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The 5 Best Sling Bags for Every Type of Traveler

The sling bag is a popular bag style that goes by many names— it’s sometimes referred to as a belt bag, sling bag, or even a fanny pack. Here are five sling-bag styles that are equal parts stylish and functional.[st_content_ad]

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These five sling bags for men and women are not only affordable, but are also on trend and extra useful for travelers needing quick access to their essentials.

Aer Sling Bag 2

Aer sling bag in black. 

As one of the larger sling bags on the list, you could use Aer’s Sling Bag 2 as a personal item or an everyday bag. With a separate compartment for shoes and clothes, you can easily pack a change of clothes. Plus, a dedicated electronics sleeve protects your gear on travel days.

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Lululemon on the Beat Belt Bag

lululemon on the belt bag.

This unisex lightweight bag from Lululemon is versatile enough that it can be used both for athletic endeavors and travel adventures. The bag is convertible and can be worn three ways: over the shoulder, around the waist, or cross-body. I love the dual front and back pockets for easy access.

Dagne Dover Ace Fanny Pack

Dagne dover ace fanny pack.

The most appealing features of this sling bag are the organizational details. Dagne Dover’s Ace Fanny Pack has two stash pockets to keep your cards safe and secure as well as a front zipper pocket and key clip. The water-resistant neoprene fabric is particularly useful for travelers heading to rainy places.

Baboon Fanny Pack

Baboon sling bag blue.

Cult-favorite travel bag brand Baboon makes a stylish and functional sling bag for men and women. The Fannypack style has a water-repellent coating on the nylon fabric and plenty of pockets. High-quality materials, a hidden back pocket, and durable zippers make this sling bag a winner.

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Osprey Packs Daylite Shoulder Sling Bag

Osprey packs daylite shoulder sling.

The Osprey Daylite Sling bag has organizational pockets that fit a camera, light layer or scarf, water bottle (either clipped or inside), as well as daily essentials. Plus, the strap’s mesh material doesn’t cause you to overheat, even in humid climates. It’s comfortable, due to the anatomically-shaped shoulder strap, and the pockets are easily accessible. I’ve used this bag for over a year now and can attest to its usefulness and versatility. It’s the ideal sling bag for a day of hiking or an active vacation. Read more of my full review here.

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By Ashley Rossi

Ashley Rossi is always ready for her next trip. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram for travel tips, destination ideas, and off the beaten path spots.

After interning at SmarterTravel, Ashley joined the team full time in 2015. She's lived on three continents, but still never knows where her next adventure will take her. She's always searching for upcoming destination hotspots, secluded retreats, and hidden gems to share with the world.

Ashley's stories have been featured online on USA Today, Business Insider, TripAdvisor, Huffington Post, Jetsetter, and Yahoo! Travel, as well as other publications.

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