your daily essentials, they allow you to go hands-free so you can get more done — like capturing the perfect travel Instagrams.
Our all-time favorite is the Kate Spade Harlow Crossbody Bag. It's sturdy, packed with pockets, and available in three gorgeous colors. But for more options to find the perfect crossbody bag for you, read through our list below — it's got something for every shopper.
- Best Overall: Kate Spade Harlow Crossbody Bag at Kate Spade
- Best Splurge: Tory Burch Perry Bombe Leather Crossbody Bag at Nordstrom
- Best Water-resistant: Baggallini Water-resistant Crossbody Purse at Amazon
- Best for Minimalists: Madewell The Simple Leather Crossbody Bag at Nordstrom
- Best Anti-theft: Pacsafe Citysafe CX Anti-Theft Square Crossbody Bag at Amazon
- Best for Organization: Dagne Dover Epic Crossbody at Dagne Dover
- Best Budget: Deluxity Lightweight Crossbody Bag With Tassel at Amazon
- Best Personalized: Tumi Voyageur Tula Crossbody Bag at Tumi
- Best Modern: Cuyana Double Loop Bag at Cuyana
- Most Durable: Travelon Anti-theft Sling Tote at Amazon
- Best Chain Strap: Madewell The Chain Crossbody Bag at Amazon
- Best Sporty: Lesportsac Classic Deluxe Everyday Bag at Amazon
- Best Clear: Mali + Lili Clear Stadium Crossbody Bag at Nordstrom
- Best Lightweight: Michael Michael Kors Crossbody Leather Bag at Amazon
T+L's Top Picks
Best Overall: Kate Spade Harlow Crossbody Bag
Best Splurge: Tory Burch Perry Bombe Leather Crossbody Bag
Best Water-resistant: Baggallini Water-resistant Crossbody Purse
Best for Minimalists: Madewell The Simple Leather Crossbody Bag
Best Anti-theft: Pacsafe Citysafe CX Anti-theft Square Crossbody Bag
Best for Organization: Dagne Dover Epic Crossbody
Best Budget: Deluxity Lightweight Crossbody Bag With Tassel
Best Personalized: Tumi Voyageur Tula Crossbody Bag
Best Modern: Cuyana Double Loop Bag
Most Durable: Travelon Anti-theft Sling Tote
Best Chain Strap: Madewell The Chain Crossbody Bag
Best Sporty: Lesportsac Classic Deluxe Everyday Bag
Best Clear: Mali + Lili Clear Stadium Crossbody Bag
Best Lightweight: MICHAEL Michael Kors Crossbody Leather Bag
Tips for Buying Crossbody Bags
Make Sure It Fits Your Essentials
While it's tempting to snag the sleekest, most stylish crossbody you see, try to be realistic as you shop. If you typically carry a larger tote bag stuffed to the brim with books, electronics, clothing, and more, downsizing to a crossbody bag might not be in the cards. On the other hand, if you plan to use your crossbody for specific events like vacations, it's still a good idea to consider what you'll be carrying with you. Just the essentials, like a wallet, phone, and keys? Pick a small, flat crossbody that allows quick access to those things. Packing a tablet, wallet, passport, camera, and snacks? Choose something with a roomier interior and some pockets to keep everything organized.
Choose a Comfortable Strap
As classy as chain straps and ultra-thin leather straps can be, it's best to choose a crossbody with something a little easier on the neck and shoulders. Keep in mind that the wider a strap is, the less pressure it'll put on your shoulder. Straps that are soft to the touch or made with built-in padding are also great options for comfort, as are adjustable straps.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I wear a crossbody bag?
Most crossbodies can be worn on one side of the body, hanging straight down from your shoulder or, as the name suggests, diagonally across the whole body. The bag should rest at or just above your hip for easy access and comfort. Wear it to the side or slightly to the front to be more vigilant for pickpocketing in crowded places.
When is a crossbody useful?
For the most part, this is up to you. However, certain places like stadiums and concert venues require smaller bags — and even if they don't, you won't want a giant tote taking up space in that type of cramped environment. Crossbodies also come in handy for travel because their size makes them easy to pack, while their weight allows you to carry them all day comfortably.
Why Trust Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure writers are shopping and travel gear experts, so they know bags — particularly crossbodies — very well. Along with their own personal experience, the authors of this article, Rebecca Carhart and Hillary Maglin, researched numerous crossbody bags to curate the perfect list for sightseeing, running errands, and more.
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