Take Flight: The 13 Best Crossbody Bags for Travel

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When packing for a trip, it's easy to overstuff your suitcase with bags for every imaginable occasion—a larger workhorse backpack for exploring a new city, several functional totes to shop or hit the beach with, and a few tinier handbags for romantic nights out. But an overabundance of bulky bags all but guarantees your luggage reaches its weight limit faster than you can say "extra baggage fee." But here's the thing: It's actually easier than you think to depart on a weeks-long journey with just one bag. If you pack the right one, of course.

Hands down, the best multipurpose bag to bring on your next trip is the trusty crossbody. Versatile and functional, crossbody bags help you breeze through TSA lines and boarding-pass checks with hands-free ease, all while keeping your passport, wallet, lip balm, and all other in-flight essentials at the ready. Crossbodies aren't only a more convenient means to stow your belongings, but they're safer options, too: A backpack marks you as a tourist, and crossbodies make pickpocketing more difficult. We found 13 of the best crossbody bags to use while traveling, judging by their styles (naturally), stowing capacity, size, and ease of use. Don't be fooled by the term "shoulder bag," either: Each of these purses has long enough straps for you to fully sling them over your body.

Croc-Embossed

An oxblood croc-embossed crossbody bag.
Chylak Cylinder Croc-Effect Glossed-Leather Shoulder Bag $415
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Elegant and versatile, this glossy, cylindrical crossbody features a gorgeous crocodile-skin embossment. Adjust its wide shoulder strap for the perfect drop and slip your phone and wallet into its secret zippered compartment.

Woven Rattan

A red woven-raffia crossbody bag.
Zara Shiny Natural Woven Crossbody Bag $30
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Just imagine taking this crossbody bag along for your next oceanside sojourn; this cherry-red woven-rattan bag just screams Côte d'Azur.

Preppy-Chic

A canvas and leather trimmed bucket shaped crossbody bag.
Paravel Crossbody Capsule Leather-Trimmed Canvas Shoulder Bag $285
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Paravel is a chic luggage brand that's always getting noticed. Case in point: Katy Perry took a 2018 Roman holiday while toting this cute and stain-proof cotton-canvas crossbody. Its gold hardware and leather trim are preppy-chic and there's also enough room to stow a cell phone, passport, cardholder, and lip gloss.

Sporty

A leather crossbody bag in gray and yellow color blocked hue.
Botkier Cobble Hill Crossbody Bag $198
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This structured, sporty, color-blocked satchel is made for travel—and has two adjustable cross-body straps. An accordion-style interior and several sleek pockets handily carry small gifts that would otherwise be squashed inside a suitcase.

Neutral Staple

A leather flap crossbody bag with a chain strap.
Mango Flap Leather Bag $30
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You can always count on Mango for having chic-yet-amazingly-affordable bags. Choose this simple suede crossbody to take you through your next Parisian getaway. Two sections help keep your wallet and passport separate from sunglasses and so on.

Investment Piece

A lizard-embossed brown crossbody bag with a metal chain strap.
Maison Etnad Suzan Lizard-Effect Leather Shoulder Bag $760
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It's an elegant investment piece for sure: Whether you're running around a souk or heading to a museum, this angular, lizard-embossed number will go with all of your outfits. It's also lined in suede and even includes a small mirror for on-the-go makeup touch-ups.

Everyday

A green leather crossbody bag with a camel colored strap.
Rag & Bone Passenger Crossbody Bag $395
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In keeping with Rag & Bone's modern-British appeal, this olive-green "everyday" leather bag informally takes you from the countryside into the city and even has the option to remove its crossbody strap. A neoprene-lined center compartment, phone pocket, and an attached carabiner for secure key management are the ultimate travel companions.

Monochromatic

A blue textured leather crossbody bag.
Marc Jacobs Snapshot DTM Camera Bag $325
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Small enough to fit a phone, wallet, passport, and yes, a (small) camera, this bright, monochromatic bag forces one to stick to the essentials. A heavily logo-ed strap keeps things easy-breezy.

Mellow Yellow

A yellow faux-leather crossbody bag.
ASOS Design Croc Effect Cross Body Camera Bag $11
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Who could resist this adorable lemon-hued bag? One would never guess that this croc-effect, round crossbody bag is from ASOS, which is precisely why you should carry this faux-leather beauty on your next trip, especially if you prefer not to travel with costly accessories.

Elegant

A white croc-embossed leather crossbody bag.
Loeffler Randall Tani $350
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Whether you choose to lug this croc-embossed leather purse by its golden faux-bamboo handle or by its golden twisted-chain strap, you'll feel totally dowdy on your next European getaway wearing anything less.

Minimalist

A gray hobo style crossbody bag.
Rebecca Minkoff Emma Swing Crossbody $228
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This sleek, hobo-style crossbody bag is perfect for those vacations when you come back with more than you left with (aka every single vacation we've ever taken). Just unzip its rounded edge to multiply its storage capacity. No need to clutter up its inner compartment with important papers, either; there's always a place for boarding passes, receipts, and immunization records in one of its slim exterior pockets.

Circular

A blue circular crossbody bag.
Baggu Soft Mini Circle Purse $88
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Adorable and round in robin's egg blue, this leather bag is basically the smarter, older sister alternative to the youthful (and dangerously close to being overdone) fanny pack.

Architectural

Black Phoebe Leather Shoulder Bag by Danse Lente.
Danse Lente Phoebe Leather Shoulder Bag $455
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The fashion world's "it bag" company, Danse Lente, designed this structured, accordion-style crossbody bag, which is inspired by designer Youngwon Kim's love of art and architecture.

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