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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.
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 available right now.
Best beach bags
According to global shopping platform Lyst, searches for straw and basket bags are trending have risen over 80% since the beginning of June. Get in on the trend with this affordable woven tote from Target, available in four colorways.
Anything you take to the beach comes back with an endless amount of sand in, on and around it. This washable tote will 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. You can take your pick between a dozen different colors.
This bag has everything you need for the perfect beach day. It comes with a case to keep your valuables protected from the elements, an inner zippered thermal pocket to hold snacks, two outside pockets and even a built-in bottle opener!
Banana Republic's Raffia Tote Bag can be worn on your shoulder or carried by the top handle. Pair this with your favorite summer sundress and your go-to summer shoes and you'll be ready for the perfect beach day.
Switch a classic woven tote for this striped option from J.Crew that is perfect for holding all of your beach essentials.
Bring the vacation feel with everywhere with this bag from Mia + Tess Designs. A zippered enclosure will keep all of your things safe throughout the day.
You can't go wrong with a classic L.L. Bean beach tote. The durable bags have plenty of room to hold all of your beach day items and can even be monogrammed for a personal touch. They come in a variety of colors and are available in sizes small to extra-large.
This sporty beach bag is expandable, machine-washable and made of neoprene material that's super easy to clean and dry. Plus, it folds down for easy storage.
The Baggu Cloud Bag includes a top zipper closure for safekeeping and packs into its own pouch for easy storage. While we totally love this cranberry red shade, it's also available in black, cobalt blue and a leopard print.
For those looking for a budget-friendly beach bag, consider this water-resistant tote. This bestselling Amazon product has over 5,000 verified ratings and an impressive 4.8-star rating. You can snag this bag in over 30 different colors and patterns.
This extra-large mesh beach bag can hold up to 160 pounds, fit up to six beach towels and still has plenty more room for all the items you'll need at the lake or beach. It features eight pockets and even a convenient loop to hold your keys.
If you're looking for a bag-cooler hybrid, you're in luck! This mesh beach tote doubles as a cooler that can fit up to 12 water bottles.
Calling all cheetah sisters! If you love a good animal print, you won't be able to resist this tote bag from Walmart. It's made of jute, has 11-inch drop handles and will add a dash of personality to any look.
For those who don't have a ton of things to carry, consider investing in a simple canvas bag. This one from Kate Spade displays a stack of colorful books and will add character to any beach outfit.
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.
This super large tote is designed to be packed to the brim! You can rest assured that it won't break thanks to it's "burst-proof" bottom.
For those looking for an entirely waterproof and seal-tight option, consider L.L. Bean's dry sack. It's made of lightweight nylon, laminated with waterproof polyurethane and has fully taped sealed seams to guarantee your belongings will stay dry.
If you're more into backpacks, consider this water-resistant drawstring design from Alpaca Go. It's lightweight and includes a small zipper pocket inside to hold your keys, phone, wallet and more. Plus, it comes in over 30 different patterns.
The State Graham Tote is great for the beach, office, airport and anywhere else life may take you. It has a large main compartment and a luggage slip sleeve for easy travel.
For a simple pick, try this Universal Thread bucket bag that's made with textured fabric, comfortable braided shoulder straps and two convenient interior pockets.
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This article originally published on July 22, 2020.