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Having a bag that can be worn multiple ways can come in handy, and the variety can help avoid shoulder pain.

There are many travel bags that serve multiple purposes, and although they tend to be pricier, they can be a worthwhile investment when it comes to having flexibility. Find out why we love a convertible backpack purse for travel!


4 Convertible Backpack Purse Ideas

Written by: Nina Thomas


Tote that converts to a backpack


Fjallraven Totepack


One of my favorite multi-use bags is a tote that can be converted into a backpack. This convertible backpack purse has served me well in many different ways.

The Fjallraven Totepack is my favorite travel bag. It is big enough and durable enough to hold heavy items, like a laptop or boots, and can fold up flat. The straps are convertible and can be made into a backpack. You can use it during a hiking trip or on your shoulder to a museum!


Read this post on how to choose the best travel purse!


Leather backpack and regular purse


Convertible Drawstring Bucket Bag and Backpack


For a more sophisticated look, a leather bag that can be worn as a backpack and on your shoulder gives you two options. The totebag/backpack combo shown above is more industrial-looking, which means it’s great for walking around town all day as a backpack, or as a cute shoulder purse.

You can also wear this convertible backpack purse on your back to keep your hands free at the airport, or you could wear it on your shoulder when you’ve reached your destination.

Here are more cute backpacks you’ll want to wear everywhere!


Leather backpack and cross-body purse


Sak Ventura Convertible Backpack


The Sak Ventura is similar to the backpack and regular purse option, but for those who want to carry their bag in a cross-body style. This is a classic style, and a solid color will go great with your capsule wardrobe. TFG loves the look of this convertible backpack purse!


Find out why we love crossbody purses for travel!


Multi-shaped purse for shoulder or cross-body

Urban Junket 3 Way Convertible Bag


If you are a long-term traveler, you may be looking for a bag that can have multiple looks and shapes. Urban Junket makes an eco-friendly bag made of recycled plastic bottles that gives you the option to change the bag into three distinct shapes. You can carry it as a tote, wear it on your shoulder, or attach it to a long strap to wear as a cross-body bag.


For more ideas, check out these travel totes!


Large bag with detachable wristlet

Reversible Weekender Tote Handbag


A large bag that can be used as your personal item on the plane is a great option. This reversible weekender tote can be used as your main personal item bag, or even folded up and used once you reach your hotel or B&B to hold toiletries.

The wristlet can be detached and carried with you when you go to dinner or are out for the evening and don’t need things like guidebooks or bottled water.


Read this post for more weekender bags!


What’s your favorite convertible backpack purse? Please comment below!


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Author Bio: A travel lover and freelance writer from the United States Midwest, Nina Thomas is constantly looking for a beautiful view and a good adventure. Some of her travel highlights include horseback riding in the Ecuadorian Andes, hiking on top of Mount Etna in Sicily, and sheep-gazing in the Cotswolds. Her favorite travel tips are to “do as the locals do” and purchase packing cubes. For more practical travel tips and ideas from a Central Ohio girl, check out her website: or follow her on Twitter.


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