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Would you rather save your cash for trips rather than splashing out on designer threads? Shop our roundup of the fifteen best cheap purses for travel!


Cheap Purses for Travel

Written By: Niki Landry


If travel is at the top of your goals for this year, then budgeting that trip should be at the forefront of your mind!

In the spirit of saving, I’ve compiled a list of cheap purses for travel that will look good without blowing your travel savings. They’re perfect for the jetsettin’ girl on a budget.

These bags are fashionable and functional for travel, but also great to keep you on that aforementioned “financial plan”. The less you spend on travel gear, the more you will have to use on your upcoming trip! It’s a win-win situation.





Get Poppin Crossbody | Ring Decoder CrossbodyFaux Leather Crossbody


My favorite travel purse is the cross body bag; I never leave home without one. It’s worn close to the body so it feels more secure than a shoulder bag. The cross body also leaves your hands free while exploring or shopping.

When looking for purses, I like simple shapes with one or two interesting details. I try to stay away from flashy or name brand logos, since I don’t want to call attention to my belongings or myself when on the road.

The styles above are classic shapes–saddle and envelope–but in updated colors. These shades are easy to mix and match with a capsule wardrobe, making them perfect for travel.


Find out why cross body purses are the best travel bags!





Faux Leather Backpack Handbag | Kylie Backpack | Mini Velvet Backpack


My second favorite form for transporting my belongings when I travel is a backpack. I go for this style when I need a little extra space for keeping a water bottle, scarf, and umbrella handy.

Very convenient and easy to tote around, a chic city backpack like the ones above are great options for sightseeing.


Take a look at these cute backpacks for travel!





Aldo Casoli | H&M Handbag | Faux Leather Bucket Bag


A classic shoulder bag is one option that I personally don’t find useful when on the road, but ladies with travel styles different from my own may find them essential.

Shoulder bags are big enough to store everything you’d need for a day trip, but are usually compact so they don’t get super heavy. They give you the space and comfort to be prepared for anything your travels may throw at you.

If you’re aiming for style, choose structured bags that can elevate a basic travel wardrobe.


Learn how to avoid handbag theft when you travel.





Ava Tote Bag | Large Tote Purse | Satchel Handbag


I love packing light and efficiently, but larger bags are sometimes necessary for keeping everything organized and within easy reach. A tote is a nice option for when you’re in transit; think planes, trains, and automobiles.

I place my smaller cross body purse inside the tote and can add other items like electronics, beauty products, and snacks, which are all essential to keeping me comfy and content while on the road.

I especially like the burgundy version above. It’s a classic shape in a popular color with an affordable price tag!


We also love packable totes like these!





Suede Clutch BagFoldover Clutch | Faux Leather Large Pouch


Clutches aren’t necessary for every trip; however, depending on your activities, they can be a nice additional option to bring along. They pack easily and can be placed empty at the bottom of your luggage.

The options above give you the best of all possible handbag scenarios: a casual suede clutch for a low-maintenance day exploring a new town; a metallic option for a planned event, wedding, or holiday; or a fold-over clutch to provide a little more space for essentials.


A clutch can double as a cosmetic bag, too!



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Author Bio: Niki is an interior designer and artist from Louisiana. In addition to her design work, she writes for local and online publications sharing her experiences and passion for travel. Niki is currently adding stamps to her passport while building her design practice, Niki Landry Designs.