The humble tote bag. Offering the perfect solution for women (and men) who need to carry a lot of stuff around in style! They make excellent travelling companions too — especially when you have small kids in tow.

Here’s a few reasons why you should be investing in one of these tote bags this summer.

Tote Bags V Shoulder Bags — What’s The Difference?

A shoulder bag (or handbag) normally has one strap – a tote bag has two. Plus a tote will typically open much wider and much more easily than a shoulder bag.

And — when it comes to the interior — there are some differences too.

A shoulder bag is often smaller, but has more inside pockets and sections. Whereas tote bags have a large, roomy interior – sometimes with no inner pockets.

Stylish, personalised tote bag from Vida Vida
We love this stylish, personalised tote from Vida Vida

Is a Tote Bag Better Than a Handbag?

It depends on the situation. You certainly would want to lug a tote bag to a wedding. Or even out to dinner!

But when travelling, tote bags really come into their own. They offer a stylish way to carry everything you need.

Roomy enough for passports, wallet, ticket. A magazine, kindle, phone. Plus your child’s favourite stuffed toy, some snacks and a water bottle.

In our opinion, they’re indispensable. Particularly if you’re planning a trip abroad with kids!

The Benny tote from Fiorelli offers style in really generous proportions
The Benny tote from Fiorelli offers style in really generous proportions

The Best Tote Bags

From the queen of handbags herself, Anya Hindmarch, bringing us the crème de la crème of in-flight tote bags, to a gorgeous quilted number from Saint + Sofia, heres our pick of the best tote bags on the market right now.

a round up of the best tote bags

1. Structured Canvas Tote Bag – Boden, £60 | 2. Cream Quilted Tote Bag – Saint+ Sofia, £99 | 3. The Wanderer Nylon Tote – Osprey London, £65 | 4. Extra Large Zip Top Canvas Tote Bag – Lands End, £40 | 5. Erika Tote in Tan – Fiorelli, £75 | 6. Cavalli Class Multicolour Leopard Pattern Tote Bag – TK Maxx, £79.99 | 7. In-Flight Bag – Anya Hindmarch, £650 | 8. Black Quilted Lock Tote Bag – Next, £40 | 9. Bag Organiser / Organiser Insert – PRENE, £23.97

Featured image photo by Adrienne Andersen

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