The 8 Best Canvas Bags to Buy in 2018

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Canvas bags come in all different sizes, but offer a vintage, retro feel to any wardrobe and are ideal for travel or day-to-day use. These casual, yet trendy bags are popular as totes, duffels, messenger bags, backpacks and hybrids of several types. Need some help finding one? Here are the best canvas bags to get you traveling in style.

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    For a twist on the traditional canvas messenger bag, the Mupack Convertible is both a messenger bag, backpack and laptop briefcase – making it a great buy overall. Available in black, blue, brown, or gray, the versatile bag is practical, lightweight and durable. The exterior features leather trim, zippers, handles and stylish buckles, plus six small pockets for organizing items. There are two main compartments for laptops (up to 15 inches), folders, planners and other business necessities, plus interior pockets for cell phones or other electronics. When converted as a backpack, the straps feature comfortable padding to relieve pressure, but can easily be tucked away into a rear pouch when not in use.

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    The iconic canvas messenger bag adds a touch of style to travel and is ideal for business or leisure. The unisex Gootium bag is made of cotton material and is a light tan shade with darker brown and real leather straps that can be adjusted accordingly. Measuring 9.8" high and 4.3" wide, the bag fits under airplane seats with room to spare, but the main compartment can easily hold an iPad, noise-canceling headphones and other small necessities. Many Amazon buyers noted that even though it has an affordable price tag, quality is not overlooked. The Gootium has two exterior side pouches and a hidden pouch under the flap that’s perfect for a passport or boarding pass. 

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    For a durable canvas backpack with plenty of pockets, the P.KU.VDSL retro daypack is a solid choice at a reasonable price. Available in 19 different colors ranging from coffee or army green to pink or teal, the backpack is ideal for men and women for school, day trips or business trips. The front of the bag has a messenger-style design with leather flap buckles that snap closed, as well as a drawstring main compartment. There are two small, zipped side pockets, one front pocket and a rear pocket for thin items such as passports or boarding passes. The backpack measures 6.3" x 11.02" x 16.54" and weighs two pounds.

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    If you’d like a canvas bag that’s also large enough to use as a carry-on bag for a quick getaway, the Witzman Travel Backpack is what you’re looking for. The 21-inch bag is a backpack/duffel bag and is constructed from cotton canvas and PU leather, with snapped closures to secure items. The front has two zipped pockets and grab handles, as well as a larger exterior pocket for grab-and-go items. The lined interior features a laptop sleeve and slots for cell phones, pens and other items. It can also fit several clothing items (enough for a weekend getaway). When not being used as a backpack, the straps remain attached, but hide away beneath a canvas flap.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best weekender bags

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    For an affordable canvas duffel that can hold many items, the Aidonger is an excellent bang for your buck. Both sides of the bag have wide zippered pouches with expandable zippers to fit more stuff, while the two front pockets are perfect for a wallet, cell phone, headphones and other day-to-day accessories. The three-pound bag measures 20.9" x 9.8" x 11.8" (within carry-on limits) and can hold about four outfits comfortably. The bag can be carried using grab handles or by the shoulder strap. It comes in gray, black, coffee, khaki and dark blue cotton canvas. It is recommended this duffel not be machine washed.

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    If you’ve got a lot of clothing/items to tote around, but love the canvas look, the S Zone Oversized Duffel makes life easier with smooth gliding wheels and a retractable handle. A successful hybrid between a tote and a rolling carry-on, the S Zone is constructed with crazy horse leather trim and copper hardware. Unlike traditional luggage, when not in use this bag collapses for easy storage – saving much needed space in your closet. The bag measures 21.7" x 4.8" x 10.2", weighs around five pounds and is made of high-quality, sturdy fabric. The one drawback is there are only two zipped pockets – one exterior and one interior.

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    For a classic, sturdy canvas duffel bag at a reasonable price, the Lady House is a great choice. The exterior features just enough pockets to keep you organized, including a swanky leather-buckled pocket in the center and two zipped side pockets. Measuring 18.1" x 9.9" x 9.1", the duffel is just large enough to bring a few clothing outfits without becoming too heavy to carry. The duffel can be carried by its grab handles or over the shoulder, and you can choose from blue, brown, and khaki color options. The interior is made of high quality lining, with added pockets for organizing, and the bag easily fits in an overhead compartment.

    Want to take a look at some other options? See our guide to the best duffel bags

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    The Women’s Crossbody Messenger Shoulder Bag by Sanxiner is a fashionable, multi-use tote bag that works great for air travel, weekend getaways or day-to-day use. Made of cotton canvas, PU leather trim and straps and polyester interior lining, the chic vintage messenger bag is a casual – yet functional -  accessory, and comes in five different colors: coffee, gray, magenta, blue and khaki. The grab straps can fold down to make room for the shoulder strap, while three zippered pockets on the exterior make it easy to organize. The inside comfortably holds a laptop, camera, phone and other necessities, plus there’s even more pouches to separate items.

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