Go Back  Fodor's Travel Talk Forums > Destinations > Europe
Reload this Page >

Please help me find an attractive travel purse


Please help me find an attractive travel purse

Old Apr 3rd, 2007, 08:23 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5,525
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Welig12-I just want to say that your purse (no matter what type) is only as good as how careful you are carrying it and keeping it with you. I fly overseas everyweek and it still surprises me that so many women buy those wire strap type purses and don't pay attention to where it is hanging and who they are next to. Some get a very poor sense of security thinking that it is safe and then treat it like an unlocked backpack hanging off of them.To everyone- Thieves watch you at the ATM's,buying stuff in stores and seeing what your wallet looks like,etc. so I encourage everyone to be aware of their surroundings but don't be paranoid!Divide your important cards(like ATm,Visas ) so they are not all in the same wallet and be sure to photocopy all the cards and passport before you go along with the 800 numbers in case you need to call them.Then enjoy your trip!
dutyfree is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2007, 04:52 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 143
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Dear Dutyfree:

Good Information!
welig12 is offline  
Old Apr 4th, 2007, 06:51 PM
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 101
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I have a black nylon travel purse with a long strap that can be work across the body and lies flat. I ordered it several years ago from either Travelsmith or Magellans. It has the cable in the strap so it can not be cut. Also, has a pocket for a travel book and a pocket for a water bottle.
BellaItalia is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2007, 04:42 AM
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 1,836
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts

You didn't mention about the itinerary, but if you're flying to/through UK, make sure that ultimate travel purse you buy fits inside the carry-on bag as UK allows only ONE carry-on piece.
W9London is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2007, 04:49 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,129
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts

Your purse sounds like the city safe purse I bought.

monicapileggi is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2007, 05:56 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 9,642
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Oddly enough, BA doesn't seem to enforce their carryon rules as rigorously on the Orlando route (both directions) as they do on other routes. I flew from LGW to MCO and back in late March and noticed that most passengers were still dragging along two pieces of carryon (including many pax with rollers AND large purses or bulging computer bags). Both flights were very full, but even so, there was definitely a "blind eye" thing going on. However, at LGW anyway, for flights going to other destinations, the rule was being enforced.
And my word, the size of some of those suitcases British pax were checking in at MCO! Lots of chatter at the check in lines about all the loot they'd bought at bargain prices. A couple of families had traveled to the U.S. with just carryon, but went back to the UK with ginormous suitcases they'd bought in Florida that were filled to the brim with newly purchased clothing, shoes, CDs, etc.
BTilke is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2007, 12:21 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 143
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What does the airline mean when they indicate that the size of the carry on bag must not exceed a particular size( example.. 55 cm in length, 35 cm in width, 25 cm in depth)...this actually converts to 45.31 inches overall...but what do they mean by wheels and handles included?
welig12 is offline  
Old Apr 5th, 2007, 02:55 PM
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 3,750
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
welig12 - Most suitcases don't have wheels and handles that are flush with the body of the suitcase. You need to include 1" or 2" or whatever protrudes outside the "body" of the suitcase in your measurements. Again, you will find some airlines are more lenient than others.
hipvirgochick is offline  
Old May 28th, 2007, 04:40 PM
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 13,747
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
thereyet is offline  
Old Aug 21st, 2007, 09:44 AM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 13
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I found this thread, and site two weeks ago when I was looking for a cute travel purse. I also wanted something to wear across the body, that was slightly bigger than the bag I have from Eddie Bauer from 5+ years ago (to fit camera, ipod, book, phone). I came across a bag last week- from Sherpani. Sherpanipacks.com I ordered the Milli in Black. I love it! I also purchased the Pica- and while I like the size, I liked the looks of the Milli better. There are three different zippered pockets, one inside the main compartment, one on the flap, and one on the outside under the flap. It comes with a little coin purse too!
EMA73 is offline  
Old Apr 25th, 2010, 09:43 AM
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 9
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
If you are traveling overseas, and may be visiting a locations that may be prone to pickpockets, I would highly suggest you consider a travel purse or handbag that has security features. While many purses/handbags have zippers, you should look for one that has both a zipper and a flap, so it takes two steps for a potential thief to enter your purse in a crowed subway station or shopping area.

If you want to look at a travel purse handbag with built in anti-pickpocket features, these are the options on a few travel purse manufactures that have added these options:

Probably the most important: Zipper Locks
The most common theft from a purse is having a wallet or cell phone removed. About 3 manufactures make travel security purses that have built-in zippers locks so it takes two hands to un-clip the security zipper in order to remove something. While this is not difficult for the owner to use (they all used simple eye hook clips), it is very difficulty for a pickpocket to gain entry with one hand (the preferred method).

Detachable Purse Straps

This is another great anti-theft feature. When you stop to have dinner, lunch, or a coffee at a small Parisian cafe, where do you put your purse? On the back of your chair (we all should know how dangerous this is), on the empty chair next to us?, on sitting on the floor next to our chair. While most of us know the issues surrounding purse theft, a few purse manufactures have added a detachable purse strap feature to add another security layer to keep purses and handbags from walking away. One end of the travel purse easily detaches from the side of the bag, allowing you to pass the strap thru the back of the chair then securing it back to the purse with the built in strap clip. This feature is usually called a ant-snatch purse strap. The purse manufactures who have added this feature do a good job of hiding the detachable strap hardware from view when not in use. This is a very big problem in Europe. To see how easy it is to have a purse stolen in a restaurant, this website has several videos of purses being stolen (as well as other purse theft videos - they provide a good reminded to anyone who needs a refresher on the importance purses security - especially when traveling internationally:


Anti-Slashing Purse Straps
In some parts of the world, slick purse thieves have been known to come up behind women and cut the back strap of women's purse straps, causing the purse to slide into the hands of a purse thief. This is typically done on crowded metro stops, escalators, or other location when you may not notice this occurring.

Lastly, some security purses have built in anti-slashing panels into the bottom and sides of purses. While this is probably the least common form of purse theft, it does show up as a problem in parts of southern Europe and elsewhere overseas. How this feature works is that thing metal mesh is embedded in between the inside and outside fabric layers of the purse.

While travel security purses may not be for everyone, they perform a function that can help keep a traveler out of a police station making a purse theft report, calling credit card companies, and other unpleasant experiences that no traveler wants to be inconvenienced doing while on vacation.

The below website has a variety of different travel security purses, many with videos so you can see how these anti-theft features work.


Hope this information helps you with additional considerations when selecting a new travel purse. Again, these features may not be for everyone, but at least you are aware of them.
David999 is offline  
Old May 6th, 2010, 04:12 AM
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 1,577
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I just found a new bag by Gianni Bernini and have used it twice. I really like it - plus it came in purple! I generally like a smaller bag but I now have sunglasses that are in a big case and I need something they will fit into. I've been able to cram a lot in this bag! I got mine at Macy's (on sale) but I think this line is sold elsewhere also.

cls2paris is offline  
Old May 6th, 2010, 05:10 AM
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 49,899
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Baggalini: beautiful, colors, compartments, security features, many sizes and shapes, light.
jubilada is offline  
Old Aug 7th, 2012, 07:37 AM
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Always looking for the perfect bag, my money is on the Kipling defea. Incredibly sturdy, and deceptively large with all the pockets you could need. Purchased for a walking tour of Paris, lightweight enough to carry your tablet, and just about everything else you an think of.
whosamama is offline  
Old Feb 5th, 2013, 06:52 AM
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 4
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
wow whosamama, you are brave carrying a tablet computer on a tour of paris. Its never something I would do.

I almost had my purse stolen from my handbag on a metro while in paris. Just a simple mistake of wearing my cross body bag over one shoulder... A little 'bump and jostle', and then remember feeling my handbag slip behind me a little. Thats all it takes, a little bump and your handbag zip is broken, and your purse is sticking out... Now I ensure my purse is covered. I use a handkerchief to cover my purse (although i noticed the handkerchief pulled back when my purse was almost lifted); and my keys over the purse but under the hanky. my bag turned inwards, zippers are closed and fastened tightly, and i make sure the bag is worn across my body, to my front and also now, under my coat...

The time I felt the jostle and bump, on the metro, they nearly had my purse. I was carrying just over 2500 euros for a business trip. My purse also had my identity and security codes for business and codes for ATM.

I dont advertise any brand labels on my handbags or clothes when i travel...

But as i say, just one bump and a small zip is all that separates their hand from your purse
TALL_LEANNE123 is offline  
Old Feb 5th, 2013, 07:40 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 16,181
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Haven't read the replies but lookk for a messenger bag--and don't put your valuables in the bag. Get a belly bag for that and keep it under your clothes/jacket
Gretchen is online now  
Old Feb 5th, 2013, 08:37 AM
Join Date: Nov 2012
Posts: 20
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Long ago because I travel some theft-prone spots, I made a set of cotton pockets for cash, credit cards & passport that I attach inside my waistband with a diaper pin. For years I carried a bag I designed & made myself because I couldn't find anything commercial that fit the bill. It has a padded strap that secures to my shoulder with an inside diaper pin, a strap for keys & a longer strap long enough for camera so I don't have to release the camera to take pics. However, because I wanted a smaller bag I've just bought an Overland Equipment Auburn bag. Google, as the prices vary. It is relatively compact & masculine enough I bought an extra for my male travel companion so he doesn't have to carry a backpack everyplace. The Auburn is large enough for an iPad, though I'll mostly carry a Kindle overseas now.
FirstMateNC is offline  
Old Feb 5th, 2013, 09:22 AM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 21,631
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Le SportSac might have just what you're looking for.
Underhill is offline  
Related Topics
Original Poster
Last Post
Travel Tips & Trip Ideas
Dec 9th, 2013 10:04 AM
Nov 11th, 2004 07:00 PM
Mar 27th, 2004 03:53 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information