These are the ten best tote bags of 2021


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Over the years I have amassed a collection of reusable bags which currently stands at 12. That’s 12 tote bags from grocery stores, department store chains, farmers markets and one from the New Yorker, each of which serves as a daily carrier, carrying my essentials from one place to another. If you’re like me, there’s a good chance you own an impressive array of tote bags, too, which you will never use a lot of but can’t seem to get rid of in your life. Enter: this complete list of the only tote bags you will ever need.

Tired of opening my closet to an avalanche of bags, I donated most of these reusable bags to make room for a few that I now use almost every day. There is one for the beach, one for groceries, another for equipment and a few more that are used from time to time. Considering the fact that cotton tote bags are actually harmful to the environment (you will have to use one 20,000 times to offset its production impact), I made a conscious decision to buy these and leave the rest behind.

Below is a roundup of the best tote bags that are roomy, easy to carry, durable, and look great.

The best tote bags

Yeti Camino 35 Tote Bag

Yeti

It’s no surprise that Yeti tops our list of the best bags. Spacious, sturdy and heavily influenced by the outdoors, the latest Path 35 gets a few updates over the previous model, including deployable dividers and interior zip pockets, both of which organize essentials. Beyond these additions, reliable waterproofing keeps your wet clothes contained or protects dry clothes from dirt and mud, while a molded base helps it stand upright when not fully loaded. . While serious competitors have tried to dethrone this tote, only the Yeti offers a wise balance of space, durability and supportive features.

CapaBunga Farmer's Market Tote Bag

CapaBunga Farmer’s Market Tote Bag

Amazon

Although it is not as spacious as some of its competition, I like the CapaBunga Farmer’s Market Tote Bag for its resistant cotton canvas and its perimeter of deep pockets. Bulky items can be stowed away in the central compartment while the longer side pockets store bottles, chopsticks or vegetables. There is also an adjustable strap on the side of the bag to secure the flowers, but I used it to attach my key carabiner. I wouldn’t recommend this tote if you’re shopping for groceries for the whole family, but it works well for after-work bodega runs or, as the name suggests, the local farmer’s market.

LL Bean Boat and Tote

LL Bean Boat and Tote

LL bean

You could argue that LL Bean’s boat and tote are a suitable tote for any occasion, but this one stands out in my mind because it’s the same bag my mom packs before going. at the beach, and it’s still in use after decades of use. Available in four sizes and seven colors, its cotton canvas is double layered around the base to enhance durability and the handle is designed to support up to 500 pounds. Although I prefer to fill it to the brim with napkins and snacks, there is also a zipped version for those looking for a little more security.

Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote Bag

Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote Bag

Patagonia

Put (almost) everything you own in the Patagonia Black Hole Gear Bag. Add layers, shoes, jackets, tools, and whatever else is left in your wardrobe just because you can. With 61 liters of space, you’ll find more than enough room in this weatherproof bag for just about anything you can think of. The wide opening makes it easy to find what you need, and the reinforced stitching gives you an excuse to treat the bag with complete disrespect. Use it, abuse it, and don’t worry about anything else.

Peak Design Daily Tote Bag

Peak Design Daily Tote Bag

Cutting edge design

It doesn’t take much to design a reliable tote (all you really need is a bag), but that hasn’t stopped Peak Design from creating a tote with plenty of features. Although it functions as a standard bag with 20 liters of space, this tote also has a set of padded straps that transform it into a backpack. Beyond the extra-large top that’s secured with a magnetic clasp, you’ll find designated storage pockets for a laptop, tablet, camera, pens, and other tech accessories. And it even comes with flexible dividers that orient in different positions to help you customize the layout inside the bag, making it perfectly suited to your business needs.

Parks Project Upcycled Inflated Tote Bag

Parks Project Upcycled Inflated Tote Bag

Parks Project

Think of your tote as more than just a tote. It’s a blank canvas, an empty billboard, an empty sheet of paper that acts as an extension of you. With such symbolism in mind, consider the Parks Project Upcycled Puffy Tote that mixes recycled materials and style to showcase what you stand for. Simple at the base, the main fabric is made from recycled puffer jackets to reduce unwanted waste and the bag has a small interior pocket to organize essentials. You will also find a Parks Project logo sewn in the right place to express your love for all things outdoors.

ChicoBag compact tote

ChicoBag compact tote

ChicoBag

If the designs, labels and features don’t mean anything to you, keep it simple and invest in the ChicoBag. Ordinary in every way, the foldable tote can hold up to 25 pounds and comes in a set of four, so you’ll always have one on hand. After heavy use, throw it in the washing machine to revive it for whatever needs to be carried next.

Chrome BLCKCHRM 22X Civvy Tote

Chrome BLCKCHRM 22X Civvy Tote

Chromium

Chrome Industries, based in Oregon, knows a thing or two about bicycle equipment. For starters, the brand is headquartered in Portland, one of the nation’s premier cycling destinations, but it also debuted nearly 30 years ago and remains a favorite among cyclists. The Limited Edition Civvy Tote, while predictable at first glance, uses sturdy carry handles, a weather-resistant liner, wet / dry compartments, and plenty of storage pockets. Chrome even added a deployable shoulder strap that turns the tote into a commuter-friendly messenger bag.

Hydro Flask Insulated Tote

Hydro Flask Insulated Tote

Hydro Flask

Ideal for carrying food and drink, the aptly named “Insulated Tote” keeps contents hot or cold with the power of Hydro Flask insulation. Consider this for snacks on the beach, grocery shopping, or picnics in the parks when food needs to be kept hot or beers cold. The outer fabric is coated with waterproof treatment and the zippers are water resistant to protect your precious contents, but you can also use it to carry ordinary gear; the lined interior wipes down for easy cleaning at the end of the day.

Hyperlite Mountain Gear GOAT Tote Bag

Hyperlite Mountain Gear GOAT Tote Bag

Hyperlite mountain equipment

Hyperlite Mountain Gear is best known for its line of ultralight hiking gear, but the GOAT Tote embodies the same principles that put Hyperlite on the map. Made from durable Dyneema materials, the regular and large sizes weigh less than 10 ounces and store flat, so you can also keep one handy at all times.

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