The Best Sling Bags for Everyday Life and Beyond
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It's not a fanny pack. It's not a backpack. It's a sling bag. The carryall (also referred to as a belt bag or mini pack) is the epitome of versatile wear it slung across your body in the back (the traditional way), cross-body in the front (hello, chic tourist), or around your hips (like a larger fanny pack).
While sling bags might be on trend right now, they offer some serious functionality to boot. They are the perfect mid-size option for when a backpack feels overkill, but a small pouch isn’t going to cut it—plus sling bags offer hands-free movement for when you're hitting the trails or just out running errands. (Related: The Best Suitcases, Duffels, and Backpacks for Active Travelers)
Get in on the trend with these picks for the best sling bags for women.
The North Face Field Bag
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Free People Caraa Sling Bag
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This nylon option from Free People is like a wipeable puffy coat but in sling bag-form. It comes in five colors, but the bright orange makes a bold statement in the best way.
Photo: Free People
Levi’s Batwing Crossbody Sling Bag
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Lululemon On the Beat Belt Bag
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It's no surprise that Lululemon has one of the best sling bags for everyday wear that can also be taken to the gym, to lunch, and even on a leisurely trail walk. You may want to wear this sling bag in the front to make good use of the front pocket for your phone and back zippered pocket for your cash and necessities. (Related: I've Worn This Lululemon Backpack Nearly Every Day for More Than a Year)
Merrell Crest 5L Lumbar Pack
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Leave it to the brand who is all about creating your own trail to create a solid performance sling bag for all of your possible adventures. With features such as back panel ventilation and two water bottle sleeves, you’ll be prepared for wherever the trail takes you.
LeSportsac Double Zip Belt Bag
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If you’re someone who finds an item they love and buys it in multiple colors, you’re going to love the wide array of rainbow options in this LeSportsac sling bag. No matter if you choose red, yellow, green, white, pink, blue, or black (or grab multiple), each sling bag comes in a coated patent finish fabric for extra shine (and style).
Reebok Printemps and été Waistbag
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Don’t get confused when you see the word waistbag. As we mentioned, sling bags go by many names and, better yet, can be worn in so many different ways. This Reebok sling bag is deep in the 90s logomania trend in the best way possible. Adjust the strap to move it you’re your hips to across your back.
KAVU OU Exclusive Mini Rope Sling Bag
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Perhaps the most lifestyle of these picks, this canvas sling bag from Urban Outfitters features a rope strap for an interesting element. It still offers the comfort of the padded back with the functionality of two cell phone pockets in the front.
Photo: Urban Outfitters