On my constant quest for the “perfect” personal item—I’ve realized that it’s surprisingly hard to find something compact that fits all your carry-on essentials, so I researched and tested a variety of personal item luggage that can also function as your day bag when you hit the ground. Here are my top picks.
Travelon Anti-Theft Parkview Hobo Crossbody
Travelon’s line of anti-theft bags is a smart purchase for travelers, especially those traveling to destinations prone to pickpocketing. The Parkview Hobo Crossbody has an RFID-blocking pocket, zippered pockets, and slash-resistant panels. My favorite part? The interior LED-light key chain, so you can easily find those items that tend to go missing at the bottom of your bag.
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MZ Wallace Travel Jimmy Tote
Travel-friendly brand MZ Wallace consistently makes stylish and practical personal luggage and the Travel Jimmy Tote is no exception. The mid-size tote bag comes with a cross-body strap and comfy tote handles, so you can carry it whichever way suits you best. The quilted plush material is crushable for packing purposes and weather-resistant, so you can count on it holding up wherever you go.
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Dagne and Dover Landon Carryall
Dagne and Dover’s Landon Carryall is my personal item of choice. I love the soft neoprene material—you can literally stuff this personal item to the brim and it will always close—and the stylish shape. Travelers can choose from a variety of colors and sizes, but the medium-size is the best-fitting for travel, especially if you’re traveling with electronics.
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With Away’s Daypack, the name says it all. With a laptop sleeve and a strap to slide the bag onto your rolling luggage, this backpack is a traveler’s best friend. Plus, the roomy interior and comfortable straps make it an ideal day bag for exploring new destinations.
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Samsonite Encompass Convertible Backpack
Samsonite’s new Encompass Backpack isn’t just your typical personal item, it’s a business traveler’s dream backpack. You can fit all your working-on-the-road essentials, a spare change of clothes, and more. The bag can be carried as a backpack, cross-body, shoulder bag, or as a handheld.
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HEX Terra Sneaker Backpack
HEX’s Terra Sneaker Backpack can hold a pair of shoes and laptops up to 17-inches. With two “device-ready” pockets, this unisex backpack is a useful personal item without the bulkiness, which makes it great to carry around as a day pack, too.
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