I am a person who loves to tote. When I travel, my tote bag needs to not just be roomy, but also lightweight, stylish and have a spacious interior. The ideal travel tote also needs to pack down neatly and be easy to transport for when I’m on the move in my destination.
Here are six travel tote bags that tick all these boxes to shop for before your next jet
The iconic one: Louis Vuitton MM Neverfull in Damier Azure
Since its introduction in 2007, the Louis Vuitton Neverfull has been a bestseller. Available in three sizes (PM, MM and GM), and three signature LV canvases, the most popular for jetsetters are the medium and large versions. It’s miraculous how much you can comfortably pack into these open-top totes – you could easily use the large one as a weekender.
The ultra-portable one: Longchamps Le Pliage
Made from durable polyamide canvas, the Le Pliage weighs next to nothing and neatly folds down to the size of a small paperback book. I have a few Le Pliage bags I have had for years that I have taken around the world – they show no signs of wear. These travel totes come in a range of shades including staples like black, red and bone, with fresh colourways introduced seasonally.
The logo-stamped one: Marc Jacobs The Medium Tote
If you want designer coolness for an incredible price, Marc Jacobs’ The Tote Bag is a chic and smart buy. The canvas edition of the TikTok viral tote comes in four sizes and an ever-changing lineup of fashionable shades. And, you can use the top handles or wear it cross body, thanks to a removable strap.
The unstructured one: Cuyana System Tote 16”
Not only do Cuyana’s bags have a breezy and beautiful aesthetic, but most are customizable and monogrammable – we love a bespoke touch! Cuyana also makes clever tote organization inserts, which you can drop into this bag to keep all your things in order.
The oversize one: Gucci Ophidia Large Tote
This is a statement bag! Gucci’s GG large leather tote is oversize and patterned with Gucci’s double G logo, lined in canvas, and comes with a handy little zip pouch. Consider this deluxe of travel totes an investment piece that’s worth the splurge because it will last a lifetime.
The classic one:
LL Bean Boat and Tote open top bag
The LL Bean Boat and Tote bag is almost 80 years old, and every tote is still handcrafted in LL Bean’s home state of Maine. Available in a few different sizes, you can customize your natural canvas tote with handle length and colour, as well as your monogram. Take it to the beach, on a grocery run, or on the plane.