When we’re trying (often in vain) to perfect our effortless airport style, a backpack doesn’t feel like quite the right carry-on accessory to complete the look. While we love the aesthetic and easy-access of tote bags, they aren’t always the most practical or durable choice for travel.

The Maxlite® 5 Women’s Tote, however, is one bag that could have us changing our tune on totes. It’s compact and lightweight, with a magnetic closure front pocket that’s handy for storing cell phones, keys and other essentials you might want to access frequently during your journey. There’s a padded laptop compartment and tablet sleeve inside to keep your gear safe, as well as an exterior side pocket that can hold a water bottle, compact umbrella or other small belongings.

We love the understated strap at the back, which fits over the extensive handle of most Rollaboard suitcases, so you can stack your bags and give your arm a break. The polyester fabric with DuraGuard® coating resists water and stains, so even if you’re stuffing this bag under dirty airplane seats and taking it out in the rain, it’ll still look good as new.

$99.99, travelpro.ca