I apologise for the title. I really do. Hearing people say ‘totes’ is like nails on a blackboard for me.

In this case, however, I am taking about actual totes.

Camera totes to be precise.

Jo Totes camera bag

(Apologies for the horrid grainy photos – I obviously had to dust off the ol’ point and shoot to take these photos.)

I’m not sure if I’ve even told you this but The Man and I are heading off overseas for five weeks this summer (HOORAY!).

I love travel photography, but I’m a bit of a princess and find all the paraphenalia frankly a bit annoying. I have a second lens but I never use it because I hate lugging it around, so I take the compact camera bag instead of the bigger one with room for the extra lens (then I’ll be taking a snap and go ‘Ugh, I wish I had my telephoto with me’). I also find it inconvenient to carry around a camera bag as well as a backpack or handbag.

Plus – you know me – I’m all about the functional but there’s no reason why it can’t look good too!

Jo Totes camera bag

Enter Jo Totes.

I had been coveting this baby for awhile now so I was very excited to unwrap it on my birthday recently (thanks to my parents and in-laws).

I looove how I can fit my camera and spare lens(es) all safe and sound between the padded dividers and there’s still room for my wallet/sunnies/cardi/whatever. There’s even a secret pocket at the back for my iPad as well as pockets at the front for the usual out-and-about essentials. I also like how it doesn’t scream ‘I AM A TOURIST AND I AM CARRYING LOTS OF VALUABLE EQUIPMENT’.

OK now I just sound like an ad I know, but seriously Betsy is going to be my new best travel buddy. The Man also gave me an iPad camera connector so I will be able to upload photos on the go.

Now I’m all set for blogging anywhere in the world!


21 Responses

  • Katy

    Lovely bag. Is it leather ? and is it heavy to carry with you camera and lenses in it ?

    • Thanks Katy. The product info says it’s ‘faux leather’. I used it for the first time yesterday and didn’t have a problem with weight, although I was only carrying it for a short time. For longer periods I would use the cross-body strap to distribute the weight.

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  • Oh, I’ve got my eye on a Jo Totes camera bag myself. And I have to admit, I sometimes use ‘totes awesome’ but I do it ironically, so that’s ok. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 😉

    • Oo they have loads of great styles and colours don’t they?

      I forgive you 😉

  • Looooooove these! I fallen in love with one of their other styles in teal. But I also like the yellow/mustard. Want one so badly now! And it’s not too badly priced either which is good!

    • It’s more than I would ever spend on a handbag, but it’s a good price for such a well-made piece of luggage (lucky me though, I got it as a present!). Fingers crossed you can get your hands on one soon, Danelle!

  • That’s such a great idea! And the bag looks great too. I also always have the same problem with carrying different lenses + a handbag. Plus there’s the stability problem (if you’re alone, you have to put your handbag somewhere so you can shoot properly and it’s not always easy).
    It is definitely going to my wishlist!
    Thanks for making it known to the world :-)

    • Hope you get it, Carine. Happy shooting :)

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