The Best Beach Bags and Totes for Summer

Shop our favorite beach bags and totes (they're great for the pool, too) just in time for your upcoming vacation.

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June 10, 2021

Toting around wet towels, sandy sunscreen bottles, portable speakers, melamine tumblers and a packed lunch for your entire family is much easier (both physically and emotionally) to do when you have a beach bag equipped for the job. Not all beach bags are created equal and it’s crucial to invest in a bag that takes the chore out of lugging your miscellaneous items to and from the shore. Pull out your notebook and prepare to take notes, because we share the best beach bags and totes for every need. Shop our picks for parents, kids, picnics and more in the links below.


From towels and sunscreen to snacks, books and hats, this waterproof wonder can hold it all. The durable nylon design wipes clean inside and out and earns top marks for enduring comfortability. Creamy white shoulder stripes pop against the punchy tangerine tote, yielding a nostalgic design fitting for seaside summers.

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Parents, this striped stunner is the beach bag you never knew you needed and won’t be able to live without. This extra-large tote measures 24 inches wide, 19 inches high and 12 inches deep to provide ample stow-and-go space for your family’s beach day essentials. Better still, the tote is made from durable, wipeable all-weather fabric that maintains its structured design no matter how many wet towels you throw its way. Oh, and it’s collapsible and folds away for space-saving, stress-free storage between trips.

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Embrace the season with a trademark summer print. This charming gingham canvas tote fits the bill and comes in three delightful hues: vibrant raspberry (pictured here), lively floral and stately navy blue. It’s poised to become your favorite coastal carryall and boat bag with a water-resistant base, roomy interior pockets and reinforced handles.

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This sleek carryall comes fully loaded with everything you need for baby beach days. We’re smitten with its sophisticated exterior, but its functionality and versatility are what earned this bag a spot on our list. Noteworthy features include an expansive front tech pocket, three roomy interior compartments, a zippered closure, a zippered interior pocket, two bottle side pouches and a waterproof lining. Load this beauty with diapers, bottles, snacks and more, then continue to carry it when you come home from vacation.

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From $99

Fact: Straw beach bags will never go out of style. This personalized take on the timeless bag design is an investment that you will relish using for summers to come. Each tote is handwoven from natural palm leaves to create a classic, basket-style silhouette and topped with cognac leather handles to provide a comfortable (and durable) grip. A hand-painted monogram and stripe motif rounds out the design with a custom touch in your choice of 11 eye-catching colorways.

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Neoprene bags are popular for pool days and beach trips alike — and for good reason. The popular material is ultra-durable, washable and water, oil and UV-resistant. This sporty, striped design features a white perforated neoprene body with a navy, aqua and orange stripe motif. Each bag comes with a magnetic closure that opens to a bright-aqua interior and a detachable navy pouch that can be used for storage or worn solo as a clutch.

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Never miss an opportunity to try out the latest fashion trends? Scoop up this dreamy bucket bag ASAP. The structured bucket bag is the unofficial "it" bag of the vacation season, and this textural, woven raffia design checks out. It features a canvas interior lining, a casual drawstring closure and a dimensional black netting for a splash of nautical appeal. Pro tip: Take your bucket bag from the beach to the bar by tying a summery scarf to the handle.

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The days of struggling with a bulky cooler in the sand are behind us. This chic carryall cooler tote marries retro flair with modern functionality. The roomy tote bag boasts a timeless striped canvas exterior complete with two zip pockets: one to tote your tech essentials and one with a handy hidden bottle opener. A recycled PVC lining insulates the bag’s interior, keeping your packed lunch and summery sips cool. Scoop up the cheerful marigold stripe design to add a touch of golden color to your vacay, or shop the same design in four additional (and equally charming) hues instead.

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From $25

Looking for a (cute!) cooler bag that won’t break the bank? This contemporary design will not disappoint. The insulated tote comes with an exterior side pocket and boasts a generous interior that can hold up to 24 soda (read: hard seltzer) cans at one time. Choose between navy, black or a fresh sandy-white finish to best suit your summer style.

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Spend less on your beach bag than you do on your Chipotle order and look good doing it. This beachy nylon tote earns the honor of our best multipurpose and budget pick because it’s featherlight, water-resistant, machine-washable and long-wearing. Plus, it comes in 11 punchy hues and patterns to reflect your style on the cheap.

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Keep your little one busy and collect meaningful memories with the help of this sweet seashell collection bag. The adorable mesh shoulder bag comes embroidered with your kiddo’s name and features adjustable straps for comfortable wear. Choose between three lively hues and endless thread colors to match their collection bag to their favorite swimsuit or beach towel.

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