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Planning the perfect beach day all comes down to the packing. Once you've settled on your swimsuit and coverup, you're going to want to bring a bunch of essentials: sunscreen, sunglasses, a sun hat, a towel, maybe even a summer beach read. But you're also going to need a place to carry all of these things with you.
From waterproof carriers that double as coolers for your family's drinks and snacks to elegant straw totes for your day-to-night transitions to sand-banishing solutions for keeping your car pristine on the way home, here are the best beach bags to schlep to the shore this summer.
SCOUT BJ Bag
Packable, tricked out with pockets, and water-resistant, this lightweight jumbo tote is the beach bag you've always dreamed of.
Dimensions: 8.5 x 14 x 8.5 inches
Large Beach Waterproof Sandproof Zipper Beach Tote
Taking the whole family to the shore? This nautically striped bag not only has enough pockets and pouches for everyone's essentials, it also has a separate waterproof section for storing phones, wallets, and other surf-averse must-haves.
Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 17 inches
Materials: Polyester, Cotton
Mesh Beach Tote Womens Shoulder Handbag
If sand is your enemy, look no further than this mesh bag that's got a cool boho vibe, has plenty of space for your stuff, and effortlessly shakes free of sand.
Dimensions: 17.3 x 15.7 x 5 inches
Materials: Nylon, Polyester
Ribbon Straw Beach Tote
With a wealth of personalization options and adorable ribbon handles, this tote is more than just a beach bag, it's a day-to-night must.
Dimensions: 11"W x 7"D x 10.5"H
Material: Paper Straw
Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Cooler Compartment
Make your bag do double-duty with this tote, which has a mesh upper to banish sand as well as a detachable bottom cooler compartment for snacks and drinks.
Dimensions: 15.5 x 5 x 18.5 inches
Waxed-Canvas Tote Bag
Dimensions: Starting from 12"H x 13"W x 6"D
Material: Waxed Canvas
If you're more of a picnic-on-the-beach type, this tote is your essential. Surrounded by six side pockets (each big enough to hold a bottle of wine, if you were so inclined) and with a large interior space, it makes packing up your afternoon snacks easy.
Dimensions: 13"H x 11"W x 11.5"L
Material: Canvas, Leather
Santorini Raffia Basket Bag
If your beach day is a little more French Riviera than french fries on the boardwalk, this sleek raffia tote blends upscale chic with laidback cool.
Dimensions: 22"W x 10"H x 6.25"D
Materials: Raffia, Leather
TOURIT Cooler Backpack
This leakproof insulated backpack is perfect for chilling (literally) on the beach, with an easy-to-carry style and plenty of interior space (it holds up to 30 cans).
Dimensions: 13 x 7.5 x 15.8 inches
Materials: 600 Oxford, High-Density Foam, PEVA
The Essential Tote
Made with fibers crafted from recycled marine plastic, this tote is not only thematically appropriate for a day appreciating the ocean, it's also washable, to get rid of any beach day grime.
Dimensions: 13.4"H x 12.7"L x 6.7"D
Material: Marine Plastic
Salty as a Beach Straw Tote
Add a little whimsy to your beach look with this playfully embroidered straw tote.
Dimensions: 17"W x 14"H x 6 1/2"D
Materials: Paper Straw, Polyester
The Original Straw Traveler Bag
The genius of this beach bag? It has a special built-in spot for carrying your sun hat.
Dimensions: 20" x 14"
Material: Raffia Straw
The All Over Striped Tote
Make a fashion impact with the graphic stripes of this maximalist tote.
Dimensions: 25"W x 17"H
Material: Cotton Canvas
This Clare V bag was made for the beach with its braided design and spacious interior for fitting all your seaside essentials. Oh, and the color? Fun as can be.
Dimensions: 16" W x 11 1/2" H x 1" D
Material: Cotton Rope
Mini Ark Handbag
Hitting the sand for a soiree? This woven purse still brings the beach vibes but with an elegant twist.
Dimensions: 1 1/4"W x 6 1/4"H x 2 1/2"D
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