Best Women's Crossbody Bags & Purses for Travel 2023

by Albert Varkki updated 01-05-2023

best crossbody bags for travel

A crossbody bag can make traveling much less stressful, with everything you need right by your side, within easy reach.

Moving through the airport, scanning tickets, showing your passsport - all simple with a crossbody bag.

  • What if you're going on a city break?
  • Do you want to be lugging about an enormous backpack while you explore your new surroundings?

It's probably not going to happen!

This is why you should always carry a crossbody bag or purse on your trip.

Here we go over our favorite crossbody bags, as well as how to choose the best one.

Best Crossbody Bags for Travel 2023

Here we go over the best travel crossbody bags by type and style:

Best Designer Tote Crossbody Bag 2023

elegance leather laptop tote bag in red

Winner: Elegance Leather Tote Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • 14 inch laptop sleeve.
  • 2 spacious inner compartments.
  • Perfect for travel.
  • Personal item size for flying.
  • Detachable shoulder strap.
  • Extra internal pockets.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.

Click here to check the price

Best Small Crossbody Bag 2023

isabella brown leather shoulder bag

Winner: Isabella Shoulder Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Magnetic snap closure.
  • Two large internal pockets.
  • Internal zipped pocket.
  • Perfect for travel.
  • Detachable and adjustable shoulder strap.
  • Durable cotton lining and YKK zippers.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.

Click here to check the price

Best Laptop Crossbody Bag 2023

city leather laptop bag womens

Winner: CITY Leather Laptop Messenger Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Detachable shoulder strap
  • Fits up to a 15.6 inch laptop (also a 17 inch version here)
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Dedicated laptop compartment
  • Additional zipper pockets

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Best Large Crossbody Bag for Parents 2023

leather weekender bag womens

Winner: Laptop Duffel Weekender Bag


  • Full grain leather
  • Large main compartment for carrying lots of essentials.
  • Ideal for travel.
  • Carry-on bag size compliant.
  • Compartment for 16 inch laptop bag
  • Top handles and a detachable shoulder strap
  • Durable cotton lining
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Available in black, brown, tan, and red leather.

Click here to check the price

Best Convertible Backpack Crossbody Bag 2023

10x leather laptop travel backpack womens

Winner: 10X Leather Laptop Backpack


  • Full grain leather
  • Dedicated compartments, perfect for travel.
  • Can convert from backpack to shoulder bag for ease of access.
  • Top and side handles for when moving through airports.
  • Fits up to 15.6 inch laptop or tablet.
  • Handmade in Italy
  • Can be personalized
  • Available in brown, tan, black, or red leather.
  • Unisex.

Click here to check the price

Why Travel with a Crossbody Bag?

There are several reasons to choose a crossbody bag for travel, including style, usefulness, and security.

For these reasons, you need a bag you can rely on and one that can withstand the rigors of travel, both while you're commuting and when you're out touring - you don't want a bag that's going to break at any moment!

Having all of your travel essentials on hand is a real benefit, and will reduce your stress when on the move.

What Is a Crossbody Bag?

A crossbody bag is a tiny bag that's strapped across the body and rests on one side of your hip. They can be large or small depending on the style you purchase.

Crossbody bags often include adjustable straps, allowing you to wear the purse higher or lower on your body, depending on your preference and comfort level - we prefer to have ours landing just on the hip bone.

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Why Choose a Crossbody Bag for Traveling?

Your bag will be far less likely to be grabbed off your back or shoulder if you wear it on your hip and fasten a long strap across the opposite side of your torso - important when feeling vulnerable or traveling alone.

In addition, your hands are completely free, so you don't have to feel weighed down as you explore a new location - this can be so much more enjoyable on its own.

This means that you may carry a bigger carry-on cabin bag, or even a suitcase behind you, without feeling like you're dragging it along.

Crossbody bag options are plentiful, as seen by this list. To help you select the finest crossbody bag for travel, consider your demands and budget.

How to Choose a Travel Crossbody Bag

It's possible that you could just go out and buy whatever over-the-shoulder luggage you choose... However, prior to making a purchase, you may want to think about the following factors:


When carrying a bag on one shoulder, any extra weight can be hard to carry over a long period of time.

When traveling, you'll likely be carrying the bag for a longer duration than other types, so opt for a bag that's not overly bulky or heavy with extra features.

A simple, lightweight leather bag is likely your best option - we love the range here at Von Baer.

Length of the Strap

With a bag with an adjustable strap, you'll be able to shift the bag to your hips as needed, whether you're dressed up in a heavy coat or dressed down in a thin one - ideal in rainy climates like Europe.


The ideal material is always one that is waterproof.

This makes is a versatile bag to use both on and off vacation.

Fabric bags are OK in the summer, but you could discover that your items get a bit moist if you use them again when it rains.

Opt for a leather bag or something with a waterproof material, that's what we recommend.


The price of crossbody bags can range depending on the brand and the material its made from.

For a high quality leather bag, you can expect to pay between $400 and $1300.


Only the best travel crossbody bags contain features that make it difficult or impossible for someone to steal your bag without your knowledge.

Look for features like anti-slash fabrics, secret pockets, and clips for keys.

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Compartments and Pockets

In order to keep your items organized and your valuables protected, many cross-shoulder travel bags contain interior pockets. In terms of location, they might be on the exterior or inside.


We hope you found our crossbody travel bags article useful.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments, or email Von Baer at


You can read our related pages on travel here.

Author: Albert Varkki
Albert Varkki is the co-founder of Von Baer. He understands leather products as a consumer, supplier, and a manufacturer, helping you with the inside knowledge you need, to choose the perfect leather product for you. Connect on Linkedin

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