How to Choose Between Totes and Satchels

Satchels are large leather duffel bags, originally used to carry clothes or belongings. Now they have undergone an upgrade. There is a wide variety of satchels available in many different colors. Most of the satchels have zippered fronts with large pocket or other compartments. There is usually a chain stitched at the handle of the bag, to secure the handle.

A satchel is basically a bag with a large strap, used primarily for carrying items. Historically, the strap was worn close to the body, so that it overlaps the body diagonally and not hangs directly down on the lower arm, like a backpack. Many satchels have a single large pocket on one side of the bag, to hold all of the accessories, while the other side has room for a set of keys or other small items, or compartments for small personal items. Today, many newer styles include a second zipper pocket, which can be used for holding files or books, and which can even include a compartment for a computer, printer, or mobile phone.

Satchels, especially the bigger variety, can either be worn over the shoulders, like a traditional bag, or strapped across the chest, like a tote. Satchels, like tote bags, are used to carry things, such as books, newspapers, documents, purses, and other small items, while outdoors, or while going through airport security. It is important to know how to properly carry a satchel, for both tote and backpack situations, and will give greater ease when walking in crowds, and carrying a book or magazine in a public place.

When choosing a bag, the first thing to consider is the material from which the satchel is made. Satchels are traditionally made out of cowhide or leather, but newer styles are available in canvas or faux suede, providing more options for both style and weight. Satchels which are constructed entirely from canvas, and are crafted in cowhide leather, will be the most expensive of all satchels, while a canvas satchel made from faux suede or a cotton/spandex combination will offer a more reasonable price.

There are two types of switches, the traveler’s, which features a large outer bag which can hold the larger articles, and a smaller inside bag which can contain the smaller ones. The larger shoulder strap makes it easier to carry both, and is the most favored style. Travelers prefer satchels because they are easier to handle, especially for a woman who may not be as adept at carrying other kinds of bags. Some of these bags have a single large zippered section, while others have two. Some varieties include a padded compartment, to avoid spillage on the items inside. Many models include a flap or zipper which can be closed to store larger objects which are not intended to be carried on a shoulder strap.

Satchels are an excellent choice for a number of reasons, although many women prefer them over handbags. They tend to be smaller and lighter than purses, and therefore can often be carried beneath the arm, which is more convenient when the bag contains small but important items, such as maps or money. They can also be worn diagonally across the body, rather than across the back like handbags. There are a variety of different styles and sizes, so it may be necessary to buy several to accommodate all of the items required by the occupation.