The waist-belted fanny pack used to be all the rage (in the 90s), and though they’re coming back around, they’re still very much a style choice only a very few men can pull off.
But a sling bag can be worn across your body, with the straps buckled behind your back and the bag placed on your chest where you’ll notice it. It’ll take a darned clever and skilled thief to steal it.
As I’ve been traveling more (for work and holiday) in recent years, I’ve dedicated myself to finding the best and safest solutions.
I’ve personally tested dozens of sling bags and researched dozens more, combing through hundreds of product reviews to compile this list of the absolute best sling bags around.
Though small (just 4L), this bag is built insanely tough, is practical, and, best of all, stylish. A handsome ballistic nylon exterior protects your loadout, while the multi-compartment interior makes organization a breeze.
Minimalist elegance meets maximum practicality in the tomtoc Compact. This bag features three internal compartments that make organizing your entire EDC loadout a breeze, plus a hidden back pocket to stash your passport and IDs to keep them safe from theft.
With just 4L of storage space, it’s compact and light enough you’ll barely notice it when hiking or exploring a new city. It’s a great-looking, fashion-forward bag that pairs nicely with your clothing.
Few brands build as sturdy as Patagonia, so you can trust this bag will hold up to any adventure travel.
Between the 70-denier silicone-coated recycled ripstop nylon body, 200-denier polyurethane-coated inner lining, stuffable design, expandable phone pocket, breathable mesh panels on the back and padded strap, and ergonomic design, it’s the ideal solution for a fast-paced holiday.
Whether you’re hoofing it up the steps of Machu Picchu or hiking the jungles of Africa, the North Face Borealis sling bag is built to keep up with any adventure.
The internal bungee storage system keeps everything tucked firmly in place, and the external bungee system gives you extra room to stash additional gear. It’s even got side bottle pockets so you can carry water on your hike, trek, or safari hands-free.
The Bellroy Lite Sling is designed to expand and contract according to what’s stored inside. The gusset stretches when the bag is packed full, then compresses when more empty. The result: flexible storage that adapts to your needs. The dual-opening zipper lets you open the bag extra-wide so you can get at everything inside easily. Thanks to the magnetic clasp on the strap, you can sling it on or off in seconds.
Lightweight, tough, and ultra-portable, this Stubble and Co sling bag delivers everything you need for safe daily travel.
It’s waterproof and tough as nails, but uses materials thin enough you can roll it up/pack it down small to fit in any backpack or duffel bag. Both the bag itself and the PET webbing are made from recycled materials, making it an eco-friendly choice.
The Waterfly Crossbody Sling was built with a few details you can’t help but love: a reflective stripe for high visibility in low-light environments, a dedicated pocket for any phone under 7”, a hidden earphone hole so you can listen to music on the go, an expandable water bottle holder, a breathable mesh umbrella pocket, and a reversible design that makes it easy to wear on either shoulder. Now that’s a travel-friendly bag, indeed!
The Osprey Daylite was built for maximum efficiency, with a minimalist, lightweight design that rides comfortably on your shoulders and fits only your necessary essentials. While not the most spacious, it’s compact enough to be nearly invisible beneath a jacket or coat. Plus, it weighs so little you’ll hardly notice it whether you’re hiking, hunting, or commuting.
Built from a tough nylon shell, the Chrome Industries Kadet is sturdy enough to use whether cycling, zipping around on an e-scooter, or even riding your motorbike cross-country. The interior is surprisingly spacious and offers plenty of organization solutions to keep all your essentials instantly visible and within easy reach.
Tradies, this one’s for you. The Carhartt Mono Sling is the ultimate travel solution for your basic tools, ideal for keeping in your car or carrying on your commute to and from construction sites. The Rain Defender DWR coating will keep your tools dry even in the heaviest downpour or snowfall, and the padded strap ensures that carrying even heavy items is comfortable and convenient.
If you need a bit more storage space for compact laptops, tablets, notebooks, and other large items, the Spar:VX is your best choice. At 15.5” inches tall and 9.75” wide, you’ve got room enough for an iPad Pro or Chromebook, complete with a non-scratch microfleece liner to protect your electronics. Weatherproof, well-padded, and built insanely tough, it’s a tech guy’s best friend.
Get this: the Wandrd Rogue is capable of housing a 16” laptop. It’s fully compatible with Wandrd’s laptop case, featuring buckles to strap your laptop in place so you can keep it handy when on the go. The five-point adjustment system ensures everything hangs comfortably no matter how you carry it. Thanks to the removable interior dividers and internal compartments, you can organize your bag, your way.
Throw this little sling back into your backpack, suitcase, or duffel bag on your next trip and your won’t regret it. The lightweight materials make it easy to stuff into its own pocket, but unstuffed, it offers 2 liters of waterproof storage space. Between the recycled nylon exterior, polyurethane coating, and water-sealed zippers, you’ve got a bag you can trust to keep your most important essentials safe and dry.