What you should be looking for in a Tote Bag

Posted by Judy Burks on

Tote bags are a nifty way of carrying all of your items around. They can also be stylish and accentuate a part of your personality. Most are fairly affordable and cost very little, but does that mean it’s right for you? Not necessarily. You may be surprised to find that some tote bags are much better than others. Here are a couple of things you should consider when trying to choose a tote bag.

Know what you need your tote bag for

Everyone needs a good tote bag, but not every tote bag is right for every occasion. When looking for the right tote bag for you, consider what you'll be using it for. Is it for going to the beach, going to class, or will you use it in a boardroom? All of these factors should affect the style and functionality of your tote bag. For instance, you may want to go with a professional leather tote bag for carrying around the office. While at the same time a simple cotton tote bag made you for the beach. If you are going to be using this tote bag as a daily driver we highly recommend getting a tote bag with a strap that can go over your shoulder. It makes carrying much more efficient when walking long distances. Remember, that tote bags make great gifts and if you are buying one for somebody then you need to consider how they will use it.

You need something lightweight

One of the best parts about having a tote bag is that they are often lightweight and make carrying things easier. Stick with this rule for just about any tote bag that you buy. The reason is that if you select a tote bag with unnecessary weight in addition to all of your other items it can be a burden to carry around. You need something sleek and easy to carry throughout your day, especially if you're going to be using your tote bag to hold books or binders. Don't settle for something that is only going to make your life harder. 

It needs to be made from quality materials

Remember how we talked about knowing what you’re going to use your tote bag for?  That's even more important when it comes to materials. Materials like cotton are going to be much easier to clean over time, however, cotton isn’t the most sturdy and shouldn’t be considered for daily use. Especially if you are planning on carrying heavy objects like a makeup bag and books. Instead, choose leather or vinyl to make your items last. This will require you to spend more money, but you make up for it by your tote bag lasting a lot longer. Quality materials will also prevent zippers from breaking and from pockets being destroyed. You don't have to worry about your tote bag falling apart while on the go. Even more importantly, make sure the straps are made out of secure materials. 

It needs to be able to carry everything you need

Speaking generally, going up a size in your tote bag is generally better. You are always going to want the option of being able to carry more than originally intended. It makes it easier if you are constantly on-the-go and need to take multiple things with you. It should also have multiple pockets to categorize items and store selected items away. Even if you don’t want pockets, having at least one gives you the option should you ever need it. Also, a tote bag shouldn't be inflexible. It needs to stretch. When selecting a bag that's right for you, consider how many objects you can stuff inside. In a pinch, could you fit those extra files or folders? Can you fit an extra towel for the beach? Conquer the chaos of a messy bag by having multiple pockets.

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