No matter how much you prep and plan ahead, traveling can be stressful. One particularly daunting task? Packing.
From cramming every last bit of your suitcase with outfit options to finding a safe place to stash fragile or valuable items, learning how to pack efficiently is an ongoing process.
If you’re a well-seasoned traveler, then you probably know that a good tote bag is an absolute essential. Totes are versatile and easy to carry—and if you pick the right one, they can be surprisingly roomy.
Whether you use it to store excess toiletries or to safely house your laptop and other in-flight essentials, these are the best tote bags for travel.
Cuyana Classic Easy Tote
This is one of the most popular tote bags for travel due to its quality and durability. It comes in such pretty colors that would work well with a variety of outfits and for a variety of occasions.
It’s ultra lightweight while still roomy enough to house all of your essentials, whether you’re bringing a laptop and books or extra clothes and toiletries onboard.
Leatherology Belmont Tote
I love this canvas bag for airport travel. It has a structured silhouette which means you can store things without feeling like they all sink to the bottom and get lost. The magnetic closure keeps your goodies safely inside.
It also has a zippered pocket and open pocket so you can conveniently stash your most needed items like your ID, lip balm, and sunglasses.
Dior Book Tote
If you’re looking to splurge on a tote that you’ll keep forever, I’d highly recommend the Dior Book Tote. Style wise, it’s the perfect mix between trendy and timeless. Function wise, it’s easy to get in and out of when you need to grab something fast, like your passport or headphones.
Plus, it’s cute enough to not only use on travel days but also for dinners or days out while on vacation.
Stoney Clover Classic Tote
Need a tote that does it all? Look no further than the Stoney Clover Classic Tote, which is lined with easy-to-clean nylon. It also has an adjustable and removable shoulder strap, if you prefer to carry your bag at a longer length.
Because it’s made by Stoney Clover, you can add a variety of patches to the tote to give it a personal touch. Add your name, a fun phrase, or icons that represent your favorite things. Another perk: it’s available in 20(!) fun colors.
Lily & Bean Canvas Tote
This bag is almost too chic to use as a travel tote! I’ve had mine for years now and have been impressed with the quality and way it holds up over time.
I love that you can monogram your initials on the side, and think the chain strap and detailing add such a feminine touch.
ReNew Transit Weekender
Sure, this might be a bit bigger than your average tote bag but it’s way too good not to include. It’s the ideal size between a standard carry on and a tote, making it a good option for quick weekend trips (or long trips when you need to squeeze as much as you can into your carry on bags).
The bag has two water bottle holders and a luggage pass-through handle so you can slip it safely on top of your suitcase. Choose to carry it as a crossbody, shoulder, or in-hand bag.
Lightweight Packable Puffer Tote
A tote that’s both packable and perfect to carry on a plane? Consider it a travel day superstar.
Fold this puffer bag and store it in your luggage to use upon arrival to your destination or rely on it to tote your laptop, wallet, and chargers for long-haul flights. Either way you go, it’s a win!
Lululemon Side-Cinch Bag
Looking for a more casual tote to go along with your relaxed airport look? This Lululemon pick is ideal for the gal who is always on the go.
The adjustable cinch detailing allows the bag to accommodate different needs/sizes. It also scores bonus points for being small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of you.