I use totes all the time, especially for school. They’re great to carry notebooks and pens and any other school supply you can think of (that will fit in a tote… It’s hard to carry a three-hole puncher in one of those things, let me tell you.) to class.
Need a bag for hauling shit around campus? Get it here, at Cutiemus. It’s $22, but I think that’s a small price to pay for a tote that looks like a purse that’s actually useful. Fascinating.