While most of us spend the whole year fantasizing about our next day at the beach, sometimes we forget everything we need to lug around the sand before we can relax. Carrying your beach gear can put a damper on your day in the sun, but there are plenty of ways to make the experience easier.
Instead of throwing all your beach day essentials (sunscreen, beach towels, sun hats, etc.) in a reusable tote, consider investing in a beach bag.
Whether you’re looking for a sleek and stylish bag to hold just the essentials or an extra-large tote to carry enough towels for the whole family, there’s bound to be an option that’s right for you. We’ve rounded up some of the best beach bags available today.
The best beach bags
According to the global buying platform Lyst, research from straw and basket bags are in fashion have increased by more than 80% since the beginning of June. Stay on trend with this affordable woven tote from Target, available in four colourways.
Everything you bring to the beach comes back with an endless amount of sand in, on and around. This washable tote will make it easy to remove excess sand. Just water it and put it away for the next use. Its large size can hold up to six large towels with room for other beach necessities like sunscreen and snacks. With sturdy sides and a non-slip platform, you won’t have to worry about all your things spilling on the floor when you put them down. You can choose from a dozen different colors.
This bag has everything you need for a perfect beach day. It comes with a holster to protect your valuables from the elements, an interior zippered thermal pocket for storing snacks, two exterior pockets, and even a built-in bottle opener!
Banana Republic’s raffia tote bag can be carried over the shoulder or by the top handle. Pair it with your favorite summer dress and favorite summer shoes and you’ll be ready for the perfect day at the beach.
Replace a classic woven tote with this striped option from J.Crew that’s perfect for holding all your beach essentials.
6. Mia + Tess Designs Palm leaf print beach bag
Bring the holiday feeling everywhere with this bag from Mia + Tess Designs. A zipper will keep all your stuff safe throughout the day.
7. LL Bean Boat and tote bag
You can’t go wrong with a classic LL Bean beach tote. The durable bags have plenty of room to hold all your beach items and can even be monogrammed for a personal touch. They come in a variety of colors and are available in sizes small to extra large.
This sporty beach bag is stretchy, machine washable and made of neoprene that is very easy to clean and dry. Plus, it folds up for easy storage.
The Baggu Cloud bag features a top zipper for secure storage and stows away in its own pocket for easy storage. While we totally love this cranberry red shade, it’s also available in black, cobalt blue, and a leopard print.
For those looking for a budget beach bag, consider this water resistant tote. This best-selling Amazon product has over 5,000 verified reviews and an impressive 4.8-star rating. You can hang this bag in over 30 different colors and patterns.
This extra-large mesh beach bag holds up to 160 pounds, holds up to six beach towels, and still has plenty more room for all the items you will need at the lake or the beach. It has eight pockets and even a handy loop to store your keys.
If you’re looking for a bag-cooler hybrid, you’re in luck! This mesh beach tote doubles as a cooler that holds up to 12 water bottles.
Calling all cheetah sisters! If you love good animal prints, you won’t be able to resist this tote bag from Walmart. It is made of jute, has 11 inch drop handles and will add a touch of personality to any look.
For those who don’t have a lot to carry around, consider investing in a simple canvas bag. This one from Kate Spade displays a stack of colorful books and will add character to any beach outfit.
15. Mark & Graham x Steele waterproof beach bag
These Mark & Graham waterproof beach bags are available in many colorful options and are perfect for summer! They’re made of lightweight vinyl that’s durable and water and tear resistant, and they have long, comfortable straps to carry all of your essentials.
16. Scout 4 Boys extra-large tote bag
This super large tote is designed to pack to the brim! You can rest assured that it will not break thanks to its “anti-shatter” bottom.
17. LL Bean Sea To Summit Light Dry Bag
For those looking for a fully waterproof and waterproof option, consider the dry bag from LL Bean. It’s made of lightweight nylon, laminated with waterproof polyurethane, and has fully taped seams to ensure your belongings stay dry.
If you prefer backpacks, consider this water-resistant drawstring design from Alpaca Go. It’s lightweight and includes a small zippered pocket inside to store your keys, phone, wallet and more. Moreover. In addition, there are more than 30 different models.
19. State Graham Tote
The State Graham Tote is ideal for the beach, the office, the airport, and anywhere life takes you. It has a large main compartment and a luggage pocket for easy travel.
For a simple choice, try this Universal Thread Bucket Bag which is made of textured fabric, comfortable braided shoulder straps and two handy interior pockets.
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This article was originally published on July 22, 2020.