A few years ago I was exploring the winding, bustling passages of Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar with the most uncomfortable backpack ever to be designed. What’s more because it sat on my back I was cautious (as I would be in any big city) that I couldn’t monitor or fight off would be pickpockets, “karate chop.” Fortunately, I was in the best place to source a more suitable handbag and upon entering the Bazaar with a mission I knew exactly the style I had in mind: a cross body bag.
Now before we delve any deeper my daily bag choice when travelling is highly dependent on my needs for that day. If I am backpacking I will always carry my large backpack on my back and my smaller backpacker on my front turtle style when crossing borders and moving from place to place. However, no matter my travel style whether it be backpacker or boujois a cross body bag can always be found in my luggage. Once I am settled in my accommodation, I will use my cross body bag during my daily explorations because as far as I am concerned you can still look stylish backpacking.
Now I love handbags, primarily because they do not judge poor lifestyle choices unlike other items: pants I am looking at you. Unfortunately, my love for handbags is somewhat discriminatory when I am travelling because I gravitate towards one style and neutral colours. However, there is logic behind the selectiveness. A cross body bag is efficient for travel because not only does it add simple style to any outfit but made even more versatile when the bag is a neutral colour and leaves your hands free to do what they need to do. In my experience the design doesn’t weigh my body down or place pressure on my shoulders and back but most importantly when worn across the body your valuables are far more secure. Cross body bags come in a range of sizes to suit any style aesthetic though personally, I opt for a bag relatively small in size to discourage me lugging around things that I don’t really need and gravitate towards a structured style with clean lines as I feel this creates a more timeless feel.
No matter where you are travelling to or your holiday style, a cross body back is a luggage essential.
MINI TOP HANDLED SATCHEL
JET SET LARGE SAFFIANO LEATHER CROSSBODY
DANIELA LARGE LEATHER CROSSBODY
MAISON MINI SATCHEL
AVA CROSS BODY BAG
FOLDOVER CROSSBODY IN GLOVETANNED LEATHER
MICRO LUGGAGE HANDBAG