If you’re heading back to school or in-person work (or you’re someone who lugs around a whole bunch of stuff, in general), finding the right bag to carry all your things in and make your commute more manageable is crucial. At the very least, you need it to carry your laptop, keys, phone and lunch with ease. When it comes to finding the perfect bag, you want it to be comfortable and practical, but also stylish — we get it.
From totes to backpacks, here are the bags you need to add to your collection this fall to level up your daily routine.
IKEA, DRÖMSÄCK Backpack
This iconic budget-friendly bag has already made the rounds on TikTok, and it would be remiss to not add it to this list. The DRÖMSÄCK bag is a minimalistic tote, that also turns into a backpack! It’s the perfect bag for students and those heading back into the office. It can easily hold a laptop, lunch bag and cellphone with plenty of space for more items. It also comes in two shades: beige and olive green — and both colours will match anything!
Baggu, Duck Bag
San Francisco-based Baggu is known for its versatile selection of bags. One of their bestsellers is this classic everyday recycled cotton canvas tote bag, which can be worn in-hand or over the shoulder. It’s the perfect bag for toting around your laptop (it perfectly fits a 15’’ one), work files, yoga clothes, art supplies — you name it. It’s also machine-washable and comes in a myriad of colours and prints, so there’s a style that will work for everyone.
Tusk, Camo Carryall Tote
Sold exclusively at Toronto-based retailer Tusk, this oversized canvas tote is designed to carry all (get it?) your belongings with no hesitation. It’s also handmade in Canada and features an extremely cool abstract camo print that will definitely catch peoples eyes while you’re walking down the street or riding the subway.
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Love & Lore, Eden Backpack
For an elevated, chic backpack, this sustainably-made brown vegan leather bag is perfect and also doesn’t break the bank. The backpack’s modern shape and spacious, bucket-style interior includes a drawstring opening that offers plenty of room for carrying around daily musts like a small laptop. It also includes an interior slip pocket that’s perfect for quick-and-easy access to keys and cash on-the-go. This backpack does it all, and still looks cute.
Fermé, Canvas Tote
If you’re not in bold patterns, Toronto-based brand Fermé has their staple canvas tote bag, available in a chocolate brown hue. This tote is made in Canada and is wide and strong enough to carry a laptop, books and any other necessities you might have. It’s a simple, yet unique take to the traditional tote bag.
Lefrik, Capacity Backpack
This classic black backpack is the perfect balance between function and sustainability. It features a top handle, a front zipper pocket and a main inner section for essential items. Additionally, it has an internal mesh pocket to conceal items you don’t want to get lost. But, it gets better: this waterproof backpack is made of 25 PET bottles which saves 1.2kg of carbon dioxide and 2.3L of water. If you’re looking to be environmentally-friendly without compromising functionality — this bag is for you.
Herschel Supply Co, Mica Canvas Tote
Sometimes all you need is a structured tote bag. This one is crafted with durable canvas and designed with over-the-shoulder handles — leaving it looking like a purse, but designed like a tote bag. It’s an easy, minimalist style that is sure to fit all your daily essentials. For everyday use, the beige sparkle hue is the way to go, but the tote also comes in both black gingham and pink gingham, if you’re still trying to hold onto the last remnants of summer.
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Junes, The Everyday Tote
From carrying extra textbooks to hitting the grocery store after your day job, this sustainable everyday tote is it. Not only is it durable, washable and long-lasting, but it also features two deep interior pockets and two outer bottle pockets. The bag is also made with a matte finish that softens over time. The Bio-Knit material is made with recycled plastic bottles and CiCLO® technology which helps to reduce plastic pollution in landfills and waterways. If that’s not enough, this pale yellow hue is a fun pop of colour to your day.
Totes, Rain Tote Bag Rush
Having a water-repellent bag is key — you never know what kind of weather you might be caught in! This tote is made of water-resistant lightweight fabric and features a matte finish. It’s fully lined, with one main compartment and a practical inside pocket. It also has two heavy-duty straps and a waterproof zipper to further protect your belongings. The tote comes in standard shades of black and white, but the coral is an enjoyable colour while still remaining neutral.
Muji, Water Repellant Rucksack
Bring it back to the basics with this rucksack from everyone’s favourite lifestyle brand, Muji. This backpack is simple, but sometimes that’s all you need. The bag is made of water-resistant polyester and features adjustable straps, a spacious front pocket and a main compartment that can hold up to 20kg. It comes in black, beige and navy, so regardless of which colour you pick, you don’t have to worry about it clashing with your fits.
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