(Closed) Big bags?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
1269 posts
Bumble bee

@mepayne:  I would suggest a backpack.  A lunchbox may not fit in a backpack,  but I am genuinely concerned about your back with such a heavy lopsided load. If you really like Vera Bradley,  checkout some of their other options.  There is quite a wide selection, including some designed to hold drink containers. 

Post # 5
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I’m not a teacher but I usually do have quite a bit of stuff that I cart to and from work. I use a plain black tote that I bought from VS years ago… It was around $60 so super cheap and it’s pretty sturdy and durable. You couldn’t pay me enough to use a backpack and I definitely didn’t want to spend too much on a bag that I just use for work stuff, that’s reserved for purses 🙂


The one I use is like this:


Post # 6
1269 posts
Bumble bee

@mepayne:  I’m sorry about your back problems. Would a rolling bag be a practical option for you?

Post # 7
2501 posts
Sugar bee

@mepayne:  I actually used that same bag and lugged all of my textbooks in it. No other bag would fit everything I needed. My only gripe is that, as a tote, it really put a lot of strain on my shoulder. I wish it had a cross-body strap to redistribute the weight better.

Post # 9
803 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m a teacher and carry the same amount back and forth as you do. I have a huge tote bag that I use. Its almost like a luggage bag with a lap-top compartment. Check Ross or Marshalls if you don’t want to spend a lot. I go through bags quickly — they just don’t last and I’ve used expenseive and inexpensive ones. The wear and tear is unreal. 

Post # 10
5302 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mepayne:  I am a teacher also and I carry stuff back and forth in a Michael Kors bag. Previously, I bought one at staples (I think it was Jessica Simpson) but you sound like you may be carrying more stuff than I do. 

Like a PP suggested, have you thought about a rolling bag? I see a ton of teachers carry them (roll them?) in my school.

Post # 12
1155 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My mom (who is a teacher) and I both use Longchamp Le Pliage bags for work- they hold a ton of stuff and can take a beating, plus they’re really light on their own. Plus, the company repairs them for free. The cons are that they only have one pocket inside and they don’t have a lot of structure on their own (though they can stand up on their own). I’ve had mine for four years (of near daily use) and it looks great. 

The large size costs $145 but you can always find them cheaper on eBay. Make sure you get a darker color so it won’t show dirt!

Post # 14
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I second longchamp!! It holds any and everything and is extremely comfortable!

Post # 15
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@mepayne:  teacher who uses a vera bradley too…perfect to tote everything 🙂

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