The Best Travel Purses – the best travel crossbody bags, airplane totes, fanny packs, beach bags & more

As jetsetters you guys know that prepping for a trip is key to having a great vacation. There’s nothing more stressful to me than the idea of showing up to a new destination without a plan, without the right clothes, converters, and essentials, or without the right luggage and travel bags. Whether you’re traveling somewhere like Europe, Southeast Asia, or the USA, and need a trusty crossbody or chic bag to tote around with you walking all day, or you’re heading somewhere adventurous like Colombia, Peru, or Thailand and need a great travel backpack, or if you’re vacationing warm and tropical like Maui, Bali, or Mexico, and are looking for the perfect beach bag – this list is for you. 

My favorite travel crossbody:

I’m a big fan of crossbody purses for travel, since they’re generally safer (and easier) than carrying around a big open tote on one arm.

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I am obsessed with the Lo & Sons Pearl crossbody for travel. It has multiple compartments that are IDEAL for organizing your passport, tech, tickets, and wallet. It’s the perfect size and comes in a bunch of different colors — my favorite is the black because it goes with EVERYTHING!


L*SPACE Elodie Bag


If you’re packing for a beach destination, like Bali, Hawaii, or the Greek Isles, this is a great choice for a beachy rattan travel crossbody


If you’re looking for a more luxe crossbody, or heading to a chic destination like the South of France or Capri, this Sancia bag can’t be beat. 

The best fanny packs / belt bags

I’ve recently been VERY into the belt bag trend. They’re so practical – and I love them for airports, big cities,  Europe, anywhere!! They fit all your essentials,  ID, travel docs, phone, etc, so you don’t have to go digging through your purse every time you need to get something out. 

I love this fanny pack – which is on sale here right now. I wore it all throughout Europe!

L*SPACE Evie Fanny Pack

The best weekender bags for travel

Perfect for: weekends in Napa, quick hops to the Hamptons, and overnights in Half Moon Bay

BEIS The Commuter Duffle


My go-to weekender is this $120 Lo & Son’s Catalina tote! It even has a compartment for your shoes (or dirty laundry) separate from the main tote bag. Obsessed!

Herschel Supply Co. Novel Duffle


The best non-backpacker backpacks for travel: cute travel backpacks to take your essentials around the world

While we all know I’m pretty much as far as a backpacker as you can get, I still do love a good travel backpack. My picks for the cutest travel & work backpacks are these:

The Rowledge by Lo & Sons

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I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more thought-out travel (and life) backpack than this one. It’s the perfect backpack to take you to work, the gym, on a flight, and around the world. AKA the best investment you could possibly make. AND it’s L&S. Which you guys know I’m obsessed with – their quality is unbeatable.

I use this backpack every day to tote around my laptop, sunglasses, wallet, travel docs, phone, skincare routine and whatever else I’m traveling with that day (See what’s always in my carry-on here). I love it because it’s chic, but super practical. It has all the benefits of a purse but with none of the back pain! It also has a discreet side pocket for easy access to things like your wallet and phone.

My favorite DSLR camera bag for travel

Lo & Sons Claremont camera bag.
You guys know by now how obsessed I am with Lo & Sons products. They’re SUPER high-quality and last for YEARS with no wear and tear. They’re also just so smartly engineered (think little details like a zipper pocket on the outside of your camera bag so it doubles as a purse as well). These camera bags may be on the pricier side, but I guarantee you they are worth every penny. This super chic camera bag also comes in multiple colors! (I have the brown sienna leather).

My favorite beach bags


DOKOT Woven Straw Summer Beach Tote

the Moonlight Bag

L*SPACE Moonlight Bag

Inexpensive beach totes from Amazon

While I love good quality (hence why I spend my entire paycheck on Lo & Sons bags), I also love a good steal, especially when it comes to beach totes. They end up sandy and salty and don’t last very long, so I love stocking up on a fresh one from Amazon before vacay. Here are some of my fave steals!

DOKOT Woven Straw Bags Summer Beach Tote Bag for Women

This one is only $35.99!


Womens Large Straw Shoulder Bag Beach Tote



Mesh Beach Tote Bag for Women

Foldable and super easy to pack beach tote from Amazon – only $15.99

The best carry-on bags:

$169 on Amazon, so gorgeous!

My favorite carry on – read my review on ROAM luggage here. Or  shop this suitcase here (and customize your own colors!)

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