We'd consider a proper canvas tote bag to be an essential in everyone's lives. It's a move that helps keep single-use plastic bags from piling up in the cabinet under your sink (and, you know, in our oceans), and lets you pack light when you don't have that much stuff to carry around. This one from Rhythm is made from durable cotton canvas with both short and long handles, and comes adorned with custom artwork by artist Aaron Lowell Denton.
Short and long carry handles
Artwork by Aaron Lowell Denton