This Summer’s Best Beach Bags and Totes
Every time I pack for a beach vacation, I’m so focused on making sure I have enough sunscreen, snacks, and books to read that I always seem to forget that I need something to tote them all to the shore in. The wheels of my carry-on aren’t exactly sand-compatible. Before my next coastal getaway, it’s time to get a beach bag that I’m excited to pack. Lucky for me—and you!—this summer’s selection is just so fun.
You really can’t go wrong with a classic straw bag that’s big enough for your towel, some summer reads, and all the other beach day essentials you’ll need for a day spent seaside or poolside.
There are some that can easily pair with an off-the-shoulder frock and heels for sunset cocktails. And some that can survive an accidental dip at high tide—we’re big proponents of the beachside nap; crashing waves are nature’s original white sound machine.
L.L.Bean Boat and Tote
This classic canvas tote is the perfect shape to hold beach towels and other necessities.
To buy: llbean.com, from $25
Hotshine Cotton Mesh Shopping Bags
These cotton mesh bags come in a set of five, so you can use one for the beach, another for the grocery store, and maybe even give a few away to friends.
To buy: amazon.com, $14 for set of five
Banana Republic Large Straw Tote Bag
You can't go wrong with this classic straw tote with vegan leather handles.
To buy: bananarepublic.com, $88
BAGGU Cloud Bag
This bag is extremely lightweight, so you can easily fill it up with a beach towel, book, sunscreen, and more.
To buy: baggu.com, $56
FITFORT Mesh Beach Tote Bag
This bag comes with a detachable cooler, so it makes it easier than ever to take your favorite cold drinks and snacks to the beach.
To buy: amazon.com, $30
Rothy's The Rope Tote
This spacious tote is made from 100 percent recycled materials, and it's washable, so it will stay beautiful even after trip after trip to the beach.
To buy: rothys.com, $275
Madewell (Re)sourced Tote Bag
This durable tote is made with recycled polyester, and it comes with plenty of handy pockets for all your beach day essentials.
To buy: madewell.com, $98
btb Los Angeles Be Mine Straw Tote
This classic straw tote is dressed up with black embroidered hearts, making it a stylish and versatile option for beach days. For added convenience, the bag is lined and has an interior pocket.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $136
Tribeca Tribe Large Beach Bag
It doesn't get beachier than this canvas and woven tote with a rope handle. Plus, Amazon shoppers love it and you can't beat the under-$30 price tag.
To bu: amazon.com, $28
Fjallraven Samlaren Totepack Water Resistant Tote
Fjallraven is known for its stylish backpacks, but this water-resistant tote is a beach must-have. It features a top-handle and shoulder strap, as well as interior and exterior pockets to keep your essentials safe.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $45
This beach tote is made from EVA material, so it's durable, waterproof, and easy to clean after a day in the sand.
To buy: amazon.com, $150