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Planning your next vacation? You'll need one of these shopper-loved beach bags

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 of your beach day essentials (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 available right now.

Best beach bags and totes, according to shoppers

Urban Outfitters To-Go Market Bag

Traveling solo? This airy crochet beach bag is roomy enough to carry all of your necessities, from your fave sunscreen to a few healthy snacks.

Hoxis Mesh Beach Tote

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.

Old Navy Canvas Tote Bag

Available in four modern colorways, this Old Navy canvas bag is "totes" the bee's knees. It's spacious enough for your family's beach essentials (along with a good book or two), plus it has a zip-top closure to keep everything free of sand.

Béis The Beach Bag

Perfect from transitioning from the sand to the tiki bar, this beach bag from Béis includes several smart features for every scenario — a zip-up wet/dry compartment, a built-in hat clip, acrylic handles, a removable shoulder strap to go hands-free and more.

F-Color Oversized Mesh Beach Bag

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.

L.L. Bean Sea To Summit Lightweight Dry Sack

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.

Esvan Floral Water-Resistant Large Tote Bag

For those looking for a budget-friendly beach bag, consider this water-resistant tote. This bestselling Amazon option has a near-perfect average with 7,000+ five-star ratings. Plus, you can snag this bag in over 30 different colors and patterns.

A New Day Straw Tote Handbag

Straw handbags have been really popular lately, so get in on the trend with this affordable (and roomy!) woven tote from Target.

Roxy Boogie Morning Woven Straw Tote

Roxy's straw 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.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote Bag

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.

OdyseaCo Mesh Beach Bag Tote with Insulated Cooler

If you're looking for a bag-cooler hybrid, you're in luck! This mesh beach tote with 1,700+ five-star ratings doubles as a cooler that can fit several water bottles.

Alpaca Go Water-Resistant Drawstring Backpack

If you prefer to go hands-free, consider this water-resistant drawstring beach backpack 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.

Kate Spade New York Canvas Tote Bag

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.

Shylero Beach Bag

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!

Scout 4 Boys Extra-Large Tote Bag

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.

Qogir Neoprene Multipurpose Beach Bag

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.

Baggu Cloud Bag

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.

Bogg Bag Washable Tote

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

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.

J.Crew Woven Straw Market Tote

Switch a classic woven tote for this striped option from J.Crew that is perfect for holding all of your beach essentials.

State Graham Tote

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.

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This article originally published on July 22, 2020.