Tote bags these days are THE essential accessory to have in your arsenal. They accompany you to the grocery store to save on plastic bags, to the beach, to anywhere really. Endlessly versatile with plenty of room, a sturdy tote is a no-brainer personal item for travel and flights, bigger than a purse but still able to fit a laptop. 

Whatever your style and preference, a tote bag you love is a must-have, and the right one is notoriously hard to find. We have scoured the web and tested plenty of tote bags, and bring you the best ones we like. From the value buys to the stylish fashion statements, here are our picks! 

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Of course one of our favourites has to be our own ZIPIT Women’s Shoulder Bag. This medium sized tote is just the right size for carrying anything you want when you leave the house. It features our trademark one-zipper design that transforms it into a lightweight purse.

It measures 7.8 inches (200 mm) in length, 11 inches (280 mm) in height, and 3.9 inches (100 mm) in depth and can hold laptops, tablets and all your electronic accessories. The sturdy and machine washable material means that you never have to worry about your tote bag disintegrating after years of use, and the price tag of $7.99 makes it affordable for everyone. 

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We then favour Baggu’s Ripstop Tote, particularly for casual use like for gyms and the beach. Machine washable, this tote is wonderfully chic and yet practical, making it handy for commuting. 

You can fit a 13” inch laptop in there, and with its sturdy construction, it lives up to its name “Ripstop”! Made with 40% recycled nylon sourced from pre-consumer waste, this versatile tote won us over with its value-for-money price at $20 and ease of use.

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For stylish simplicity and quality design, the Classic Structured Tote from Cuyana melts our hearts. 

Made from Italian leather in a factory in Turkey, this tote bag is LWG SIlver certified, ensuring that the material of this tote bag is manufactured responsibly. It’s price tag at $195 might be hefty but if you want a tote of style, this might be it.

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The ever-popular Boat and Tote from L.L. Bean is a classic that has been around for decades. These tote bags were initially geared toward the boat loving crowd and have expanded their reach to well….everyone. 

Spacious and open-top, this is a great option for when you have beach towels stuffed in, and the zippered version will hold up best for longer hauls or when traveling with kids that might tip the whole thing over. 

This tote comes in a natural canvas colour with the option to monogram and customize the colour of the straps. Starting from $34.95, we love this tote bag for its perfect blend of style and value. 

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From tote bag wholesaler Tote Bag Factory, this zippered canvas tote bag has a side pocket to keep your accessories. The large main compartment is perfect for stuffing your groceries or beachwear, and its generous size makes easy usage. 

At $4.95 with sturdy construction, this canvas tote bag won our hearts with its affordable pricing and simple design.

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The ultimate pick when it comes to traveling in style. This drawstring travel tote bag by Coach comes with a laptop compartment, shoe pockets and an expandable top.

The iconic Coach canvas makes a bold statement and this versatile carryall comes with a hefty price tag of $595.

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A classic and timeless tote bag that accommodates a few days’ worth of stuff, the Le Sportsac Classic Travel Tote comes in fast as one of our favourites. 

Made of 100% nylon, this lightweight tote bag is casual and functional, ideal for the beach or grocery store. It’s zippered main closure holds a large enough compartment for your shopping list, and its front and side pockets allow for better organization of the contents.

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This was one of our go-tos, a stylish, classic, faux-leather tote bag by Nordstorm. This reversible bag gives you the option of having a black tote or a brown, in one! Big enough to fit a 15” laptop with plenty of room to spare, a detachable wristlet is also included for your cash, cards and smaller things. 

We like it for the double styling options to coordinate with any outfit, the magnetic closure and the matching wristlet. At $50, this bag measures 15 ½"W x 13"H x 5"D and comes in two colour combinations.

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For those that prefer a tote bag that is longer than wide, the Baggu Canvas Tote might be right up your alley. A roomy tote that measures 16 ½" × 12" × 7", it is constructed from one piece of 100% cotton fabric and its stiffened material holds the shape well.

It folds down flat, and is machine washable, perfect for your go-to grocery shopping bag that saves on plastic and packs away heaps of stuff.

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We love this minimalist and elegant tote from Longchamp. The Longchamp Le Pliage is a light foldaway bag that has since gained popularity worldwide. The long handles sit comfortably on your shoulders and the zipper keeps your belongings safe.

It folds up into the size of a book, and comes in a variety of colours to suit everyone’s preferences. There’s a small inside compartment to organize the contents and the water-resistant finish of this classic tote bag protects even on rainy days.

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This Large Metro Tote by MZ Wallace is a chic minimal tote designed for maximum versatility. One of the most popular tote bags, it’s foldable, packable and even crushable without losing any of its shape.

The interior is spacious enough to hold plenty of stuff and the bag itself is light as a feather. At $235, we found it on the pricey side but it holds up well to wear and tear and will last you for many years. 

So there we have it! Our favourite totes of 2021, good for those grocery runs, beach days and travel.