The simplistic design of totes them make them extremely versatile as travel bags or for day-to-day uses. You can take them along as a carry-on bag for a weekend getaway, pack them with gym gear or fill them with school books and office supplies. Totes made with nylon have the added feature of being water and tear-resistant, and there are a number of different options available for every budget. Here are some of our favorites.
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The Oakarbo Large Weekend Travel Tote is functional, well built, and large enough to carry some items for a short getaway – all at an affordable price. Measuring 17.3 x 8.3 x 14.6 inches with removable 11-inch straps, the exterior is made of nylon and the interior lining is constructed of polyester. The bag is very lightweight, but spacious and features two matching, double-zippered exterior pouches on the front that expand to accommodate several items – perfect for toothbrushes and small toiletries. The interior easily fits a laptop, as well as clothing, and has another zippered pocket and pouches for pens and smartphones. The travel tote comes in six color varieties.
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For a sleek and stylish tote that’s high-quality (but reasonably priced), the Wonder Youth is a solid choice. The classic design comes in black or blue and can be used for a variety of occasions: in the office, airplane travel and even special events such as weddings. The tote measures 16 x 4.5 x 12 inches and has straps that are long enough to hold by hand or over the shoulder. It is made of waterproof nylon on the outside and the inside has several zippered pockets and pouches to separate items, plus enough space for a tablet, umbrella, files and other items. Amazon buyers felt the tote was sturdy and made of high-quality materials.
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For a lightweight, foldable - yet reliable - tote at a bargain price, the Foldable Waterproof Travel Trust Bag is a fantastic choice. The bag weighs less than half a pound and measures 18.9 x 12.6 x 6.4 inches, and is ideal as a gym bag or carry-on luggage. Pack it into your suitcase before your trip, fill it with souvenirs and easily transport them back home. Made of water- and tear-resistant nylon and sturdy zippers, the back features a small front pouch and luggage strap, so it can be easily secured to wheeled luggage. The Trustbag comes in red, light blue or navy.
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Whether heading to the park for a picnic or the beach for a day in the sun, this mesh bag has a brilliant design that helps make for a fun day outdoors. The nylon tote is water resistant and measures 20 x 16 x 7 inches and can fit four large beach towels and a few other items in the main compartment. The top of the bag zips closed and features padded handles so it rests comfortably on the shoulder, as well as two exterior side pockets are perfect for sunscreen, chapstick, smartphones and other grab-and-go items. The bottom of the bag has a self-contained, removable cooler that can hold up to 12 cans (or snacks and water bottles).
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For a tote that is multifunctional, the Crest Design convertible is both a backpack, tote bag and messenger bag. Measuring 12.6 x 18.5 x 5.1 inches, the zippered tote can comfortably fit a 17-inch laptop in the fabric-lined main compartment, as well as additional items in the two interior slots. The bag comes in seven different colors, including black, pink and various shades of blue and purple. The exterior is made of water-resistant nylon and features a zipped pocket for smartphones and other small items, as well as side pouches for umbrellas and water bottles and several straps that allow the bag to be used as a backpack, tote or even a large purse.
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If you’re searching for a premium-quality, stylish bag (and cost isn’t a concern), the LeSportSac Classic fits the bill. The 100 percent nylon bag comes in 19 different color and pattern options and is perfect for commuting, school, the office or even special events. Choose from solid navy blue or black, to patterns such as floral and tropical. The zippers are smooth and of good quality and the bottom of the bag features padding for laptops and other fragile items. The tote weighs less than a pound and measures 11.8 x 11.7 x 1.8 inches. It also includes a small, removable zippered pouch. One thing to note is the bag is not loaded with pockets like some of the others on this list.
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If you’re traveling for business and prefer a smaller tote for your office needs, the Laptop Tote Bag by DTBG is both stylish and functional. Available in gray, pink, purple, white and polka dot designs with scratch-resistant nylon, the bag measures 16 x 12 x 3 inches and has stylish, PU leather straps. The exterior has a large zippered pocket, while the interior has small pouches for phones, lotion, pens and other small items. The main compartment also features separate areas for 15.6-inch laptops and iPads with foam and Velcro to protect and secure items. Unlike similar totes, this bag does not stand easily on its own.
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For those needing something more durable, the Amolar gym bag has a thoughtful design that can withstand heavy items. The large tote measures 23 x 15 x 8 inches and is lightweight. Mesh side pockets are perfect for water bottles and wet clothing, making this a top choice for traveling or going to the gym. The Amolar can hold a lot of gear, so the comfortable padded shoulder straps help to reduce the pressure. The interior has separate compartments for organization, while the zipped front pocket on the outside is ideal for sunglasses, wallets and keys. The high-quality bag is made from black nylon with pink zippers and gray mesh.
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