Must Have Travel Purses

One of the most important details when I’m traveling is having a good purse to carry everything I need. This isn’t always the same thing since you might need a large bag to carry everything on a long flight, or you might want to only have your cell phone a wallet on you while exploring the next day. There are a few options to check out to find your perfect travel purse.Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.

Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.There are four categories of travel purses that I think every woman should have to bring with them on any trip. You might not take all four on every trip but at the very least you’ll need two. And don’t worry most are small.

Every traveler needs the big bag that fits everything,  a hands-free crossbody, the minimalist anti-thief bag, and a wristlet. These four bags can meet just about any situation you’ll face. Below you’ll find a little bit about why I love these types of bags, and my favorite models.

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The Big Bag – Lands End Canvas

I’m a woman therefore, I have a lot of stuff to carry around. Now that might not be true for all of us, but I do fit the stereotype. Even if I’m not traveling I always have my kindle or a book on me, As well as a million, what if I need it, items. While I keep trying to minimize, having a good bag you can bring with you for a day trip or on a flight is vital. You want to carry your camera, a water bottle, a book, some snacks and the standards like your wallet and phone. I bring my big bag on just about every trip, no matter how big or small it is.Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.

My go to has become the Lands End Canvas Medium Tote. These bags are simple, durable, and can fit just about everything you need. The strap is the perfect size to throw over your shoulder, even with a full bag. It can be thrown in the wash whenever it needs to be freshened up. Plus, they are extremely affordable starting at $22.

The Crossbody Bag – Coach & Fossil

While the “big bag” is a must for traveling, it might not be what you want to use while you’re out exploring. When I can give up carrying some of my things, my go to is the crossbody bag. Making it hands-free and easy to run around in, a lot of these bags still give you a decent amount of space to fill up. On top of that if you find one where the strap clips on and off you can attach a water bottle or a camera case that’s still easy to carry around.Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.

My favorite is a canvas Coach that I got about five years ago. It’s both cute and durable, it’s been dragged around the globe but remains in good shape. Plus, it’s just big enough to fit my stuff without getting difficult to carry around. The clip-on strap is a must. They don’t currently carry a similar one but check out their outlets for good deals on old lines. I couldn’t leave you with that so I dug around, and Fossil has a great alternative bag that has everything I love about my Coach.

Minimalist Anti-Theft Bag – Baliloca

Sometimes I’m looking for a small option, but more concerned about my valuables resting on my side. I was looking for an alternative when I stumbled across the Baliloca bag. A minimalist, hands-free bag, that stays on your chest and under you arm. Keeping it away from any prying hands.Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.

I initially wasn’t sure on the design, since it’s different from basically everything else I’ve tried. But once I put it on, started exploring, I entirely forgot I was even wearing it. It’s comfortable and can fit just exactly what you need. Slide in your passport, cell phone and credit cards, and you’ll be off and running.

What initially seemed awkward, I quickly realized was innovative. This bag has being secure, comfortable and cute all working for it.

Traveling Nine to Fiver was provided a complimentary bag to sample, as always all opinions are my own. 

The Wristlet – Coach 

For a night out with dinner, drinking or dancing sometimes all I want is my wristlet. It’s the perfect size for my phone and cards, but I don’t even notice I’m wearing it. Make sure though it closes tight, whether it’s a zipper or a good clasp on it since you want to be able to dance around without things falling out.Your must have travel purses from the big bag for your carry-on to a minimalist anti-theft purse. What bags to carry when you travel.

I’ve had a Coach wristlet that I picked up at the outlet for $45 five years ago, and still absolutely love. It’s easy to hold and keep close, or completely forget about carrying. I recommend heading to a store to make sure one you purchase fits everything you need in it but take a look at a similar Coach wristlet to my own to get your started.

Secure & Comfortable

What a good travel purse comes down to is having a bag that is comfortable to carry around and keeps all your valuables secure. Now don’t get me wrong being cute doesn’t hurt but when traveling being practical.

What are your favorite purses and bags to bring along traveling? If you’re also looking for a carry-on suitcase take a look at this post.

About Megan

Megan MacNee is the founder of Traveling Nine to Fiver. From nine to five she works in the non-profit world in California. She focuses on exploring the world from her own backyard to across the globe. You'll find her sharing about explorations through food, books, travel, and more.