A tote is a fantastic everyday utility bag. I find myself grabbing it pretty much on a daily basis for its ability carry everything I need for an entire day—laptop, chargers, camera, mophie, external hard drive, papers… You get the idea. Even my messenger can’t handle the amount of supplies I can fit into the tote without appearing overstuffed. Here are some tips for choosing the right tote bag for you.
Like a briefcase, choose a material that matches your lifestyle. Leather is sharper. Canvas, more casual and rugged. Either material will also add some masculinity to a bag that is definitely more feminine than a briefcase, messenger, or backpack. If this is an issue but a tote seems like a good fit for you, I recommend choosing one in a larger size and avoiding smaller cross body versions, sometimes referred to as map bags.
Personally, I love the size and utility of the tote, especially when I’m going to be out all damn day. Mine also has a variety of inside pockets that keep things extremely organized and easily accessible. Plus, it’s nice to be able to wear it over my shoulder when I need to free up my hands.