Luggage, Road Trip Gear

Which Tote Bag Will You Bring On Your Expeditions?

A tote bag is an incredibly versatile piece of luggage. It can be your every-day bag for when you are out and about exploring a new culture, your entire luggage collection for a weekend away, or an airline personal item for longer trips.

In our experience, a tote bag can be used as a stand-alone piece of luggage or as an as-needed second piece of luggage that can be collapsed and stored away when not in use. Below are our eight favorite tote bags in each category. Figure out which one works best for you and pack it up!

The Best Stand-Alone Tote Bag For Your Trip

These tote bags are fantastic pieces of luggage, either as a supplemental piece to your rolling bag or as your only piece of luggage for a shorter trip.

This bag is stylish and convenient for travel, with on spacious main pocket, one inner zippered pocket, two front pockets, and one back pocket. It measures 16” x 13” x 7” which means it works as an airline’s personal item. The main compartment zippers shut, making it secure for under-the-seat storage.

It comes with two sturdy handles and an adjustable over-the-shoulder strap. You can choose from five vibrant colors. The sturdy canvas material means it can hold up to anything your traveling throws at it!


This bag is fantastic for traveling. Not only is it water repellent, it also comes with seven separate compartments. The main compartment zippers shut, and contains a padded laptop section. The front of the bag has four separate zippered pockets and a back sleeve for extra and convenient storage.

It measures 15” x 11” x 6.3” and has two hand straps and an adjustable should strap. It comes in seven bright colors – so that you can pick something unique and ensure that your bag will not get lost among a see of black shoulder bags at the airport.


This bag doesn’t have any zippered pockets, which makes it less-than-ideal for plane travel, but perfect for anyone who craves convenience. It is made of heavy-duty polyester with vinyl backing and measures 12” x 9” x 7.5”. One Amazon reviewer even said “I switched from a pocket-less bag I had been carrying to and from work for years. Then I decided I was tired of fishing for stuff in the bottom, and wanted to get more organized. Boy does this do the trick! Everything I want at my fingertips. Amazing.”

Choose this bag if you really want to have all of your belongings at your fingertips.


This bag is marketed towards nurses and teachers but is equally fantastic for travelers. It has a main zippered pocket, a zippered internal pocket, and six external slip pockets. The interior padded pocket can even fit a 12” laptop.

The entire bag measures 18.5” x 13” x 6” and comes in three stylish color combinations. If you want a secure main compartment, but easy-to-access exterior pockets, this is the bag for you.


The Best Supplemental Tote Bag For Your Travels

At some point it will happen to all of us, you pack perfectly for your trip, but then pick up some fantastic souvenirs along the way and cannot fit them into your luggage for your trip home. When that happens, make sure you have one of these collapsible tote bags stowed away somewhere so that you have extra luggage space ready and on-hand.

This bag collapses down so much that it will fit in the palm of your hand! It is lightweight and consists of only one large compartment, maximizing your storage space. The entire thing weighs only 2.4 oz and promises to be barely noticeable in your luggage.

When unfolded, it measures 16” x 4” x 24”. When you come home with more than you left with, this bag is the perfect thing to have with you.


This bag is the perfect companion piece to your rolling luggage. It folds down into its own front pocket and has a sleeve on the back that will fit over your roller bags pullout handles. When it is folded it measures 7” x 7” x 1.5” and when unfolded it measures 18.5” x 11.4” x 6”.

It comes in five natural colors and has two handles and an adjustable shoulder strap. It is very lightweight, weighing only 7.8 oz, and is a great thing to have with you as a supplemental personal item.


When this bag is folded, it is roughly the size of your wallet. When unfolded, it measures 15.7” x 13.8” x 5.5”, and weighs only 100g! It is advertised as a shopping bag, but can really be used for anything you would like to throw over your shoulder.

This tote bag consists of only one main compartment and comes in four compartments. It is made of durable polyester, which is water resistant and very sturdy.


When this bag is folded down, it measures only 7.4” x  5.5” x 1.5”, and when it is expanded it measures 11” x 6” x 15”. When unzipped, the pocket that contains it when its folded up sits on the front of the bag, and two elastic mesh pockets are exposed for easy storage.

It is made of breathable, durable, and waterproof nylon. It comes in eight bright and primary colors and has two sturdy shoulder straps. This is a great bag to have with you when you are shopping, traveling, or spending a day at the beach.


So gather up all of the belongings you never know where to put, and throw them into a tote bag!

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