I mentioned before, in No chihuahuas in my purse, that I was going to try out a little bag instead of carrying around a huge messenger bag as a purse. I absolutely adore my Ameribag Baglett, which is relatively tiny (a checkbook fits in it but that’s about as long an object as it will accommodate) and has a cross-body strap. I am firmly in the tiny-bag camp and will not look back.
Five reasons that a tiny purse with a cross-body strap is a good idea:
- No back pain. This purse keeps you traveling lightly. In mine, I have my checkbook, a clip with cards and cash, daily medication, a flash drive, and a couple odds and ends — but only a couple! It’s very lightweight, even with my phone and keys inside if I don’t have pockets. There’s no back pain or shoulder strain from hefting a heavy bag around.
- No clutter. Receipts, candy wrappers, etc. are all banned from the purse. It would get full so fast if I let those things in, so I keep them from cluttering it up in the first place, which also cuts down on the weight of the bag.
- Restaurants and public restrooms. In a restaurant or public restroom, you don’t have to worry about finding a place to hang your bag (or resting it on the floor, gross!), because the strap keeps it on your person at all times, and it’s so small and unobtrusive it doesn’t get in the way at all. Best of all, you can’t forget it if you never take it off.
- Grocery stores. There’s no worry about leaving your cart to go grab a can of something or put some apples in a bag, because your purse is on you, not in the cart.
- No leaving it in the car. It’s easy to drive with a small cross-body bag, and it doesn’t get in the way of the seatbelt. You’ll never forget the bag in the car because you’re wearing it. As an added bonus, in the event your car stalls on railroad tracks, you can get out and run away without worrying about grabbing your purse.
With a tiny bag, I can’t do cool things like carry home leftovers from dinner like my friend did recently in her briefcase-sized purse, but I definitely avoid bathroom germs and oncoming trains, so I think it evens out. What do you think about tiny bags?