Which Boat & Tote Should You Buy?
As a lifelong boat & tote user*, I feel very strongly about the value of this versatile and useful bag. I’ve used them as school bags, diaper bags, bags for the car, for commuting, for traveling, for storage, even as a laundry hamper. The sky is the limit for their uses, and which boat & tote* you should buy is only determined by its intended use. (And for additional insight, don’t miss Salt Water New England’s guide!)
What size should I buy?
Small: A great size for a purse or a bag for your child! Not able to fit much but it’s fun.
Medium: Perfect for daily use as a work bag, a diaper bag, or a school bag if you’re taking a reasonable number of classes.
Large: A great size for an overnight bag, a school bag if you have a heavy courseload, or a travel bag for a long road-trip.
Extra-large: Enough room to cart around your child, or meeting packets for a board meeting of fifty, or huge numbers of mailings, or a week’s worth of laundry, or enough clothes for a ten-day trip to Europe. This size is NOT messing around. It’s super-practical but GIANT.
Open-top or zipper?
Open-top: Ideal for a car bag (easy access as long as you keep it somewhere secure but convenient to reach), a stroller bag, or if you’re using it as a laundry hamper like I once did! I used an open-top bag in boarding school for my classes. It’s also ideal for carrying items short distances.
Zipper: Ideal for traveling, storage, a city bag, or as a diaper bag. I find the zipper gives me added peace of mind if I’m carry in around things like my laptop or wallet.
Long or short straps?
Short straps: I like short straps for a storage bag, a bag for the car, and a bag I don’t use for anything heavy or bulky. I can technically slip the short straps over my shoulders, but only if I’m not wearing a jacket or a thick sweater.
Long straps: I generally prefer long straps as I use the bulk of my boat & totes for carrying a lot of things around. They’re great for that, but the long straps can be inconvenient if you’re primarily using the bag for storage.
I hope you found this boat & tote guide helpful! Let me know if I can answer any questions in the comments below.