We all know that using unrecyclable and single-use bags are terrible to the environment, obviously wasteful, and are ugly to look at. We wanted to list some ideas so you could get more use for your tote bags! Got any ideas that we might have forgotten? Comment below, and we’ll add it into the list!
While there are hundreds of uses for a tote bag, everything from being a simple shopping bag to wacky life hacks we will try to list them all. A tote bag is a thousand things more than just a bag. We hope you get at least a couple of new ideas to use a tote bag that you haven’t tried before.
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Let’s begin and have a blast!
1. Shopping Bag
Take it grocery shopping and really make use of that one bag you have already! A long lasting shopping bag will be a lifesaver in the long run.
2. Laundry Bag
Whether dirty or clean your trusted tote bag will save you in a pinch when doing the weekly laundry.
3. Reusable trash bag
Put clean trash in it and deal with it later in a proper way (you can have it in a car, home, office wherever.
4. Don’t need it anymore?
Give it away to someone who might appreciate it!
5. Use it until it brakes
Try using your bag until there’s nothing left to it. Only this way you have fulfilled its purpose.
6. As packing material
Need to fill a hole in the luggage? Stuff your tote bag inside to make everything more snuggly.
7. For Pleasure
Whatever your guilty pleasures are, a trusted tote bag will carry them for you.
8. Book Cover
Follow the lines of the book and cut. Resulting in a precise looking book cover, Also, create a bookmark!
9. Seal anything
Cut a piece to seal anything like a jar!
10. Clean up the dust from a vacuum cleaner.
Use old tote bags to clean up the dust from the vacuum cleaner.
11. Keep the form of a shoe
Stuff it in. It’ll keep it’s shape for the next season for sure.
12. Low-quality unsafe oven mitten
Trying to take the lid off from kettle, why not use tote? Don’t use it to take anything from the oven though.
13. An emergency ice pack
Just add ice or frozen foods inside of it and use it on wherever you might need to.
14. Have a great crafts idea?
Put that tote bag to use. Reuse in many possible ways to make something beautiful and unique and be proud of it!
15. Paint Guard
How about adding some new design elements to your already cool bag? Use it as paint guard while painting your house or a canvas. You’ll end up with adding great stories to your fine bag!
16. Protect a cast
For a broken arm because why not!
17. Water Bag
Fill it with water and throw it at someone. It’s fun for the whole family. Having a waterproofed bag will drastically be more fun.
18. Keep your dough moist
Wet it up and put on top of some excellent dough and let it rise to the roof.
19. Crush Cookies
A friendly tote bag will always be near you when you need to crush some cookies into oblivion.
20. Warm your feet
Forgot your socks on holiday? No problem a cozy tote will save the day.
21. Wall Garment
Just nail it to the wall and Voilâ. Give your house a unique flavor!
22. Plant delicious herbs
Make the foundation and fill it with seeds and soil and watch them grow. Your herbs will grow in it wonderfully. Basil comes recommended for sure.
23. Handy mans number one tool
Keep all your 101 tools near you when you need them the most.
24. Lunch Bag
A clean bag will work wonders as a lunch box. So carry your sandwich with style!
25. Small Rug
Ever need a small rug to hide something quickly? You guessed it a tote bag will cover any small holes you might need covering.
26. Instant Bag
Have an extra pair of totes in every room to have them ready to go!
27. Store anything anywhere
A tote is a flexible storage unit. You can use it to store any number of smaller or larger items where a regular box wouldn’t fit.
28. Collect garden debris
Pick all the leaves, grass, pine cones you name it. Remember to clean it afterward if you want to use all 126 other ideas though.
If you ever decide it’s time to get a new bag, put some food scraps in the old one and use it later for your plants. I’m assuming you won’t have a place for compost already.
30. Junk mail
Keep your junk mail in one place ready to be recycled
31. Keep the dust away.
Put it over a small appliance after cleaning it to keep the dust away.
32. Storage for the Kitchen
Hide your garlic, onions, potatoes, and other produce in a subtle way.
33. Universal Recycler
Recycle anything with the help of your trusted tote bag. Cans, paper, plastic, other bags you name it. One bag can be your trusted universal recycler for everything.
34. Package Filler
Add to packages when shipping something more expensive.
35. Apply waxes and creams
Save your hand from drying out.
36. Unpotted plants best friend
Fill the bag with soil, and the plant is ready to be transported to its final location.
37. Knee Pad
We recommend using it when you need to put your knees down on the floor.
Unexpected downpour? Use the bag to cover the things you want to save from the upcoming disaster.
39. Be yourself
Choose a tote bag that reflects you and show it to the world!
40. Fulfillment & Bliss
A piece of art that is the tote bag you have chosen for yourself creates fulfillment and bliss to you.
41. Makeshift belt
Might come in handy sometime.
42. Fancy party Gimmick
Bring a highly customized tote bag to a party that fits the theme and shock everyone with it.
43. Raincoat / Save your hair!
Our definite best life saver. When it hits the fan, duck and cover put it over your head to not get wet. A tote bag will always be at your side.
44. Decorate, Decorate, Decorate
Decorate everything with bags!
45. Save the world
Pretty cool for a tote bag.
46. Save the universe
Unexpected, but good to know!
47. Gift Wrapping paper
Why not give a unique gift using a tote as the wrapping paper.
48. Feel superior
Over plastic bag users
49. Save the ice caps from melting.
Every action counts towards the bigger goal!
50. Replace single-use bags
Replace all the single-use bags whether plastic, carton, or paper.
51. Vomit Holder
While we don’t recommend it, it might save you an awkward moment.
52. Place to sit
Have a convenient thing to sit on everywhere you go!
53. Picnic Bag
Bring your delicious food to the picnic, lay it all down and then rest on it if you forgot to take a blanket.
54. Plant Protector
The natural state of a tote bag is letting it be used as a protector for plants.
55. A Gift
A tote bag gift will make your friends day. The many uses it has makes it a perfect long-lasting gift.
56. A Fantasy
Let your imagination go wild!
57. Save money
Save money by not purchasing new bags at the store. A tote bag can cost you more now, but in the long run, you’re saving a ton.
Why have two different bags when you can have only one!
59. Yard Sale Companion
Make your neighbors jealous of your beautiful and large tote bag that can carry all the best deals.
60. Light Travel
Pack lightly to your next travel destination so you can fit everything you need in just a small tote bag. Learn how to travel lightly with just a tote bag. Tips on what and how to pack. Click here!
61. Hand Bag
Replace all of your other handbags with a tote bag. You won’t regret it!
62. Backpack replacer
Who wants a backpack anyway!
63. Hidden Locker
Your personal secret stash. No one expects a tote to include anything valuable!
64. Learn something new
Learn a new language if you try hard enough.
65. Save time
Get out of the house faster when using a trusted bag with everything necessary already packed in.
66. It’s Cool
It’s cool and you know it.
67. Beach Bag
A waterproof tote bag will save your day at the beach! Learn how to pack to the beach under 60 seconds!
68. Wash it countless times.
No matter the activity you can always clean it
69. Storage Bag
Whether you’re stashing some clothes, magazines or kitchenware, a tote bag will help you with that.
70. Big Envelope
Send a personalized letter in personalized bag to impress.
71. Vase for flowers
Embrace your creativity and create a beautiful vase for your flowers with a bag.
72. Hand protector
A Makeshift glove in an instant for every need you might have.
While we don’t recommend, you could use it as a paintbrush to save another paintbrush or add some cool designs to your bag while enhancing your painting.
74. Piece of art
Art is about perspective, that’s why with a cool tote bag you can share a different story.
75. Picnic cooler
Pop a block of ice in the bottom, maybe some cloth on top and the drinks on top of it and you’re good to go!
76. Sell Bread
Create 10 of your best baguettes and start selling them in the neighborhood. Acquire the right tote that matches your branding!
77. Enjoy life
Sometimes the simplest things a bag can do is this: let you enjoy your life and day to the fullest.
78. Flour Container
Set aside some flour in the bag to give it a more rustic feeling to the house.
79. Buy Flowers
Buy flowers for your loved ones and deliver them without harming the flowers.
80. Bring out your personality
A tote can match perfectly with you. A right color and sense style can go a long way to bring out your personality to the world.
Return to your beautiful memories while looking at the bag you were holding that day.
82. Laptop bag
Transport your laptop easily with a tote that has the strength to hold it. Discard the regular bag you would use for a fashionable look!
Replace your current purse with a detailed tote bag and smile.
84. The Bag of Bags
Store every imaginable bag within the tote bag itself. Store your excess single-use bags and use them, then start using your new one as your primary bag.
85. Special Case Bags
Create a couple of tote bags for multiple uses: for school, for office, for the evening so can you always leave the house on time!
A waterproofed bag can serve as a bowl too!
87. Tax Folder
Why keep your finances and tax files in a boring place like an office folder when you can spice it up! As a bonus, you might remember to check them once in a while too.
88. Hide your jewels
Create a secret compartment in the bag so you can store items like jewels and other smaller valuables.
89. Carry wood
Find the best lumber from your yard or a dealer and carry it back inside into the fireplace and enjoy.
90. Plant a Tomato
Out of flowers pot, don’t worry, you can always use a tote to replace one. You can also put your flower pot inside the tote to improve your home decor.
91. Anger Therapy
Fill one with flour, dough or plain dirt, to make a convincing punching bag to reduce your stress quickly.
After you have punched one out with the punching bag, it’s time to make a pillow out of the bag and relax.
93. Organize your life
Create a system where every bag has a different purpose in your life. It will help you organize your life for the better.
94. Wait for the train
While waiting for things you can’t control, it’s good to have a moment to yourself with your bag.
95. Pets paradise
Make a comfy bed for your cat or dog. Be sure the bag is strong and large enough to handle that kind of damage!
A new bag always gives out optimism for the future.
97. Photo Opportunity
A new tote bag will give you hundreds of photo opportunities for you to choose from.
98. Great for camping
A side bag to take all the smaller yet necessary things with you to camping.
99. A Statement
Tell a story of yourself without words to give out the perfect first impression.
100. Walk more
A tote bag will inspire you to walk more because it is light to take everywhere. You also want to show off those designs to everyone!
101. Secret Santa
The Perfect place to hide your secret Santa gifts!
102. Clothes freshener
Open a good smelling fragrant inside the bag and add your clothes and after a couple of minutes, your clothes will have your favorite scent.
103. First Aid Kit
Make a fashionable first aid kit with a red tote bag. Remember to add all of the contents of a ready-made first aid kit to the new bag.
104. Crafts Fabric Holder
Stack all of your old pieces of clothing in the bag to have them available quickly for your next crafting inspiration.
105. Ripen Fruits Faster
Try out ripening avocados, peaches, tomatoes, bananas and peaches. You’ll be surprised!
106. Secret Snack Stash
Like hiding your jewels in the tote bag, you can always hide some precious snacks too. Keep them away from sight until you need them the most.
107. Emergency Cleaning Cloth
Never know when a cloth is required to be at service.
108. Serving Food
Have three plates for four guests? No problem put out your tote bag and make it to a unique serving plate in seconds.
109. Embrace a beautiful sunset
Suddenly the sunset is more beautiful than ever before, and you have only fifteen minutes to enjoy it. Take a couple of drinks quickly from the fridge, put them in the tote bag, and run to the sunset. Experience beauty at a moments notice.
110. General Cable Bag
Combine all of your excess cables into place. Hang the tote near where you can always reach for that audio cable when you need it the most.
111. A Diary
Write snippets of your thought directly on the canvas of your tote bag. Share with others how you feel about the world and them. In case of a great idea serves well as paper.
112. Plant an Aubergine
Your average pot might not be able to handle the growth of an aubergine, but your tote bag might! Let it rise and enjoy the growth of something great!
113. A Companion
A trusted bag will never leave your side if you don’t leave it first.
You will fall in love with the tote bag that has helped you go through the tougher times, giving a helping hand whenever it could.
115. Losing It
Forgetting your tote bag can be painful, but it’s a normal thing to happen. Gladly there are always options to find your new best companion!
116. Fill a Hole
A mysterious hole in the wall or floor? The right colored tote bag will save the day.
117. Window Cover
We all need some extra privacy from time to time.
118. Gym Bag
Suits well for the stinky gym wear after a hard workout. Remember to freshen it up before using it again.
119. Plant Cactus and other succulents
Create your perfect and gorgeous hanging garden in no time!
120. Weekend Bag
Always have a weekend bag ready to hit the activities you desire!
121. Takeout Food
Carry your takeaway food in a lovely tote bag.
122. A Wallpaper
Combine all your old tote bags into a unique wallpaper.
123. House Warming Gift
As you’ve read a tote bag has many properties that can be useful for you. Why not give one as a house warming gift to your beloved ones.
124. Travel to a new place
Take your new tote bag to a new adventure.
125. Live Life to The Fullest
Remember to do things that make you smile, happy, and enjoy life to the fullest. A great bag will help in your journey.
A good and an impressive bag that matches you and you alone will bring the most inspiration to take on anything that comes your way.
127. Be Happy
Remember to strive for happiness.
After all of the possible ways to use a tote bag, you might be wondering: How to get rid of a tote that is becoming too old? In short, you don’t. Repair the tote bag until you can’t see the original.
In the end, a tote bag is simply everything.
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The Crew from Xantiago.