11 of the best travel purses in 2018 reviewed

Taylor Fuller

Looking for the best travel purse out there? Look no further! Our complete list contains everything from anti-theft to cross body bags for women in 2018.

You’d probably agree with me when I say

Nobody wants to travel with let alone stand around holding an uncomfortable bag.

Well, the only issue is finding the “perfect” travel purse as there are hundreds to choose from.

Most travelers have a preference when it comes to the type of bag they like to carry onto the plane. It could be a cross body purse, a tote bag, a small weekend bag, or a backpack. Check out our guide for picking the right kind here.

Regardless of what you choose, it should be something that can also be used when they reach their final destination.

A good travel purse has to be spacious (plenty of room for necessities), look stylish, possess anti-theft features and remains highly functional, while still being easy to carry. There is no reason for someone to be carrying something around that ends up being 30 pounds when all you do at airports is move from one line to the next.


Our 11 top travel purses & bags 

After multiple trips and research, I’ve shortlisted my favorite travel purses which you can buy now.

1. Travelon Anti-Theft Messenger Bag


Key Features:

  • Zippered Organizer
  • Removable LED light
  • RFID blocking card slots
  • Cable-Reinforced Cut-Proof Shoulder Strap


This travel purse is not only an amazing carry on option because of all of the slots for your cards and passport, but it’s also perfect for big city travel. It has slash proof straps and body panels, which means that thieves won’t be able to get into your bag or cut it off of your shoulder (which unfortunately can happen in super crowded areas). Plus, all the compartments lock which can really save you from pickpockets. On the flip side, it can take a long time for you to access your belongings which can be a bit of a pain.


2. Ogio Brookly Travel Purse

Key Features:

  • Multi-functional pockets
  • Cross-body bag
  • Available in two colors
  • Spacious


This travel purse is very spacious and has an awesome padded pocket that is large enough for an iPad or Kindle. Plus, it has several other interior pockets so you can keep your belongings organized. We found that the bag was really lightweight and the material held up after several months of use. The only things that we found to be annoying were the buttons. They made it hard to access the outer pocket quickly, which can be bad when you’re in crowded places.


3. Baggallini Everywhere Crossbody Travel Bag



Key Features:

  • Available in 13 colors
  • Super lightweight
  • Water-resistant
  • Comes with an RFID blocking wristlet
  • Comes in 2 sizes – larger option is super spacious!


This bag is made from nylon so if you get caught in a rainstorm, you have nothing to worry about as it happens to be water resistant. The Baggallini is extremely light and quite ideal for taking your toiletries, iPods, tablets, documents are more. The zippers are well made with plenty of pockets, however, you won’t be quite fit your phone in the outer compartments. The RFID blocking wristlet is handy although it’s meant only for your cards (not your phones) and its good in situations where you opt to leave your bag in the car or in the hotel. The exterior can divide opinion as some find it slightly rough. the construction is very good & this is a bag that will definitely last you a long time. It’s pretty easy to clean which we liked. Worth noting that the bright colors, like the Papaya, can accumulate dust easier.


4. ECOSUSI Travel Purse Sling Backpack


Key Features:

  • Available in four sleek colors
  • Made from waterproof nylon
  • Adjustable and comfortable straps
  • Spacious


If you have back problems, the best bag that you can carry while traveling is a backpack. Backpacks allow you to evenly distribute weight on both of your shoulders instead of putting too much pressure on one side of your body. This bag goes a step further as it’s designed with a padded back and straps for optimal comfort. And our favorite thing about it was that you can wear it as a cross-body bag, or you can unzip the straps to wear it as a backpack. Keep in mind that this is a smaller backpack. It’s around the same size as a conventional travel purse. So if you’re looking to store a ton of stuff, you’ll need to find one that’s bigger. But don’t worry; this size has two different zip pockets and a decently sized main compartment where you can store all of your essentials for exploring.


5. eBags Piazza Day Bag


Key Features:

  • Available in six colors
  • Comes with a Lifetime Warranty
  • Adjustable straps
  • Super lightweight


If you’re all about organization, this is the bag for you. This bag has several pockets, pouches, and compartments so you can find a place for all of your necessities. It not only makes for a super travel bag, but it’s also perfect for everyday use. We found that the bag weighs next to nothing and the adjustable strap allows you to switch up the way you wear it so you’re always comfortable. This durable travel purse has a place for you to store a water bottle or your phone for easy access on the outside of the bag. It makes traveling easier because it was designed to be incredibly functional.


6. Arrows Weekender Bag by White Elm


Key Features:

  • Available in four colors
  • Made with Vegan leather
  • Magnetic snap closure
  • Six pockets


Fit everything you need for your next long haul flight in a small weekender style bag. They double as great travel purses…especially since they have a ton of storage space. Weekender bags can fit everything you need – your essentials and then some. However, we did find that if you pack the bag too heavily the straps could be compromised. It’s also not the most structured bag, which may bother some people. So as long as you aren’t planning on packing the heaviest items in the world in here, you should be fine.


7. Pacsafe Metrosafe LS140 Anti-Theft Shoulder Bag

Key Features:

  • Many anti-theft features
  • Weighs about 15 oz
  • Available in 4 colors
  • Great for carrying phones & essentials
  • Holds 5L volume
  • Slighty heavier than bags with no Anti-theft features


Pacsafe are known for providing great anti-theft travel gear and this bag emphasizes function over fashion. If peace of mind is what you crave then your search can end right here. Although not the largest bag around, cash, keys, passports, lip gloss, IDs, phones etc., can be carried quite easily. There is an RFID safe compartment as well where you can even fit a loose change purse if you like. A stainless steel mesh is present in the fabric to prevent against slash & run theft. You can even lock the zippers too! A downside is that if you do like shopping around with a water bottle then this purse might not serve your needs well. Also, the shoulder strap isn’t the smoothest on your skin but I was happy with the trade-off.


8. Functional Multi Pocket Crossbody Bag


Key Features:

  • Available in 11 colors
  • Faux Leather and rich high quality interior
  • Value for money
  • Perfect for the minimalist
  • Quite small


If you are craving something minimalistic that will hold your travel documents, keys, key cards, chap stick and serve as your wallet then this functional crossbody bag by Isabelle will be great for you. The interiors are well made and the zippers work well too. One has to keep in mind this purse is quite small and cannot be expected to carry larger devices. The zipper pockets’ depth is not a lot which we found to be a bit restrictive. It’s an upgrade on a clutch purse and you can wear it on a night out on your travels too.


9. Tosca Nylon Oversized Travel Tote


Key Features:

  • Available in nine bold colors
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Made with high-quality nylon
  • Zip Closure


Using a bold travel tote in a fun color is a great way to brighten up an otherwise monotonous day of transit.  And this one is great because it comes with a detachable shoulder strap to make carrying it more comfortable. We found that even though it’s described as being ‘oversized,’ we could easily fit the bag under the seat in front of us no matter the airline. The bag is waterproof so it keeps all of your electronics safe if you get caught in a storm. We loved that you could fit so much inside of this awesome travel purse.


10.SOYATER Waterproof Travel Purse

Key Features:

  • Available in six colors
  • Waterproof
  • Made with high-quality materials
  • Very lightweight


Finding a high-quality handbag that doesn’t weigh a lot when empty, can be tough. This bag weighs less than it’s competitors, meaning you can carry a lot more in it before it even starts to feel heavy. We did find that the bag didn’t seem to be the same size as advertised, but it didn’t make a huge difference. We were still able to store a lot inside even though it was smaller than we expected it to bed. You can fit a large wallet, passport, cell phone, make-up, and more inside of it.


11. Ibagbar Small Canvas Messenger Bag


Key Features:

  • Available in four different colors
  • Made with durable material
  • Has nine pockets
  • Comes with a one-year warranty


Messenger bags are really great options for a travel purse. They often come equipped with extra storage pockets, and this bag comes with seven zipped pockets and two external side pockets that don’t have a zipper (perfect for storing your cell phone for easy access). The durable bag is multi-functional, allows you to stay organized, and can even be used every day. The vintage style messenger bag is not only a great purse for women but is a great bag for men as well. It’s a great size for carrying your necessities for a long flight onto the plane.


Bottom Line

As you can tell by now there are a number of different bags & types and I hope this list has helped you make a concrete decision. Always make sure you keep in mind things like safety features, pocket count and the likes as they need to double up after you reach your desired destination.

Best travel purse 2017

We hope the list helps you pick the right travel purse for your budget. It’s important to keep a check on that whilst you sift through the features and try your best to go for an anti-theft option. Also, if you think we’ve missed a bag or purse on our list which you think is great, let us know!

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