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Finding the best travel purse will set you up for a great vacation as we approach summer, aka peak travel season. Whether you’re flying solo or with the family, every woman needs a chic, organized shoulder bag in her luggage collection — be it big or small. Having a trusty shoulder bag with you as you travel can mean the difference between a peaceful getaway and a trip better off forgotten. From meticulously organized carry-ons to small purses equipped with anti-theft technology, we did the hard work and rounded up the best of the best, just for you.
Best Shoulder Bags for Travel
Ready to uncover your next travel companion? Whether you’re looking for the ultimate weekender or the perfect crossbody bag, we’ve got something for every kind of traveller. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best travel shoulder bags you’ll never want to be without.
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Best Travel Shoulder Bag
1. Best Travel Shoulder Bag
For the ultimate travel purse, you can't beat the Lo & Sons O.G. bag. Why does this bag nab our top spot? One word: organization. It's easy to lose and/or misplace things in the hustle and bustle of train stations, bus stations, and airports. Having a bag that's equipped with a spot for anything is the easiest way to keep everything, including your sanity, in check. Inside its sturdy yet lightweight nylon exterior this bag has plenty of pockets (including a padded laptop sleeve), a front zipper pocket for further organization, a side pocket perfect for storing an extra pair of shoes or an umbrella, a key leash, and a suitcase handle sleeve to seamlessly slip this bag over your carry on handle for easy maneuvering. Once you pick your favorite of the O.G.'s two sizes and nine colors, you'll wonder how you every traveled without it.
Where to buy: $275, Lo & Sons
Best Messenger Travel Bag For Women
2. Best Messenger Travel Bag
When you're out and about on your next trip, make sure you have the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Messenger Bag on your shoulder. The perfect blend between style and function, this bag is one of the best travel bags on the market today. With anti-theft features such as slash-resistant materials, lobster claw clasp compartment closures, and RFID-blocking technology built into the bag to keep your cards safe, you won't have to worry about your things. And with ample storage room, a water bottle pocket, and 25 colors to choose from, what's not to love?
Where to buy: $38.50, Amazon
Canvas Shoulder Bag Travel
3. Best Canvas Shoulder Travel Bag
If canvas shoulder bags are more your style, we have the perfect one for you — the Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote. One of the best canvas travel tote bags around, this versatile sack is great for trips both big and small. With standout features like a separate bottom pocket for shoe storage, a suitcase handle sleeve, a messenger strap, and a key leash, this bag is thoughtfully made. Best of all, this organic cotton canvas bag comes in seven gorgeous colors so you can travel in style and comfort.
Where to buy: $118-$128, Lo & Sons
Best Small Travel Purse
4. Best Small Travel Purse
For women who prefer to travel with a small purse, the Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Mini Shoulder Bag is the one to beat. Like it's sister messenger bag, this bag is equipped with slash-resistant materials, lobster claw clasp compartment closures, and RFID-blocking technology all in a compact 8.5-by-8.5-inch frame. Available in 29 colors, you'll love being able to pack this much security in such a little bag.
Where to buy: $27.68 (Originally $45), Amazon
Black Crossbody Bag Women
5. Best Crossbody Bag
Crossbody bags can seem like a dime a dozen, but trust us when we say the Lo & Sons Pearl Crossbody Bag is one you need in your collection. Like all Lo & Sons bags, this bag is as stylish as it is organization-friendly. Available in either a structured Saffiano leather or a soft Nappa leather, this chic, clean-line bag comes in 11 different color options to match anyone's style. What makes this crossbody stand out among the rest? It's versatility. With the option to be worn as a crossbody, shoulder bag, or wristlet, you'll soon find that the Pearl is the only bag you'll want by your side.
Where to buy: $248, Lo & Sons
Small Backpack Purse
6. Best Small Backpack Purse
Prefer a small backpack when you're heading out on a trip? We love the Charmore Waterproof Anti-Theft Rucksack. Available in 13 fun colors, this bag is made to last thanks to its durable nylon construction. With one main compartment loaded with multiple organizational pockets, everything has it's place. Best of all, this bag is convertible and easily switches to a single-shoulder back with the addition of a short strap. Great for women of all ages, make sure you pick up this fun backpack before your next getaway.
Where to buy: $24.99, Amazon
7. Best Lululemon Bag
While it may be better known for its yoga gear, Lululemon is also home to some pretty great bags, including the All Night Festival Bag 5L. Designed to be worn as either a shoulder or crossbody bag, this bag puts a sleek spin on the everyday travel bag. Sturdy and secure, this versatile bag comes in seven fun colors and is water-repellent/wipes clean with ease for a stylish bag that'll last, no matter where your next adventure takes you.
Where to buy: $78, Lululemon
Identity Theft Travel Bag
8. Best Anti-Theft Travel Bag
If an anti-theft bag is the main product you're looking for, invest in the Travelon Luggage Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag. Like other Travelon bags on this list, this bag is an identity thief's worst nightmare thanks to its slash-resistant materials, lobster claw clasp compartment closures, and RFID-blocking technology. The thing we love about this bag in particular is its specific design. Made to lay flat and as close to the body as possible, you'll feel safe that no one will come between you and your purse. And unlike other Travelon bags on this list, this one packs a little more room for the perfect mix of safety, security, and space.
Where to buy: $37.99, Amazon