11 of the best travel purses in 2017 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 2017.

Nobody wants to be standing in a long security line holding a bag that isn’t comfortable. Time spent at the airport should go along as seamlessly as possible and having the right travel purse can make a huge difference.

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 making sure you pick there right kind here. Regardless of what they choose, it should be something that can also be used when they reach their final destination.

A good travel purse has a place for all of a person’s necessities, look stylish, 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.

There are several options out there that will become a traveler’s lifeline when packing for the plane ride. And the best part about it is that you don’t have to spend a fortune to find a bag that gets the job done. Instead, we’ve picked out and reviewed 11 of our favourite travel purses so that your life is that much simpler.


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. 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.


4. CHICECO Travel Tote



Key Features:

  • Super lightweight
  • Waterproof
  • Can fit a laptop
  • Several pockets for storage


When you have to travel with your laptop, it’s important to find a bag that is big enough for it. This bag isn’t heavy when it’s empty. This bag is made from nylon so if you get caught in a rainstorm, you don’t have to worry about it (or the things inside) being damaged. And while the bag is really sturdy and great for carrying everything you need for a long flight, additionally, we found that the straps are quite strong which is a bonus. Its extremely light and quite ideal for taking your toiletries, iPods, tablets, documents are more. We also found that the zipper gets stuck from time to time, so if you’re in a rush or travel frequently, you may want to look for a different travel tote.


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. Katloo Girls Loose Change Pouch

Key Features:

  • Ideal for the minimalist
  • Super lightweight
  • Available in 3 colors
  • Great for carrying phones & essentials
  • Size: 7.5″ x 7.5″ x 1.3″


If you like to travel with minimal things and don’t like lugging your laptop around then this bag is the one for you. Cash, keys, passports, lip gloss, IDs, phones etc., can be carried quite easily. This pouch weights a mere 4 ounces and is made from heavy duty canvas material which makes it very durable too. However, some users did report the strap to be quite flimsy. Also if you are wondering if this would fit a large phone. This answer is yes! It will fit most new long screen phones easily. It will not hold tablets though. A downside is that if you do like shopping around with a water bottle then this purse might not serve your needs well. Overall, if you are looking for a minimalist option to shop around with whilst you explore your new surroundings then this is a great option for you.


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 Perfect Pockets 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 Shoulder Bag 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.

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