There are a lot of us who try to make sure that we can take as much as possible with us wherever we go – just in case we need something. But, it’s not always a simple prospect to figure out how to do that. Nowadays, purses seem to be the norm – but they can be overpriced, and they aren’t always looked upon favorably if you’re male.

So, how can you be sure to have an option to take everything with you? What sorts of alternatives do you have when it comes to figuring out what it is that you can do? Here’s a quick look at some of our favorite alternatives to overpriced purses.

Tote Bags

Nowadays, reusable grocery bags are, essentially, tote bags that you can take with you wherever you want to go. If you want to get really fancy with it, then you want to look for canvas tote bags instead. Canvas is a very durable material and you can fit some pretty heavy items in it.

They come in all sizes, so you can get exactly what you need. On top of that, they are a lot more durable and they are going to look a lot nicer than something with the name of your local grocery store emblazoned across it. They’re environmentally friendly and attractive!


While some people don’t think that adults should be carrying backpacks, you’ll find that it has become a lot more popular in recent years. The fact is, backpacks are some of the most versatile options that you can find in regards to going from place to place.

First, they go on your back – so you are going to be less likely to forget to grab it. They also have lots and lots of pockets and spaces to put things. And, if you are taking some sort of laptop or large tablet with you, there’s typically a spot where you can safely store it and all of the accessories necessary to take it with you.

Fanny Packs

Now, it sounds silly, but they are some of the most versatile options that you can find. Fanny packs (also called a waist bag or a bum bag) are actually really easy to use and take with you, wherever it is that you may be looking to go. They have about as much space as some purses.

Nowadays, they are a lot more stylish than they were in the 70’s and 80’s. They come in all sorts of materials and they can be very, very subtle. You don’t need to feel embarrassed or ashamed of wearing it around – it’s portable and can look really good if you do things right.

Large Wallets

Sometimes, you just need a large wallet to carry things. There are wallets nowadays that are attached to phone cases, and they end up having quite a bit of space to put the things that you need to take with you. You will have to keep track of it, but that’s usually not an issue for most people.


I mean, when all else fails, it’s not a bad idea to have some pockets on your pants. If you don’t have a ton of stuff that you need to take with you when you go out, then wearing pants with pockets is going to make that process a whole lot easier for you.

Now, there are challenges with this – not all pants have great pockets, so you need to be sure that you keep that in mind. On top of that, you may not have enough pockets to hold everything. So, think this through before you make a decision about this form of transport.

Saddle Bags and Satchels

Saddle bags and satchels are becoming a lot more popular than purses, even though they have a similar build. Many times, they are a lot more gender neutral and the straps are going to be much longer than a traditional purse.

Plus, they are made out of more environmentally friendly materials. You’re not looking at plasticky materials that are just going to sit in a landfill when you discard the purse – they can be reused in all sorts of ways and end up lasting much longer.

See what is out there and find the things that you like. There are so many different options available that you’re sure to find something that makes sense and that is going to allow you to stay ahead of everything properly. Find a bag you like and have fun taking it wherever you go!