Cross Body Purses: The Best Travel Shoulder Bags for Women

Cross Body Purses: The Best Travel Shoulder Bags for Women

My absolute favorite travel shoulder bags for women are cross body purses. There are a variety of styles available depending on the type of travel you plan on doing.

One of the best features many cross body purses share are convenient compartments that allow you to organize and have easy access to your belongings. Not only are they practical and chic but they can also be a safe option for you on your trip. Choose the best travel pure that’s right for you!


Cross Body Purses: The Best Travel Shoulder Bags for Women


Whether you’re going on a business trip, beach vacation, or round the world trip; there are a variety of styles and makes to fit your needs. A leather fabric would look great in a trip to the city and a nylon easy to clean fabric works well on trips that are more off the beaten path.

These are a few great shoulder bags that look great on the road and at home too:



Fossil Explorer Crossbody / Pacsafe Luggage  / Timbuk2 Harriet / Travelon Luggage Overland Equipment Donner / Fossil Stanton TravelerMaeve Crossbody Shoulder Bags


While it’s not 100% theft proof, wearing a purse across your body helps deter thieves. Even if you choose the best travel purse; if it’s slung loosely over your shoulder, it’s easy for an opportunist to grab it or even cut it off with ease.

One thing to keep in mind is the thickness of your bag’s strap. Whether it’s a general brand like Fossil or a travel brand like Pacsafe, avoid straps that are too thin and easy to cut.


Travel Tip:

Sometimes, the safest place for your passport is in the guesthouse reception’s safe or a hostel locker so avoid bringing everything out. Keep only the minimal cash you need for the in your purse and stash the rest in your underwear using these theft-proof items. Learn more about how to keep you passport safe when you travel.


Please Note:

In areas where bag snatching is very common like parts of Malaysia and Thailand; wearing your purse across your body won’t necessarily protect you. However, if you prefer to wear shoulder bags versus daypacks or backpacks; cross body purses are the recommended choice for travel. 


Outfit Ideas for Cross body Purse


What are your favorite travel shoulder bags? Comment it below!

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    • Hi Lori, that looks like a great bag – love the red!

  1. Where is the grey crossbody bag from?

  2. Before I leave my accommodation each day, I put some money (enough for a bus ticket or coffee depending on what I will be doing) in my pocket so that I am not opening my bag all the time. Works well for me.

    • GREAT TIP!!! Me too :-) I always forget about that one

  3. I would like to say that cross body bags are targets for thieves. The three times I was robbed while living in south america involved cross body bags. For one, they are easy to rip off your body with enough force. That’s how I got robbed once. Someone just ripped it right off of me. I’ve heard of this happening to someone else. Someone on a bike rode by this woman and just ripped it right off of her. They also are easy for thieves to get their hands into without you looking so one that zips is essential. Thats how I was robbed the other two times – having a bag that didn’t zip.

  4. Hi i was wondering what the light grey (i think it’s timbuk2) bag is?? I’ve been searching everywhere for it and it’s so cute I really want it!

  5. Check out MZ Wallace’s Paige bag too!

    • I will thanks!

  6. Hi there!

    I figured I would share this gem. This bag is one of the best investments that I have ever made. It literally holds my life in there! The inside is perfect with a large amount of space, one zippered pocket, and another deep pocket along the backside of the pack. These two pocket are perfect to store stuff in that you don’t want stolen. This bag has large straps that can’t be cut, and it also very stylish for even the fashionistas out there. I can’t wait to get another before my trip to Spain!

    • Hi brooke, that’s a great hybrid backpack/crossbody bag! Thanks for sharing your secret :-)

  7. I agree that this style of purse is the best for travel. No need to full around with keeping it over your shoulder, and it’s less likely to get snatched. I just ordered one on sale from J Crew Factory and am waiting for it to arrive. :)

    • Even though nothing’s 100% theft proof, it’s definitely a good deterrent when it’s not an easy steal.

      plus, they’re also cute and functional :-)


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