10 beach bags that will carry all of your things this summer
Tote around your essentials in style.
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When you're headed to the beach, the last thing you want is to have your keys, phone, and water bottle fall into the sand or water. Rather than trying to carry everything in your arms, toss your must-haves for the day in a beach bag instead. The best ones are spacious, durable, and sometimes even waterproof. We’ve scoured the internet for 10 of the most popular—and most stylish—beach bags that will make your summer adventures more enjoyable and hassle-free, whether you’re looking for a classic tote from L.L. Bean or a vibrant patterned one from Lilly Pulitzer.
1. This fan-favorite L.L. Bean tote
Made with double-stitched overlapping seams, this durable canvas tote bag can hold up to 500 pounds, according to L.L. Bean. That should hold as many bottles of sunscreen, towels, waters, and other beach items you could need. The reinforced flat bottom gives it enough support that it can sit upright even on sand and the zip top holds everything in place. It's available in four sizes—small, medium, large, and extra-large—and in black, green, blue, red, and regatta blue. You also have the option for either regular or long handles.
Nearly 2,000 reviewers approve of the tote’s durable construction. “Unbelievable quality and sturdy to carry most anything you need to tote around,” one 5-star reviewer says. "Almost indestructible!"
2. This mesh Amazon beach bag
With eight mesh pockets around the exterior, this beach bag offers plenty of storage. Inside you'll find a waterproof zipper pocket that'll keep your wet clothes and towels from getting any of the other contents wet (or vice versa). It has an impressive 160-pound carrying capacity—yet weighs less than half a pound—and comes in six color combinations.
It has a high 4.8-star rating from more than 2,800 reviewers. “Perfect size for a family of five!" one person says. "I was surprised to see how much stuff we could actually comfortably fit in it: five beach towels, three pairs of jean shorts, three pairs of flip flops, three tank tops, and all the sunscreen, sun hair spray, hair brushes, chapsticks, selfie sticks, magazines and snacks that you would ever need."
3. This vibrant Lilly Pulitzer beach bag
It doesn't get much more summery than Lilly Pulitzer’s Mercato tote. It's made from lightweight cotton and is available in five of the brand's signature colorful prints. You can also personalize the oversized tote with a monogram or name for an extra $10.
“This bag goes to the beach or pool every time I go!" one reviewer says. "Zips closed. Plenty of storage for beach towels and other items."
4. This water-resistant Lululemon bag
Made with water-repellent polyester and nylon fabric, this sporty tote is an easy choice for beach or poolside use. It has a grab-and-go exterior mesh pocket that's just the right size for a smartphone, along with plenty of interior pockets to keep things organized, so you're not rooting around for that sunscreen bottle again. It's available in pink, grey, gold, and black.
“The fabric will last forever per usual Lululemon quality,” one shopper says. "I would recommend this bag to anyone. The straps are like skinny seatbelts and feel super strong, too."
5. This durable Yeti carryall
This isn’t your typical flimsy beach bag—it's made with a thick puncture-resistant and waterproof exterior to keep your things safe and protected. The molded bottom helps the bag stand upright on all kinds of surfaces and keeps out dirt and sand. Yeti's Hitchpoint Grid—which is essentially a built-in rack of straps—provides space to attach water bottles, bottle openers, and anything else you might need.
With nearly 3,500 reviews, the bag is praised for its easy-to-clean exterior and strong construction. "I used to buy a new beach bag every year, but I don’t have to now," one person raves. "I absolutely love it. It’s tough and cute, worth every penny. I’m going on my fourth summer with it. Yeti, you didn’t disappoint, once again!"
6. This canvas Lands' End tote
Similar to the L.L.Bean bag but with pockets inside—and for $10 less—this open-top tote features a water-resistant base and trim that keep items dry, so you can place it on damp sand or a beach chair without worry. The smaller interior pockets serve as a great space to store your wallet, phone, and keys, while the roomy interior can hold towels, sunscreen, and a few books. It's designed to hold up to 500 pounds and comes in seven colors.
It has a 4.8-star rating from more than 1,400 Lands' End shoppers. "Lovely and practical," one person says. "Great for our weekend excursions. Deep and spacious. Use it very often."
7. This oversized J.Crew bag
Yes, this could be the Lands' End and L.L.Bean totes' bigger brother. Named after one of Long Island’s most popular cities, J.Crew's Montauk Tote has six outside pockets and one inside pocket, a comfortable-to-hold nine-inch handle, and a lightweight canvas exterior. You can also get it monogrammed for an additional $10 to add a personalized touch whether it’s a gift to yourself or a loved one. It comes in navy and beige.
“Extremely roomy tote,” one 5-star reviewer says. “It could fit six beach towels plus gear and a picnic. Wish I bought it sooner, I use it all the time."
8. This eco-friendly Madewell beach bag
This tote offers some extras that make it just as useful at the beach as it would be at the park or even the office. It has a padded built-in laptop case designed to protect electronics, a zip closure to ensure nothing falls out, and numerous pockets. It's made of fabric sourced from recycled plastic, which reviewers say is durable and easy to clean. The 11-inch straps let you carry it on your shoulder, while the with a four-inch handles are, er, handy if you just want to grab it and go. It comes in black or brown.
"This bag is perfect!" one person raves. "It's lightweight and sleek, and I love the softness yet durability of the material. Lots of pockets for staying organized, and an easy and smooth zip top closure."
9. This straw Vera Bradley beach bag
This straw tote boasts printed tropical animals for all the island vibes this season. It has an interior zip pocket for safe keeping and long 12-inch shoulder straps for easy carrying. Both the interior and exterior are waterproof. But the best part? It's versatile enough that it can double as a regular purse when you aren't at the beach.
“Such a fun lightweight summer bag,” one shopper says. “I love this tote for travel and to take to the beach. It is the perfect size to fit under the seat on an airplane and holds all the beach essentials! The color and quality of the straw is exceptional."
10. This nautical Amazon tote
This enormous navy-and-white-striped beach bag is made from waterproof ripstop material and features two outside pockets at either end that are big enough to hold towels or a collapsible beach umbrella. It has a magnetic closure, comfortable rope handles, and a spacious interior. There's also a built-in bottle opener, so that's one less thing you need to pack.
It has a 4.8-star rating from more than 2,000 shoppers on Amazon. "This bag was pretty much exactly what I had been looking for!" one person gushes. "It is massive, which I wanted, as I needed something for my husband and I, and our two toddlers for a week at the beach. I was able to get four large beach towels plus other little things in there. I love that it has pockets and the sealable waterproof bag. The rope straps are soft and comfortable on the shoulder."
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