Convertible Backup Purses

Multifunctional bags that can be used as a crossbody, tote, or backpack are a great addition to your capsule wardrobe! Check out these top reader picks for practical and adorable convertible backup purses that might soon grace your adventures!

They not only offer various carrying options that can reduce discomfort on the shoulders and lower back, but they also provide a variety of outfit looks—from casual to elevated!

Top 10 Convertible Backup Purses

Since backpacks are typically not allowed in museums in Europe, travellers say convertible backup purses are fantastic! Let’s find the best ones here.

1: Sakroots Loyola

When navigating crowds, it shouldn’t knock people out, feel wonderful, be lightweight, be somewhat sleek, have side water pouches, and have a compartment on the back that would be challenging for pickpockets to quickly access. When we saw this, we immediately knew it was perfect.

These convertible backup purses include a tonne of storage compartments, and even a back zipper pocket ideal for keeping your passport and boarding pass stowed away. It is made of eco-friendly but strong fabrics that are stain and weather-resistant. The bright tassels give off a boho flavour, making this a practical but entertaining purse to use.

2: Osprey Arcane

You might have noticed that we have a strong sense of brand loyalty when it comes to convertible backup purses. We were introduced to the Osprey brand, which has since become our go-to source for travel and outdoor gear. We’ve also utilised the 55L Farpoint, which we owned previously.

When not in use, the top handles can be tucked away or slung over the shoulder. Although advertised as an outdoor bag, it probably won’t be suitable for strenuous hiking. It is nevertheless made of sturdy fabric that has become synonymous with the company and has a DWR coating to repel water.

3: Fjallraven Kanken

The Fjallraven Kanken is a perennial best-seller and was chosen by readers as the finest convertible tote backpack! Because they are so useful and adaptable, you can also wear the straps as a traditional backpack.

These convertible backup purses are made of durable fabric and are water- and dirt-resistant. To clean it, simply wipe it down. A top loader, it has side and front compartments to organise all of your belongings and a padded sleeve that can carry a 13″ laptop or tablet.

4: Sherpani Soleil

In addition to a laptop sleeve and luggage sleeve, this tough and water-resistant bag offers various sections to accommodate anything from a phone to a water bottle or a tiny makeup bag.

This is packed with anti-theft features, and a looping lock mechanism for chair or table legs, and is more cost-effective than some Pacsafe products. Its three-in-one functionality makes it incredibly adaptable; you can carry it as a crossbody, tote, or backpack.

5: Sak Ventura 

For its elegant appearance and versatile ways to carry it—over the shoulder or slung across the back—readers consistently select The Sak Ventura as the top convertible backup purse.

In addition, a reader calls attention to the bag’s security features, saying it’s a cute bag, and someone remarked recently that the top fold-over bags are a little more secure against pickpockets.”

You may also use this as a business travel bag since it carries a 13″ laptop and has plenty of pockets for organisation thanks to the antique silver hardware. Even a lovely pen pocket is included in it.

6: Citysafe

With its padded shoulder straps that can be fastened to a table leg to keep it held down, the Citysafe 17L convertible laptop bag is unquestionably a contender in terms of appearance and utility.

This is an anti-theft and organisational dream thanks to the interlocking zippers, laptop padded sleeves, RFID-blocking pockets, and expandable sections for an umbrella or water bottle!

You may carry it by using the top handles, lengthening the strap to wear it as a crossbody or sling, or using it as a backpack. Add the useful luggage sleeve, sleek design, and gold hardware, and you’ll look nice and find it easy to get through security or walk the streets of Paris.

7: Travelon

This adorable and elegant convertible handbag contains lockable RFID-blocking pockets and compartments inside, as well as slash-proof mesh panels and straps, making it a necessity for travel in Europe!

With zippered and slip pockets, as well as a strap that can be slipped over luggage, it also has several organisational features. The biggest draw, though, is the three different ways you may wear this bag: as a tote, a backpack, or a crossbody!

8: Lo & Sons Rowledge

The Rowledge boasts water-resistant zippers, a strong nylon fabric, and many compartments to make it simple to arrange pens, phones, wallets, and keys, as well as a side pocket for a water bottle. Additionally, it comes in two sizes, small and large, with a little difference between the two. A 14″ laptop can fit comfortably in a large size, while a 13″ laptop can fit in a smaller size.

These convertible backup purses fit neatly beneath an aeroplane seat without obstructing legroom and have a highly polished and businesslike appearance that still seems upscale but not excessively feminine.

9: Ecosusi

This adorable Ecosusi bag, which can be worn as a tote, a backpack, or over the shoulder, was chosen as the best travel purse backpack for its utility and affordable pricing.

Excellent as a personal item or business travel bag, it contains multiple compartments to hold notebooks, pencils, and makeup, as well as a hidden zippered pocket in the back for discrete storage space. The main compartment has a padded 14″ laptop sleeve.

The tassel, sleek lines, and vegan leather construction make it a wonderful eco-option as well as a blend of excellent quality, design, and usefulness. The bag is fairly deep, so there is enough space inside. Although the fabric looks like leather, it is not. The cost is reasonable.

10: Baggallini

Baggalini has long been a reader favourite because of its reputation for producing dependable, stylish, and timeless convertible backup purses.

This adorable and original backpack purse is made of water-resistant fabric, and it has numerous side, exterior, and internal compartments for easy organisation. You can wear it in a variety of ways, such as a stylish tote, a useful cross-body bag, or a hands-free backpack.

It was convenient to transport and fit precisely under the seat on all of my aircraft. It has many lovely pockets. As an added bonus, the bag includes a cute wristlet that matches the bag and may be used as a purse organiser or an evening bag for a night out.

The Bottom Line

Carrying convertible backup purses gives you a lot of flexibility whether sightseeing or navigating an airport or railway station. This is because it can be worn in a variety of ways, making it quite adaptable and preventing shoulder aches as well.

Check out these reader picks for the top women’s convertible backpack handbags and let us know what you think of them in the comment box!

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