The flap over or fold over crossbody bag is a messenger style handbag with a long strap that you can hang across one shoulder to keep your hands free while making it difficult for anyone to grab and run away with it. The zippered opening to the main compartment is kept hidden under a flap that folds over the top and secures in the front via a magnetic or other type of closure. This deters pickpockets from trying to swipe something when you’re not looking. Of course, there are some other really good anti-theft crossbody bags available with security features built in if not for a fold over flap.
We’re going to review a few really good fold over messenger bag options here, but you could also check out a few more on eBags if you like.
The following picks run the gamut, from regular sized bags to hold typical items that travelers through the day, to mini bags for those who like to go light. We also give you a choice between nylon and leather options.
Nylon Flap Over Crossbody Bag
Travelon Anti-theft Flap Front Shoulder Bag
If you want to go whole hog with protecting your bag from theft, this crossbody bag with flap from Travelon is a good and popular bet. The main compartment features a lockable zipper with a flap over it that secures in the front via a twist clasp. Right below this is an organizer pocket that is also lockable. This pocket features RFID blocking card and passport slots to prevent those items from being scanned. The main compartment is large enough to hold a tablet along with the other usual items, including a small water bottle. A zippered mesh pocket inside is good for your lip balm, keys and some cash. There is also an LED light in here that you can remove if you don’t need it but it is useful if you can’t see into the depths of the bag. A zippered rear pocket is great for small non-valuable items like a guidebook or maps.
The body of the bag features anti-slash lining so a knife can’t cut a hole into it and the adjustable shoulder strap is cut proof. This strap features a carabineer lock at one end to allow you to lock it around a pole or chair when you’re sitting down.
The polyester twill fabric makes the bag look very nice and it is available in 5 nice colors. It measures 2 x 11.2 x 10.2 inches and its weight is 14.4 ounces.
Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger
If you’re looking for a good large bag that can double up as your personal item while in transit, look no further than the Baggallini Neighborhood Messenger. It measures 14″ x 11″ x 4″ and weighs 1 lb 3 ozs and has lots of organization features throughout. The comfortable strap is adjustable and the bag is made entirely of nylon and is available in several chic colors.
The main compartment is zippered and hidden under a large flap secured by a magnetic clasp and has a small zippered pocket on its front for carrying your phone. Inside the main compartment is a velcro secured padded tablet pocket, two end elastic top drop pockets for a water bottle and travel umbrella, a key leash, large zippered pocket and several card slots and pen holders. There is also a useful detachable change purse inside.
Under the flap in front, is an ID window, several card slots and two pen holders. You probably wouldn’t want to use these slots for credit cards, however, as they can be reached by anyone slipping a hand under the flap. Use the card slots in the secure main compartment instead!
The back features a large slip pocket, secured again by a magnetic button, that features a zippered opening at the bottom, so you can also use this as a sleeve to piggyback this bag on a wheeled carry on or suitcase.
eBags Kalya Town Square
Although marketed as an about town, work and gym bag, this Kalya Town Square bag from eBags works brilliantly as a travel bag. The adjustable shoulder strap also has a non-slip pad for comfortable carrying. The flap on this bag only covers the front portion of the bag where you can store the valuable items like your wallet, cards and travel documents, while the rest of the pockets are easy to quickly access if you need to.
The flap itself has a zipped pocket on the outside which holds one zipped mesh pocket, one elastic top drop pocket, two pen pockets and a key fob, and underneath the flap is one zipped pocket and one slip pocket. The main compartment opens via a top zip opening and inside you’ll find a large zipped pocket and two smaller drop pockets.
The rear exterior features a large slip pocket cum piggyback sleeve which zips closed at the bottom. One zippered and gusseted mesh side exterior pocket is good for your water bottle while the other end features a zipped padded pocket with a headphone port – perfect for your cell phone. The last organizational feature is the bottom hideaway compartment that holds a kind of sling secured with snap buckle straps where you can attach a yoga mat or light jacket.
This is the largest bag of the bunch at 16″ x 9.5″ x 6″ but only weighs 1 lb 8 ozs and the nylon shell comes in 3 colors.
Michael Michael Kors Nylon Large Messenger Bag
Think you can’t afford a designer bag? Think again! Measuring 12″ W x 11″ H x 3″ D and made of quality nylon with a slight sheen, this Michael Kors Large Messenger Bag can take you from the office to the airport and on to your days of city sightseeing. It features silver or gold toned hardware to match one of the 4 available colors and has a nice adjustable strap to use across the body or over the shoulder. A fold over flap with magnetic snap closure hides the top zip closure of the main compartment.
Inside the bag are two large slip pockets – one is padded to hold a small laptop or tablet. There is also a cell phone pocket here. The overall design is simple but that makes it one of the roomiest bags in this style.
Leather Fold Over Crossbody Bag
Visconti Womens Flap-over Shoulder, Crossbody Bag and Messenger Bag
Here’s another boardroom to airport flap over bag, only this time it’s in soft leather. The Visconti Women’s Flap-over Shoulder bag with adjustable strap and magnetic snap fold over flap features plenty of pockets for the organized woman. The main compartment features a zippered pocket divider and you can use one section to hold a tablet while the other section holds things like a guide book, sunglasses, hand lotion and sanitizer, etc. A small zipped pocket on one wall can be used for change.
The front of the bag has another large zippered pocket, two flap over pouches – one for your smartphone and one for other small items, two pen holders and card slots. There’s a rear zipped pocket as well.
This bag measures 10 x 12.6 x 3.2 inches and comes in several rich colors. It could be a perfect bag for business travel.
Mini Fold Over Messenger Bag
Baggallini Nassau Crossbody Travel Bag
If you’re the kind of woman that likes to move about light with just a few essentials and a map, this is the best flap over crossbody bag for you. The Baggallini Nassau bag is made of nylon with a polyester lining and is 7″ high and 9″ wide with an adjustable strap. The foldover flap secures with a twist lock closure.
There are three pockets in total – one zippered and one slip pocket on the inside, and one large u-shape zippered pocket on the exterior rear. There are also a few card slots and another smaller zippered pocket inside this rear pocket.