Our Favorite Mom-Approved Totes and Backpacks for Summer

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mom approved totes and backpacks

I’ve been obsessed with bags for as long as I can remember. My mom always tells me that when I was little, my favorite things to play with were her purses—and grocery bags. Apparently, I loved to just walk around the house and put all my things in bags and then carry them with me wherever I went.

I have to say, even as an adult, I’m still obsessed. I love to shop for bags because no matter what season it is, no matter how you’re feeling on a particular day, and no matter what kind of outfit you’re wearing, a cute bag always makes your look *that* much better. All this to say, I would consider myself highly qualified to round up our favorite—mom-approved, of course—totes and backpacks to get you through the summer season.

Below, check out 20 of the cutest bags to shop for right now.

 

Totes

Nordstrom

Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet

If you're someone who can't decide on just one color, this 2-in-1 reversible tote is the perfect option.

2 colors available

Madewell

The Zip-Top Medium Transport Leather Tote

Whether you're running errands or just out and about, you'll be reaching for this bag 99% of the time. It's easy, adjustable, and it comes with a crossbody strap when you need your hands free to help your littles.

3 colors available

Cuyana

Classic Leather Zipper Tote

You can never go wrong with a classic leather tote—plus, you can add a monogram.

8 colors available

Amazon

Pebbled Leather Tassel Tote

If you're on a budget but want to look chic and put together, this bag is the one for you.

Tons of colors and styles available, and under $15!

Fawn Design

The Mini Tote

To be that girl who can carry very few things in her bag is a win. But looking pretty dang cute with a perfect-sized bag like this one is an even bigger win.

10 colors available

Target

Straw Tote Handbag

Nothing screams beach vacation like one of these packed away in your luggage! It's perfect for a beach or pool day at home, too.

2 colors available

Madewell

The Sydney Shoulder Bag

This tote can also be worn as a crossbody and can fit just enough of your essentials without feeling like you need a full-size tote.

3 colors available

Target

Triple Compartment Tote

This bag features three compartments, which means... more space to throw in everything you need!

4 colors available

Target

Straw Tote Handbag

This would be pretty handy poolside, but pairing it with a fun weekend look sounds super cute too.

4 colors available

H&M

Braided Shopper

This bag's braided look is so on-trend at the moment. Plus, it's big enough to store everything you may need for a day on-the-go.

2 colors available

 

Backpacks

Fawn Design

The Mini Backpack

This mini bag is as versatile as it gets—it can be carried as a backpack or a crossbody!

8 colors available

Herschel Supply Co.

Classic Mid-Volume Backpack

Classics never go away and, honestly, a Herschel backpack deserves a spot on that list. It's perfect for minimalist, everyday looks.

2 colors available

Target

A New Day Square Backpack

If you're looking for a perfect bag to take with you on your next trip, this is the one. Not only does it have plenty of pockets (who doesn't love pockets), but it's made out of an easy-to-clean material.

3 colors available

Madewell

Lorimer Leather Backpack

This vintage-inspired backpack is a tried and true that needs to be added to your collection ASAP.

2 colors available

Calpak

Kaya Faux Leather Laptop Backpack

If you want to step it up a notch in terms of work backpacks, this is perfect for you. It's also a great travel bag.

7 colors available

Amazon

Laptop Backpack with USB Port

This budget-friendly backpack is perfect for carrying your laptop and even comes with a USB charging port.

6 colors available

Freshly Picked

Convertible Diaper Backpack

Diaper bag, who? If you're expecting a baby and looking for a bag that is cute yet versatile, be sure to add this to your cart (or registry) ASAP.

3 colors available

Target

Soft Utility Square Backpack

At times, backpacks can feel pretty stiff and structured. Not this one, though! This bag offers so much space and is super cute to carry.

4 colors available

Nordstrom

Herschel Supply Co. Mini Orion Backpack

This simply chic mini backpack by Herschel is perfect for an everyday bag—plus it looks great with any outfit.

2 colors available

Skip Hop

Diaper Backpack

Another undercover diaper bag, this adorable backpack is made of wipe-clean vegan leather, has enough pockets to keep you organized, and has built in stroller straps.