First published March 4.3.18 – Updated 1.12.19
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 newly acquainted friend suggested a messenger bag. I said “what’s a messenger bag?”. So he did more than explain about this small and light bag, he showed me. Now I am a convert, I love my messenger bag so much I take it many places, including on my travels, for day-to-day outings and find it dressy enough to take out to restaurants. Here are my 5 reasons to love a messenger bag.
Messenger bags are just the right size and enables me to fit in all the things I need to carry around. My phone, my power bank, my travel wallet and/or purse, my lip balm, small bottle of perfume, my passport, tissues, sunglasses, etc. Everything fits in – it’s amazing. Some are big enough to hold a small iPad but I wouldn’t go much bigger than that.
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 my messenger bag 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 and that tour company advised to bring x, y and z with me. 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 started asking me to hold things in my bag like their jumper, or camera, or water bottle. I thought I would do the kind thing and carry their stuff for them but soon I felt like a ‘pack horse’ and decided very quickly to downsize. Now I don’t get lumbered with other people’s things with a messenger bag.
Fashionable – you don’t look like a tourist
My messenger bag is very fashionable – well I think so! And I know 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 a daypack can. It just fits in to my travelling lifestyle however, if I was hiking I would probably choose something a little bigger so it can fit a water bottle in.
So there you have it, my 5 reasons to love a messenger bag. I am sure you will agree they are such a versatile little bag that are so handy to take on your travels or just to use in every day life. They are known by other names including courier bag, cross-shoulder bag, over-shoulder bag and man bag. Yes, man bag and my research shows they are typically for men however, as a female I find them stylish and practical and think they are for females also. I purchased mine from Amazon. Here are some different styles that are available. Click on the image for more details.
Sharyn has travelled most of her life thanks to her dad who worked for an airline. In her 20’s she went overseas and spent 4 years living, working, playing and travelling through many countries. Her travels inspire her ‘Live Work and Play’ series of working holiday guides and LiveWorkPlayTravel where she shares her knowledge of travel, being a digital nomad and blogging. Sharyn continues to travel and currently calls Melbourne home.