The versatility of a well-constructed tote bag is something to admire. The possibilities of where to go and what to take are nearly endless, especially if your tote bag is of the large variety. The bright colors, fun patterns, and even bold graphics on your favorite tote are capable of conveying your personality and while carrying your latest finds.
If you’re looking for a classic new tote bag to add to your collection, SampleHouse’s wide selection of Vera Bradley and other totes is a great place to start. Look for uses beyond shopping – totes are durable, washable, and can do much more than simply carry a few groceries home. If you need a reason to add a new tote to your collection, these creative uses for this closet staple may give you plenty of justification to splurge.
Take a trip to the Farmer’s Market
If your tote is washable and you don’t mind getting it a little dirty, it’s a perfect way to carry around your favorite produce from your local farmer’s market without adding to the collection of paper and plastic grocery bags under your kitchen sink. If you’re concerned about staining the inside of your bag, line it with a plastic grocery bag. This tip is especially helpful if you’re buying liquids.
Plan a spontaneous trip to the coast, and bring your favorite tote along with you. Tote bags are perfect for stowing towels, sunscreen, and even a few souvenirs from the beach itself. For this trip, carry a waterproof tote just in case things get a little messy.
Hassle-free carry-on luggage
If you’re traveling by plane, the perfect sized tote is a necessity. A medium-sized tote bag will slip right under your seat, and may mean that you won’t need to check any additional luggage after you’ve done a little too much shopping. A tote may also be a good choice for a carry on bag. You can fill a tote with your iPad, snacks, quart-sized bag of liquids, and a comfy neck travel pillow.
Head to the game
Headed to root on your favorite team? Don’t forget your tote! Create an “emergency kit” in a large tote that includes ponchos, sunscreen, and Band-Aids. If you’re planning to cook out before kickoff, fill a tote with all the necessities you’ll need to set the table, like paper plates, plastic flatware, and even a few plastic wine glasses to toast to victory.
Finding a few minutes of down time during the day to catch up on your crocheting or design a new bracelet from your favorite set of beads is the saving grace of a busy day for a lot of crafty folks. A tote bag with storage compartments is a great way to keep organized and carry your crafts around in style.
Store supplies for your car
Every car should have a few essentials in case of bad weather, an accident, or even a flat tire. Grab an old tote bag and fill it with the things you’ll need in the event of a mishap. Flares, jumper cables, and even a warm winter coat can really come in handy if you ever find yourself stranded on the side of the road. Pack your emergency kit in the trunk to ensure that you always have the things you need to get back on the road.
Enjoy a picnic
Headed to the park with your pals or on a romantic date with your love? Tote bags come in all shapes and sizes and serve as a modern day version of the gingham-lined basket. Fill that tote with your gourmet fig and walnut salad, pick a great spot under the best tree, and enjoy the beauty mother nature has to offer.
Tote bags aren’t just for carrying around your kids’ toys or an extra set of clothes. These creative uses for the trusty tote bag will help you stay organized, and make sure that everyone sees the fabulous bag you picked up at SampleHouse.