5 Chic Crossbodies, Fanny Packs, and Backpacks Perfect for On-The-Go Summer Living

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Alert the presses, because you heard it here first—whether you call it a fanny pack, a bumbag, or a waist pack, the iconic, hands-free, carry-all pouches are back in style and better than ever. Summer means more rooftop barbecues and and fewer reasons to stay inside, more lemonade and less hot cocoa, and more "Can someone turn the AC up?" and less "I think I need a hat and a scarf." All of these warm weather changes also means that we all have fewer layers to cart around all day just in case the cold turns colder, and less need for huge carryall purses to keep the layers in. This is where smaller, chicer, more versatile options come in handy.

Crossbody bags, fanny packs, and small backpacks are the perfect spring and summer outfit staples that are stylish, have enough space for your phone, wallet, keys, mask, and SPF, but don't require much effort to carry around since they sit on your waist, back, or hip rather than on your arm or in your hand. They are easy to dress up or down, are ideal for traveling, running, or a quick jaunt to the store, and much safer than storing your essentials in a back pocket.

Scroll down for the 5 best summer bags that you'll want to add to your collection immediately.

Dagne Dover Dune Small Dakota Backpack — $135.00

This petite version of the brand’s bestselling Dakota Backpack is perfect for day trips and excursion essentials. Fitted with a mesh tablet sleeve, two interior pockets, two exterior pockets, and a key leash for ultimate organization, this backpack is durable and multifunctional.

Dagne Dover Storm Micah Crossbody Bag — $95.00

With an exterior phone pocket for easy access, this navy crossbody is perfect to go from day to night wear, made of neoprene, so easy to pack, and quick to wash and dry.

Matt & Nat Black Brave Mini Backpack — $99.00

Complete with adjustable straps, a cellphone slip pocket, and a chic, exposed, front zip-around closure, this backpack is nothing like your drawn on, high school Jansport. The black makes it understated and professional, while the architectural shape and small size give it a little edge.

Matt & Nat Multi Drew Large Vintage Crossbody Bag — $78.00

This structured crossbody has a removable strap so it can be both a purse and a clutch. The magnetic, snap closure makes for easy use, and the minimalist design means that it can match every outfit you have planned.

Matt & Nat Multi Sam Dwell Crossbody Bag — $66.00

If you’re looking for a pop of color to add to a more neutral wardrobe, this simple crossbody is perfect. The periwinkle color is fun and summery, and the main deep pocket is perfect for stashing all of your essentials.

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