28 Bags For The Hard-Core Commuter

Whether you travel by bus, train, car, or even plane, there's one thing your commute has in common with all others: the need to lug a ton of crap from point A to point B. And while the trek from your front door to work (and back) likely isn't the shining moment of your day, it is inevitable — and so is having a bag that keeps all your essentials close at hand.

Between toting around a laptop, tablet, and a gym change, you can quickly find the number of bags you need multiplying, or your over-shoulder tote getting exponentially more ridiculous in size. And while the mini-bag trend is cute for Saturday nights, the weekdays deserve a sturdy carryall with Mary Poppins-esque storage capabilities. The 28 purses, backpacks, and briefcases that follow prove you don't have to sacrifice style for comfort when it comes to getting to and from work with all your stuff.
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A sleek gold handle gives this daily carryall an evening feel.

Zara Tote Bag with Metal Handles, $39.90, available at Zara.
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With a tablet sleeve, water bottle holder, and seemingly infinite compartments to fill with pens, keys, too many breath mints, etc., you'll almost never lose anything.

Dagne Dover The Mini Tote, $245, available at Dagne Dover.
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If your commute is more weekend than weekday, go for a full luggage bag.

Topshop Large Leather Luggage Bag, $160, available at Topshop.
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Switch between using the backpack straps or the top handle when you need a change in weight distribution.

Matt & Nat Vignelli, $150, available at Matt & Nat.
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Look for a handbag with a triangular shape that opens up on the bottom. A wide base is deceptively adept at packing larger items.

Draper James Leopard Lady Satchel, $398, available at Draper James.
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This print is (and goes with) everything.

Rachel Comey Silver Embroidered Sleeve Tote, $483, available at Rachel Comey.
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Soft leather wears well over time, so you can wear this minimalist option to death.

Fossil Fairfax Tote, $298, available at Fossil.
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Slim and sophisticated, just like the laptop you're going to toss into it.

Ceri Hoover Alys Tall Tote, $670, available at Ceri Hoover.
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It's called a basket for a reason. This bag is every yoga-mat-carrier's dream.

Cuero & Mor Basket, $500, available at Cuero & Mor.
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A pop of color to keep you cheery on your daunting commute.

Marni Nappa Opaca Colorblock Shoulder Bag, $1760, available at Bird.
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We'll be using this even when we don't have 10 pounds to carry around.

PB0110 CM 11, $491, available at PB0110.
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Don't underestimate an accordion-style bag. More sections means everything will be easier to find.

& Other Stories Pleat Detail Leather Handbag, $245, available at & Other Stories.
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Work tote to weekender, you can use this bag all week long.

Mango Wool-Blend Shopper Bag, $59.99, available at Mango.
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A simple flap offers easy access.

Kestrel Line Wire Backpack, $198, available at Kestrel.
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The pliable material of this bag is ideal for optimal stuffing.

Clare V. Claude, $465, available at Clare V.
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You're already imagining the work outfits to put this with, right?

Building Block Circle Shoulder Tote, $395 $277, available at Building Block.
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Give those Monday blues a chic facelift.

Feather.M Monday, $804 $322, available at Feather.M.
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For those times you wish your early morning train had a no-phones rule.

Anya Hindmarch No Mobiles Maxi Featherweight Ebury, $2,450, available at Anya Hindmarch.
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Panicking that you may have forgotten your keys? Solution: A bag with a peek-a-boo panel.

Death In Paris Horizon Concrete, $256, available at Death In Paris.
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Foley + Corinna Cable Tote, $395, available at Foley + Corinna.
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One bag you can wear three ways.

Auxiliary Bega Satchel Bag, $410, available at Aritzia.
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A grueling commute has us thinking of tropical getaways.

Future Glory Co. Presidio Tote in Palms, $195, available at Future Glory Co.
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The best day-to-night bag, and the perfect way to hide your sweaty gym shoes.

Facine The Large Satchel, $750, available at Facine.
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The little things — pens, metro cards, keys — start to add up. Keep them in an easy-to-find spot with two large outer pockets.

Silence + Noise Oversized Tote Bag, $54, available at Urban Outfitters.
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A front pocket to save you from constantly unbuckling your backpack.

Whistles Portland Backpack, $560, available at Whistles.
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Feel free to unabashedly toss around this super-affordable one.

Baggu Duck Bag, $26, available at Baggu.
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An x-ray shot of this will show a laptop, iPad, Kindle, four mismatched power cords, and a minimum of 12 lipsticks just chilling at the bottom.

Time's Arrow tote.
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Equipped to handle a quick grocery run after work.

Trademark Large Andre, $698, available at Trademark.
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This is the ultimate travel tote. Unzip the top to reveal a garment-bag style pocket.

Postels Bag, available to order at Postels.

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