A messenger bag my friend said. I said “what’s that?”
When I was looking for a new bag to take travelling, one that would fit in all my stuff and be light and easy to carry around, a friend suggested a messenger bag. I wasn’t sure what it was or aware they existed but after I discovered this bag (which is known by other names-courier bag, over-shoulder bag, cross body bag, etc.) I was sold.
Wow, what a great bag! There is so much to love about it.
It is just the right size (roughly width 17.5cm, height 23.5cm and depth 5cm) and enables me to fit in all the things I need to carry around, my phone, my oversize purse made even bigger with the cards and foreign currency inside (yeah, I should downsize this), my lip balm, small bottle of perfume, my passport, tissues, sunglasses, etc. Everything fits in – it’s amazing.
Adjustable strap for comfort
It has an adjustable shoulder strap that I can adjust and believe me, being able to do this has helped with comfort. Sometimes I have the strap long while other times I have it short – it depends on what I am doing.
Safety and security
I had never considered this before about a bag but being able to adjust the strap to fit my body makes me feel safe and secure knowing that my valuables are close to me. Sometimes I wear it under a jacket and which makes it harder for would be thieves to steal. No matter if I am sitting or standing it is by my side.
Don’t get caught out carrying other people’s things
When I first went travelling I did a coach tour, now the tour company advised me to bring x, y and z with me in my daypack and guess what? I did. However, after a couple of days my shoulders and back ached but I still continued to carry this large bag. Then, people on the tour who weren’t carrying a big bag around like me, started asking me to hold things in my bag like their jumper, or their camera, or their water bottle. I soon felt like I was a ‘pack horse’ and decided very quickly to downsize, this ensured I didn’t get lumbered with other people’s things.
Fashionable – you don’t look like a tourist
My messenger bag is very fashionable – well I think so, and I know that I am not alone because I have seen loads of other people wearing one too. What I like is the fact it doesn’t make me look like a tourist or a traveller unlike some other bags such as backpacks. It just fits in to my travelling lifestyle.
So if you are looking for a new bag, then I highly suggest a messenger bag.
I love them so much I have decided to sell them in my travel shop. I only sell items that I would use myself and I know will be great for fellow travellers.
About the Author: Sharyn McCullum has travelled extensively. She looks for items to take on her travels that make her life easier. A messenger bag is one such item.