Regardless of age, gender or need, there is a sling bag for everyone. It is a convenient, functional, and fashionable piece of accessory that everyone should have. Check out our collection of the best sling bags in Malaysia or read more about sling bags for men and women below.

Types of Sling Bags | Tips for Carrying Sling Bags Comfortably | Where to buy a sling bag in Malaysia?


What Exactly is A Sling Bag?

Sling bags are a popular choice for those who need a durable, fashionable bag. These bags have multiple benefits for those who are looking for something simple, functional, yet fashionable. Design-wise, a sling bag is a bag with a square or rectangular storage compartment that is either zipped or folded (envelope) with a long strap that's attached on the side. This strap is used to easily carry the bag on your shoulders or across your body. Sling bags can vary in shape, size, and design which makes them a flexible type of bag for daily wear.

A Sling Bag's Design

Sling bag sizes can range from big to small depending on the design and purpose of the bag. It comes in a wide variety of styles, from nylon and canvas to high-quality leather. If you will be carrying valuable items in your sling bag, you will want to pick a style that provides some security by fully closing, so that any important items will be secure when worn on the back.

Best of all, sling bags are virtually the same size as backpacks, carrying everything you'll need for school, work or play. Convenient front and side pockets keep sunglasses, cell phone and audio player easily accessible. Many styles also include a mesh pocket for a bottle of water or your favourite refreshment.

Types of Sling Bags Available in Malaysia

1. The Classic Sling Bag

These bags are often used as daypacks, especially if you tire of lugging around your usually large and heavy purse. Usually, a little bigger than a wallet, this sling bag will include interior pockets to store things like your phone, wallet and more.

2. The Designer Bag

The only difference between the classic sling bag and a designer sling bag is that this one is more appropriate for a date night out or a special occasion. They usually are available in different shapes and sometimes can take a long time to make since some of them are custom pieces.

3. Wallet Crossbody Bag

A wallet crossbody bag is the perfect sling bag for a casual day out. It’s the same as a classic sling bag, but the only difference is, it’s a wallet with a chain or leather strap attached to it. Often used to store just your cell phone and basic wallet essentials like your cash and cards, this wallet crossbody bag works perfectly well for a casual outing.

4. Sling Backpacks/Mono Shoulder Sling Bags

As the name suggests, mono shoulder sling bags are backpacks with one strap that can be worn across the body. These backpacks usually have a zipper on the single strap allowing the person to use it as a regular backpack, but that’s about the only difference between the two. These work extremely well as an everyday carry but can also double as a carry on for all of your travel adventures.

5. Messenger Bag

A type of rucksack, made out of some type of material, and is worn across the body is a messenger bag. Usually a bigger version of the classic sling bags, these do perfectly well in a work setting. They often have enough capacity to either store a laptop or your tablet, along with your other work essentials with ease.

6. Crossbody Hiking Sling Bags

Crossbody hiking sling bags are a combination of two bags; a backpack and a messenger bag. While it is just as spacious as a backpack, you can wear it across your body like a messenger bag. Usually equipped for carrying all of your travel accessories, these are also easily manageable since you don’t have to take them off for anything.

Tips for Carrying A Sling Bag Comfortably

While sling bags are comfortable to wear, they can be a little bit strenuous to carry for long periods of time, especially if you are carrying a lot. A sling bag is a hybrid pack designed to rest comfortably behind you while allowing easy access by simply swinging it off your shoulder. The position of the curved, padded shoulder strap causes the bag to ride on the back without slipping forward.

The shape of the shoulders is that the part that is near the base of the neck is usually higher than the tip of the shoulder, so it creates a natural “downslope”. In order to stop the sling bag from sliding, one usually needs to lift up the shoulder on the same side to level the “downslope”. This can eventually lead to overuse of the shoulder and neck muscles and causes pain and stiffness.

Carrying across the chest

Therefore, to carry a sling bag properly is to carry it with its strap across the chest. By doing so, the weight of the bag pulls the strap towards the base of the neck (the “cross” effect), instead of slipping off the shoulder. Thus, there wouldn’t be a need for the shoulder to elevate excessively.

Another benefit of carrying a sling bag across the chest is that the weight of the bag can be supported by the hip or back, the downward pull on the shoulder is also lesser, which helps reduce the risk of over-using the neck and shoulder muscles.

How to choose your bag

Depending on your situation you'd choose the appropriate bag for the occasion! If it is a casual day out something like a wallet crossbody bag would be suitable. If you are out sightseeing and have a number of these planned on your itinerary, a sling backpack would be best.

Where to buy a sling bag in Malaysia?

Sling bags are always in style regardless of the ever-evolving fashion trends. They are perfect accessories that complement your ensemble whenever you're out and about, in addition to keeping your belongings safe and secure. Aside from your local fashion stores, you can find a vast sling bag collection for men and women on e-marketplaces like Shopee, Lazada, and Zalora where you can enjoy deals and free shipping during seasonal sales.

With these few pointers, you are now sling bag ready! Check out exclusive deals on other sling bags in Malaysia such as messenger bags, crossbody bags, and satchel bags!