Our Favorite Vacation Purses

As you’re packing for your next vacation, you’re probably only thinking about the totes you’ll need to hold all your clothing. But what about the purses and bags that are essential while you’re exploring a resort town or heading to the local beaches? Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you won’t need to bring practical essentials with you like you do when you’re on-the-go at home!

If you’re at a loss for which vacation purses to bring with you, don’t worry. Urban Expressions is here with a selection of seven essentials for you to consider – depending on your vacation plans for tours, relaxation, and nights on the town. Check out our recommendations and discover weekender bags, vacation crossbody bags, and more!

1. Sleek Vegan Backpacks

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girl with beige vacation backpack

Whether you’re heading out for a long weekend or you’ve got plans for several weeks of travel, a backpack is one of the essential vacation purses. You’ll need a backpack to use as a carry-on for the plane, as well as days when you’re wandering around for hours away from your hotel room. You should consider a medium-sized piece that can hold everything from hats and sunscreen to snacks and water.

Our favorite styles right now include subtle pastels, tie-dye prints, marbleized patterns, and fuzzy fur embellishments that blend practicality and style into one.

2. Oversized Weekender

Another must-have vacation purse that will serve you well while traveling is the weekender bag. This type of bag is basically a sturdier, more durable duffel bag that can survive the highs and lows of travel. But just because it’s designed to withstand baggage hauling and airplane holds doesn’t mean it has to be boring! Our weekender bags are all about form and function. 

Check out large weekender bags in diamond quilted textures, houndstooth designs, Mohave-inspired prints, and furry fashions. Find the one that complements your travel ensemble to ensure you’re looking amazing even while running through the airport terminal.

3. Trendy, Woven Tote Bag

girl carrying pink vacation purse
tan woven tote with evil eye

Now that we’ve talked about the best bags for packing, we can explore vacation purses that will serve you well once you arrive at your destination. If you’re heading to a place that’s all about tropical weather and warm sandy beaches, we recommend bringing a woven tote that’s large enough for beach towels and sunscreen but lightweight enough to carry wherever you go. Explore natural woven materials in beige rattan or straw that offer neutral vibes for every ensemble, or go big and bold with bright colors or bold statement graphics. 

4. Whimsical Crossbody

Are you planning a vacation where shopping is on the menu? Resort-y towns with cute shops and chic clothing stores are a great way to spend your vacay, but you’ll definitely need a vacation purse that can keep up. With a whimsical crossbody bag, you’ve got a secure, easy way to carry essentials, including your wallet, passport, and local currency.

Right now, small vacation crossbody bags in vegan leather with metallic accents are the way to go. You’ll find them in neutral colors, like beige and black, as well as vacation-appropriate hues, including orange, pink, and purple.

5. Chic Sling Bag

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sage quilted sling vacation purse

A sling backpack is a great travel purse because it’s the sporty option in between a fanny pack and a full-sized backpack. We’ve transformed these bags from boring to glam with unique silhouettes, zipper embellishments, and textured materials that enhance your look. Whether you wear them on your front or back, you have a fashionable piece that’s easy to carry and provides access to everything you need at a moment's notice.

6. Cell Phone Bag

    When you’re heading out to the bars and clubs, you don’t want to carry a big purse that will get in the way of dancing. But you also don’t want to be carrying your wallet and phone in your hand all night. With a cell phone bag, you have a subtle accessory that won’t prevent you from dancing the night away in comfort! Make a cell phone vacation purse one of your must-have accessories to provide a secure way to carry essentials when you go out at night!

    7. The Bag Belt

      embellished black bag belt
      yellow woven belt bag

      Our final recommendation for vacation purses is the bag belt. This option can be worn as a vacation crossbody bag or around your waist. We’ve elevated the fanny pack to deliver the same convenience and comfort of a fanny pack — but with way more style. We suggest bringing a bag belt or a crossbody purse to every vacation!

      Loving our recommendations? Explore our blog for more style inspo and accessory guides today!

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