As traveling parents, we need to have our hands free to hold other hands, take pictures, carry tickets, and deal with whatever else comes our way. We also need a place to carry everything the family needs for a day out, whether we’re exploring a city or traipsing through an amusement park.
Traditional travel purses and backpacks are great for carrying a lot of stuff, but if you’re looking for something less bulky and more compact, crossbody bags are the way to go.
The stylish crossbody bag is perfect for travel because it stays securely on your shoulder, provides you easy access to your belongings, and can be kept safely by your side. Not all crossbody bags are ideal for travel, but these options are mom-recommended.
1. Travelon Messenger Bag
Catherine D’Cruz from We Go with Kids recommends the Travelon Messenger Bag. This bag keeps valuables safe with locking zippers, slash-resistant fabric and straps, and a RFID-blocking compartment. There are multiple pockets for easy organization and finding what you need on the go. While not ultra-fashionable, its simple design works well with most day outfits, and it’s budget-friendly!
2. Eddie Bauer Connect Tech Bag
Eileen Gunn from Families Go Travel likes the Eddie Bauer Connect Tech Bag. This unisex crossbody bag has a simple design that can be carried by anyone in the family. The lightweight design means that it can hold quite a bit without getting too bulky. Plus, the front flap provides extra protection against pickpockets.
3. Rebecca Minkoff Jean Leather Crossbody Bag
When you want to ditch the “mom purse” and go with something fashion-forward, the Rebecca Minkoff Jean Leather Crossbody Bag does the trick. Perfect for dinners out, this crossbody bag’s metal hardware ring secures the flap and the chain strap adds edgy style.
4. Gootium Canvas Messenger Bag
Dominique Matthews from The Simple Proof swears by her Gootium Canvas Messenger Bag. This canvas, military-style satchel holds a lot for a large family on the go, with a big central compartment and front pockets to keep often-needed items at hand. The material is washable and durable; plus, it won’t break the bank.
5. Pacsafe Daysafe Crossbody Bag
Kirsten Maxwell from Kids are a Trip carts her Pacsafe Daysafe Crossbody Bag around Europe. The bag is a bit bulky, but holds a lot (there’s also a slim version) and has great anti-theft features, including slash-proof material, a security hooking system, and RFID-safe blocking pockets. There are plenty of pockets for organizing, and best of all, this bag includes a water bottle pocket.
6. Hedgren Eye Crossbody Bag
If you’re looking for something a little smaller and sleeker, the Hedgren Eye Crossbody Bag is a perfect fit. With an adjustable strap, zippered pockets, and RFID-blocking removable pouch, this bag is perfect for a night out when you don’t have much to carry.
7. Vince Camuto Leather Crossbody Bag
When you need size, but don’t want to sacrifice style, the Vince Camuto Leather Crossbody Bag offers both. Available in multiple colors, it’s roomy enough to take for a day out, but sleek enough to take on a night out.
8. Crossbody Bag with Tassels
This eco-friendly (vegan) crossbody bag is ideal for stowing away essentials. It’s super cute, has a top zipper, two interior pockets, and one outer zipper. We love anything that keeps us fashionable, yet is super functional while we’re traveling, and this fits the bill perfectly.