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Best Travel Day Bag: How to Choose the Right One

CEO Tinh Phung
Not sure what the best travel day bag for your next trip is? There are lots of factors to keep in mind and we happily break down the criteria you should consider when selecting one....

Not sure what the best travel day bag for your next trip is? There are lots of factors to keep in mind and we happily break down the criteria you should consider when selecting one. Check it out!

A day bag for travel is a must-have for any journey you take and an essential part of your capsule wardrobe. However, there are important criteria that you should consider when selecting one:

Security

Security is an important factor to consider, especially when choosing the best day bag for European travel where there is a higher occurrence of pickpockets. Even if that’s not the case, you’ll still want a bag with good security features.

The security features you should look for are:

  • Locking compartments
  • Slash-proof material
  • RFID-blocking card slots

A crossbody bag is a strong choice because you can keep it attached to you, rather than dangling off your shoulder. Make sure the bag part is visible to you (hanging closer to the front of your body) while out-and-about or in crowded areas.

Also, leave your passport or laptop behind at your accommodation in a locked suitcase or safe. That way you don’t have anything vital with you, and your bag is lighter to carry.

Here are more popular anti-theft crossbody bags readers adore:

Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Bag

Travelon Double Pocket Bucket Bag Travelon Double Pocket Bucket Bag

Travelon Essential Anti-Theft Messenger Bag Travelon Essential Anti-Theft Messenger Bag

For security-conscious travelers, take a look at the best anti-theft travel bags!

Packability

Let’s face it: some bags are adorable, but they don’t pack very well. So, when choosing a bag for travel, it’s a good idea to look for one that’s packable.

Well-made day bags for travel have pockets, zippers, and closures that are necessary for security and help you pack items more efficiently. The key to packing all your necessities is having a well-organized bag where your things are protected yet easy to find.

The best day bags for European travel (or any other destination) should have pockets to carry smaller items, such as keys or credit cards. You’ll also want to look for bags with RFID-blocking capabilities, like the NeatPack Crossbody.

Specialized compartments, for things like a water bottle, a hat, sunglasses, a travel scarf, or anything else you want to have on hand, can be useful too!

Here are more packable bags readers adore:

Baggallini Hobo Tote Baggallini Hobo Tote

Baggallini Criss Cross Crossbody Bag Baggallini Criss Cross Crossbody Bag

Kipling Pahneiro Bag Kipling Pahneiro Bag

Size

Your day bag often doubles as your in-flight personal item, so it’s usually a smaller size than your carry-on.

The exact dimensions you need to follow will depend on what your airline defines as a “personal item.” To figure this out, we recommend checking your airline’s website. For example, United Airlines’ max measurements for personal items are 9 inches x 10 inches x 17 inches (22 cm x 25 cm x 43 cm).

But beyond meeting the airline’s requirements, a good day bag has to work for you off the plane too. Think about what you’ll be doing during your trip to determine the best size for you!

Here are more bags that readers adore for a personal item:

Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack

Herschel Settlement Day Pack Herschel Settlement Day Pack

Fjallraven Kanken Everyday Backpack Fjallraven Kanken Everyday Backpack

Weight

The best travel day bags are not only sized right but are made from lightweight materials, like the Le Pliage shoulder tote.

For easier travel, try to avoid bags with unnecessarily heavy fabrics and accents (like buckles, etc.). While you want your small day bag to be fashionable, it still needs to be comfortable enough to carry around during the day!

Here are more lightweight bags that readers adore:

TUMI Voyageur Ruma Crossbody Bag TUMI Voyageur Ruma Crossbody Bag

Longchamp Mini Le Pliage Handbag Longchamp Mini Le Pliage Handbag

Travelon Anti-Theft Mini Sling Bag Travelon Anti-Theft Mini Sling Bag

Functionality

Once you’ve decided on the size and weight of your day trip bag, you’ll need to think about functionality. Consider your destination, what you’ll be doing, and what you’ll need to carry.

After all, this is the bag that you’ll put all of your essentials in for the whole day!

Here are more functional bags that readers adore:

Baggallini Everywhere Bag Baggallini Everywhere Bag

Vera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster Crossbody Vera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster Crossbody

Kipling Alvar Crossbody Bag Kipling Alvar Crossbody Bag

Style

When it comes to style, the best day bags should offer both aesthetics and function.

After all, day bags are the items you’ll have with you most of the time. So, try to find one that you’ll be happy to see in your travel photos and that you can wear all day long!

Here are more stylish and practical bags that readers adore:

Deluxity Faux Leather Crossbody Bag Deluxity Faux Leather Crossbody Bag

Oak Leathers Crossbody Sling Bag Oak Leathers Crossbody Sling Bag

Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Shoulder Bag Longchamp Le Pliage Cuir Leather Shoulder Bag

Editor’s Pick: Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack

The TFG editor-in-chief shares her top choice for a bag that’s stylish, comfortable, and super practical. Watch the video or read her entire Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack review!

How TFG Editor Rocks Her Favorite Travel Day Bags

And don't forget to check out how our TFG editor rocks her favorite travel day bags!

What do you think is the best travel day bag? Share in the comments!

For more travel bags, please read:

  • Best Cross Body Purses for Women
  • Best Convertible Backpack for Travel as Recommended by Readers
  • What Exactly Is a Carry-On Personal Item?
  • Travelon Crossbody Bag Review: The #1 Selling Travel Purse

Hope you liked this post on how to choose a travel day bag. Please share it with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Thanks for reading!

Author Bio: After three exciting years in New York, Claire Gros left the big city in pursuit of the alluring unfamiliar. She now finds inspiration in the traveling summer solstice and the affordable flights that keep the sun in her sky. Follow her journey on Instagram: clurrgros.

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