You’ve got all your swimsuits, flip-flops, and beach essentials packed in your suitcase for a summer getaway. Now you just need a bag to haul everything to the shore. Here are 11 of the best beach bags for travelers, including totes that would fit right in on the beaches of Bali or the boardwalk. You’ll also find practical options that are waterproof, fold flat, and feature tons of pockets for valuables.
1. Sea Star Beachwear Small Voyager Tote
The Sea Star Beachwear Small Voyager Tote is designed with water in mind: made of lightweight neoprene, it even floats if you drop it in the ocean. The roomy bag zips close and features interior pockets for cards and keys. Opt for a preppy navy or a floral print collab with Frances Valentine.
2. Ban.do Deluxe Reusable Canvas Tote
Whimsical Los Angeles brand Ban.do makes the most cheerful products, like this sunshine yellow canvas tote printed with the words “Make time for sunshine.” This Ban.do Deluxe Reusable Canvas Tote snaps down if you want to adjust the size of the tote, with yellow nylon straps to schlep flip flops and towels.
3. Boden Olivia Large Canvas Tote
The shape of Boden’s Olivia Large Canvas Tote is so classic, with cotton handles that wrap around the entire bag for extra reinforcement. The beach bag comes in three patterns spanning flowers to pineapples, but we’re partial to the bold rainbow stripes.
4. Hat Attack Anya Tote
This neutral beach bag made entirely from raffia will match every swimsuit you throw into your suitcase. The Anya Tote by Hat Attack is lined in cotton and outfitted with leather handles so you can wear it as a shoulder bag.
5. The Beaded Crochet Tote Bag
With wooden beads, a nearly 12″ drop handle, and a spacious interior, The Beaded Crochet Tote bag can handle your beach gear and will compliment any summer outfit.
6. Mercado Global Blanca Tote
There’s a feel-good backstory behind this handcrafted colorful bag from Mercado Global, a brand that employs female artisan weavers in Guatemala. The Mercado Global Blanca Tote is made of canvas and roomy enough for all your beach essentials.
7. L.L.Bean Boat and Tote
The L.L. Bean Boat and Tote canvas bag goes all the way back to 1944, and it still looks as fresh as ever. It’s still made in Maine as well. Customize the beach tote by choosing between four different sizes, two handle lengths, and five handle colors (then add your monogram, of course).
8. Scout La Bumba Large Tote Bag
D.C.-based company Scout makes cult-favorite bags that are stylish, lightweight, and easy to clean.The Scout La Bumba Large Tote Bag folds flat for easy packing, and you can zip up the top or use it as an open tote bag. There’s an inside zippered pocket for valuables too.
9. Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag
Need to see exactly what’s in your bag? The Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag is made of see-through mesh, which means it’s no big deal if the bag gets wet. There are a ton of pockets too, so you can corral all your stuff. The bag is sold in 11 different color combinations.
10. Genovega Extra Large Waterproof Canvas Beach Bag
The Extra Large Waterproof Canvas Beach Bag from Genovega looks extra nautical thanks to stripes and oversize hemp rope handles. Other fun features include a drink holder and a built-in bottle opener and keychain.
11. Upper Canada Reusable Organic Cotton Mesh Bag
Want to save on a beach bag and spend that vacation money on margaritas? This organic cotton bag from Old Navy is only $6. It’s not a big bag, but there’s room for sunscreen and sunglasses and a few more essentials — and the mesh shape is timeless and easily packable.
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