The best travel tote bags


Anyone who has traveled extensively knows the value of a good holdall. The workhorse of the travel bag set, it’s the perfect tote for your essentials. You can store everything in a roomy bag (we’re talking about wallet, passport, phone, headphones, tablet, book, scarf, sweater, toiletry bag, water bottle, snacks – don’t forget the snacks!, and even a travel pillow), grab it and go.

But many standard bags tend to have two straps and a main compartment, and that’s about it. While perfectly suited for everyday use, travel requires something that’s far less prone to the chaos of organization. You don’t want to spend tons of time digging through the depths of your bag for your lip balm (the ultimate in-flight essential), have your headphones and charging cords tangled in a mess with your keys, or worse. again, hold out the security line while you search for your ID or boarding pass.

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So while any old tote can work for the grocery store or the gym, not all bags are created equal when it comes to travel. When we’re on the go, we demand a little more from our trusty travel bags. And for those (like me) who are always rushing to get to the door before closing the doors, anything that helps you stay organized is much appreciated.

Below, we’ve rounded up the best tote bags for travel that get our stamp of approval — they’re stylish without sacrificing utility, durability, or carrying capacity. So scroll down to find your new must-have travel companion. You won’t want to leave home without it.

Here are the best tote bags to travel with:

The business bag: Dagne Dover Signature Legend coated canvas tote

Courtesy of Dagne Dover

For jet-setters going from a business meeting to a client dinner straight to a flight, this bag will keep everything in its place. The interior features padded slots for a tablet and a 14-inch laptop, as well as perfectly sized dedicated pockets for your phone, wallet, metro card, sunglasses, water bottle, and even water bottles. loops for your pens and lip balm. When you get home, find your keys in a snap at the end of the built-in key leash.

To buy: dagnedover.com, $265

The Versatile MVP: Cuyana Zippered Leather Tote

Courtesy of Cuyana

Courtesy of Cuyana

Illustrating its motto “less is better,” Cuyana crafts beautiful, minimalist products that instantly become wardrobe staples. This soft and luxurious Argentinian leather bag – and available in a range of understated and sophisticated tones – goes perfectly from work to brunch to the farmer’s market. And while many classic leather bags have open tops, this one’s zipper is especially useful for warding off pickpockets on international adventures. Can we also recommend getting the organization insert from the tote to add even more structure?

To buy: cuyana.com, $195

The Compact Choice: Baggu Cloud Bag

Courtesy of Shopbop

Courtesy of Shopbop

These lightweight bags pack into a palm-sized pouch, so you can easily stuff one in your luggage if you plan to return home with one or two (or 12) more items than you arrived. – hey, shopping is a key part of the travel experience.

To buy: shopbop.com, $52

Celebrity Pick: Everlane The Day Market Tote

Courtesy of Everlane

Courtesy of Everlane

Celebrities from the royal It Girl-of-the-moment Meghan Markle to the ever-chic Angelina Jolie have been spotted wearing this simple yet stylish bag – and who are we to argue their tastes? Bonus: the sumptuous Italian leather is offered at a very pleasant price.

To buy: everlane.com, $175

The Laptop Lugger: Knomo Grosvenor Place Expandable Laptop Tote Bag

Courtesy of Amazon

Courtesy of Amazon

This Knomo bag combines form and function, with a rectangular shape designed to comfortably carry laptops up to 15.6 inches. There’s also a trolley pouch that fits over the handle of your rolling luggage for easy transport. Plus, Travel Worry-Free: The RFID-blocking liner will protect your credit cards and passport from wireless identity theft.

To buy: amazon.com, $199

The classic: Longchamp “Large Le Pliage” shopping bag

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom

If black is too jaded, this cult bag comes in tons of gorgeous shades like bright red and olive green, two perfect ways to add color that won’t clash with your travel ensemble (which , if you’re like us, consists of comfortable black stretch pants). It’s made of water-resistant nylon, so a little rain won’t stop you from having a day of shopping.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $145

The Flight Chaser: Lo & Sons Catalina Deluxe Tote

Courtesy of Lo & Son

Courtesy of Lo & Sons

A favorite among savvy travelers, this sturdy canvas bag works as a weekender or carry-on. The ingenious exterior pocket unzips into a sleeve so you can slip the bag over the handle of a rolling suitcase for a much less clunky sprint to your door. A separate bottom compartment means you can also keep a pair of slippers for your long-haul flight away from the countless other things you throw in your bag.

To buy: loandsons.com, $103 (originally $128)

The Budget Choice: LLBean Everyday Lightweight Tote

Courtesy of LLBean

Courtesy of LLBean

The timeless popularity of LLBean’s Boat and Tote Bag is a testament to its quality and durability. But for those who want a little more organization and a little less Nantucket, here’s an alternative: the Everyday Lightweight Tote. Starting at just $35, this tote will last you many years, even with daily use. The water resistant nylon makes it ideal for the pool or the beach and the reinforced handles can handle heavy loads. There’s also an exterior slot, an interior pocket and a key clip to keep your phone, wallet and keys close at hand without having to dig.

To buy: llbean.com, from $35

The Eco-Friendly Choice: Stella McCartney Reversible Faux-Leather Tote

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom

We love this bag from Stella McCartney because it looks and feels like real leather, but it’s actually completely vegan and cruelty-free. The chain trim detail gives it an elegant high fashion feel while its spacious interior is large enough to hold more than just the essentials. Plus, the versatile tote is fully reversible – so you get two stylish bags for the price of one.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $1,250

The Convertible: Madewell Leather Carryall

Courtesy of Madewell

Courtesy of Madewell

Sometimes you need to free your arms or you just want to sling your tote over your shoulder or carry it crossbody. This minimalist tote comes with a longer detachable shoulder strap for those occasions.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $158

Worthy Folly: Senreve Voya Tote

Courtesy of Senrève

Courtesy of Senrève

Made in Italy, Senreve bags are designed to be used, not stored in a dust bag. The grained leather exterior of this tote is scratch and stain resistant (and the microsuede interior won’t stain either). You couldn’t ask for more interior pockets, with two technical sleeves and patch pockets for small essentials. And a zip-top is always useful to have when traveling.

To buy: senreve.com, $895

The Waterproof Warrior: Briggs & Riley Large Tote Bag

Courtesy of Zappos

Courtesy of Zappos

Made of durable, abrasion-resistant ballistic nylon, this tote is ideal whether you’re traveling with kids or pets (and you might have to deal with spills and scratches) or just going somewhere where rain, sleet and snow can be nasty to leather. Porter Briggs & Riley really thought of everything when designing this bag: a waterproof pocket for a water bottle (or bottle), several exterior and interior pockets, and a sheath to slip it over a luggage handle for easy transport.

To buy: zappos.com, $199

The tote: MZ Wallace large quilted tote Metro

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Large travel tote bags are essential for carrying everything you need on the go. This one’s roomy enough to hold just about anything – neck pillow, tablet, laptop, baby accessories, gym clothes, and more. – but light as a feather so as not to weigh you down during transport. The quilting adds a signature touch to an otherwise very utilitarian tote: it’s easily packable, washable, and wear-resistant. It also comes with detachable zippered interior pockets which are great for organizing trinkets or to use as a clutch when you don’t want to pack the whole bag.

To buy: bloomingdales.com, $235

The Faux Stow: Street Level Reversible Tote

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Courtesy of Nordstrom

For those who prefer an animal-friendly and more affordable option, this bestseller appears to be made of shiny leather, even though the material is completely vegan. The included wristband provides a handy place to store your small items, and it’s completely reversible, so it’ll feel like you’re packing two bags in one.

To buy: nordstrom.com, $50

The Beach Bum: Pamela Munson Petite Isla Bahia Fringe Tote

Courtesy of Shopbop

Courtesy of Shopbop

For a more bohemian look, the woven design of this tote will transition seamlessly from the sea to the C terminal. The fully lined straw bag features cheerful yellow shoulder straps and an interior pocket roomy enough to hold your phone, credit cards and other essentials.

To buy: shopbop.com, $285

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