The sling bag is a popular bag style that goes by many names— it’s sometimes referred to as a belt bag, sling bag, or even a fanny pack. Here are seven sling-bag styles that are equal parts stylish and functional.
These five sling bags for men and women are affordable, on-trend, and extra useful for travelers needing quick access to their essentials.
|Best Sling Bag for Men||Aer Sling Bag 2||$$$|
|Best Belt Bag for Adventurers||Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag||$$|
|Best Fanny Pack for Organization||Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack||$$$|
|Best Fanny Pack for Women||Baboon To The Moon||$$|
|Best Sling Bag Style||Osprey Packs Daylite Shoulder Sling Bag||$|
|Best Oversized Fanny Pack||Mystery Ranch Full Moon Sling||$|
|Best Compact Sling Bag||Nomatic Access Sling||$$|
Best Sling Bag for Men – Aer Sling Bag 2
As one of the larger sling bags on the list, you could use Aer’s Sling Bag 2 as a personal item or an everyday bag. With a separate compartment for shoes and clothes, you can easily pack a change of clothes. Plus, a dedicated electronics sleeve protects your gear on travel days.
Best Belt Bag for Adventurers – Lululemon Everywhere Belt Bag
This unisex lightweight bag from Lululemon is versatile enough to be used for athletic endeavors and travel adventures. The bag is convertible and can be worn two ways: around the waist, or cross-body. We love the dual front and back pockets for easy access.
Best Sling Bag for Organization – Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack
The most appealing features of this sling bag are the organizational details. Dagne Dover’s Ace Fanny Pack has two stash pockets to keep your cards safe and secure as well as a front zipper pocket and key clip. The water-resistant neoprene fabric is particularly useful for travelers heading to rainy places.
Best Fanny Pack for Women – Baboon Fannypack
Cult-favorite travel bag brand Baboon makes a stylish and functional sling bag for men and women. The Fannypack style has a water-repellent coating on the nylon fabric and plenty of pockets. High-quality materials, a hidden back pocket, and durable zippers make this sling bag a winner.
Best Sling – Osprey Packs Daylite Shoulder Sling Bag
The Osprey Daylite Sling bag has organizational pockets that fit a camera, light layer or scarf, a water bottle (either clipped or inside), and daily essentials. Plus, the strap’s mesh material doesn’t cause you to overheat, even in humid climates. It’s comfortable due to the anatomically shaped shoulder strap, and the pockets are easily accessible.
Best Oversized Fanny Pack – Mystery Ranch Full Moon Sling
The Mystery Ranch Full Moon Sling is extremely roomy, with an interior and exterior zippered pocket and the main zippered compartment. It can be worn as a shoulder bag or on your hip and has a padded back for long days out and about.
Best Compact Sling – The Nomatic Access Sling
This sling is compact yet efficient, with an RFID-blocking outer pocket for your credit card, two inner pockets for small items, and a larger interior pocket for your cell phone and keys. Wear it on your waist or as a sling.
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