I love shoulder bags, from full-on messenger bags to smaller sling packs. Backpacks are better for heavy loads or all-day trekking, but for lightweight everyday needs, nothing beats a bag I can sling over my shoulder or across my body.
Why? With a shoulder bag, everything I need is easily accessible and within easy reach. I really started to appreciate shoulder bags when I was photographing weddings for a living and ordered a cheap canvas messenger bag to replace a big boxy camera bag I used to carry around. In the years since, I’ve owned and tested dozens of messenger bags, sling packs, and convertible hip packs—these are our favorites.