Choosing the Right Travel Bags: Totes, Crossbody Bags and Backpack


Picking the right bag for your travels is important as it is an important investment for your upcoming trip. Given the number of choices out there, you’ll have many things to consider: your sense of style, the things you want to put in and of course where you’ll be going with them.

If you’re confused as to which to pick, here are a few tips to choosing the right travel bags from a few of the most popular bags for travel: tote bags, cross body bags and backpacks.


All About Totes!

You’ll find tons of uses for tote bags: as your day-to-day work bag, your summer holiday beach bag, and of course, your all-purpose travel bag! For those who love being spoiled for choice, you’ll find totes in various shapes, sizes, materials and designs. These bags are ideal for those who need a medium-sized bag to carry items around all day.

When travelling, you’ll want totes that have a strap and handle like our Pacsafe Citysafe™ CS400 anti-theft travel tote, or consider the Pacsafe Limited Edition Citysafe™TS400 as an alternative. If you’re going to carry it around with you all day, you’ll want to be versatile at how you carry your bag while being safe too!

Typically fits: Laptop, sunnies, makeup, compact camera, small water bottle, an extra shirt 

and scarf, and small umbrella.

When to use: Indoor shopping, outdoor sightseeing, picnics, beach outing. Not suited for sport activities like trekking.


Crossing Over

Cross body bags make great travel companions . You can bring the things you need, and keep important documents close with you while you’re out sightseeing. Just like totes, there are many variations out there to choose from. So pick one that’ll suit how you use them. If you want to trek, a larger cross body bag like the Pacsafe Venturesafe 325 II will fit all your essentials: camera, water bottle, spare shirt,  and even your reading book  or travel journal. For those spending more time within cities, the slightly smaller Pacsafe Metrosafe LS150 would do nicely for you too.

Or you can be inconspicuous by bringing along our smaller Limited Edition Citysafe™ TS60 anti-theft crossbody bag. You’ll easily access your compact camera for quicker photo snaps, or reach in for your passport when flying to your holiday destination.

Typically fits: Tablet, smartphone, water bottle, small camera, lipgloss, sunscreen wallet

When to use: City walking, sightseeing, and beach outing – depends largely on how much you need to carry.


Back Packed

Backpacks are the biggest of the lot here. Depending on the size, they may not be ideal for situations where there’s a lot of people on the street due to their bulky size. Yet the size of backpacks is still a popular choice among those who frequently move from one place to another within a short space of time. You can easily pack a few days’ worth of clothing into it with enough room to fit your other essentials like sunnies, water bottles and laptop. You just need to be smart with how you hack your packing. One downside of backpacks though is that they do tend to paint a huge “I’m a tourist” sign on your back though – so you might want to pick one that’s packed with safety features like our Pacsafe Venturesafe X30. If you need a smaller, sleeker looking alternative, our Limited Edition Citysafe™ TS350 anti-theft backpack may be a better fit.

Typically fits: Just about everything from laptop, lots of clothes, water bottle, camera, all your essentials and toiletries.

When to use: Backpacking, outdoor sightseeing, beach outing.

Remember that it all comes down to your preference and style. There isn’t a one-size-fit-all solution when it comes to choosing the right bag for you. But with a plethora of choices out there, you’ll definitely find one that ticks all the boxes for you.

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