Solo Tote GIVEAWAY: 5 Reasons You’ll Want This Tote For Your Next Trip (contest ended)

March 11, 2017 | By | 116 Replies More
Solo tote

Solo tote

Congratulations to giveaway winner, Brittany House!

Enjoy your Solo tote on your next trip.

Win a Solo tote, perfect for travel, in an easy-to-enter giveaway.

Call me old-fashioned. When Solo (an urban lifestyle brand based in New York) offered me the opportunity to pick a tote for review and for a reader giveaway on MoreTimeToTravel, I chose one from Solo’s “Vintage Collection.” The Solo Laptop Carryall is the perfect tote for any female travel aficionado, particularly those of us of a certain age.

With its classic design, it is large and roomy enough (although not too large) to carry everything you want to keep at hand (your phone, wallet, passport, notepad, pens and any other small items you pick up en route.) The full-grain leather comes in a rich, dark brown-black espresso color that complements almost any travel attire.

Here are some of the features that make it perfect for frequent travelers:

1) Fully-zippered top

Nothing is likely to slip out when you tuck it under the airline seat in front of you. Equally important: The full closure also discourages pickpockets from reaching in when you’re in crowded places (e.g. sightseeing or waiting on queues).

2) Long double handles

The leather handles have a generous drop (so they’ll even fit over a heavy coat). They are also nicely padded so they fit comfortably on your shoulders. If you’ve overstuffed your tote (which happens to the best of us), you’ll appreciate the “Rear Ride Along” band. You simply unzip the bottom and you can place the bag over the telescoping handle of your carryon or suitcase so you don’t have to carry it.

3) Laptop Pocket

The padded protective pocket is spacious enough to fit any laptop up to 15.6.” It’s also easily accessible when you have to take your laptop out for TSA screening. Simply lift the Velcro tab that keeps it in place.

4) Well-organized

The bag can do double-duty as a purse and briefcase. Often, personal items get lost or buried in a tote. But the laptop carryall’s bright blue lining makes it easy to see what you have (unlike black linings that often become black holes). A secure zippered interior pocket keeps your passport and wallet (and any other valuables) secure. At least five open “grab” pockets and two pen holders provide easy access to items you want to keep close at hand.

Interior of the Solo Tote

Interior of the Solo Tote

5) Style & Cost

The Solo Laptop Carryall sells for $69.99 on Amazon and is also carried by a large number of national retailers. Considering that the tote is leather rather than vinyl, and is so nicely styled (with tasteful antique brass hardware and protective feet on the bottom), it is a great value. The bag also comes with a 5-year limited warranty.

Would you like to win your own Solo tote for your next trip?


One lucky winner will be chosen randomly.

  • Simply leave a comment below indicating which feature from this list is most appealing to you in a tote.
  • Entries due by Friday, April 14, 2017, midnight EST.
  • Sorry. Entries limited to U.S. mailing addresses only.

Disclosure: I received this bag for review but any opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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  1. Sheryl says:

    Love the bright lining…dark linings always camouflage my important things!

  2. Gail Barraco says:

    I like that there is a padded pocket for a laptop.

  3. My brand new laptop will fit perfectly. I bought it for a six week road trip coming up in late April. I haven’t bought a bag for it, this one seems perfect. I also like the non-black lining. So nice for a bag not to be a black hole. What’s not to like? –MaryGo

  4. tabitha says:

    I love the long double handles.

  5. Carol G says:

    The size because I carry my laptop everywhere due to the ton of emails. I can check anytime and just put the laptop back in the bag and off I go.

  6. Barbara Lima says:

    Much more attractive than my existing laptop carry on.

  7. Gladys says:

    My favorite feature is the laptop pocket. This would be a great stylish bag to have and still be able to lug my laptop around daily. 🙂

  8. MaryAnn says:

    My most important feature is a well organized tote bag.

  9. Jill says:

    Laptop Pocket!

  10. LaTanya says:

    I love the Fully-zippered top.

  11. jennifer says:

    Laptop pocket is essential for me. This is just so stylish.

  12. Lori says:

    My favorite feature is that the top zips completely.

  13. Katie C. says:

    I like how well-organized it is! I love all the pockets.

  14. Tom Gibson says:

    I like the fact that it is leather and this makes it easier to clean.

  15. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    I love that the handles are long enough to carry over the shoulder.

  16. Brittney House says:

    I like the brown color. It looks so sleek and sassy. I would love to use this for work too. I love how fancy it looks.

  17. beth says:

    I love that the tote has a zippered top. I throw all kinds of small items into my carry-on so I need a zipper to keep everything inside.

  18. Peggy says:

    The fully zippered top is an absolute must for my travel tote. This would be perfect for my upcoming trip

  19. Michele Cupp says:

    I love the laptop pocket, but also the other pockets for organization.

  20. Sunchicka says:

    The laptop pocket.

  21. Gwendolyn Jordan says:

    I really love the laptop pocket and how great it looks

  22. Katie Rice says:

    I love the fully zippered top. That’s a complete must for me when traveling to keep all valuables secure.

  23. Kim says:

    I like the fully zippered top

  24. kim s says:

    I like that it’s fully zippered and I love the colors!

  25. Ashley C says:

    I love that it has a laptop pocket! I need a tote with a place for my laptop!

  26. SANDRA says:

    I like that you can carry your laptop in it.

  27. Wehaf says:

    I love the ride-along band! That’s such a useful feature when traveling.

  28. Anne Scott says:

    I really like the zippered top – my other tote is open and I’m always worrying that it will tip over and things fall out or that someone will “help themselves” when I’m not looking!

  29. Jen D. says:

    For purposes on keeping everything secure, the full zipper along the top is the best feature.

  30. Geena says:

    This is really a stunning bag. I would like to win because its the right size for me. Thank you for the giveaway……

  31. Char says:

    Wow, I love that you can carry your laptop in it. This is just what I need for all my tech stuff.

  32. Accontests6 says:

    Style and cost

  33. Erin C says:

    I love all the pockets for organization!

  34. Jill Hanson says:

    I like that is leather, it holds up much better than vinyl.

  35. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I love the laptop pocket!

  36. Janice says:

    I like that it is fully zippered.

  37. meghan says:

    Love the padded/organized interior!

  38. Julia Barnes says:

    I love that there is a padded pocket for the laptop.

  39. Kelly D says:

    The Laptop Pocket is most appealing to me.

  40. Cindy Peterson says:

    The zip band so it can be easily toted on my rolling luggage.

  41. Christina Sparks says:

    I like that it has a full zippered top, it makes me uncomfortable when my bag does not have a zipper to secure my items.

  42. Arielle says:

    I love that this has a laptop pocket! It’s so organized but also compact. I would have never believed this was a laptop bag.

  43. GENA VIGGIANI says:

    “five open “grab” pockets and two pen holders provide easy access to items you want to keep close at hand”…This speaks to me and will help keep me organized!

  44. Kristyn M. says:

    My favorite feature is the laptop pocket. Very versatile. I love it!

  45. Natalie says:

    I love that it has a laptop pocket because I do not want mine to get damaged!

  46. Tiffany Dayton says:

    I t is big enough to carry all you have, plus you can carry your laptop.How cool is that?

  47. Lindsey Wilkins says:

    I like the zippered top. My kids like to “help” me get my bags and tend to dump the contents all over the place if it’s not closed completely!

  48. Debbie Welchert says:

    My favorite feature is that it can be used as a purse and a briefcase making it nice so you only have to carry one bag.

  49. Jessica W. says:

    The long double handles appeal to me the most in this tote.

  50. angela smith says:

    the double handles

  51. Trinity Rosario says:

    Oh the laptop pocket is for sure my fav feature! Thanks for the chance to win!

  52. Daniel G. says:

    The laptop slot

  53. Denise Johnson says:

    I like a well organized bag with lots of compartments.

  54. Kimberly Harrison says:

    I love the laptop pocket feature! I always carry mine on the go especially when traveling 🙂

  55. Tracy Robertson says:

    I love the size. I always carry a book, a thermos, a snack and a few other things to work since I have a job where I get to enjoy some downtime. Right now I use a cheap plastic tote to carry everything in, I would love to use this bag instead!

  56. Ruy Morris says:

    I love that it’s made of durable leather, and I love the color of the dark leather.

  57. Tabathia B says:

    I like the laptop pocket

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  58. Suzanne says:

    I love the laptop pocket.

  59. Jenny Scheldberg says:

    This would be great for work. The double long handles are key for me. I like to be able to throw over my shoulder.

  60. Jennifer Zeller says:

    I really like when handbags have a laptop sleeve. The laptop sleeve makes me feel more secure when traveling knowing it will be safe and snug inside the bag. Super cute!

  61. Christine Labelle says:

    I love that it has a laptop pocket and the it zips. The size is great too!

  62. Laura says:

    I love the zipper top. If the top doesn’t zip, it’s a deal breaker.

  63. Virginia B. says:

    I like that I can zip it closed. That way if it slips off car seat all my stuff isn’t scattered all over the floor.

  64. Victoria McConnell says:

    I do a lot of weekend travels and the most essential thing to have is a travel bag with a lot of pockets! It makes life so much easier and my quick weekend trips so much more organized! Loveeee that this bag has so many blue lined pockets!!!

  65. Cheryl says:

    The fully-zippered top is most appealing to me in a tote.

  66. Susan Gates says:

    Fully-zippered top is really nice. This also looks very well made.

  67. Megan Oberneder says:

    I like the padded side part for my laptop!

  68. jeani b says:

    i appreciate that it can “The bag can do double-duty as a purse and briefcase” because i just went back to work and am so annoyed at having to carry both! my work is about 5 blocks away and i have tiny shoulders. my two bags don’t sit nicely together on one shoulder but i feel weird having one on each shoulder LOL.

  69. Stephanie Liske says:

    I love that I could put my laptop in it.

  70. Judith Thomas says:

    I love the stylish look.

  71. Sandy Bonesteel says:

    My favorite feature of this tote is the long double handles. It’s frustrating to have to carry an arm full of things, and also have to carry a handbag. But when the handles are too short, the handbag won’t stay on the shoulder out of the way. So having longer handles is very important to me.

  72. Laura G says:

    I like the long handles which make for easy transport!

  73. Ceil says:

    Hard to pick a favorite, but the zip top is most important to me.


  74. KENNETH OHL says:

    love the double long handles my wife would love this

  75. Carolyn G says:

    The laptop carryall. I am always looking for a bag where I can slip in my laptop

  76. MerCyn says:

    I like the organized part. Which I am not. Various pockets for all my miscellaneous stuff will help me find things when needed, raster than rummaging around.

  77. katherine Persons says:

    I like the generous drop of the handles

  78. Marty says:

    I love the style and materials. That’s a great price for a leather bag. Wish the handles were a bit broader, though it’s hard to tell from the picture. Shoulders get sore carrying a laptop etc around all day when traveling or attending conferences!

  79. I love that it is all so organized! I could carry everything in a beautiful bag, be able to protect my laptop, and still look fabulous!

  80. Mary Cloud says:

    I look for something spacious and with a handle on it that makes carrying it very comfortable.

  81. DailyWoman (Lacey) says:

    My favorite feature is Long Double Handles.

  82. beth shepherd says:

    I like the laptop pocket. Thank you!

  83. Michael says:

    My wife would love this bag. the leather and padded laptop pocket

  84. karen says:

    Love the color inside and outside, this would be wonderful for my new job.

  85. Kay Lynn says:

    My favorite feature is that it zips. This will definitely keep my belongings in the bag versus all over the airplane floor.

  86. Kimberly Singh says:

    I love the color of the bag, both inside and out and I also love that this bag can double as a purse or briefcase.

  87. Michele Baron says:

    This bag is fabulous….my favorite feature would be the fulled zipped top

  88. Karin Soderberg says:

    Love that it is a leather tote with a laptop pocket and full zipper closure! Nice design!!

  89. Dericka Buckles says:

    I love the laptop pocket. It’s stylish and durable like a briefcase.

  90. Rhonda R says:

    I love the zipped top and the organization feature. This allows this tote to be used as a purse!

  91. Sue says:

    Love that it can slide over your suitcase telescoping handle. No more sore shoulders carrying a heavy tote.

  92. Diana says:

    Having just traveled with a bag (lovely as it is) without a full zipper closure, that would be my #1 positive about this bag.

  93. clynsg says:

    I agree with a couple of the previous posters–both the bright lining and the full zipper closure are definitely points in favor of this bag.

  94. Sharon says:

    My favorite feature is the zippered top.

  95. Kathy Hanley says:

    I like the long double handles so I can swing this over my shoulder and carry or pull anything else that I have with me on the trip.

  96. Barbara Helmick says:

    Fully-zippered top

  97. Susan Chester says:

    I like the zippered interior pocket to help prevent theft.

  98. allyson Tice says:

    the most important isFully-zippered top!! I always am dropping or tipping over bags ue to my 3 littles!

  99. KC says:

    I love to fully zippered top feature. My current bag has a button top and things are always falling out.

  100. Jeanna says:

    I LOVE the fully zippered top! This is so important to me! Without it i’m always afraid something will fall out and I won’t notice.

  101. allison says:

    I love the size of the bag personally! Thanks so much for the chances to win.

  102. Darla Peduzzi says:

    I really like to have little pockets to put things in I need fast like keys, sunglasses.

  103. Ro says:

    I love the long double handles.

  104. Audra says:

    I love the zipper top

  105. Does the beautiful color of the lining count as a feature because that\’s really what I love about this bag! Such a lovely exterior with a bright pop of color inside

  106. allison wever says:

    Love that the top completely zips up!

  107. natalie yeoman says:

    my favorite feature is The bag can do double-duty as a purse and briefcase

  108. Susan Christy says:

    The Fully-zippered top is my favorite feature – my bag is always tipping over and things fall out.

  109. Senna Kory says:

    I love the protective feet on the bottom! This would be perfect to put it down when in public, while preventing the bottom from wearing down.

  110. Kristi C says:

    My favorite feature is the laptop pocket.

  111. Aaron B. says:

    I like that it has a laptop pocket.

  112. Melissa says:

    I absolutely love that I can keep everything organized! As a busy mom this is a fantastic feature!

  113. Tracie Cooper says:

    I love the padded laptop pocket!

  114. Kathy Dalton says:

    My favorite feature is the laptop pocket and i love that its zippered

  115. Kathryn C says:

    wow I love that it has a laptop pocket! and its stylish!

    Kathryn C

  116. Jeanne Coulombe says:

    I love that mu laptop will fit and the long handles just love how I can keep everything neat and also look awesome carrying it! Great bag would love to win this for my trip coming up in 3 weeks. Thanks for a chance on one heck of a tote.

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