Whether or not a particular tote bag is the right bag for you to be lugging to and from work every day depends on many variables.
Sure, all you really need is a bag to carry your things, but if you’re out looking at different tote bags for work anyways, why not get the best one?
If you know you need a new bag, but don’t know which one to pick, taking the following considerations to mind may very well make the selection process easier.
How Much Space Do You Need?
While every tote bag may look the same on the outside, once you actually open a few up and swish your hand through them a couple of times, you’ll notice that the actual available space from bag to bag varies drastically.
If you know you’ll be carrying a laptop, notebook and lunch bag, take note of roughly how big those items are before settling on your bag of choice.
How Much Weight Will You Be Carrying?
If you just plan on carrying a few light items around, a bag which may be carried by hand can work just fine, if that happens to be the type of bag you’re going for.
If; however, you know you’ll be lugging around 30 or 40 pounds of weight, a bag which can be slung over your shoulders, such as a backpack, will make carrying all of the weight around much easier.
For somewhere halfway in between, a single-strap, over-the-shoulder bag is a great choice.
Carrying large amounts of weight properly isn’t only about comfort, but about your back and shoulder health as well.
Leather vs. Fabric
There is no “right” material for a tote bag to be made out of, though there are a few things to keep in mind when selecting a material.
Fabric tends to be more lightweight than leather.
If you’re carrying around a small amount of weight, you’ll most likely be able to tell the difference in weight between these two materials.
The downside to fabric bags; however, is they tend to be less durable.
Leather, on the other hand, while more expensive (assuming you purchase quality leather) and heavier in weight, tends to be more durable than fabric.
If you decide that leather tote bags are what you need, be sure to stay away from faux leather or cheap knockoffs, which, while not guaranteed to be of low quality, tend to be less consistent in quality and durability.
How Many Pockets Do You Need?
This is easy to decide for yourself. Do you need separate pockets for your laptop, books and lunch? Or will one large, main pocket work just fine?
Just because you see a flap or zipper on the front of a tote bag, doesn’t mean at has more than one pocket; these may often-times just be for show without actually leading to a real pocket.
Do Your Items Need Protection?
Another easy decision; will you be carrying any valuable or fragile goods which aren’t impervious to bending? Much like laptop bags, tote bags can come with a protective layer of plastic or metal to protect the bag’s goods.