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Nothing feels more exciting than a planned vacation. However, when the time comes to pack the luggage, things often get stressful. What will be going into the checked-in luggage? How to deal with smaller items that you’d like to take on board with you? For me, in addition to taking a proper carry-on luggage on board, I also take a tote. In the tote I keep my laptop, travel documents, as well as all my on-flight necessities, that are usually a stack of magazines, a portable charger and some make-up essentials. Are you on a lookout for a perfect travel tote? If yes, then scroll down this blog post to unveil the top 5 best designer travel tote bags on the market right now!
YSL Rive Gauche Tote ($1,150)
The bag that I keep spotting on every major fashion blogger lately is the YSL Rive Gauche Tote. The YSL Rive Gauche is a roomy and structured tote which features one main compartment with a zipper pouch inside, a three snap button closure and two leather handles. Currently, the bag comes in four variations that are crafted in 100% linen, cotton and leather. The bag’s dimensions are: 18.7 x 14.0 x 6.2 inches, so the Rive Gauche tote is quite a large bag. It will effortlessly fit in a laptop and all your on-flight necessities. Moreover, the top handles on the bag are long enough for the YSL Rive Gauche Tote to be carried on the shoulder, which gives it even more versatility.
Louis Vuitton On the Go GM ($2,690)
When the Louis Vuitton Onthego Tote first hit the boutiques in 2019, the bag immediately sold out everywhere. The Onthego was introduced in Louis Vuitton’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection and we all instantly fell in love with it. Undeniably, the design of the Onthego tote is striking. The combination of Giant Monogram (oversized monogram pattern) and the Monogram Reverse canvas made this bag stand out. However, the bag itself is also very practical and functional. Initially, the Onthego Tote was released in GM size with bag’s dimensions being 16.14 x 13.39 x 7.48 inches. The Onthego GM features a generous capacity, which makes it an absolutely excellent travel bag. The LV canvas are known for being extremely lightweight, so even when the bag is full, it doesn’t get weighted down. Today, the Onthego Tote also comes in a smaller MM size and is available in a variety of materials.
Dior Book Tote ($2,900)
Ever since the Dior Book Tote was first released in Spring 2018, it became a favorite among influencers, celebrities, and, of course, jet-setters. What’s pretty special about this bag is that the interior is completely void of divided compartments or pockets. The aesthetic of the bag is so simple, yet iconic. Did you know that the original (embroidered) version of the Dior Book Tote requires 1.5 million stitches and over 37 hours of work to be completed?! Dimensions of the original Dior Book tote are 16.75 x 13.75 x 7 inches which make it a perfect carryall for all your travel essentials. The bag can be carried both by hand and on the shoulder. Furthermore, today the Dior Book Tote also comes in additional 2 smaller sizes and the bag is available in a variety of prints. So, there are plenty of options for you to choose from.
Hermes Garden Party ($2,075-$3,750)
Plain, simple and chic – the Hermes Garden Party Tote has it all, the craftsmanship, the look and the functionality. The bag opens to one big interior compartment that is meant to accommodate all of your things. Compared to other Hermes bags, the Garden Party feels a little bit more understated and not as recognizable. The bag bring out more of a casual vibe. However, thanks to its classic silhouette, it will look appropriate with a variety of looks. The Hermes Garden Party Tote comes in 3 sizes: Garden Party 30, which is also known as TPM or small; Garden Party 36, which is a medium size; and the Garden Party 39, which is the largest available size. The bag comes in two different styles: canvas with leather trim or all leather.
Chanel Deauville Tote ($3,000-$4,100)
First introduced in Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2012 Collection, the Chanel Deauville Tote is chic, elegant and practical. On the front, the Deauville tote features the signature CC logo with the address of the most famous Chanel boutique, which is on 31 Rue Cambon in Paris. So, this bag, indeed, makes a statement! The Chanel Deauville Tote comes in four different sizes: small, medium, large and extra large; the last two being the most popular sizes among fashion-forward travelers. Dimensions of the large Deauville are 17 x 12.5 x 8.2 inches, while the extra large Deauville measures at 20 x 15 x 8 inches. Both bags would effortlessly fit in a 15 inch laptop and all your on-flight necessities. In addition, the Chanel Deauville Tote comes in several different materials and colourways. Among popular materials that the bag comes in are Calfskin & Caviar leather, Canvas, Raffia, Denim, Wool and Tweed.