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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.