10 perfect tote bags for every summer activity
They're *totes* cute, too.
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With restrictions lifted across the country, many are vaccinated and ready to go. If you’re trying to stay out of the house as often as possible this summer, you’re going to need a stylish tote to help you tote around all your belongings in one place. Coming in a range of hues, shapes, and materials, totes are the ultimate summer bag since they tend to be spacious and hassle-free.
Looking for the coolest totes to accompany you on all your summer adventures? We’ve rounded up the 10 best options on the internet, from trusted retailers like Everlane, Anthropologie, and Lululemon.
1. This nylon Michael Kors tote
Let’s face it: With the brand’s signature logo tassels and luxe materials, not every Michael Kors bag is ready to accompany you on all your summer adventures. This one, however, tote-ally is. Made with waterproof nylon material that reviewers say was particularly easy to clean during the pandemic, it’s one of the brand’s more down-to-earth options. It does feature gold-toned hardware and leather detailing to retain MK’s signature sophistication, but customers say it’s still great for bringing virtually anywhere thanks to its eight interior pockets.
2. This convertible Fjallraven tote
We love anything convertible because it gives you extra freedom throughout the day. Available in 13 colors, you can wear this Fjallraven favorite as a backpack using the two included adjustable straps or hold it as a standard tote with its leather straps. It’s got an inner key ring so you can keep tabs on where it is among the clutter, and interior and exterior zippered pockets.
“I love this tote bag,” says one fan. “It’s perfect. It’s extremely well made and will last a long time. I love how easily I can turn it into a backpack, tote, or carry by hand. It’s also water-resistant, which is awesome since I live in Florida.”
3. This cheerful Old Navy tote
We all need a couple of totes that can withstand the rigors of everyday life. This best-seller from Old Navy features a soft and slouchy body that allows you to fit in a substantial amount of belongings, according to reviewers, and it’s easy to spot clean in the wash after a day at the beach. Its double-webbed canvas handles are durable, and customers swoon over the uplifting prints and graphics.
4. This top-selling Anthropologie tote
Anthropologie’s top tote with a perfect rating is totes the way to go this summer. As a collaboration with paper goods design house Hotel Magique, the tote features whimsical apple or checkered motifs that borrow from the graphic designer’s travels. It comes with a shaper to lay at the bottom of the bag so it stays propped up, and best of all, it comes with five inner slip pockets and a separate pouch that works as a wristlet, makeup bag, or coin purse.
“Honestly, I was nervous to order this because of the price, but let me say, it is perfect!” says one reviewer. “The inside has so many pockets and comes with a little wallet thing. I am considering buying another because it is the perfect size for a beach or travel bag.”
5. This quilted Lululemon tote
Lululemon nails it when it comes to designing moisture-wicking clothing, and thankfully, it’s extending those same features to its totes, allowing your belongings to stay safe and dry. This best-selling tote features compartments to separate your dry clothes from your wet ones (whether you just went swimming in the pool or had a major sweat session), a padded pocket to accommodate a laptop up to 16 inches, a water bottle compartment, and plenty of exterior and interior pockets.
6. This practical Longchamp bag
Longchamp experienced its heyday in the early aughts, but due to the practicality and sleek look of its totes, it’s worth revisiting once again this summer. Made with water-resistant nylon material, the totes are ideal for rainy days and afternoons at the beach, and they fold flat for easy storage. The bags come with an inside pocket and feature an elegant leather trim. Of the 1,700 Nordstrom reviewers, many note it’s extremely comfortable to carry over your shoulders.
7. This whimsical Vince Camuto tote
This Vince Camuto tote is an ideal way to look like a world traveler without setting foot outside your hometown. Available in three vibrant patterns, the lightweight tote features a detachable tassel, an interior and exterior slip pocket, and boasts a thick canvas material that stands up on its own.
“The coloring is great, the quality is definitely there, and the size is perfect (and I'm not a big bag girl),” says one 5-star reviewer. “I own a lot of handbags in a variety of high-end brands and this one definitely measures up. I specifically like that it stands up on its own even when empty. I would absolutely recommend this bag.”
8. This pretty and political tote
Channel RBG’s wisdom, grace, and strength with one of Society6’s most popular totes. It’s available in three sizes, and it has durable poly poplin material that’s said to “never fade” and is machine washable. Of this statement-making tote with more than 500 fans, one reviewer says the artwork is “top notch.”
9. This sustainable Madewell tote
Do something kind to both the planet and your back with this super versatile printed tote. It’s made with recycled plastic materials that might otherwise end up in landfills, comes with a padded laptop compartment and several pockets, as well as your choice of handles. As Madewell’s top-rated tote with a perfect rating, the bag even inspired a competitor to weigh in. “I work for a luggage and travel brand and I hesitate to purchase competitor products but I love the design of this bag!” they wrote. “It’s lightweight and functional. I love that it has the luggage band on the back, a sleeve for an iPad or laptop, lots of pockets, and a sturdy zipper.”
10. This tote that’s easy on your back
Carrying the brunt of your bag’s weight across one shoulder isn’t doing your back any favors, so you’ll love that this top-selling tote from Everlane can be worn as a messenger bag for equal weight distribution. This tote (made of 19 recycled plastic water bottles!) can go virtually anywhere—including the washing machine.
While the tote doesn’t have any extra pockets, it doesn’t stop reviewers from taking it with them wherever they go. “I love that I can just throw everything in it and go. It hangs on my shoulder so beautifully, and I can just reach into it and grab whatever I need—no need to set it down on a table or the ground to dig,” one fan writes. “I don’t carry a ton of things, just the essentials plus a couple of extra things just in case. It’s perfect for those trying to be more minimalistic while also having the pleasure of using a very cute tote bag. I suggest getting some pouches to organize your things if you’re used to using pockets in bags.”
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