A travel purse is absolutely essential, and it’s 100 percent a wardrobe (and life) must-have. And if you’re finding yourself googling “best travel purses for women,” we’ve got plenty of good picks, especially if you need something functional and cute (not just one or the other). Finding the best travel purse takes careful consideration. Not to be dramatic, but having the right travel purse could mean the difference between enjoying a relaxing getaway and falling apart at the airport because you can’t find your passport. Travel purses are meant to carry everything from your laptop (although we love these laptop-friendly backpacks) to your kid’s favorite toys — and beyond.
In hopes of helping you avoid having a very public breakdown, we’ve rounded up nine of the best travel purses you can find online. To ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, we chose travel bags that are lightweight, offer plenty of storage, and boast durable, high-quality fabrics that can withstand even the crappiest commute.
The Best Travel Purses for Women in 2021
If you use public transportation often, this small crossbody offers just enough storage to get through the workday and features a five-point anti-theft security system that includes lock-down straps to help prevent sidewalk thieves from grabbing and dashing with your bag, locking compartments, RFID blocking pockets to prevent electronic identity theft, and a slash-resistant body to keep your valuables safe in busy areas. It also comes in three color options: Pewter, Sage, and Indigo.
The same brand that brought us our go-to flat has a line of bags, and they are a dream when it comes to storage and style. The Belt Bag is the ideal size for either traveling light (i.e. carrying only essentials, like a passport, keys, phone, wallet, lip balm) or using as a way for easy access when you’re also schlepping a carry-on or backpack. You can wear it fanny pack-style, strapped across your chest, or hung over your shoulder — either way, you can reach whatever you need with total ease, and you don’t ever have to worry about zipping it back up, since it has magnetic flaps that secure all your belongings. It’s compartmentalized for your sanity (we love the extra card slot to carry a credit card or driver’s license) and made of Rothy’s signature eco-friendly material that’s soft and super sturdy. Bonus: It’s super cute.
If you’re traveling for work, you’ll most likely need a briefcase. This lightweight option features nine interior storage compartments, one of which can hold a 13-inch to 15.6-inch laptop. It’s also made of durable, water- and scratch-resistant PU leather and has a polyester lining. In addition to its many storage options and durable exterior, this tote comes features a removable (and adjustable!) shoulder strap and handle, so you can use it as a shoulder bag or a handbag. It’s also available in Black, Beige, Brown, Coffee, Grey, Khaki, Navy, and Plum.
Herschel Supply Co. is one of the most trustworthy backpack brands out there. The design is cool and minimalist (and borderline vintage, which we love) and the functionality is hard to beat. The strand tote is the perfect size for schlepping your laptop and lunch to work as well as a weekend getaway. The two-way zipper pulls and snaps down for easy, quick access, and there are plenty of sleeves (to keep passports, notebooks, and lip balms galore).
If you’re looking for something that’s a cross between a purse and a weekender bag, we love Everlane’s Oversized Carryall. It’s pretty big (18” by 11” by 7.5”), which already a plus — but what makes it super functional is its pockets and layout. You can store a bunch of stuff without having to scrounge through it all to find a pen. Made of 100% polyester, it’s hard to get this purse dirty. And if you do, you can just throw it in the wash (just hang to dry). It also features an adjustable cross body strap, which makes it comfy to wear. (Ps. It comes in three gorgeous colors!)
If you’re on the hunt for a bargain designer bag, this Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote is a smart choice, both financially and aesthetically. Although this bag only has one zippered pocket and two slip pockets, it measures 11 by 16 inches in length and 10 by 4.5 inches in height (so there’s still plenty of room for your things!). It also comes with a 10-inch double shoulder strap and is available in eight colors, including Brown, Merlot, Navy, Luggage, Navy Saffiano, Powder Blush, and Black.
Looking for something timeless, durable, and functional? Rag & Bone’s leather passport bag is truly meant for just a few items — so if you’re the kind of person who takes half your house with you on board, this purse isn’t for you. However, if you travel super light or like to pair a backpack with a smaller bag that holds all the IDs and tickets at the ready, we suggest this handy number. It fits all your essentials, like your phone, passport, keys, and wallet, features a magnetic closure so you never have to worry if you actually zipped your bag, has an adjustable crossbody strap for comfort, and comes in three beautiful colors.
Nunoo is a sustainable brand that’s on a mission to change the fashion industry one bag at a time. To ensure that they’re doing all that they can for the environment, Nunoo only uses recycled cardboard, classifies all of its garbage, does not use real fur, and only uses leather that’s been leftover from the meat industry. (I love Nunoo and own quite a few of their bags myself!)
The Rebecca Minkoff features leopard-print interior, a shoulder strap, three exterior pockets, and a zip closure. It’s perfect for anyone who needs a purse that’ll hold a toothbrush, book, phone, meds, etc. for spur of the moment weekend trips.
This floral, multi-pocket crossbody (which could easily double as a diaper bag) offers a variety of storage options: Two exterior side pockets, two front zippered pockets, one back zipper pocket, one interior zipper pocket, two open interior pockets, and four interior card slots. The exterior is made of a water-resistant nylon while the interior is lined with polyester. If you’re not into floral patterns, this travel bag also comes in solid purple.
Best Travel Backpack for Women
For the price, this backpack travel bag is a steal. Not only is it available in a variety of colors, including Grey, Two-Toned Brown, Beige with Brown, Black, Blue, Dark Blue, Oil Wax Black, and Yellow, just to name a few, but it’s made of high-quality, water-resistant PU leather and features durable, metal accessories and a fabric inner-lining. There’s also tons of room for your phone, iPad, umbrella, and a book.
Available in three sizes (14-inch, 15.6-inch, and 17-inch) and six color options, including Black, Wine Red, Grey, Light Red, Navy, and Orange, the LOVEVOOK travel backpack is perfect for anyone who’s constantly on the go. It’s also equipped with an anti-theft pocket on the back to protect your valuables while they charge via the built-in USB port, a padded strap, and a special safe phone-pocket.