25 Best Camera Bags for Women: Travel Approved (2022)

For many travelers, taking pictures is a highlight of their trip. Capturing memories in photographs is a way to keep the adventure alive forever. But how best to carry your favorite camera gear and keep it secure? We’ve reached out to women travelers and photographers to find their preferences for the best camera bags for women.

Most camera bags are designed as unisex bags, but often these bags don’t take into consideration the difference in a women’s physical shape, or the desire a woman has for an attractive bag that she can also carry for daily use. With the additional logistics of travel and trying to pack light, finding a great camera bag for women can be challenging.

Three styles of travel camera bags - cross body, hip pack, backpack

As an avid amateur photographer, I’ve had lots of opportunities to experiment with camera bags. I’ve carried a stylish camera shoulder bag on a Mediterranean cruise, a backpack on our first safari, and a hip belt on our last. All of these bags worked well for their use case, but none was ideal for all adventures. My quest continued for the perfect camera bag.

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I surveyed photographers and travel enthusiasts to get a sense of what camera bags they liked, and the results surprised me a bit. Most women (66.7%) preferred a cross-body or sling camera bag when they traveled. The rest were divided in choosing a backpack, hip belt, or a customizable insert in another bag. And a few, like me, were still looking for the perfect bag.

A few of the women I surveyed used their phone’s camera when they traveled and one just carried her camera loose in her bag, but most of the respondents wanted protection for their expensive equipment. And several wanted a stylish bag, steering clear of the traditional “ugly camera bag.”

What makes a great travel camera bag for women?

So, looking at the responses, and adding in what I’ve learned about traveling light, I’ve come up with characteristics for the ‘perfect’ travel camera bag.

  • lightweight but well-padded
  • carry-on dimensions
  • quick access to camera
  • comfortable for extended carry
  • security features
  • dedicated space for phone and devices
  • customizable with adjustable dividers, interior pockets, and side pockets.
  • fits your personal style
  • BONUS: space for additional gear
  • BONUS: multiple use options (excursion or airline personal bag)

That is a lot of requirements for one bag. Fortunately bag designers are now listening to women photographers and have come up with some camera bags that fit the bill. But no bag is right for everyone. Consider your personal style, physical restrictions, and gear requirements as you select a bag.

For example: In my case, as a woman over 60, I have shoulder and back issues that preclude me carrying a lot of heavy gear on one shoulder for a long time. I prefer to distribute the weight with a backpack or carry a bag that gives me multiple carry options. And, in addition to my camera and lenses, I always carry binoculars. The bag I choose must have space for all my gear.

Peak Design 6L sling is perfect for carrying camera and dog supplies
Peak Design Sling 6L

Questions to consider before purchasing a new camera bag:

  1. What camera equipment, optics, etc. do I need to carry? Can I minimize my options if possible? Or will I prioritize my photography gear over the rest of my packing?
  2. How much weight can I comfortably carry? Do I have physical limitations that’ll come into play on a long day of sightseeing?
  3. What personal items will I be carrying each day? Light jacket, snacks, water bottle, etc.?
  4. What weather/water activities do I anticipate? Choose a water-resistant bag, or a bag small enough to stash in a dry bag if necessary.

Note: Camera bag recommendations are based on my personal experience, and input from other photographers. The criteria for recommendation include travel durability, carry-on dimensions, design, camera accessibility, and price. Additional travel specific features, such as security features, are noted for each bag.

None of these bags have been given (or discounted) to Traveling Tulls for review. This post contains affiliate links. I may earn a small commission, at no expense to you, if you purchase an item through these links. DISCLOSURE

Traditional Camera Bags for Women ( & Men)

These are unisex bags, but with size and function that makes them great camera bags for women travelers. If you’re looking for a cute camera bag that’ll double as a purse, scroll down to Best Stylish Camera Bags for Women.

Bags are ordered from lowest price to highest.

Camera Sling Bags

The majority of women who responded to my survey indicated their preference for cross body or sling carry. However, there are a few challenges presented by these bags. Most of the sling bags are designed for right-handed photographers (to be carried on the right shoulder). If you’re left-handed, make sure the bag you choose will allow for quick access to the camera. And if you’re a full-chested woman, try out the bag to make sure it’s comfortable and slides easily to the front.

Mosiso sling bag, an inexpensive but feature packed camera bag for women

Mosiso Camera Sling Bag

  • Camera Capacity: ~ dSLR with 1-2 lenses
  • Camera Access: side access or full access
  • Laptop/Device Carry 
  • Weight:  1.4 lbs. | .64 kg.
  • Dimensions 19″ x 12.6″ x 7.7″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: inexpensive, tripod carry options, hidden security pocket.

Cons: no dedicated table compartment. I have not tested this bag but suggest based on recommendations from other photographers.

Lowepro SlingShot Edge

Lowepro SlingShot Edge 250

  • Camera Capacity: ~ compact dSLR with lens
  • Camera Access: side and rear access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – cushioned packet for tablet e.g. iPad
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs. | .82 kg.
  • Dimensions: 18.9″ x 10.5″ x 6.14″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: rain cover included
A stabilizing strap keeps the bag secure when hiking or biking.
Bag is divided so that camera gear is on the bottom and there’s room for extra gear (e.g., jacket, headphones) in the top section. Would be great bag as a airline personal item if it fits your airline’s specified dimensions.


Smaller versionLowepro SlingShot Edge 150

Pacsafe CamSafe Hip Pack V5

Pacsafe Camsafe Crossbody & Hip Pack

This is the camera hip belt I’ve carried on many of our trips. It’s not in production now but you can find it online occasionally. It’s a great little bag with all your gear conveniently accessible at your waist.

  • Camera Capacity: 1 camera body w/ lens, 1 additional small lens or binoculars
  • Camera Access: top
  • Laptop/Device Carry – iPad mini or similar
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs. | .45 kg.
  • Dimensions: 11″ x 7″ x 5.1″
  • Price:  $

Pros: Pacsafe security features including RFID pocket.
Quick access to interior with a Velcro release.
Well designed storage for accessories and small items.
Comfortable carry handle.
I love that this bag sits flat on the floor of a vehicle.

Cons: Bulky and heavy for the camera capacity.

Hex Ranger DSLR Sling

  • Camera Capacity: ~ dSLR with lens, extra lens & accessory
  • Camera Access: sling access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – small tablet, iPad mini or similar
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs. | .59 kg.
  • Dimensions: 14.5″ x 7.5″ x 4.75″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: Rain fly, straps for tripod or similar.
Hidden pocket in the strap for cash, etc.
Padding can be removed to flat packing.


I have not had the opportunity to try this bag but suggest based on recommendations from other photographers.

The mini version of this bag can be worn as a shoulder or hip bag.

Tenba sling camera bag - one of the best camera bags for women

Tenba Solstice Sling 10L

  • Camera Capacity: dSLR or mirrorless camera and 2-3 lenses
  • Camera Access: side access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 10″ tablet
  • Weight:  1.6 lbs. | .73 kg.
  • Dimensions: 17.5″ x 10″ x 7″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: Side pocket for water bottle or tripod.
Extra room in bag for light jacket, etc.

Cons: Rain cover included but carried within the bag, taking space in the interior. I have not had the opportunity to try this bag but suggest based on recommendations from readers.

Peak Design Everyday Sling camera bag.

Peak Design Everyday Sling 6L

  • Camera Capacity: I was able to fit my compact dSLR with telephoto lens, additional superzoom P&S, and small binoculars
  • Camera Access: top
  • Laptop/Device Carry – small tablet e.g. iPad mini
  • Weight:  1.72 lbs. | 0.78 kg.
  • Dimensions: 13.4″ x 9.5″ x 5″
  • Price:  $ – See on WEBSITE

Pros: Can be configured for either left or right-handed photographers.
The adjustable shoulder strap allows the bag to be carried as a sling, hip pack or camera shoulder bag.
Water resistant fabric. Elegant design

Cons: Access to the full interior is a little tight.

Other sizes Everyday Sling 3L and Everyday Sling 10L

Pacsafe Camsafe X Sling camera bag

Pacsafe Camsafe x Sling

  • Camera Capacity: ~dSLR with 2-3 lenses
  • Camera Access: sling access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 11″ MacBook or similar
  • Weight: 1.75 lbs. | 0.8 kg.
  • Dimensions: 15.8 x 9.8 x 5.9 in / 40 x 25 x 15 cm
  • Price:  $$ – See on AMAZON

Pros: Pacsafe security features including a RFID blocking pocket, organization for memory cards, cords, etc.


Peak Design everyday backpack in Boston
Peak Design Everyday Zip

Best Camera Backpacks for Women

Bags are ordered from lowest price to highest.

Lowepro Photo Hatchback

Access to camera is from the rear which offers security to your gear when traveling, but is more difficult to access quickly. Wearing the waist belt, you remove the shoulder straps and rotate the bag. It’s not difficult to do but definitely takes some practice.

  • Camera Capacity: Mirrorless or compact dSLR with lens
  • Camera Access: back of pack
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 8″ tablet
  • Weight: 2.09 lbs. | .95 kg.
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 10.8″ x 7.3″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: This is a good pack for the money. Comfortable carry, room for additional everyday gear and personal items in the top section.

Cons: heavy for camera capacity. Back access may not appeal to all.

Amazon Basics Backpack for cameras.

Amazon Basics Camera Backpack

  • Camera Capacity: dSLR with lens, additional lens, etc.
  • Camera Access: side access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 15″ laptop
  • Weight: 2.0 lbs. | .94 kg.
  • Dimensions: 18″ x 12″ x 7″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: Great pack for price. Lots of pockets for gear and extra accessories. Includes a rain cover.


I have not had the opportunity to try this bag but suggest based on reviews from other photographers.

Peak Design Everyday Backpack Zip 15L

This bag has one continuous with four zip pulls. You’ll have to play with the bag (and watch the instructional video) to decide how to configure your bag.

  • Camera Capacity: ~ dSLR with 1-2 lens
  • Camera Access: either side or top
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 13″ laptop
  • Weight: 2.86 lbs. | 1.3 kg.
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 7.9″ x 17.5″
  • Price:  $$ – See on WEBSITE

Pros: Luggage pass-through.
Water bottle pockets will also hold tripod.
Comfortable carry handles on top and sides.
Laptop compartment, tablet, and accessory pockets are well-lined and easily accessible.
There are pockets for memory cards, cords, hard drives, etc.
Lots of exterior attachment points for trips, jackets, etc.
Quick adjustable straps help with easy access.
Elegant design and just the right size for an airline personal item.

Cons: zipper access take a bit to get used to. Can’t open the bag fully clamshell without the Velcro dividers detaching.

Peak Design make several camera backpacks in different sizes. Check out the larger sizeEveryday Backpack Zip 20L
and the alternate with a latch style closureEveryday Backpack 30L

Another option: the Peak Design Everyday Totepack – a 20L bag that can be carried as a backpack or a tote bag. I haven’t had the chance to try this bag, but it is a visually appealing bag and very tempting.

Pacsafe Camsafe backpack for camera carry

Camsafe X 17L Backpack

  • Camera Capacity: SLR with lens and room for additional smaller camera, such as a mirrorless camera, and/or extra lenses
  • Camera Access: side or full access
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 13″ laptop
  • Weight: 2 lbs. 6 oz / 1.07 kg
  • Dimensions: 18.1″ x 10.2″ x 8.7″ / 46 x 26 x 22 cm
  • Price:  $$ – See on AMAZON

Pros: Pacsafe security features
Built in waterproof rain cover
Compression straps on side
Water bottle pocket


Wandrd Prvke camera bag and personal item bag

Wandrd Prvke Lite 11L

  • Camera Capacity:
  • Camera Access: side or full clamshell access.
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 14-in laptop
  • Weight: 2.5 lbs. | 1.1 kg.
  • Dimensions: 16″ x 11″ x 5.5″ (40 X 28 X 14 cm) 
  • Price:  $$$ – Check price on WANDRD

Back panel is well-cushioned and designed for ventilation.
Luggage pass through for attaching to a roller bag.
Exterior is made from a tough, water-proof tarpaulin.
Photography gear can be accessed from the side or by opening the bag fully to access the main compartment.
The large pocket on the front is great for stashing your phone or miscellaneous gear.
The roll top offers additional 5L for jackets, etc.

Cons: for larger bags (21L & 31L) price – photography bundle (cubes, straps) is an additional cost.

I have not had the opportunity to try this bag but suggest based on my experience with the Wandrd 6L sling and recommendations from other photographers.

Larger sizesPrvke 21 , Prvke 31L

For professional photographers or those carrying a lot of gear

As an amateur photographer, I’ve had no experience with these bags. I have added them as they’ve been recommended for the ease of carry for women photographers.

f-stop Kashmir UL 30L

  • Weight: 3.54 lbs. | 1.6 kg.
  • Dimensions: 11 x 12.5 x 20.5
  • Price:  $$$$ See on AMAZON

Pros: well-designed, structured backpack for carrying heavy equipment. This is a bag for serious photographers, hikers, and trekkers.


And a technical backpack to consider…

AtlasPack Athlete – Custom Fit Backpacks

Price  $$$$$ See on AMAZON

Pros: Custom fit backpacks with optional camera inserts. These are some of the best (and most expensive) of the technical backpacks. Load lifters lessen the weight for those carrying heavy gear.

Photo by call me hangry on Unsplash

Best Stylish Camera Bags for Women – Designer Bags

These designer camera bags are great for times when you want something that doesn’t scream camera bag – dinners out, city touring, destination weddings. Some of these will pass as a cute purse if you remove the padded dividers.

Most of these bags don’t have security features. I’d recommend carrying with a security shoulder strap to avoid snatch and grab thefts, etc.

Bags are ordered from lowest price to highest.

Jo Totes Granada

  • Camera Capacity: ~dSLR camera and 1-2 lenses
  • Camera Access: top behind turn lock
  • Laptop/Device Carry –
  • Weight: 1.75 lbs. | 0.8 kg.
  • Dimensions: 9.25″ x 9.25″ x 4.5″
  • Price:  $ – See on AMAZON

Pros: very stylish bag, carried as shoulder bag or waist belt. This is an ideal camera purse, and well suited for everyday use.

Cons: This is a small bag. Check your camera size before ordering.

My Jo Totes Allison is one of the best travel camera bags for city visits. It’s large enough to carry a full-frame camera and lens but looks just like a regular shoulder bag.

Kelly Moore camera bag for women

Kelly Moore Luna

  • Camera Capacity: Full-frame camera with 1-2 lenses
  • Camera Access: top
  • Laptop/Device Carry – tablet will fit but no dedicated sleeve
  • Weight: 2.25 lbs. | 1 kg.
  • Dimensions: 11″ L x 4.5″ W x 9.5″ H
  • Price

Pros: Eco Friendly leather alternative day bag, removable padded basket. Removable shoulder strap.


I have not tried this bag but have another Kelly Moore bag that is now discontinued. I have been pleased with the durability of the synthetic materials used in the bag.

Epiphanie Hazel camera backpack for women

Epiphanie Hazel

  • Camera Capacity: 1 camera body with lens. 1-2 additional lenses
  • Camera Access: top
  • Laptop/Device Carry – 15-inch laptop
  • Weight: 2 lbs. | .91 kg.
  • Dimensions: 12″L x 6″W x 16″H
  • Price:  $$

Pros: classic design with vintage features, waxed canvas and full grain leather. There’s a zipper pocket on the front and one on the back for phones and other essentials.


House of Flynn camera backpack

House of Flynn Olivia

  • Camera Capacity:
  • Camera Access: center load bag
  • Laptop/Device Carry –
  • Weight: 3.6 lbs. | 1.64 kg.
  • Dimensions: 14.75″ 12″ 6″
  • Price:  $$$

Pros: fabric choice and classic style makes this a fun choice as a stylish camera backpack for travel. Carry your cameras or use it for without dividers for everyday carry.

Cons: At 3.6 this is a heavy bag. I haven’t had the opportunity to try this bag and am unsure how quickly you can access your camera. I include it based on recommendations from other photographers.

Lo & Sons Clairmont Grey designer camera bag

Lo & Sons Claremont

This bag is recommended by New York lifestyle photographer, Emily Pollakowski. She uses the bag for city photography and events where an inconspicuous camera bag is ideal:
It’s “the best camera bag that doesn’t look like a camera bag. The leather is beautiful and durable, and the strap is perfect for carrying even for extended periods of time.”

  • Camera Capacity: dSLR with lens and 1 small additional lens
  • Camera Access: top
  • Laptop/Device Carry 
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs. | .68 kg.
  • Dimensions: 10.5″ x 8.5″ x 5.5″
  • Price:  $$$$

Pros: Ideal for camera carry, or with dividers removed for everyday carry.
Back zip pocket for mobile phone, and other small essentials.
There are two dedicated slots for memory cards on the front of the bag.
Overall a very pretty leather camera bag!

Cons: expensive

Thinking outside the Box – Alternative Camera Carry Ideas

If you’re looking for a stylish bag that you can ALSO use for camera carry, there are a lot of great options.

Check Etsy for some unique and customizable bags. I love the crossbody bag I ordered from DarbyMack on Etsy! (see it on top photo on left)

Camera Inserts to adapt any bag for camera carry

🌿Add a camera insert (basically a basket with padded dividers) to any of your favorite bags to create a camera bag perfect for you. There are different sized inserts to fit tote bags, messenger bags, or your EDC backpack.

Tennessee-based family and newborn photographer, Liza Reifsnyder, goes incognito with her favorite Longchamp bag and camera insert. She is able to organize the bag as much or as little as she wishes!

I hope this A-list guide has helped you discover your best camera bag. Now it’s time to get out there and capture memories! And share those travel memories in your home.

What do you carry for travel photography? Please share in comments. Thanks!

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4 thoughts on “25 Best Camera Bags for Women: Travel Approved (2022)

  1. Some great bags! I have about five but I want one that does not look like a zg+’?in camera bag. Now I just take the lining out of one of my camera bags and put it in a messenger bag, for now…

  2. I am always looking for a camera bag that is both functional and stylish. I usually avoid carrying backpacks but I quite like the look of the Epiphanie Hazel. Most of my camera bags are like Lo & Sons Claremont.

  3. You found some absolutely lovely camera bags! I’ll admit, I’m still using my phone for my photography (eek) but am definitely saving this for when I finally branch out into real photography. I love all the thought you put into these bags – I’m definitely drawn to the crossbody bags, but as a leftie never would have considered that it might be difficult to extract the camera quickly!

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