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Don’t let your holiday be ruined by a nicked wallet – invest in a crossbody bag

Plus, nine of our top picks that marry function with style.
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While a trusty suitcase or weekender bag come with their own long lists of merits, when you’re out and about hitting the pavement in a foreign place, you’re going to want to have a crossbody bag across your shoulder.

Marrying function with style, the crossbody bag lets you roam the streets hand-free while keeping your valuables near to your body.

Harder to pull off one’s shoulder than a regular handbag and much harder to pickpocket undetected than a backpack, it’s an ideal safeguard against petty thieves and just the general annoyances of carrying weight over one shoulder (like with a tote).

So that you can explore Europe, another Aussie state or even your hometown with ease, we’ve rounded up some of the best crossbody bags for travel. Read on for our top picks and get adventuring!

9 best crossbody bags for travel to shop in Australia 2024

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Louenhide Jacinta crossbody bag, from $72 (usually $89.95), The Iconic

Compliment your daytime look, or elevate your evening attire with this multifunctional vegan leather bag from Louenhide. Featuring an adjustable strap, and available in an array of playful colours this crossbody bag is entirely customisable. 

Key features:

  • Internal features: zip pocket, slip pocket.
  • External features: detachable tassel, back side zip pocket.
  • Internal lining: polyester recycled black and white stripe.
  • Strap: adjustable and detachable.
  • Material: Polyurethane vegan leather 100%-hardware.

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Country Road Recycled Polyester Crossbody Bag

Country Road recycled polyester blend mini soft crossbody bag, $79.95, Country Road

Made with 100 percent recycled polyester and available in black and sand colours, this mini crossbody bag makes for a stylish travel companion.

Key features:

  • 100% Recycled polyester body.
  • 50% Recycled polyester lining.
  • Top zip closure.
  • Adjustable branded strap.
  • External zip pocket.
  • Internal slip pocket.

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OSOCE antitheft waterproof shoulder crossbody bag

OSOCE antitheft waterproof shoulder crossbody bag, $25.20, Amazon

This antitheft shoulder bag has over 8000 five-star reviews on Amazon, can fit devices up to the size of an iPad, is waterproof and features two front zipper pockets as well as an RFID-safe card pocket. A cult buy in travellers’ circles for a reason.

Key features:

  • 1 main compartment can hold your notebook, iPad (up to 7.8 inch), kindle, power bank or other electronic devices, 2 front zipper pockets provide space for your wallet, keychain, sunglasses, passport, license or other small items.
  • Weighs only 0.42Lbs, thickness is only 0.39 inch.
  • Softly padded adjustable strap with detachable hook.
  • High quality polyester fabric with features of durability and anti-scratching. 

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Cadelle Leather Felicity Crossbody Bag

Cadelle Leather Felicity crossbody bag, $179, hardtofind

Cadelle Leather’s crossbody bag is roomy enough to carry your must-have essentials like a phone, keys, lip gloss and cards, yet small enough not to be overpowering. 

Key features:

  • A flap front with cute tassel detail.
  • Metallic snap lock closure.
  • Adjustable crossbody strap.
  • Quality gold fixtures.
  • Internally there is an open pocket for a mobile phone as well as three card slots.

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Urban Status Daria in army, $69.95, THE ICONIC

Modern and edgy, this army crossbody bag from Australian label Urban Status is also great for wearing as a bumbag.

Key features:

  • Detachable and adjustable webbing waist strap.
  • Matt hardware.
  • Polycotton lining.
  • Material: Nylon & Polyurethane – vegan PETA certified.

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Evity Guild leather crossbody bag, $119, Strandbags

The perfect blend of style and functionality, this bag is crafted from premium leather and boasts timeless elegance with its embossed detailing.

Key features:

  • Adjustable Crossbody Strap.
  • External back pocket.
  • Front Zip Pocket.
  • Internal Pockets.
  • Multi credit card slots.

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Surrounded By Ghosts The Fluorspar Denim Shoulder Bag

Surrounded By Ghosts The Fluorspar denim shoulder bag, $90, THE ICONIC

For the minimalist traveller, this denim shoulder bag from Australian streetwear label Surrounded by Ghosts strikes the balance between laidback Aussie style and structured Euro fashion.

Key features:

  • Cotton denim; lined.
  • Flap closure.
  • Fixed strap.
  • Manufactured in Australia.

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Maison De Sabre The Small Messenger Bag

The Small Messenger Bag, $299, Maison de Sabre

Maison de Sabre’s pebbled leather bag has five distinct storage spaces for your passport, iPhone, cards, cash and more. With the option to personalise the bag with your initials, this pick makes a great gift!

Key features:

  • Crafted entirely from sustainable, full-grain DriTan™ European pebbled leather.
  • Secure closure with a secure and ultra-smooth brass zipper in high polish gold.
  • Seamless closure with magnetic snap contoured flap.
  • Front zipped compartment made to comfortably fit up to iPhone 15 Pro Max and comparable devices.
  • Main compartment featuring a slip pocket and secure zipped pocket.

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Radley Hanley Faux Croc Mini Crossbody Bag

Radley Hanley close faux croc mini flapover crossbody bag, $199 (usually $349.95), Myer

Small but mighty, this bag boasts croc-effect leather for a chic accessorised look. It has an adjustable crossbody strap, a slip back pocket, a faux suede under flap, fabric lining and it even comes with a dust bag.

Key features:

  • Crafted in croc-effect leather.
  • Adjustable cross-body strap.
  • Slip back pocket.
  • Branded push lock hardware.
  • Faux suede under flap.

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