The word “tote bag” refers to a canvas bag that people carry on one shoulder/arm/hand. They usually have two straps and do not have zippers. Even though they typically don’t have zippers, they are surprisingly good at holding items and keeping items inside. They are also surprising secure from drops and thefts because the straps are short, and the top of the bag is held close to the armpit. It can be a bit of a pain to find the right size of the canvas bag. The decision takes a lot of thought and should not be rushed.
First off, you must think about what you plan on putting into your tote bag. How big are the items that you want to carry? You don’t want to get a canvas tote that is too small to fit the things that you want to take. It is better to get a tote that is too big than too small. However, if you get a tote bag that is too big, it may be a pain to carry around. Also, if you put small items in a tote bag that is large in comparison, the things may move around in the bag and get roughed up. They may move around a lot, be hard to keep track of and fall out of the bag.
The key to figuring out what size canvas tote you should get is to figure out the dimensions of totes and the sizes of items that you plan on putting into totes. For example, if you do not have any idea how big an 8 by 12 tote is, it is your job to get a ruler and a large piece of paper. Draw a rectangle that is eight by 12 on the paper. The rectangle that you draw will be the size of the tote bag. Do the same thing for your personal belongings. Measure them and see how big they are. It is also worth it to figure out the dimension for how wide a tote bag will extend when willed with items. If you already know this dimension, you can use this and the other aspects to construct, or of paper or fabric, how big a tote bag with given size would look while being filled to its fullest.
If you are near stores that sell tote bags, go to those stores and measure the dimensions of those tote bags so that you can get an idea of what different sizes of canvas totes look like in person. Also, test these totes out by putting your belongings in them and observing how much stuff will fit. Testing tote bags in-person like this will help you if you choose to buy tote bags wholesale from a supplier that is not near you.
Looking at reviews online is another excellent way to determine the size of a tote bag that you want. Read people’s reviews to see what different totes will be able to fit, and how they will fit items.