5 of the best travel purses for vacation and every day use

by Sylvia

The best travel purses for stylish women of all ages | 40plusstyle.com

A travel purse that’s stylish enough to work with your outfits yet just right for travel is essential if you travel a lot.

Although you can probably use any handbag for your travels, the right travel purse is vital to hold your important travel documents and valuables when you’re on the go. Here are tips on how to choose the best travel purse and 5 of my favorites.

First, let’s talk about what you should look for in a travel purse:

  • Low key style. For safety’s sake, it’s usually good to leave your designer handbag at home, unless you’re in Monte Carlo or somewhere where everyone is walking around with an expensive handbag. A non-flashy travel purse is less tempting to thieves.
  • Comfort and ease. Choose one that’s lightweight, somewhat weather proof and easy to clean. Nylon is a good option because the material meets all three requirements.
    How will you carry your purse and is the one you’re looking at comfortable? Wider straps will make the travel purse more comfortable on your shoulders.
  • Holds everything in an organized way. You may carry more than normal when traveling, so choose a travel purse that has plenty of pockets and compartments to sort out all your items.
  • Is theft-proof. Although no bag is completely theft proof, choose one with zippers and snaps to prevent thieves from having easy access to your items. Choose a bag that sits close to your body, like a cross-body style. Wider or heavy duty straps make it harder for someone to cut the straps and run away with it.
  • Versatile. A convertible travel purse, where the straps can be changed around, is helpful when you want to carry your bag in different ways. Some are expandable to carry more items when needed. The more versatile your travel purse is, the more likely you’ll use it often.

5 of the Best Travel Purses

These travel purses are designed just for travelers. I like them most because they are still stylish enough to use everyday to complete your outfit.

1. Baggallini Everywhere Crossbody Bag, $85

best travel purses, Baggallini Everywhere | 40plusstyle.com

This is a hobo style travel bag with lots of pockets. You can fit an iPad in the interior one. It has card slots, ID windows and is made of heavy nylon. I love that it comes in 9 colors!

2. Sherpani Jag LE, $65

Sherpani travel purses | 40plusstyle.com

The Jag by Sherpani is a small cross body for when you don’t need to carry much else besides your phone and some documents. But don’t let its small size fool you, you can definitely pack more than just a few things inside. The patterned stitching and the option of grey or black color give it a good, urban-traveler look.

3. Tumi ‘Voyageur Halle’ Nylon Backpack, $295

Best travel purses by Tumi | 40plusstyle.com

Super stylish in nylon with leather trim and gold detail, this backpack features a padded laptop compartment and lots of pockets. It comes in three colors: black, red and navy. The leather top-carry handles are perfect for when you want to switch from carrying it as a backpack to carrying it as a handbag.

4. Sherpani Devin Bucket Bag, $62

Travel purses that are stylish enough for every day use

This travel purse is a tote bag style, perfect for throwing items in when shopping. Although the top is open, there are zipper compartments inside to secure valuables. Made of recycled polyester, it comes with a carry handle and cross body strap so you can carry it as a tote or cross body bag. 4 two-tone color options available.

5. Tumi Voyageur Jackie Convertible Bag, $295

Cross body bags and travel purses for vacation | 40plusstyle.com

Larger and very chic, this style by Tumi can be carried as a handbag, tote, backpack or worn as a cross body style. It’s my favorite of all 5 because it looks great and is super versatile. It has a large flap across the back that can be inserted into the handle of your rolling carryon bag, as well. Made of waterproof nylon, it comes in the striking red shown, or a rich navy blue.

Here are some more stylish travel purses in stores now:

Which travel purse would you choose?


Tumi is one of my favourite brands for travel bags.

I’ve used my husband’s Tumi backpack forever for travelling.



Ah.. not my cup of tea this time. But then again, I don’t travel much and if I do not very far or very long. (There are exceptions to these rules…)

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