Crossbody bags are the ideal daypack for travel—they are more secure and foil pickpockets better than over-the-shoulder purses or backpacks, and they don’t immediately mark you as a tourist. The best crossbody bags are ultra-lightweight or have anti-theft features, like these eight we’ve rounded up.
Travelon Anti-Theft LTD Crossbody Clutch
Travelon’s versatile Anti-Theft LTD Crossbody Clutch can be worn as a crossbody bag, or you can detach the strap and carry it as a clutch. Either way, it’s lightweight (weighing just over nine ounces) thanks to its travel-friendly and easy-to-clean poly-twill exterior. Like all Travelon bags, this one is designed to be hard to steal, with slash-resistant construction and locking compartments. There’s even RFID-blocking material built in to the credit card and passport slots. An internal clip holds your keys securely, and the purse comes with an attached LED light, which is perfect for travel.
SAS Dolley Crossbody
The SAS Dolley is one of the lightest crossbody bags on our list, clocking in at just 6.9 ounces. This minimalist bag is made in the U.S. from Napa leather. Wear it as a shoulder bag or across your body. In addition to a roomy interior zippered pocket, two exterior zippered pockets are great for keeping items that you need easy access to.
Pacsafe Metrosafe Anti-Theft Crossbody Sling Bag
Pacsafe’s Metrosafe Anti-Theft Crossbody Sling Bag is a unisex option that holds a ton (including electronics in a special padded organizer pocket). Although lightweight, this bag has a hidden stainless steel wire embedded in the strap, which prevents thieves from slashing it. There’s also a security buckle built-in that can be attached to something solid (like a table leg) so you can put it down without worry during a meal.
Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag
Never dig around in the bottom of your bag for an elusive item again with the Baggallini Big Zipper Crossbody Bag. This purse has five external pockets (including three secure zipper ones) and multiple interior compartments to keep everything organized. The nylon fabric is lightweight and water-resistant, so it will stand up to the rigors of travel.
Timbuk2 Classic Messenger Bag
Timbuk2’s Messenger Bag is a classic for a reason: it has a padded, airmesh strap to prevent shoulder pain (even if you overpack it), padded compartments for electronics, specially designed flaps that help keep out rain, an internal water bottle pocket, and a removable cross-strap.
Healthy Back Bag Microfiber
AmeriBag’s Healthy Back Bags has a unique, ergonomic design that contours to your back and distributes weight evenly. The microfiber version is the lightest, and is also water-resistant. Inside, there are spots for your water bottle, pens, cards, and anything else you need.
Sechunk Cotton Canvas Leather Messenger Crossbody Bag
For days when you need to carry just a little bit more, the Sechunk Cotton Canvas Leather Messenger Crossbody bag is just 8.46″ x 1.57″ x 10.24,” so it fits all without being oversized. Fill the leather-trim canvas bag with all the inflight essentials.
Be Safe Bags Crossbody
Like the name implies, this bag is designed to keep your stuff safe, with anti-theft features such as a security flap, steel-reinforced strap guards, and RFID-blocking pockets. You can even fit this slim-profile crossbody bag under your jacket for extra protection.
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Editor’s note: This story was originally published in 2017. It has been updated to reflect the most current information.