Looking for a bag that’s big enough to store all of your “must-haves”, but is more sophisticated than a typical backpack? Why not try a cute messenger bag! Check out these top TFG picks!

 


Women’s Messenger Bags

Written By: Laura Pulling


 

 

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Behold, the messenger bag! A favorite for leisure or business travel (for anyone really); they make wonderful travel or everyday bags! They’re roomy enough to keep everything close at hand, yet big enough for a laptop, and with a strap that sits across your body for additional security. 

If you’re trying to decide what type of bag works for you, this Q&A may help!

 

 

What Is a Messenger Bag?

 

A messenger bag is commonly used to carry a laptop and can act as an alternative to a laptop backpack. It can be used by both business and leisure travelers alike, depending on the type of bag style you prefer.  

 

 

How Can a Messenger Bag be Used for Travel?

 

A messenger bag can be used as a personal item on a plane to conveniently store your laptop and other essentials. If you’re a remote worker, digital nomad, or business traveler, you can use this to store your laptop when you want to work in different locations while at your destination.

You may not want to use it for sightseeing as it may be too large and you may prefer a crossbody instead.

 

 

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What Type of Messenger Bag Is Right for Me?

 

From canvas to leather and everything in between, there are a variety of styles to suit everyone’s needs. We’ll cover a variety of options below.

Note: Not all messenger style bags are big enough for a laptop, as you can find some cute purses in this design.

 

Now, take a look at our top picks for stylish messenger bags women travelers will LOVE!

 

 

Best Travel Messenger Bag

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Macy’s | Target

 

Editor’s Pick: Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Messenger Bag

 

This Travelon lightweight messenger bag is TFG approved, with editor-in-chief Alex using it on her trips across Europe and beyond. Everything about the design of this bag has been tailored to a savvy traveler, from the hidden, slash-proof strap, roomy interior, featuring a ton of organizational compartments and RFID blocking pockets for organization, and zippered expansion pocket which keeps your camera, water bottle, or sunglasses close at hand. 

 

These are the best travel shoulder bags and cross body purses for women!

 

 

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Alex toting Travelon Messenger Bag in Anatomie Safari Jacket and her Skechers Pureflex Flats

 

Reviews are glowing for this shoulder messenger bag, with one intrepid traveler sharing, “Oh my gosh, this is the best designed bag that I’ve ever owned in my whole life! it holds a lot more than I thought it would without looking stuffed and misshapen.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

TIMBUK2 Messenger Bag Medium

 

Timbuk2 bags seem to be the holy grail of practical messengers. They have a great unisex design (that comes in a ton of color options) and have been engineered to work for you, by having all of the internal compartments, flaps, and pockets you could possibly need. 

One user shares, “This is likely the most well thought out travel or work messenger bag that I have come across yet. This thing is heavy-duty, organized, well stitched, completely rainproof, awesome adjustable shoulder strap, designed for people on the move, and has probably some of the best ergonomics to boot!” Timbuk 2 bags also come with a lifetime warranty, so you can rest assured if anything happens they will repair it for you!

As well as the Timbuk2 classic messenger bag, you can get a Timbuk2 small messenger bag or a Timbuk2 large messenger bag too!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

Nomatic Travel Black Messenger Bag

 

For a sleek and stylish look, the Nomatic messenger bag can be your perfect travel partner. This bag isn’t just good looking, it’s clever too, with a range of savvy features, such as a removable strap, customizable inner panels for storing odds and ends, roller luggage sleeve for easy airport carrying, and a quick access water bottle pocket too.

Reviews are good for this waterproof messenger bag, one shares, “This is a quality, well thought out, masterfully crafted bag. You can physically feel the intent that went into this bag. There is nothing random about it. Every single part of this bag has its purpose.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon

 

Herschel Grade Messenger Bag

 

This deceptively roomy Herschel crossbody laptop bag is great for if you have to lug around a lot of stuff on the go. The internal space is big, without as many compartments as some of the other bags, so larger things can fit easily. There is some internal zippered storage for keeping small valuables. 

Users rate the style and look of this large messenger bag, but warn that the velcro can be a little sticky and can catch on your clothes if you aren’t careful.

If this one is a little too big, Herschel also makes small messenger bags too. 

 

 

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J Crew Messenger Bag

 

Ok, so it’s in the men’s section of the website, but who says this style is just for the boys?

This J.Crew waxed canvas messenger bag is a cute, casual style for when a business leather briefcase is just too much! It’s fitted with a range of pockets and finished with classy leather trim.

One user of this military messenger bag shares, “This is a very good bag, plenty of space for both small and large things and most importantly there is space for your laptop. Looks like the quality is good, hopefully, it will last for a long time.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Zappos 

 

Pacsafe 13″ Intasafe X Anti-Theft Laptop Messenger Bags

 

The perfect travel messenger bag does not exist, or does it!? This Pacsafe modern messenger bag is designed for people on the go and will be your travel companion for a very long time. It has all of the features you’d want in a bag to take anywhere, including anti-theft technology, cut-resistant strap, and tamper-proof zippers.

It also has a great range of compartments inside to keep your laptop secure, and even has an internal power bank pocket for recharging up!

 

 

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Shop: Zappos

 

Scully Dannie Leather Messenger Bag for Women

 

For a stylish leather computer bag, check out this Scully option. It has classic stitching giving it a vintage look. Inside there are roomy compartments and additional pockets for keeping your phone and smaller objects handy.

If tan isn’t your style, you can also grab this as a black leather messenger bag women would love for its classic style!

 

Find out why we think Rebecca Minkoff Julian Backpack is one of the best purses for travel ever!

 

 

Best Convertible Messenger Backpack

 

 

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CoolBELL Convertible Messenger Bag Backpack 

 

For a bag that does more than meets the eye, take a look at these CoolBELL convertible professional messenger bags. It’s not just your average messenger, but it changes into a backpack using special hidden straps! It comes with a range of easy-access pockets and storage, and a roomy internal compartment, with users even saying this works well as an overnight bag (or even a weekender—if you use packing cubes!) too. 

Available as Amazon messenger bags, these come in a ton of cute colors, and some have slightly different pocket configurations. But all-in-all, reviews are fabulous for this Cool messenger bag, with one gushing, “Absolutely awesome hybrid case. Lots of areas to put all of my items and has plenty of space inside!”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Macy’s

 

Fossil Camilla Convertible Backpack Messenger Bag

 

This Fossil messenger bag for women is sophisticated and sleek. It has a business ready design with the option of a tote, shoulder, or backpack style straps. It has enough storage pockets and room for a 13-inch laptop.

Users rate these messenger laptop bags as usable in the boardroom as they would be as a travel personal item. One shares, “Great looking and very functional. I have a lot of Fossil bags. but this is one of the most well designed I’ve ever seen.”

This bag is also available in a smaller size, which is perfect if you don’t need to lug around your laptop.

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

ECOSUSI Women’s Bow Convertible Backpack

 

So, this ECOSUSI has got to be one of the best cute messenger bags I’ve ever seen! Not only is the bow design ultra-feminine (but removable if you don’t want it!) it has different carrying options, changing between a messenger to a backpack style by adjusting the clip-on straps. Oh, and it’s also really good value too!

Reviews are great for these PU leather messenger bags, with many users raving about the number of compliments they’ve been given and the practicality of it too. One explains, “It’s the perfect combination of feminine and practical without having to spend a fortune.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

ECOSUSI Women’s Convertible Vegan Messenger Bags 

 

Ok, it’s the same brand as the previous bag, but when a company is making items so stylish, you have to share them both! This ECOSUSI vegan messanger bag has super cute detailing, including buckle hardware and a laser-cut floral detailed front. Inside it has a range of pockets and also has convertible straps.

Users love this vegan messenger bag, with one raving, “Love, love this bag! Exceeded my expectations for such an economical bag! It’s a beautiful bag that is very feminine, unique, looks professional, and I use it every day for work.”

 

Find out why Longchamps are the best travel handbags!

 

 

Best Messenger Purse

 

 

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Shop: Amazon | Target | Macy’s

 

Travelon Anti-Theft Small Messenger Bag for Women

 

You’ll feel more secure with this Travelon heavy duty messenger bag that has a slash-proof construction, cut-proof strap, and locking compartments. Not to mention their signature RFID blocking tech. There’s even a removable LED light so you’ll never be in the dark while looking through your purse.

You can wear this cross body messenger bag over your shoulder too! Travelers ADORE this brand, and one says, “I bought this for a recent trip to Europe. It was the perfect size to carry a day’s worth of touring necessities—camera, wallet, hat, phone, iPad, maps, travel booklets, souvenirs. I felt safe even in London and Amsterdam.”

 

 

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Shop: Amazon

 

Fossil Kinley Messenger Bag Purse

 

The color combinations of this Fossil leather messenger bag are gorgeous and unique. These bags are not only super cute, but the perfect size for sightseeing, with inside organizational pockets to keep everything close at hand.

For style and attractiveness, reviews for these Fossil messenger bags for women are great, with some saying it could be a tad bigger. One user explains, “I’m in love with this purse. It’s gorgeous and practical. Oh, and the best part is that IT GOES WITH ANYTHING!“

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

AmHoo Crossbody Canvas Messenger Bags

 

Canvas is durable and this cute looking AmHoo bag is stylish yet packed with great features! The zipper is down on the flap, not at the top, which allows you to access the inside from a back-side zipper. No need to dig like crazy to find what you want! 

Let’s talk about compartments! There’s a ton of interior pockets for keys, wallet, phone, or umbrella (stay dry out there!). And of course, you can wear it across your body for extra security. One user says it’s perfect for travel. “I used this as a combo purse, carry-on, shopping bag on a couple of recent trips. It’s the most versatile bag I’ve found in ages. It fit an iPad, small umbrella, shopping totes, phone/chargers, a small toiletry kit, a light nylon windbreaker, snacks, and a small water bottle! It’s got tons of pockets. The zipper on the back which accesses the inside (without opening the flap) is a great convenience too. It’s a purse that does the job of a backpack.”

I’m partial to the pink messenger bag style, but it comes in a few other colors to suit your fancy!

 

 

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Shop: Amazon 

 

Vera Bradley Cotton Triple Zip Mini Messenger Bag

 

We know TFG readers love designer messenger bags womens style, and also love this brand! If you want a smaller, check out this Vera Bradley charcoal and blue messenger bag. It comes in a delightful range of floral prints with wallet features built into the bag, so no need to carry one separately. It also has RFID technology to protect your cards too. 

Ladies adore this small option of a side bag for womens, with one sharing, “Another Very Bradley hit! I love this little crossbody gem. I don’t need a big bag as I don’t carry a lot of extras. Money, credit cards, lip gloss, cell phone. This little purse has space for what I need with room for whatever else I might want to take with me on any given day.”

 

Find out why we love a convertible backpack purse for travel!

 

 

Womens Messenger Bag Comparison Chart

 

BRAND | MODEL FEATURES | REVIEWS RATING | PRICE
Best Travel Messenger Bag
Editor’s Pick: Travelon Anti-Theft Crossbody Messenger Bag Everything about the design of this bag has been tailored to a savvy traveler, from the hidden, slash-proof strap, roomy interior, featuring a ton of organizational compartments and RFID blocking pockets for organization, and zippered expansion pocket which keeps your camera, water bottle, or sunglasses close at hand. Check Price
TIMBUK2 Messenger Bag Medium “This is likely the most well thought out travel or work messenger bag that I have come across yet. This thing is heavy duty, organized, well stitched, completely rainproof, awesome adjustable shoulder strap, designed for people on the move, and has probably some of the best ergonomics to boot!” Check Price
Nomatic Travel Black Messenger Bag “This is a quality, well thought out, masterfully crafted bag. You can physically feel the intent that went into this bag. There is nothing random about it. Every single part of this bag has its purpose.” Check Price
Herschel Grade Messenger Bag The internal space is big, without as many compartments as some of the other bags, so larger things can fit easily. There is some internal zippered storage for keeping small valuables.  Check Price
J Crew Messenger Bag “This is a very good bag, plenty of space for both small and large things and most importantly there is space for your laptop. Looks like the quality is good, hopefully, it will last for a long time.” Check Price
Pacsafe 13" Intasafe X Anti-Theft  Laptop Messenger Bags It has all of the features you’d want in a bag to take anywhere, including anti-theft technology, cut-resistant strap, and tamper-proof zippers. Check Price
Scully Dannie Leather Messenger Bag for Women It has classic stitching giving it a vintage look. Inside there are roomy compartments and additional pockets for keeping your phone and smaller objects handy. Check Price
Best Convertible Messenger Backpack
CoolBELL Convertible Messenger Bag Backpack “Absolutely awesome hybrid case. Lots of areas to put all of my items and has plenty of space inside!” Check Price
Fossil Camilla Convertible Backpack Messenger Bag “ Great looking and very functional. I have a lot of Fossil bags. but this is one of the most well designed I’ve ever seen.” Check Price
ECOSUSI Women’s Bow Convertible Backpack “It's the perfect combination of feminine and practical without having to spend a fortune.” Check Price
ECOSUSI Women’s Convertible Vegan Messenger Bags  “Love, love this bag! Exceeded my expectations for such an economical bag! It's a beautiful bag that is very feminine, unique, looks professional, and I use it everyday for work.” Check Price
Best Messenger Purse
Travelon Anti-Theft Small Messenger Bag for Women “I bought this for a recent trip to Europe. It was the perfect size to carry a day's worth of touring necessities—camera, wallet, hat, phone, iPad, maps, travel booklets, souvenirs. I felt safe even in London and Amsterdam.” Check Price
Fossil Kinley Messenger Bag Purse I’m in love with this purse. It’s gorgeous and practical. Oh, and the best part is that IT GOES WITH ANYTHING!“ Check Price
AmHoo Crossbody Canvas Messenger Bags “I used this as a combo purse, carry-on, shopping bag on a couple recent trips. It's the most versatile bag I've found in ages. It fit an iPad, small umbrella, shopping totes, phone/chargers, a small toiletry kit, a light nylon windbreaker, snacks, and a small water bottle! It's got tons of pockets. The zipper on the back which accesses the inside (without opening the flap) is a great convenience too. It's a purse that does the job of a backpack.” Check Price
Vera Bradley Cotton Triple Zip Mini Messenger Bag “Another Very Bradley hit! I love this little crossbody gem. I don't need a big bag as I don't carry a lot of extras. Money, credit cards, lip gloss, cell phone. This little purse has space for what I need with room for whatever else I might want to take with me on any given day.” Check Price

 

 


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