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10 perfect tote bags for every summer activity

They're *totes* cute, too.

totes Credit: Everlane / Hotel Magique

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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

Michael Kors
Credit: Michael Kors

This Michael Kors tote is both practical and classy for every occasion.

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.

Get the Eva Large Nylon Top Zip Tote from Michael Kors for $193.50

2. This convertible Fjallraven tote

Fjallraven
Credit: Fjallraven

This convertible Fjallraven bag is ideal for those days you're unsure of what lies ahead.

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.”

Get the Fjallraven Convertible Totepack No. 1 from Amazon starting at $83.19

3. This cheerful Old Navy tote

Old Navy
Credit: Old Navy

Stock up on several of these durable Old Navy totes.

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.

Get the Canvas Tote Bag from Old Navy starting at $6

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4. This top-selling Anthropologie tote

Hotel Magique
Credit: Hotel Magique

Customers rave over Anthropologie's top tote for its roomy and modern design.

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.”

Get the Hotel Magique for Anthropologie Love and Magique Tote Bag from Anthropologie for $118

5. This quilted Lululemon tote

Lululemon
Credit: Lululemon

This quilted bag protects your belongings while looking chic as an accessory.

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.

Get the Quilted Embrace Tote 20L from Lululemon for $168

6. This practical Longchamp bag

Longchamp
Credit: Longchamp

The Longchamp tote is ideal for everyday—from work to play and everything in between.

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.

Get the Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote from Nordstrom for $145

7. This whimsical Vince Camuto tote

Vince Camuto
Credit: Vince Camuto

The Vince Camuto tote bag is a total ray of sunshine with its unique patterns and rigid construction.

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.”

Get the Orla Vince Camuto Printed Canvas Tote from QVC for $128

8. This pretty and political tote

Society6
Credit: Society6

Channel the power and confidence of RBG wherever you go.

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.”

Get the Horazion Fight For The Things You Care About RBG Ruth Bader Ginsburg Tote Bag from Society6 starting at $18.39

9. This sustainable Madewell tote

Madewell
Credit: Madewell

This versatile Madewell bag is made with busy summer days in mind.

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.”

Get the The (Re)sourced Tote Bag in Painted Leopard from Madewell for $98

10. This tote that’s easy on your back

Everlane
Credit: Everlane

This cozy knit Everlane tote adds some much-needed softness to your bold summer outfits.

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.”

Get The Do-It-All Tote from Everlane for $50

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