The word tote has an interesting, though unclear etymology. Some believe that it comes from the Swahili word ‘tuta’ which means ‘to carry’. While others think that it may come from the Lower German word ‘tute’, meaning bag. In its contemporary form, the summer tote bags are light and convenient to carry. They are usually made from canvas, but you may also find bags made with neoprene and nylon.
The bags are quite spacious, and are available in many sizes. It is important that you buy one that is just right for the things that you intend to carry in it. This way you will not have to worry about over stuffing the bag. Tote bags designed especially for the warm, summer season are bright and colorful. And you should be able to buy them in solid colors, as well as those that feature summery patterns.