Not much of a backpack person? Keep your stuff safe and secure while traveling with these affordable messenger bags.

Keep Your Stuff to Your Side

One of my favorite reasons for using a messenger bag over a backpack is that all of my items are right at my side, allowing me to better keep an eye on my belongings. See my top picks below, and make sure to tell us about your favorite bags in the comments.

The North Face Unisex Tablet Bag

Big enough to hold all of your belongings, it also has the durability folks expect from a North Face bag.

Amazon User Review: “Great satchel for keeping travel documents and passports organized and handy.”
Price: Starting at $35 on Amazon

ibagbar Water Resistant Messenger Bag

I've been caught too many times  in the rain with my laptop in my bag, afraid it’s going to get wet. Avoid these situations with this water resistant bag from ibagbar. The bag also has a secret zip pocket to keep your phone in which comes in handy when you’re traveling.
Amazon User Review: “Overall it’s really well made and all the stitching was solid. It can carry my surface pro and charger inside it (I carry my surface in a case). It also can fit my water bottle in the clip pocket.”
Price: Starting at $29 on Amazon

Tocode Large Messenger Bag for Men

Go for a more military look with this satchel from Tocode. This bag is super sturdy and has enough pockets to hold just about anything. What makes this bag stand out are its leather straps and unique snap closures.

Amazon User Review: “Great bag,for my needs.”
Price: Starting at $44 on Amazon

TOPWOLF Small Messenger

Sometimes you just need a small bag to hold a few items. Nothing too big! If that is the case, go for a small crossbody like this one from TOPWOLF. This bag is canvas lined and can hold all your small travel accessories. It also comes in three colors and has a matching backpack if you want something a bit bigger too.
Amazon User Review: None. But they are selling out on Amazon!
Price: Starting at $30 on Amazon

Collsants Small Vintage

The TOPWOLF bag is pretty small, but if you want something even smaller, opt for the Collsants Small Vintage. This bag is really compact and perfect for those who travel light. Best of all, it’s  one of the cheapest on the list, coming in under $20. The bag may be small but most buyers note that they can still fit an iPad mini or Kindle Fire and other small items in the bag.
Amazon User Review: “I love it!! Very sturdy and a lot of pockets for a small bag”
Price: Starting at $19 on Amazon

Kenox Classic Multifunctional Canvas Messenger

Sometimes we need a pocket for everything, from our books to our pens and even our phone. This bag from Kenox has pockets big and small for all the little things you need to stow away. It even has a cool place for water bottles to keep them separate from laptops.
Amazon User Review: “Excellent purchase for what I use it for..”
Price: Starting at $21 on Amazon

Sweetbriar Classic Messenger Bag

This bag keeps it classic with no exterior pockets and just one big pocket on the inside and a small secret pocket for keeping things like your phone and keys safe. It also comes with a padded strap to keep your shoulders comfortable on those long walks through a new city. Available in simple colors like black, grey and green.
Amazon User Review: “Great quality! Durable and looks good.”
Price: Starting at $23 on Amazon

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