Summer is here which can only mean one thing: outdoor concert season is finally here. Whether you're attending a sporting event, a multiday festival or a pride event, you may be required to carry a clear bag into the venue for security reasons.
From crossbody purses to fanny packs, we found a variety of options when it comes to clear bags. Keep scrolling or use the links below to see top-rated options you can carry — so you can cheer for your home team or fangirl over your favorite artist, care-free.
What kind of clear bag is permitted in stadiums?
According to the National Football League, bags that are "clear plastic, vinyl or PVC" are acceptable, so long as they don't exceed one foot in width and length. In addition, no amount of decor, buckles, hardware or embellishments can be covering the contents of the bag, unless it is a stadium- or league-issued bag.
Attendees are also allowed to bring a small clutch "approximately the size of a hand" into the stadium. There are some exceptions to the rule, with stadiums allowing phones, keys, cameras, wallets, feminine products and other smaller items to be tucked away in pockets rather than bags.
The NFL instated this policy to ensure a safer environment for all fans, as well as a faster entry process into the stadium.
Clear fanny packs and belt bags
Dimensions: 11 x 6.5 x 5.9 inches | Strap length: 19-47 inches | Material: PVC | Waterproof: Yes | Colorways: 10
This Amazon fanny pack with 4,000+ verified five-star ratings is not only extremely affordable, but it even comes in several strap options. "The size is nice, easily could fit my jingling keys, phone, lip gloss/other accessories in the front zipper part. With plenty of room for more in the back part. I could also squeeze a regular sized water bottle in there," shared one verified reviewer.
Dimensions: 12 x 6.3 x 3 inches | Strap length: 52 inches | Material: PU leather | Waterproof: Almost; it's "splash-proof" so it will keep items dry against rain and light splashes, but not when submerged in water | Colorways: 22
A clear fanny pack with a twist! This iridescent pick has over 4,100 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, including some from NFL stadium workers who wear this fanny pack on their shift, noting "this meets the policy yet keeps our hands free." Perfect for if you're cheering and clapping or trying to get the job done. Plus, you can buy an extender strap if you need a few more inches.
Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 2 inches | Material: Nylon
This everyday mini sling back from Altar'd State helps to keep you organized with multiple pockets and an adjustable strap. Reviewers say it's just the right size and has plenty of useful compartments.
One reviewer raved, "I bought other 'mini' belt bags elsewhere and they were still massive. This one is exactly the right size and still has plenty of space for all of the essentials! I only wish it had credit card slots, but it fits cards, cash, phone, keys, everything!"
Clear crossbody bags
Dimensions: 8.3 x 8 x 2.3 inches | Material: Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
Shop TODAY associate SEO editor Kamari Stewart is a fan of this simple crossbody from Dick's Sporting Goods. She purchased it as a last-minute choice before a two-day festival because it was affordable and was pleasantly surprised by the quality.
"Don't be fooled by how small it looks," she says. "It was roomy enough to fit two wallets, hand sanitizer, sunglasses, a portable charger, two blotting powders, two makeup brushes and two lip glosses."
Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.9 x 1.8 inches | Strap length: 29.5-56 inches | Material: PVC | Waterproof: Yes
For a no-frills option, this Amazon crossbody bag with almost 5,500 verified five-star ratings easily hangs around your shoulder and body and can hold essentials like your phone, keys, wallet and tickets. You can also opt for a larger version for less than a dollar more.
Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches | Strap length: 25-50 inches | Material: PU leather | Colorways: 9
This multipurpose crossbody includes a lengthy shoulder strap and a detachable wristlet if you'd rather go clutch. It has 4,200-plus verified five-star verified ratings. One Shop TODAY writer said she "still feels trendy while wearing it."
Dimensions: 7.48 x 6.1 x 2.76 inches | Strap length: 26-55 inches | Material: TPU | Colorways: 8
This stylish purse can fit a standard-sized water bottle and everything you need to go to a concert. The leather accents and multitude of colors allow everyone to find a bag they love. Users say the strap is surprisingly sturdy and easy to adjust, with one noting it can work as a crossbody. Just note that it doesn't lay flat against your body, so keep that in mind if it's a requirement at the event you're attending.
Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 3 inches
Want a little more style when you head to the stadium? Try this option from Steve Madden. With a posh chain strap and silver tone hardware, reviewers love how "cute and sturdy" this purse is. It also has a removable inner pouch.
Dimensions: 8 x 2 x 7.5 inches | Strap length: 52 inches | Material: TPU | Colorways: 19
Aside from "being big enough for the essentials," reviewers also love the contemporary design and quality materials. Take it from one person who rated it five stars: "At least a dozen people asked me where I got it and how to get it. I agree. It's perfect!"
Clear tote bags
Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 6 inches | Strap length: 9 inches | Material: PVC | Waterproof: Yes
This holographic bag adds a little flare to your game day outfit. One review said it's even large enough to hold a 13-inch iPad. Just note that it does not have a snap closure, so keep that in mind if that's your preference.
Dimensions: 12 x 13 x 3.5 inches | Material: Mesh | Colorways: Three
A different take on the clear tote, this mesh bag still reveals all of your contents to the naked eye, but in a stylish way.
With a snap pocket to keep essentials together, this sustainable option is "such a versatile and nicely made product," according to one reviewer. Large enough to carry up to three outfits, a 13-inch laptop and a water bottle, rest assured all of your game day essentials will fit in this tote.
Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.5 x 5 inches | Strap length: 6.3 inches | Material: Vinyl
Want more of a purse than a tote bag to take with you inside the stadium? Check out this clear purse! It has just one compartment, though it can hold quite a lot, and it also comes with a sturdy zipper for ease of access to the contents. You can also take this handy bag to the gym or even to bring lunch on the go.
Dimensions: 7 x 2.25 x 4.25 inches | Strap length: 23.5 inches | Material: Lucite
For a more elevated look to a clear purse or bag, go for this option from Altar'd State. It has just enough space for you to pack the essentials such as your phone, keys and wallet for a simple game day. Plus, the chain strap and handle are detachable, so you can flexible with your style!
For reference, one reviewer said, "I bought this for tailgating at Alabama I added a fence strap to it. It fits phone small wallet and accessories. Love it also can be used as a clutch."