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Travel Purses: 9 Best Styles

Updated on April 3, 2011

The best travel purse

A woman's purse is her home away from home, especially when she's traveling. A travel purse is such an essential accessory, that it pays to look around and make sure you're getting one that will ideally suit your needs. There's a huge range of sizes, styles, materials, and features. Here's a quick rundown on 10 of my favorites, and the best characteristics of each of them.

1) Three-way Convertible Security Bag

The Three-Way Convertible Security Bag is a travel purse perfect for the woman on the go, especially if you'll be somewhere that you want some extra security. The strap includes a steel cable, which prevents any thief from slashing the strap to make off with your goods. Zipper locks protect you from pickpockets, as well as from accidentally spilling the contents. Special extra? It's even machine washable!

Where are you going? For how long? What will you need to carry?

2) Baggallini Urban Backpack

If you want a travel purse that's a bit larger, the Baggallini Urban Backpack is a great alternative. You can wear it as a backpack, or slung across the front of your body, which is more secure. Whether you're out on a hiking trail or off on a shopping spree, the hand-free aspect can be very handy.

3) Ameribag Healthy Back Bag

When you're traveling, it's easy to end up carrying more in your purse than you do at home -- guidebooks, cameras, and a lot more. This can be hard on your back and shoulders, and this purse is the solution. The Healthy Back Bag is specially designed to be ergonomic and reduce stress on back and neck. The leather models are very durable - I've owned one for years, and it's traveled many thousands of miles with me.

4) Travel Wallet

You don't always want to lug the big travel purse with everything. Sometimes you want to go as light as possible, and that's where this Travel Wallet is ideal. It's a small bag that's designed to keep the basics handy, including your personal documents, identification, and other small items. It's also flexible enough that you can wear it as a purse, or around your waist.

Which matters most -- security, capacity, organization, or style?

5) Canvas Travel Handbag

For something sturdy and attractive, a good option is the Canvas Travel Handbag. With three large compartments, it's easy to stay organized. Zipper pockets provide added security, and there are places for iPod, camera, and keys. This one will stand up to the rigors of travel, and do it in style.

6) Travelon Slim-line Messenger Bag

If you would prefer a sling style travel purse, then a great option is the Travelon Slim-line Messenger-Style Shoulder Bag. This purse is big enough to carry all your day-to-day basics. The separate cell phone pocket comes in handy. And best of all you can wear it as a messenger bag, or just toss it over one shoulder.

7) Triple Zip Bag

If style is just as important to you as function, then the Triple Zip Bag is one you'll want to consider. This leather travel purse looks just as good for an evening out as it does for a day of sightseeing. It's got zipper compartments and organizer pockets too, but does it all while looking great.

8) Dopp Deluxe Organizer Tote Bag

If you're looking for organization, the Dopp Deluxe Organizer Tote Bag has it all. This moderate-sized bag has a series of compartments and special holders to keep everything you need well organized. You'll find paper, pens, calculators, and whatever you need in a jiffy. No digging through a large compartment, where the item you want invariably sank to the bottom!

9) The Bohemian

Finally, you could opt for something a little more technologically advanced, such as the Bohemian Travel Purse. Stylish and fun, it combines the functionality of a good travel purse with entertainment too. This purse includes a connection port for your iPod or MP3 player, making it a great companion on your travels.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite of your own to recommend?

I'd love to hear from you!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @sushilkin lm: Thanks for stopping by, sushilkin! I took a look at some of your lenses - nice work!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @Have2Cruise LM: Thanks, Have2cruise! That is definitely a trade-off to carrying a backpack style in warm climates. Thanks for pointing that out!

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      nikitakapoor 5 years ago

      I would prefer good ol' back pack over fashionable bags!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @MindPowerProofs1: Thanks for dropping by! The backpack is certainly easy for keeping your hands free.

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      @sara0129: Thanks! And good choice - that's a very convenient design.

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      MindPowerProofs1 5 years ago

      I prefer back pack while traveling. Thanks for the advices

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      Shamim Rajabali 5 years ago from Texas

      I like the Travelon Slim-line Messenger Bag. Enjoyed this lens. Thanks.

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      mihgasper - You're right about how convenient the hands-free backpack style is! Thanks for stopping by!

      TTmall - Thanks for the good words!

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      globedancer 5 years ago

      Carolyn - I love the healthy back bag , it feels so much better than carrying the same weight in a normal shoulder bag.

      Sarahrk - Good for you! I like the weight of a small bag, but sometimes find myself with a camera, guidebook, etc, and end up with a heavier big bag instead. If you can work with a small one, that's great.

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Terrific lens. Nicely done!

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      Miha Gasper 5 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      I use my backpack almost everyday. It is great for heavy an voluminous stuff and it helps me to keep my hands free. Nice selection. Thumbs up!

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      sarahrk lm 5 years ago

      I uaually take a small cross body. It works best for me.

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      CarolynSimonsen 6 years ago

      I dig the Ameribag Healthy Back Bag. very nifty design. gonna buy it before i travel next summer.

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @friendshipquotes: Thank you friendshipquotes! I love your short quote lens!

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @Traveler101: That's right Traveler101 - purses are not only handy but sure time savers as well!

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @anonymous: A travel satchel? :-)

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      Have2Cruise - Yes, it can get stuffy especially when you're out on a sunny day. Maybe, the "mesh" do not go with security feature of the bags that's why we seldom find a bag with both of these though it would sure be nice to have one.

      sushilkin and StephenC - Thanks for the comments and dropping by! ;-)

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      Traveler101 6 years ago

      I keep telling myself to invest in an easy purse to avoid wasting time in airports. Great resources!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I want to buy the following one to my husband for his birthday. How do you call something as large as this one?

      http://www.jollymay.com/briefcases/285-genuine-lea...

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      Have2Cruise LM 6 years ago

      Always on the lookout for a good travel bag. I have a security backpack (same security features as the security handbags you have listed), my only problem is there is no mesh on the back to allow the air to circulate so it gets very warm on my back.

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Like your lens! Thanks for sharing !! Contribute your like at PRAY FOR JAPAN for the sake of universal brotherhood !

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      globedancer 6 years ago

      @LissaKlar LM: Right on Lissa! Capacity, organization and style are all equally important as security of what's inside our purses.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      My wife could sure stand to get organized. Nice lens.

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      LissaKlar LM 6 years ago

      I'm not going anywhere except down the street to my daughter's school or the corner store haha but I just love purses:) Don't you know that capacity, organization and style are all equally important?!

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      SeanAndLauren 6 years ago

      Good suggestions. I keep wondering if a properly organized purse - with dividers and compartments - would be better for me as I travel. Honestly though, I've been to 9 countries in a year and a classic tote bag has served me well. Plus, I get to customize it with the text/image/idea of my choice. My favorite tote bag has the hand painted text "Attitde of Gratitude", which everybody seems to comment on. Yah for options :)

      Peace,

      Lauren

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love bags and the ones you placed here are well designed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I'd like to pride myself as a "non-compulsive buyer" - always weighing cost, quality and need. I didn't think I'd need to buy one until I saw the organizer sling bag. I surely need one of those as I found it very frustrating in the past to keep on rummaging inside my shoulder bag while traveling. Good thing you have gone into the details of these. Thanks!

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      WorldVisionary 6 years ago

      Loved the travel bags you listed! Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      Teri Hansen 6 years ago

      I found myself sporting the backpack style when I had young children just so I could be hands free just to travel around town. Great selections.

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      globedancer 7 years ago

      @PaulaMorgan: Hi emerald125 - Thanks for liking the bags. They really are very handy and useful during travel. :-)

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      Paula Morgan 7 years ago from Sydney Australia

      I really like the bags you have featured here...

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      globedancer 7 years ago

      Brooke - Thanks for your comment! I totally agree with you -- can't leave home without it! (-:

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      brookehudson 7 years ago

      I can't leave home when traveling without my travel purse. Thanks for the reviews of each one of them.