My standing tote bag, made courtesy of LLBean, is my indispensable companion. This simple, but remarkable carrier stands alone even when empty. It has a zipper top so that I can close it, if need be. It is the perfect carrier for my art supplies, or as a book bag, or for air travel as the carryon that works.
It's stand-ability is its true genius. It doesn't fall over, either full or empty. One year I gave every one of my relatives one of these bags for Christmas.
Homage to the humble, but helpful LLBean tote bag.