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22 trendy totes and bags for your next beach getaway — starting at $12

There's an option for every budget.
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While most of us spend all year fantasizing about our next beach day, we sometimes forget about all the stuff we have to lug on the sand before we get to relax.

Transporting your beach gear can put a damper on your day in the sun, but there are plenty of ways to make the experience an easier one. Instead of throwing all your beach day essentials (beach blankets, sunscreen, beach towels, sun hats, etc.) in a reusable shopping tote, consider investing in a beach bag.

Whether you're looking for a sleek and stylish bag for just the essentials or an extra-large tote to carry enough towels for the whole family, there's bound to be an option that works for you. We rounded up some of the best beach bags that will surely be a sight to see this season, including an award-winning tote Shop TODAY editors love.

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L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag

Award: Best overall | Category: Beach bags

Material: Cotton canvas | Dimensions: 12 x 13 x 6 inches

You can't go wrong with a classic L.L. Bean beach tote. A Shop TODAY Hot List inclusion, this durable bag has plenty of room to hold all of your beach day items and can even be embroidered with your monogram — or an ironic slogan. They come in a variety of colors and are available in sizes S to XL.

Several Shop TODAY staffers tried this tote for our first-ever Travel Gear Awards and gave it glowing reviews, making it a clear winner in the beach bag category. Associate editor Emma Stessman was gifted this bag for her birthday and says she's used it most days since then. "It holds a surprising amount of stuff! I’ve never had an issue not being able to fit everything I need for the day in there," she raves. "The design is also just so classic and simple, so it’s easy to style."

Best beach bags and totes, according to shoppers

F-Color Oversized Mesh Beach Bag

Material: Mesh | Dimensions: 16.5 x 15 x 8.5 inches

This extra-large mesh beach bag with 9,600+ verified five-star ratings can hold up to 160 pounds and fit up to six beach towels, according to the brand. It also features eight pockets and even a convenient loop to hold your keys.

Hoxis Mesh Beach Tote

Material: Polyester, mesh, nylon | Dimensions: 17.3 x 15.7 x 5 inches

Currently Amazon's bestselling women's shoulder handbag, this canvas mesh tote is both lightweight and roomy enough to carry your go-to sunglasses, beach towel and more. "It’s the perfect simple beach tote. It’s big enough to hold just about anything without looking bulky," one verified shopper proclaimed about this find — and we bet several others agree with this sentiment.

ESVAN Water Resistant Large Tote Bag

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 14.6 x 15.4 x 4.7 inches

Have a worry-free, water filled beach day with this large waterproof tote. This bag is crease-resistant and has a large outside zipper pocket. There are also two double sipper pockets inside if you need more storage. If you want to wash this bag go right ahead — just make sure to do it by hand.

Dejaroo Mesh Beach Bag

Material: Mesh | Dimensions: 12.4 x 8.6 x 1.2 inches

Seas the day with this super chic mesh beach bag with pockets and a zipper closure. It has 20+ unique color options and one recent reviewer said, “It has little pockets for things, and the mesh makes it easy to knock all the sand out. It made the walk down to the beach soooo much more bearable."

Solyinne Straw Beach Bag

Material: Straw | Dimensions: 19.3 x 13.8 x 6 inches

It will be all tassel, no hassle when you purchase this straw beach bag. This tote is made of high-quality straw and features a tassel pendant with top zipper closure. Pair it with a cute straw fedora or platform wedges to complete the ultimate beach girl look.

One five-star reviewer said, “This bag was everything I was looking for. It served as a beach bag and my everyday purse while on vacation. It was study, lightweight and durable.”

Ledaou Large Beach Tote

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 17.5 x 15.7 x 8 inches

Be in charge with this large waterproof and sand-proof beach tote. Available in 21 colorways, this water-resistant beach tote features high density polyester and is easy to clean as the sand shakes right off.

Esvan Floral Water-Resistant Large Tote Bag

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 14.6 x 15.4 x 4.7 inches

For those looking for a budget-friendly beach bag, consider this water-resistant tote. This bestselling Amazon option has a near-perfect average with over 8,300 five-star ratings. Plus, you can snag this bag in over 30 different colors and patterns.

Mina Victory Palm Trees Blush Beach Bag Tote

Material: Cotton | Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 22 inches

Keep palm and carry on with this blush beach bag from Target. This tote includes an inside slip pocket and matching clutch with zipper top. Plus, it stores flat so it’ll easily fit inside your suitcase. Happy customers speak to the bag’s generous size and thick material.

No Boundaries 2-Piece Beach Tote with Removable Zipper Pouch

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 10.5 inches

This sleek black beach bag has everything you need for the perfect beach day. The neoprene fabric is not only lightweight but also durable. This bag features expandable side snaps for any larger items you need to carry and has a removable zipper pouch for those smaller items you want to keep safe.

CB Station Navy Medium Boat Tote

Material: Canvas | Dimensions: 12 x 18 x 5.5 inches

Cave into pier pressure this spring by purchasing this adorable medium boat tote that comes in yellow or navy. You can even personalize this bag for only an additional $15! One satisfied customer raved, “This bag is well made and the perfect size. I use it for everything from to {sic} the beach to the gym. Would recommend!”

Qogir Neoprene Multipurpose Beach Bag

Material: Neoprene, polyester | Dimensions: 14 x 12.5 x 10 inches

This sporty beach bag with 3,700+ verified five-star ratings is expandable, machine-washable and made of neoprene material that's super easy to clean and dry. Plus, it folds down for easy storage.

Land's End Print Canvas Tote

Material: Cotton| Dimensions: 17 x 13.5 x 12 inches

This tote claims to stand the test of time. It was tested by the brand to hold up to 500 pounds and has a water-repellent base and trim. The wide seams allow this bag to stand upright on its own keeping your items in the four interior pockets safe. There's also an outside pocket and key ring attachment. Make this personal by monogramming or embroidering your initials. To clean this bag, make sure to spot clean.

Lamyba Beach Tote Bag

Material: Cotton canvas, vegan leather | Dimensions: 22 x 15 x 6 inches

Whale, hello there! This charming “beach vibes” tote bag is the perfect accessory for the season. Made of vegan leather, this bag is 100 percent cotton canvas and both waterproof & sand-proof. One five-star reviewer said, “[It’s a] great quality, great style, plenty of space. My favorite beach bag ever and get tons of compliments on it.”

Draper James Jane Tote Bag in Green Nautical Stripes

Material: Canvas | Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.5 x 13.5 inches

This green nautical stripes tote bag from Draper James is knot too shabby. The Jane tote features sporty shoulder straps, top handles and interior and exterior pockets that’ll fit everything from your cell phone to sunglasses. One satisfied customer shared, “This cheerful, well-made tote, will add a bit of dash to any outfit. Nice and roomy-great as a tote, diaper bag, or all-around large handbag. I’m using it here round here in FL!”

Swig Life Loopi Tote Bag

Material: Polyester | Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 11 inches

This large, lightweight tote bag will have you turning heads all summer long. Available in flirty colors like leopard and confetti, this waterproof, puncture-resistant bag is easy to carry with its cushioned loop handles. A reinforced base and three easy-access pockets also makes it super easy to pack up everything you need for a stellar day by the water.

Baggu Cloud Bag

Material: Recycled nylon | Dimensions: 13.8 x 12.8 inches (bottom) x 21 (top) x 8 inches

Baggu's Cloud Bag includes a top zipper closure for safekeeping and packs into its own interior pouch for easy storage. It's also made of a lightweight, recycled nylon that's easy to wash and easier on the environment.

Lululemon Side-Cinch Shopper Bag

Material: Nylon, polyester | Dimensions: 16.1 x 14 x 5.1 inches

Be a boss beach with this side-cinch shopper bag from Lululemon. This sonic yellow tote features a snap closure and an easy-access exterior pocket for all your beach essentials.

Scout 4 Boys Extra-Large Tote Bag

Material: Polypropylene | Dimensions: 24 x 19 x 12 inches

This super large tote is designed to be packed to the brim! Available in eight nautical patterns, you can rest assured that it won't break thanks to its "burst-proof" bottom and heavy-duty woven fabric that's "as strong as a tarp but light as a canvas."

Baby Bogg Bag Washable Tote

Material: EVA | Dimensions: 15 x 13 x 5.25 inches

Anything you take to the beach comes back with an endless amount of sand in, on and around it. Fortunately, Bogg's beach bag was designed to make getting rid of excessive sand a breeze. Just hose it off and store for the next use. Its ample size holds 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 of your things spilling onto the floor when you set it down.

Mark & Graham x Steele Waterproof Beach Tote

Material: Vinyl coated nylon | Dimensions: 12 x 14 x 7 inches

These Mark & Graham waterproof beach totes come in many colorful options and are perfect for summer! They're made with lightweight vinyl that is durable and water- and tear-resistant, plus they have long and comfortable straps to lug around all of your essentials.

Lilly Pulitzer Mercato Tote

Material: Cotton canvas | Dimensions: 23.5 x 14.75 x 7.25 inches

Splurge this spring on the ultimate beach bag this season: the Mercato tote from Lilly Pulitzer. You can even add a monogram to let everyone know this stunning beach bag belongs to you!

Frequently asked questions about beach bags

What kind of bag should I take to the beach?

Your beach bag should have three things: style, function and convenience. While size is a preference, we suggest taking a beach bag that is large enough to hold everything you need for a day in the sun. The best beach bags that have all these features are lightweight totes with pockets to store your belongings.

Does sand stick to the Bogg bag?

The Bogg Bag has small holes on each side that allow sand to fall on to the beach with a simple shake. The company says designed the bag to be washable to avoid tracking sand into your home. After you hit the waves, rinse the sand off your Bogg beach bag at the end of the day.

Can Bogg bags be in the sun?

Yes! However, to keep the shape of a Bogg Bag, the company advises against leaving them in extreme heat, like in the trunk of a car.