December 03, 2021 5 min read

When you head to work, there is one thing that you most likely never leave without: - your work bag. Your work bag carries everything you need: a notebook full of ideas, important documents, pens to sign papers, a laptop for today’s presentation, and maybe a book and lunch.

Your work bag is a part of your professional attire, so it shouldn’t be flashy. It should be able to keep all of your work materials organized and easily accessible. It should also be strong enough to haul all of your work materials.

While this trusty bag is handling everything, you may find that it could be better. Today, we’re going to go over how to find the best business bag for you. Whether you need to replace your current bag or you’ve never shopped for one before, this guide will tell you everything you need to know.

How You Will Use Your Work Bag?

A brown leather work bag on a brown painted background.

It’s important to start off by asking yourself this question because there is such a wide range of professions, from lawyers, to artists, to small business owners, to doctors, and more. It’s obvious that all of these people do not carry the same business bag.

Some other questions to ask yourself would be:

  • What goes in your bag both to and from work? It’s important to know this because this will determine what size bag you need.
  • Will you be transporting the bag a lot? This is another thing to think about because if you will be transporting the bag a lot you’ll want to invest in a bag that is scratch resistant.
  • Do you have to carry a laptop frequently? If you carry a laptop you’ll want to make sure that you purchase a bag that the laptop can fit in.
  • Are you driving a car or are you using public transportation? This may not seem important but if you’re taking public transportation vs a car, you’ll want a bag with secure closures and a durablew materials.

Answering these questions will help you choose between a more heavy-duty and larger bag with lots of hardware to a small and lightweight bag.

Look for a Business Bag with Shoulder Straps

 

 

We can’t stress this enough; you really should opt for a business bag with shoulder straps. You don’t want your business bag to send you to the orthopedic office, do you? Be sure to look for convertible straps and handles.

A good example of this would be our Classic Large Brief 2. The bag has both handles and a padded shoulder strap. A bag like ths offers ultimate functionality. You can switch up how you carry the bag to give certain areas of your body a break and comfortably carry the bag if you need your hands free.

It’s ideal that your bag can be carried can be carried in more than one way: this could be in your hands and over your shoulder. You want to be able to change the way you carry your bag so you can switch out carrying methods and give your body a break.

Get a Tote if You Need to Carry Everything

If you find yourself lugging around all sorts of things on the daily, a durable tote is the perfect work bag for you! Be sure to look for a structured tote with sturdy straps.

This large tote features a vegan leather shell with top handles for easy carrying. Its interior pockets hide everything you could possibly want like a water bottle, a laptop, a notebook, pens, makeup, food, and so much more.

Totes are a super versatile bag, not only will they be great for work, but they’re also great for nights out and traveling. If you have any questions about totes check out Tote Bag FAQs. Here we go over the history of the tote, what are totes made of, and some of the most common questions that are asked about totes.

For a lightweight yet durable option, we have to suggest our Weekender Tote, it is a women’s business tote simply because the durable design can carry just about anything you'll want to bring to work.

Keep the Interior in Mind

 

The interior of the bag is something to consider as well. A business bag with an accordion interior that’s separated into folder compartments isn't necessarily better than a tote with an open design. It really all depends on how you will use the bag. If you carry a lot of paperwork that you need to keep in good condition and flat, the accordion compartments may work best for you, but if that’s not the case, then the open interior of a tote can provide more flexibility.

One thing we know is that you’ll want all the pockets you can get. Pockets allow you to store things away neatly and keep things organized. If you need to find a pen, a sticky note, your phone, a business card, or whatever else, pockets can help you get to them quickly. You’ll know where it all is in the bag. Take the time to look over the pockets before making your purchase.

Think about what items you’ll carry; some bags may have only a few pockets on the larger side, while others may have many smaller pockets. The ideal business bag should have one or two big pockets for your files and notebooks and smaller pockets for your phone, business cards, pens, etc.

We know everyone is different, meaning everyone carries different things to work. Some may carry a full lunch and piles of papers while others may only have a small notebook and a laptop. However, there are some items you should keep in mind that almost everyone carries. Here’s a checklist of the most important items that you will most likely carry in your business bag:

  • Phone
  • Notebook
  • Tablet
  • Snacks
  • Keys
  • Files
  • Pens

Find the Right Bag and Be Vegan While Doing It

We hope this article on how to find the ideal business bag helped you figure out what kind of business bag will work best for you! Here on the Doshi Blog, we want to encourage and support people in buying and wearing vegan and ethical products.

Are you interested in getting a vegan leather bag for work? We offer a variety of vegan handmade designer options. Try our Weekender Tote, Doshi Business Brief 2, and Doshi Classic Large Brief 2.


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