Having the right day bag can make all the difference to your trip. It needs to be comfortable to carry, functional to access, and as small possible, but still big enough to hold everything you need. While there is no one perfect day bag that works for everyone, below are a few guidelines to help you find the right bag for your next trip.

For the Bag-Free,
Pockets-Only Traveler

Try a wallet with an elastic strap around it- this makes it more difficult for pickpockets to remove your wallet from your pocket. Pacsafe® now offers such a wallet that includes a wrist loop- an updated version of the old-school wallet chain.

Baggalini Crossbody Bag
For Minimalists Who
Need More Space

A small, cross-body purse with good internal organization is the best bet. Brands like baggallini™ have a whole range of lightweight styles. For a more masculine look Kenneth Cole Reaction makes a line of cross-body bags sized perfectly for a tablet or eReader.

CityPak by Lightgear
If You Just Have a Layer
and a Snack to Carry

A lightweight backpack, like the Citypack by Litegear, is great for carrying a couple extra items. In any crowded setting a bag like this is not a secure place for a wallet or camera. Valuables should always be kept closer to you in a cross-body bag or money belt.

Baggalini Avenue Tote
If You Need Space
and Easy Access

For ease of access and maximum space nothing beats a tote bag. These days there are thousands of options to choose from. baggallini’s Avenue Tote includes a pocket for your laptop or tablet, and an optional cross-body strap. If the cross body carry is a priority, a messenger bag might be the right choice.

Pacsafe Metrosafe 350
For Heavier Loads

A backpack with good lumbar support is always your best bet for larger loads and longer days. To deal with the security concerns inherent in having your bag out of your direct line of sight, anti-theft bags like Pacsafe’s Metrosafe™ 350 include many safety precautions, like built-in slash-proof mesh and locking zippers.

AAA travel store
staff recommendation

Olympia Travel Tote

“I love bags and purses and I LOVE this bag. This tote is perfect for every day, weekend getaways, or vacations. Its main compartment is large enough for my lunch and snacks during the week with the outside zippered pocket for my Harry Potter book. I used it recently on a Vegas flight as my personal item and carried my purse, iPad, and Harry Potter book. It comes in black, blue, and cheetah print. It has two side pockets for water and a smart sleeve so you can slide it over your luggage handle. The shoulder straps are long enough so you don’t feel cramped when carrying it, and the price is great, just $24.95 for AAA members.”
Michelle Lair
AAA Salem Service Center

For more travel bag recommendations, visit your local AAA Travel Store, or come to a Travel Smart, Pack Light session near you.