9 best beach bags to buy in Australia in 2021


From top-selling waterproof tote bags to trendy straw bags that can be carried from the sand to brunch, we’ve rounded up the best beach bags to get you through summer.

Finding the perfect beach bag these days is about more than providing space to store your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen. It’s about finding a fashionable tote that is sand resistant, waterproof, comfortable to carry, and has extra compartments and pockets.

But finding a bag that meets all of the above criteria isn’t easy, so we’ve done the hard work for you and put together the best of the best beach bags that will get the job done.

9 best beach bags to buy

Best canvas beach bag

100% waterproof Shylero XXL beach bag, $ 33.99 at Amazon

Best cooler beach bag

Seafolly Skin Deep Cooler Bag, $ 69.95 at The Iconic

Best straw beach bag

Forever New Emilia Natural Straw Bag, $ 59.99 at Myer

Best waterproof beach bag

ToteSak Waterproof Tote Beach Bag, $ 126.22 at Amazon

Best beach bags with lots of pockets

Bluboon Waterproof Beach Tote Bag, $ 65.87 at Amazon

Best string beach bag

Miz Casa and Co Lily bag, $ 89 at Amazon

Best neoprene beach bag

Heritage Lemons Beach Bag with Pillow, $ 48.96 at Myer

Best extra large beach bag

Mr Poppins + Co Kahoots Weekend Travel Beach Bag, $ 325 at Myer

Best beach bag to splurge

Oroton Madison Medium Tote, $ 479 at The Iconic

Want an overview of each? Read on …

Best canvas beach bag

100% waterproof Shylero XXL beach bag, $ 33.99 at Amazon

With over 1.7,000 positive reviews and an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, it’s hard to pass this best-selling beach bag on Amazon. This canvas tote is basically indestructible – it’s tough, washable, waterproof, sand and dust resistant, plus it’s so sturdy that it can hold up to 10kg of cargo.

It also has a large inside pocket, two outside pockets, a waterproof case and a key ring so you can store all your valuables inside without damaging them. But its most surprising feature? An integrated bottle opener. Yes really.

A customer commented: “The very strong and thick rope handles large pockets, with a very useful keychain clip and can opener! There was even an extra bag inside for anything that got wet – cossies or small beach towels.

Another person wrote: “Super big bag for the beach. I can put 4 extra large towels in it while still being comfortable wearing it. Good for a large family or for carrying a lot of items.

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Best cooler beach bag

Seafolly Skin Deep Cooler Bag, $ 69.95 at The Iconic

So you have a bag for your towel, sunscreen, bathers, and other beach essentials, but what about your drinks and food? After all, you can’t just put them in a regular bag because they will literally melt under the scorching sun when you are at the beach. That’s why it’s probably best to invest in a cooler bag like this one from Seafolly. This roomy bag is constructed with an insulated interior to keep all your goodies cool, as well as a front zip pocket and a sliding side pocket for extra snacks or valuables.

Best straw beach bag

Forever New Emilia Natural Straw Bag, $ 59.99 at Myer

If you’re looking for a beach bag that combines a feminine, carefree design with on-trend style, the Emilia Straw Bag from Forever New will do the job. But its chic aesthetic isn’t even the highlight – this bag is registered with the Vegan Society because its materials and production method are completely free of animal products, by-products and derivatives. So yes, even the top handles and shoulder straps are faux leather.

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Best waterproof beach bag

ToteSak Waterproof Tote Beach Bag, $ 126.22 at Amazon

When we say this bag is waterproof, we really mean it is 110% waterproof. Not only does this beach bag protect against spills and splashes, but it also floats (we’re not kidding), making it easy to retrieve your belongings if you fall overboard. The magic lies in its TPU coated canvas.

Additional features include a spacious main compartment for towels and clothes, as well as a mesh pocket for small items and two exterior pockets for even more.

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Best beach bags with lots of pockets

Bluboon Waterproof Beach Tote Bag, $ 65.87 at Amazon

With seven pockets and one of the largest interior beach bag compartments we’ve come across, this 36 liter capacity beach bag can really hold it all – and so much more. The practical tote is made from a lightweight, waterproof material, which is incredibly easy to clean and also folds up into a small, flat pack. Take it to the beach, to the gym, stash it in your luggage or even in your purse when you plan to shop a storm.

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Best string beach bag

Miz Casa and Co Lily bag, $ 89 at Amazon

This vegan bag from Miz Casa and Co is a summer must-have, perfect for the beach, brunch and shopping. What we love about it is the flexibility of the material, which allows you to fold it neatly and store it away when not in use. It’s incredibly light and even has a pocket inside where you can store your valuables. In fact, it’s the perfect bag to carry in a larger beach bag for those “just in case” times.

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Best neoprene beach bag

Heritage Lemons Beach Bag with Pillow, $ 48.96 at Myer

Besides the fresh and cute design that makes us dream of lemon sorbet, this beach bag also comes with a pillow so you can relax at the beach in real vacation style. The bag itself is made of neoprene, which makes it durable and resistant to sand. It is oversized so it has enough storage to hold all your essentials and an interior slip pocket for your valuables.

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Best extra large beach bag

Mr Poppins + Co Kahoots Weekend Travel Beach Bag, $ 325 at Myer

While the price may put you off, we can confirm that every dollar you spend on this bag will be worth it. It’s strong, light and water resistant – the three most crucial qualities you need in a good beach bag that will go with you for years (if not decades). Its huge internal capacity can hold 84 liters, while its six pockets are there to secure and separate all your valuables. It also features a double zipper that can be locked for travel and an adjustable and detachable shoulder strap. In our opinion, it really ticks all the boxes.

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Best beach bag to splurge

Oroton Madison Medium Tote, $ 479 at The Iconic

Look, you have to pay a small price if you want a high-quality investment beach bag that’s casual enough to go to the beach but dressy enough for a long summer lunch with the girls – and the Madison Medium Tote bag. d’Oroton is exactly that. The spacious straw bag features a typical summer silhouette, is trimmed with authentic leather (see, there’s a reason you’re paying a higher price) and comes with a removable canvas pouch. It is the bag that screams confidence, class and charisma.

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What material is best for a beach bag?

A bag made of a quick-drying, durable, and easy-to-clean material will be best suited for the beach. Canvas and neoprene are both great examples and they look great too.

Straw bags are also a great option because they are breathable, easy to clean, and can be sanded on the go. The only downside is that they are not waterproof.

Net and twine make great beach bags because they are easy to wash and won’t require you to carry a whole mountain of sand back to your car and home. They are great for throwing in your towel, swimwear, sunscreen, and other beach accessories, however, avoid keeping your valuables in a mesh or string bag as they are see-through.

What is the best size for a beach bag?

A beach bag should be large enough to hold all of your beach gear while still being light enough that you can easily carry it around the beach without breaking a sweat (even more) in the scorching sun. If you plan to take a lot of extra items with you to the beach, like snacks, books, valuables, and drinks, it may be a good idea to go for a larger bag with plenty of pockets. or a few internal compartments.

What’s the best beach bag to buy?

There is no definitive answer because the best beach bag will be different from person to person. To help you determine the best beach bag for you, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which subject do you prefer?
  • Would you like a colorful / patterned bag or are you looking for a neutral color instead?
  • How much do you plan to put inside?
  • Do you need it with a lot of pockets? And what about compartments like an integrated cooler bag?
  • Do you like the wider straps that can sit comfortably over your shoulder or do you want a handbag with straw / string handles?
  • Are you looking for extras like a separate small bag / pouch?
  • Do you need it to fold into a small, flat bag so you can fit it into your regular purse?

To complete the perfect beach look, be sure to check out our roundup of the best (and stylish) beach and sun hats as well as our favorite beach towels for those lazy summer days. Now that you’re ready to shop, head over to our discount coupons page for more good deals.

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