28 Lightweight, Packable Handbags That Will Fit in Your Carry-On


Let’s talk about an often overlooked facet of packing for a trip: handbags. I’m someone who actually thinks about this a lot when I’m shopping for a handbag. If you’ve ever tried traveling with a large, bulky, or heavy handbag, you know how cumbersome it can be. I certainly do, and at some point in my life, I vowed to never repeat my bulky handbag-on-a-trip mistake. And as somewhat of an overpacker, I hate to have my handbag count as one of my two personal items. The solution is to bring one that I can slip into my carry-on bag while navigating the airport.

I’ve found that the best bags to travel with are those that are slim or can be flattened. Flat shoulder bags, bags without a lot of hardware, pouch bags, nylon or fabric bags, and those made of soft leather as opposed to stiff are key when choosing a bag that can be packed. I did a fair amount of searching and found 28 stylish bags that check the travel-friendly boxes. Scroll to shop them before your next flight departs.

This Prada nylon bag is my go-to for travel. It’s unbelievably lightweight and fits all the essentials.

This more affordable nylon bag is also a winner.

Just the thing for your upcoming fall trips.

This It bag is as light as air.

Another one of my favorites for travel—it’s nice and slim and works for both day and night.

When empty, this perfect logo bag can be collapsed to be practically flat.

So classic and versatile.

What’s not to love about this cool silk faille bag?

She’s fancy and functional.

This tiny It bag is perfect if you like to travel lightly (as in not pack your bag with tons of stuff).

Another flat baguette bag that goes with everything.

In case you like to add a little color to your travel wardrobe.

The takes up the same amount of space as a shirt.

Perfect for late-summer vacations.

This chic little bag will get so many compliments.

If I were packing more than one bag, I’d pack this as my “fun” bag.

This slim Staud bag goes with literally everything.

I love a chain strap.

If you’re going to spring for a pink bag, make it this one.

Simple and chic.

Mansur Gavriel just made a soft version of its popular Candy Bag.

This flat bag slips into a carry-on so easily (I’ve done it).

She’s small but mighty.

This Khaite bag is the perfect size for travel.

Tory Burch has a new bag, and it’s fun.

This trendy (yet classic) bag flattens down beautifully when packed.

Denim bags are trending hard right now.

The fact that this bag is so classic makes the bold color easier to wear.

Next up, what a Vogue travel editor packs in her carry-on.

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