A cross-body bag ranks just as high on the necessary-travel-items scale as comfy walking shoes, a scarf or sarong, and a portable phone charger. Actually, cross-body bags aren’t so much travel essentials as they are life essentials. Meant to be worn on one side of the body, they feature long (usually adjustable) straps that stretch over the opposite shoulder and main compartments that keep all your stuff safe with some combination of zippers, flaps, magnets, and locking hardware. Cross-bodies come in a range of styles, prices, and sizes, but all versions are designed to keep your valuables close to your body and your hands free. And that’s a beautiful thing, whether you’re running errands across town, going on a weekend trip, or crisscrossing the world.
This easy-on-the-wallet sack combines the shape and space of a burly tote with the look-ma-no-hands convenience of a cross-body (plus the RFID protection of an anti-theft travel bag). Two external pockets (one with a zipper) provide quick access, and an interior zippered pocket allows for extra peace of mind.
Baggu’s flat-bottomed purse nails the elusive chic-yet-sensible combo — you could tote this style into a boardroom, through a walking tour, or onto a dance floor, all on the same day. The outside is made from soft pebbled leather, the lined interior features two pockets (one with a zipper for extra-safe keeping), and the magnetic close is strong and secure.