Stylish swimsuit? Bathing suit cover-up? Sunscreen? If you have all of those covered, how about a beach bag to fit in your towel, book, water and any other essentials you need for a day at the beach? Take a look at the best beach bags for this summer and beyond.
What to look out for in a beach bag
First, let’s think about what a beach bag needs to be, and what it doesn’t.
Material is super important when it comes to your beach bag. You will want something hard wearing that will still be okay if it gets a little water or sand on it. So, leather probably isn’t the best option.
You’ll want to fit quite a lot in when you head to the beach. Your towel will take up a fair amount of room and you’ll need plenty to drink as well as reading material.
It’s unlikely you are just going to leave your bag on the beach while you head for a swim. But, nevertheless, you might feel more secure with a bag that closes with a zip Abi @stealmystyle40 above has chosen a mixed material bag.
best beach bags in stores now
Now, let’s take a look at some of the best reviewed and recommended beach bags in stores now.
mesh beach bag
If you hate getting sand in your handbag, a mesh bag could be ideal as, either the sand will fall out if it’s fine enough or you can just give it a quick shake.
The Dejaroo mesh bag (below) has more than 2,800, mainly positive reviews, from women who say it is roomy and the pockets keep everything organized. Good if you’re looking for a family-sized option.
Waterproof and durable, the neoprene bag (below) should last you for many trips to the beach. Reviewers say it is well constructed and chic.
Jute is another popular option for the beach. I like the fun flip flip print on the KAF tote bag (below). Reviewers say it’s good for groceries or the beach.
waterproof canvas bag
If you’re on the beach or by the pool, there’s always a risk your bag may get a bit wet, so waterproof options are definitely worth considering. The Odyseaco beach bag (below) has a waterproof lining which is handy if you have damp towels or swimsuits.
I like the colors and the graphic print on the Mercado Global woven tote (below). The tassels give this a bit of a bohemian feel.
Straw is always a timeless option for the beach.
Below are more straw options for you. The Nordstrom bag (below) comes in either black or orange.
If you’re looking for a very roomy bag for a day trip, how about the Scout bag (below) which comes in a range of stripes and patterns. It is structured so that it stands up on its own, making it easy to find anything you need.
Summer is a great time of year to experiment with prints and patterns. The Pineapple print adds fun to the Boden bag (below).
tote and pouch
If you like to be organized, this one is for you. The Time and Tru beach tote (below) also comes with a separate tote to keep your essentials in.
You could always choose a weekend bag that can double as a beach bag when you get to your destination and have unpacked your clothes. The J.Crew tote (below) has a zippered top and a reinforced body.
stripe beach bag
Giving your outfit a nautical vibe with some stripes is always a classic for a trip to the beach. Fonda @savvysouthernchic above matches her stripes to her neutral outfit.
The rope handles on the Shylero bag (below) add to its nautical styling.
If you want a bag that is a little bit different, the Bembien bag (below) is entirely handwoven with recycled plastic from the beaches of Bali.
You may not want to take a designer bag to the beach because you’re worried about security or water and sand getting onto it. However, if you’re looking for a bag with timeless appeal, you really can’t go wrong with the Tory Burch tote (below).
Longchamp’s Le Pilage tote (below) is another classic design that you could use a weekend bag, and then as a beach bag when you reach your destination. It’s made from nylon so it’s water resistant.
The COS bag (below) would be ideal for the beach or for your shopping. It’s definitely roomy enough to fit your towels in, and it won’t get sand stuck inside.
While striped bags often come in navy and white, I like the unusual color combination on the Anthropologie striped tote (below).
What to put in your beach bag
Claudia @beatfitmom.nl above chooses a lovely leaf print bag. But what does she have in it? Below are some general ideas on what you should make sure you have with you for a day at the beach.
It goes without saying that you’ll want to make sure you remember your sunscreen. The face shielf cream below has a high factor to help prevent sun damage.
Also take a look at how to choose the best sunscreen for your face.
If you’re swimming, or lounging, a beach towel is an essential. The leaping leopards on the Matouk towel (below) add a playful touch.
A pair of sunglasses will protect your eyes from the glare of the sun, and help to prevent sun damage on the skin around your eyes.
You’ll need to stay well hydrated while you’re at the beach. An insulated bottle will help to keep your drink cool.
A hat will help to keep the sun off your face. However, it can be inconvenient to carry a large sunhat around. A packable hat that you can pop into your beach bag can be the answer.
If the sand is hot or you are walking around the pool, you may want a pair of flip flops with you. And, they won’t take up much room in your bag.
If you will be spending a few hours at the beach, you may want to take a good book with you, or your Kindle.
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