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The Top 8 Smart & Stylish Carry-All Totes for Travel

smart & stylish carry-all totes, Think Roylan Wingman Bag on Erin Busbee
Smart & Stylish Carry-All Totes

Travel restrictions are finally being lifted—just in time for summer vacation! Anyone who has traveled a lot knows that a good tote bag is one of the most versatile tools in a traveler’s packing arsenal. The workhorse of the travel bag ensemble, it’s the perfect carry-all for your essentials. You can toss in your wallet, passport, phone, headphones, laptop, book, scarf, sweater, makeup bag, water bottle, snacks and more. (Read about Erin’s favorite travel tote, the Think Royln, here.) Travel totes come in all shapes and sizes to suit your style. Plus, if your check-in luggage is a little over the weight limit, the tote bag is instantly your saving grace. To help you find a great bag without sacrificing utility, durability, or elegance, check out these top 8 smart & stylish carry-all totes for travel. You won’t want to leave home without one.

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1

Think Royln Wingman Tote

Erin’s favorite travel tote bag, the Wingman is perfect for holding everything on the go. The horizontal quilted fabric is edgy and effortless and there are plenty of pockets for organizing all your essentials.
2

Christian Louboutin Cabata

Light and spacious, this structured leather tote is a timeless style that not only holds everything you need, but looks rockin' doing it! And, it's accented with Louboutin’s signature red. There’s also a removable tone-on-tone leather case.
3

Tory Burch Ella Canvas Tote

A new take on the classic nylon favorite, the Ella Quadrant is made of canvas with a leather windowpane frame. It’s ideal for both every day and getaways, with a roomy interior for all of your essentials.
4

Valentino Canvas Tote

This roomy tote is a statement piece with its graffiti and spray paint effect. The oversized bow is what got me! The top handles, adjustable shoulder straps, and removable pouch are all reinforced with red leather.
5

Marc Jacobs Canvas Tote

A go-to carry-all that’s ready for anything you throw in it. This small tote can be worn using the top handle or the removable crossbody strap. There are so many colors and prints to choose from, but this tie-dye version is the season’s newest.
6

MCM Shopper

This Nappa leather shopper with the brand's iconic Visetos canvas adds a little edginess to your travel outfit. You can lock-up your prized possessions with the 24k gold-plated clasp and the two interior side pockets are perfect for tumblers and bottles.
7

Coach Field Tote

For the environmentally conscious, this bag is made with certified organic cotton and without the use of harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides. For an added bonus, the lining is made from recycled materials.
8

Von Holzhausen Shopper

This shopper is made with a 100% vegan and sustainable performance fabric. So, it’s got the rich look of leather, but it’s lightweight! It can be worn as a shoulder bag or crossbody by pulling the straps to elongate them.
Amit Bloom, lifestyle writer Busbee Style
Amit Bloom
Amit is a loyal subscriber turned contributor from Miami, where she founded and edited an award-winning lifestyle magazine for over 20 years. The loves of her life are her husband and their two fiercely independent and creative kids. She has been known, however, to proclaim that her favorite child is their Shiba Inu, Zac.
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4 thoughts on “The Top 8 Smart & Stylish Carry-All Totes for Travel

  1. Are the sneakers true to size? I ordered some Superga platform sneaks I love, but they run big. They are also sold out everywhere.

    1. I normally buy a 7 1/2 and these only come in full sizes. I ordered the 8’s and they are perfect. I would say they run a bit small..so round up!! xoxo

  2. Love this outfit! And the shoes! I’m curious what you wear underneath cotton blouses that might have thinner material? In your jcrew post you looked like you had a bralette or cami on underneath. I would love to know more about what you suggest to wear under blouses like that. Thanks for sharing your fabulous fashion knowledge with us!

    1. Definitely a cami, usually a cotton or cotton/spandez hybrid. I really like the Zara and Loft cami’s. They are short, though, so if you have a long torso they won’t be long enough. I like mine shorter because I don’t want extra fabric at bottom that I have to tuck in and potentially add bulk. Hope that helps? I did a video about what to wear under sheer blouses. I think you can search the blog and find it pretty easily. Erin xo

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