I seem to be constantly lugging things around. Laundry, clothes, books and props - it never ends. Trunkloads of stuff. And the best way to do all that lugging in my opinion is the simple tote. Or rather, several of them. My wife and I will often have four or five totes in the car for our weekly migration from city to country and back.
I like totes because they are easier to pack and unpack than conventional luggage. Even a duffel requires frequent zipping and unzipping to fill it up and empty it out. With a tote, packing is only a matter of throwing items into the bag and taking them out again later. And there is no need for anything fancier when the bags are merely going to sit in an automobile trunk.
One of my totes (in the rear in the photo) is the vintage waxed canvas model from the Mulholland Brothers, a local maker, purchased from Ami at San Francisco's On The Fly. I like the color, but I have been unable to get past the fact that there is nowhere to attach the shoulder strap that came with the bag. Whose idea was that?
A more recent tote is better designed and somewhat better made. It arrived courtesy of Robert Ettinger, of the eponymous English maker. Ettinger's Piccadilly canvas tote in olive and havana is made in England, which may have something to do with the fact that the shoulder straps actually have something to attach to and that same something snaps out of sight when the straps are not needed. Point to Ettinger.
If you are in the Bay area and happen upon a man strapped down by a camera bag, computer bag, iPad bag and a couple of totes you have probably stumbled upon my office parking lot. I will appreciate the assistance if you offer to carry something.