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

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.

Best beach bags - Dawn Lucy has a rattan bag | 40plusstyle.com

Dawn Lucy @fashionshouldbefun above (read her style interview here) opts for a rattan bag that would be perfect for a day at the beach.

Steal her look with this similar tote, blouse, pants, hat and sandals.

Size

Best beach bags - Elizabeth has a roomy basket style | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Elizabeth @timeless_styling above (read her style interview here) opts for a roomy basket-style bag.

Check out this similar bag, dress, sandals, hat, scarf, necklace and sunglasses.

Security

Best beach bags - Abi carried a straw and leather bag | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her outfit with this similar straw tote, maxi dress, sandals, necklace and sunglasses.

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.

Best beach bags - Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag | 40plusstyle.com

Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag

neoprene bag

Waterproof and durable, the neoprene bag (below) should last you for many trips to the beach. Reviewers say it is well constructed and chic.

Best beach bags - RIRO Neoprene Beach Bag | 40plusstyle.com

RIRO Neoprene Beach Bag

jute bag

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.

Best beach bags - KAF Jute Tote Bag | 40plusstyle.com

KAF Jute Tote Bag 

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.

Best beach bags - Odyseaco Beach Bag | 40plusstyle.com

Odyseaco Beach Bag

woven tote

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.

Best beach bags - Mercado Global Rosa Woven Tote | 40plusstyle.com

Mercado Global Rosa Woven Tote

straw tote

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.

Nordstrom Lili Small Colorblock Straw Tote | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Lili Small Colorblock Straw Tote

The New Day tote (below) from Target has a smarter, more constructed feel to it, so would be good for taking out to lunch too.

A New Day Straw Tote Handbag | 40plusstyle.com

A New Day Straw Tote Handbag

oversized tote

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.

SCOUT Oversized Tote Bag | 40plusstyle.com

SCOUT Oversized Tote Bag

summer print

Summer is a great time of year to experiment with prints and patterns. The Pineapple print adds fun to the Boden bag (below).

Boden Olivia Large Canvas Tote | 40plusstyle.com

Boden Olivia Large Canvas Tote

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.

Time and Tru Beach Tote and Pouch, 2-Piece Set | 40plusstyle.com

Time and Tru Beach Tote and Pouch, 2-Piece Set

weekender tote

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.

J.Crew Limited-Edition Weekender Montauk Tote | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Limited-Edition Weekender Montauk Tote

stripe beach bag

Best beach bags - Fonda carries a striped tote | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Get her look with this similar striped bag, top, shorts, sandals and earrings.

The rope handles on the Shylero bag (below) add to its nautical styling.

SHYLERO Beach Bag | 40plusstyle.com

SHYLERO Beach Bag

artisan bag

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.

J.Crew Bembien® Jolene bag | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew Bembien® Jolene bag

tory burch

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).

Tory Burch Ella Stripe Tote | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch Ella Stripe Tote

longchamp

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.

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote | 40plusstyle.com

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

COS

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.

COS Crochet Shopper Tote | 40plusstyle.com

COS Crochet Shopper Tote

tumi

Tumi is renowned for creating stylish, secure bags for travelling. The nylon tote (below) is packable so you can easily pack it into your suitcase.

TUMI Voyageur Just In Case® Packable Nylon Tote | 40plusstyle.com

TUMI Voyageur Just In Case® Packable Nylon Tote

anthropologie

While striped bags often come in navy and white, I like the unusual color combination on the Anthropologie striped tote (below).

Anthropologie Kule Striped Tote Bag | 40plusstyle.com

Anthropologie Kule Striped Tote Bag

What to put in your beach bag

Best beach bags - Claudia has a leaf print bag | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her outfit with this similar beach bag, dress, sandals and hat.

sunscreen

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.

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum | 40plusstyle.com

Neutrogena Age Shield Face Lotion Sunscreen with Broad Spectrum SPF 110

beach towel

If you’re swimming, or lounging, a beach towel is an essential. The leaping leopards on the Matouk towel (below) add a playful touch.

Matouk Leaping Leopard Beach Towel | 40plusstyle.com

Matouk Leaping Leopard Beach Towel

sunglasses

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.

Ray-Ban Gradient Sunglasses | 40plusstyle.com

Ray-Ban Gradient Sunglasses

water bottle

You’ll need to stay well hydrated while you’re at the beach. An insulated bottle will help to keep your drink cool.

MIIR 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle | 40plusstyle.com

MIIR 32-Ounce Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle

packable hat

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.

Nordstrom Packable Stripe Paper Straw Floppy Hat | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Packable Stripe Paper Straw Floppy Hat

flip flops

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.

Havaianas 'You' Flip Flop | 40plusstyle.com

Havaianas ‘You’ Flip Flop

kindle

If you will be spending a few hours at the beach, you may want to take a good book with you, or your Kindle.

Kindle Paperwhite | 40plusstyle.com

Kindle Paperwhite

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