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Many believe sports leagues like the NFL just started taking safety measures after mass shootings. However, that’s not the case. The NFL actually began implementing safety and security practices after 9/11. Some may think the clear bag rule is a nuisance, but our safety means everything.

Don’t worry, you don’t have to buy a huge clear stadium tote for college or professional games. Clear stadium bags come in all shapes and sizes. Cinch bags, fanny packs, tote bags, backpacks, and diaper bags are the most popular.

Are There Size Limits on Stadium Bags?

According to the NFL, they cannot exceed 12″ x 6″ x 12.”

Do I Have to Purchase a Clear Bag?

Nope! If you’d like, bring a Ziploc freezer bag not exceeding one gallon.

I Don’t Have Non-Compliant Items in My Bag, I’m Going to Ignore This Rule.

HAHA. Good luck. Stadiums are encouraged to check non-compliant bags, but that doesn’t mean it’s guaranteed that they will do a proper inspection so you don’t have to get rid of your bag before entering the stadium. Imagine missing out on a game because you decided you weren’t throwing away your Louis Vuitton bag. If you absolutely have to bring small personal items you don’t want to be seen in a clear bag, use a small clutch.


According to the NFL Stadium Bag Policy, here are the compliant bags. A good rule of thumb for these is to make sure the bag is about the size of a hand.

Stadium Purse Policy

Clear Handbags

1. Cambound Clear Crossbody Bag

Clear Crossbody Purse Bag NFL Stadium Approved Clear Bag

This stadium-approved crossbody is cute! It meets the NFL’s guidelines so you don’t have to worry about bringing in a non-compliant bag. If all you plan on bringing are the essentials — your phone, keys, wallet, and chapstick — this is the game day ready bag for you. The bag is 9.5 x 9.1 inches. You can’t beat that price!

2. Coromay Clear Purse

Clear Purse

Who says clear plastic bags aren’t cute!? This high-quality bag is for the fashionistas who thought clear backpacks in middle school were ugly. Look, clear bag companies have stepped their game up. It’s a great size for a pair of sunglasses and a cell phone. Dimensions are 7.1 x 4.5 x 3.1 inches.

Take it to tailgate or a football game.

3. Cambond Clear Stadium Tote Bag

Clear Stadium Bag

This is ideal to use as a diaper bag because this is the largest bag allowed. I’m sure you could fit enough diapers to last the entire game along with a small pack of wipes. If you need more storage, ask another family member to bring in an extra diaper bag if you need to bring more items for your baby. The dimensions are 12 x 6 x 12 inches.


4. Hoxis Clear Saddle Cross Body Bag

Clear Saddle Cross Body Bag Women Chain Shoulder Handbag Purse with Faux Leather Trim

Thank God for faux leather. I don’t want to sacrifice style completely. The dimensions are 9.4 x 6.7 x 3.5 inches.

5.MAY TREE Clear Tote Bag

Maytreebags Clear Tote Bag

I love the specs on this clear tote bag! There are two mesh pockets for your umbrella and water bottle. The dimensions are 12 x 6 x 12 inches.

6. MidnightSinging Clear Bag

Clear Bag

“Clear bag policy, but make it fashion.” This zippered shoulder bag is too cute! It’s perfect for sporting events. The A-level vinyl stadium approved bag’s dimensions are in the photo.

7. SharPlus Clear PVC Crossbody

SharPlus Clear PVC Crossbody

Crossbody bags are great if you’d like to keep your bag on you. The clear totes and purses are roomier, but if you only have a few necessary items to bring, you have a sense of security knowing you don’t have to set your purse down. The dimensions are 8.5 x 8.5 x 2 inches.


8. Eland Clear Tote Bag

Eland Clear Tote Bag

This clear hologram tote bag is cute! If you have someone in your life who is not a fan of clear bags, they will feel proud to carry this one. I’m sure everyone will be complimenting your clear tote. The dimensions are 12 x 6 x 12 inches.

9. Magicbags Clear Crossbody Purse

Magicbags Clear Crossbody Purse Bag

A great bag if you’re bringing the bare minimum! Unless you have to pack a diaper bag or medical items, I highly recommend only bringing a few items. The dimensions are 9.7 x 7.5 inches.

10. Heavy-Duty Clear Bag

Heavy-Duty Clear Bag

Reviews on this bag are awesome! The heavy-duty plastic is a hit for those who need to pack more than a phone and wallet. It has a sturdy zipper closure and plenty of pockets. The dimensions are 12 x 12 x 6 inches.

11. Large Clear PVC Plastic Purse Crossbody

Pink Clear Bag

It’s waterproof, y’all! Let’s also not forget that the pink lining is cute. The dimensions are 10 x 2.5 x 7 inches.


12. BeeGreen Stadium Clear Bag

BeeGreen Stadium Clear Bag

This bag comes in seven different colors. Personally, I would choose a bag to match my team’s colors. The dimensions are 12 x 12 x 6 inches.

13. Yocatech Clear Crossbody Bag

Yocatech clear bag

If you’re just carrying a few credit cards, ID, keys, and your phone, I would go with something like this bag. The dimensions are 7.8 x 11 x 1.18 inches.

14. SharPlus Clear Crossbody Bag

SharPlus Clear Crossbody Bag

I am loving the gold hardware! Small splashes of color can do so much for these clear bags.

15. Clear Round Messenger Cross Body Bag

Clear Round Messenger Cross Body Bag_

You can fit an entire lunch in it! If you work somewhere with strict bag rules, this makes the perfect lunch box. The dimensions are 8 x 8 x 4.5 inches.

Fanny Packs

16. iSPECLE Clear Fanny Pack

Clear Fanny Pack


If you’re someone who is constantly making sure they have their credit cards, keys, and phone, this one is for you. Fanny packs make me feel like my personal items are secure in large crowds. The dimensions are 12 x 12 x 6 inches.

17. Nova Sports Wear Clear Fanny Pack

Clear Fanny Pack Nova

Choose from nine different colors! Fanny packs are nice since they’re always right in front of you. You don’t have to set it down once you’re in your seat. The dimensions are 12 x 6 x 3 inches.

18. Magicbags Clear Fanny Pack

Magicbags Clear Fanny Pack

This fanny pack is as simple as it gets. It still gets the job done though. Throw your keys and phone in the bag so your hands are free for a nice cold beer and hot dog.

19. Veckle Clear Fanny Pack

Veckle Clear Fanny Pack

Need something with a splash of color? Here you go. The dimensions are 11 x 6 x 3 inches.

20. AirBuyW Clear Fanny Pack

Clear Fanny Pack Adjustable

There are two zipper compartments so you can keep items separate. The dimensions are 12 x 2.3 x 6 inches. Stadium approved, of course.

I know many of us wish we could bring our everyday handbags and totes to a game, but as long as everyone complies, the line to get into the stadium will be a breeze with the clear bag policy.

This post was originally published on August 27, 2019.

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