For short trips that involve a lot of walking or exploring a city, you'll want to select a day bag that's a comfortable fit and won't add too much bulk.

This Kipling Pahneiro bag fits the bill with room for a wallet, passport, small cosmetics and more. It also includes lock features for added security.

Shoulder Bags

While shoulder bags might seem like a no-brainer when it comes to travel, not all are created equal. Look for styles that are built to withstand active use (like the type worn by bicycle messengers) or include features like a stabilizer strap to help with load stability), as these are better equipped to handle strenuous travel.

A crossbody bag that combines high style and functionality is a great choice for travel, especially one with a detachable RFID wristlet pocket to keep your passport secure in busy places. Crafted from pebbled leather, this option from Cuyana is a chic pick that can carry the essentials and more in an ultra-lightweight design.

Another great option is this sleek backpack from Arc'teryx. Its technical construction blends urban style with outdoor adventure capability thanks to water-resistant AC2 fabric, taped seams and a padded laptop sleeve that accommodates most 13" computers. Plus, the ambidextrous strap and stabilizing hipbelt pocket make it comfortable to wear for extended periods, even on hiking trips.

This is the most versatile of all travel shoulder bags because it can be carried as a satchel, backpack or crossbody bag. It has plenty of room for a phone, wallet and keys, with a side zip pocket that holds most tablets. Plus, this one from Peak Design is crowdfunded, which means its designers answer to their customer base and not shareholders.

Crossbody Bags

While backpacks and shoulder bags are ideal for travel, crossbody bags can be an attractive alternative if you're worried about pickpockets or need to carry more items in an easy-to-access way. Designed with anti-theft features in mind, these styles are sleek, comfortable and come with a range of pockets for your essentials.

For a travel bag that's tough enough for a city tour or hiking trail, consider this stylish crossbody by Arden Cove. Featuring slash-proof wire mesh, locking zippers and RFID-blocking technology, it's made to be as pickpocket-proof as possible on your next adventure.

Nylon is a popular choice for travel-oriented crossbody bags because it's lightweight, durable and easy to clean. And because it's not as attractive to thieves as other fabrics, many of these bags include hidden components like slash-proof materials and steel ribbons running through the straps and handles to prevent cut-and-grab theft.

Another great option is this nylon crossbody by Baggallini, which was practically designed with the traveler in mind. It's loaded with pockets—including a special, padded organizer pocket for electronics—and has a main zippered anti-theft pocket and three front pocket with Velcro closures to keep your valuables safe.

Pacsafe's Metrosafe X Anti-Theft Compact Crossbody Bag is a compact crossbody with a ton of storage space for your hero items, including a dedicated RFID-blocking pocket to protect against skimmers and identity theft. Plus, the strap can be secured to a fixed object for added security.


The bag you choose for an adventure trip will largely depend on your destination and specific travel needs. For example, if you're planning an outdoor hiking trip, you'll need a travel backpack that's comfortable to carry, with compression straps for stability and weather resistance to protect your gear. The bag should also have specific compartments for electronic gadgets and work-related items.

For sightseeing trips, you'll want a day bag that combines comfort and plenty of storage capacity. This Rebecca Minkoff Julian backpack meets all the requirements for a great day bag, with a main compartment that fits most laptops and exterior zip pockets for quick access to frequently used items. Plus, it offers anti-theft features such as a security lock, RFID blocking pocket and passport slots.

Since backpacks distribute weight evenly over both shoulders, they're a great choice for extended hikes or other active trips. However, it's essential to make sure the backpack you choose is made from durable materials and has enough pockets for all your belongings. The best backpacks for traveling are equipped with multiple interior and exterior pockets for organization, as well as compression straps to keep the bag from sagging. Look for models that also have padded straps for comfort and a small silhouette to prevent the bag from adding too much bulk to your outfit.

Tote Bags

While the market for anti theft travel bags has dwindled, it's still possible to find some that will keep your belongings safe. There are plenty of options to choose from, including belt and fanny packs, crossbody bags, shoulder bags, and backpacks.

The type of travel bag you choose will depend on what types of adventures you're planning. If you're going on a hiking adventure, a backpack like the Kipling Pahneiro will fit everything you need for your trip, and it has multiple inner and outer pockets to organize all your gear. It also has a spacious main compartment, and it's available in several colorways to match your travel wardrobe.

If you're looking for a more casual option, try the Bagallini Criss Cross. This shoulder bag has a stylish design, and it fits all the essentials for your trip, with secure zips and locking compartments. It's also lightweight and adjustable, so it will work for all torso lengths. Reviews are generally positive for this travel bag, and many travelers report that it has enough room for a weekend getaway.

If you want to take your camera setup on a longer adventure, consider the Aspect DSLR Shoulder Bag. It's designed to protect a small DSLR camera with padded storage for the camera body and lens, and it includes customizable dividers in the main compartment to tailor it to your specific needs. It also has top and side pockets for additional gear, as well as a front-folding lid to provide easy access to your camera.

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