Summer calls for a trip to the beach. While this summer does require some seaside adjustments, like social distancing and face masks, you’ll still need the right gear to take with you. Once you’ve gathered all of your beach gear (don’t forget the sunscreen!), It’s time to put it all in a bag. For this you need a beach bag.
Beach bags come in all kinds of styles and the best are durable, have enough space to store your personal items as well as your seaside accessories. These aren’t exactly your everyday tote bags. , but they could work as your daily driver. Whether your speed is an all-natural approach with a sturdy canvas bag or a high-tech tote with sophisticated water-repellent coatings and a handful of zippers, tinsel and pockets, there’s a tote that’s begging you to be. ‘to go to the beach .
Additional contribution from Evan Malachosky.
Best Tote Bag Overall: Herschel Zip Insulated Tote
It’s almost as if the creators of Herschel designed their Alexander tote specifically for the beach. (They did.) It’s insulated to keep cool drinks cool and airtight to prevent wet swimsuits or melting ice from dripping off the bottom. In addition, there are three exterior pockets, reinforced handles and a zipper. This iteration comes in an assortment of colors, but solid black is always a safe bet.
Best Upgrade Tote Bag: Joshu + Vela Utility Tote
If you’re in the mood to bring wine to the beach, Joshu Vela’s Utility Tote can do it. Although its pockets are based on vintage tool bags, they hold your favorite orange wine very well. They are available in a variety of colors and feature bridle leather handles and even more pockets for non-wine essentials. And although we know that Joshu Vela makes another bag literally called the Beach Tote, we like a bag with pockets.
Best Affordable Tote Bag: LLBean Boat and Tote
It’s hard to talk about tote bags without mentioning LL Bean’s legendary Boat and Tote. Originally designed to carry loads of ice, they make a perfect tote for warm beach layouts. You’re usually limited to just two choices in the triangle of price, style, and quality. Somehow the Bean managed to get all three points. They’re affordable, they look great, and they last a very, very long time. They come in a variety of sizes and colors, each looking better with age.
Rains tote bag
If you’re the sitting type too much near the water, the Rains tote is ideal. It’s water resistant – thanks to a waterproof shell made of 64% polyester and 36% polyurethane – zips up and also has its own internal pockets. It comes in a range of colors, but olive, in my opinion, is the best.
The North Face Base Camp Tote Bag
For fans of The North Face, this tote is just as durable as their other bags. For beginners, this option offers a high-quality product at an entry-level price. It is made of 60% polyester and 40% nylon, has a volume of 19 liters, three interior pockets and convertible backpack straps.
Patagonia Black Hole Gear 61L tote bag
Patagonia Black Hole bags are very durable. I used a Black Hole gym bag to carry over 100 pounds of gear, so this bag can definitely hold your sunscreen and beach towels. It’s made of 14oz 900D recycled polyester ripstop fabric covered with a weatherproof TPU film and DWR treatment and includes an exterior zip pocket as well as tinsel for any additions you might have. If the massive size 61L is more than what you need, they also make a more reasonable 25L version, too much.
Large Puebco Tote Bag
Made in India from durable cotton canvas, the Puebco Large Work Tote Bag is equally suitable for lounging in the sand. It’s a generous size at 18.1 “x 25.5” x 11.2 “, so it can carry your beach towels as well as lunch for the entire crew.
Steele denim tote
Steele’s has built its reputation making some of the toughest canvas bags since it opened in the 1920s. This beach ready bag is made from the brand’s 11.5oz denim, 1000 nylon. Water repellent denier and full grain American cowhide leather.
Noah Core Logo Tote
Made in the USA from 100% cotton canvas, the Noah’s Core Logo Tote is inspired by the classic LL Bean Boat and Tote. It’s simple, durable, and adorned with a design that matches the brand’s nautical look.
Epperson Mountaineering Large Climbing Tote
Another super durable option that you will pass on to the next generation is Epperson’s Large Tote. The 1000 denier Cordura nylon body is strong yet lightweight and water resistant. The tote also includes military grade straps for handles and wreath, a secure snap button and climbing cord closure, and a binding seam, for a clean finished interior.
Battenwear Packable Tote
This nifty tote bag stows away in its own inside pocket, making it an option that you can shrink once you’ve hit the sand or carry in your hand if its contents are no longer needed – that is – i.e. you packed snacks etc. Made from durable ripstop nylon and has a shoulder strap for easy carrying.
Orvis nylon adventure bag
Orvis’s simple and affordable tote option is made from durable nylon (ballistic at the bottom) and an easy-to-clean PVC backing. There are interior pockets for your valuables and the top zippers are closed, keeping them locked inside.
Vans Vault OG Tote Bag
The Vans OG tote has handles that fit better – not over your shoulder – but that doesn’t take away from its portability. The 100% cotton construction makes it light, while the leather accents add interest. It is spacious inside and zipped.
Resails original recycled voile tote bag
How beachy can a bag be? Resails Original Recycled Sail Tote Bag plays on the nautical theme, recycling vintage sailing fabric into unique bags. Sailcloth is a great option for bags because it is lightweight and very durable. To make things even more durable, Resails also lines their bags with oxford nylon for added protection and water resistance.
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