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.
Big enough to hold all of your belongings, this bag has the added feature of RFID blocking to keep cards and passports safe from scanning.
Amazon User Review: “Very high quality material, zipper & strap…”
Price: Starting at $40 on Amazon
Too many times have I been caught 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 $28 on Amazon
Go for a more military look with this satchel from LUXUR. This bag is pretty durable and has enough pockets to hold just about anything. What makes this bag stand out is its leather straps and unique snap closures.
Amazon User Review: “I love this bag. Didn't know what to expect when I got it. Snaps and opens easily. Plenty of room inside. Quite durable. I get compliments on it weekly.”
Price: Starting at $30 on Amazon
Sometimes you don’t want a big bag, just something small to hold a few items. 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 $34 on Amazon
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 $18 on Amazon
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 $20 on Amazon
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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