Where to Buy the Best Hands-Free Bags for Every Summer Activity

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While we're the first to scoop up a trendy new purse to carry (and show off) on our arms, certain situations and occasions—such as traveling, attending a music festival, or running daily errands—are made much easier and less restricting when you have both arms and hands free. Enter the hands-free bag—an accessory that will revolutionize the way you carry your day-to-day essentials.

Among the most common and widely beloved hands-free bags are fanny packs (also known as belt bags), the always-classic backpack, and a crossbody. But depending on the event you're attending (or the number of things you need to carry with you), certain styles may be better suited for certain occasions. For example, if you're running to the store and only really need a phone and wallet, a belt bag should suffice. But if you plan on packing more, like a water bottle, a large notebook, or a laptop, a backpack may be the better choice.

Ahead, we've picked out the best hands-free bags that are as practical as they are stylish. Trust us—once you go hands-free, you may never go back.

Net-a-Porter

This trendy little belt bag is perfect for a casual day of running errands. 

Dress up your outfit with this cobalt blue backpack fit for work or play.

This style is fitted with a front-zipped pocket to keep your phone and wallet handy—perfect for a day of shopping.

A practical backpack with extra pockets? Check. On-trend? Certainly. And perfect for business or travel? Of course.

For the minimalist who doesn't need nor want to pack a lot.

Bring this backpack with you the next time you're at a summer festival. 

Nordstrom

Style this one over a floral-print dress for brunch with your besties.

This water-resistant backpack is perfect for a day at the beach.

Good for your keys, wallet, phone, and lipstick—the essentials, right?

When you need to organize your things (as is often the case while traveling), reach for this compact backpack.

Add a pop of color to any outfit with this bright yellow crossbody bag.

Shopbop

How cute would this bag look paired with a floral midi dress?

The perfect bag for running quick errands.

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