Don’t be fooled by its appearance – this bag has a range of secret features that has seen it labelled the best beach accessory ever.
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Heading to the beach should be a relaxing time – but it’s easy to forget something crucial like sun protection if you don’t have the right bag.
Finding the perfect beach bag can be quite the task – it has to be the right size, made from a durable material and (of course) look cute enough that you won’t want to cover it up with a towel.
Here’s our pick of some great beach bags out there – and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen when you’re heading to the beach this summer!
With more than 1400 five-star reviews, this beach tote from Amazon is the number one bestseller in the canvas and beach tote category and has plenty of features to write home about.
Shoppers who left five-star reviews have said it “fits everything for a family” and is both “good quality and pleasing to the eye”.
The nautical-themed bag comes in a chic blue stripe and features rope handles, as well as two outside pockets big enough to carry drink bottles and an inside compartment.
Made from waterproof canvas-like fabric, the bag has a water-repellent inside lining making it perfect for storing wet swimmers or snorkelling equipment.
It’s sturdy enough to carry up to 10 kilos, with shoppers saying it can easily fit “four extra large towels” as well as your other beach gear.
It also comes with a built-in bottle opener and a clear plastic bum bag that’s both sand and waterproof – ideal for storing valuables.
Sticking with the nautical theme is this option from Melbourne-based company Morgan and Taylor.
We like the rope look handle and that the bag is fully lined and can be zipped up so you don’t need to worry about anything falling out on your way across the sand.
We get this is a little more than you would normally spend on a bag to carry around your towel and swimmers but this super versatile bag is large enough, and stylish enough, to do double duty no matter where you are headed. The co-founders of the Australian owned company say their goal was create “the ultimate Mary Poppins bag, where you could magically pull out whatever you need, wherever you were”, which sounds very handy for a day at the beach with children.
This knotted macreme option from Country Road is made for a day at the beach but will still look stylish away from the sand.
The outer layer is cotton macreme while the inside bag is canvas with a drawstring top. It comes in black and blue.
It would be impossible to do a round up of the best beach totes without including woven straw bags.
This French Connection bag is a perfect size for fitting in all your beach essentials.
It also features a removable inner bag and shoulder straps so you can keep your hands free to carry other essentials.
One of the cheaper options out there, this fun tie-dye print will look right at home on hot summer days at the beach.
The large tote features rope handles and a zipper closure, as well as being fully lined.
The mini beach tote is a collaboration between TDE and Australian swimwear brand Bondi Born. It’s available in three colours: black, fuchsia and mango.
It includes a detachable zipped leather pouch, with the option to get it monogrammed with your initials.
If you like the idea of a personalised bag but are looking for a cheaper option, Cotton On has this cotton option in this pale honey colour or zebra print that you can personalise.
This retro-style tote made from terry towelling screams hot girl summer – not to mention, dries quickly.
It’s available in two colours, light teal blue and a dusty baby pink, and features an outside pouch.
Made from recycled plastic this modern twist on a classic straw basket is low maintenance, easy to clean and won’t stay wet like other beach bags.
WHAT MATERIALS ARE IDEAL FOR BEACH BAGS?
Anything that is quick drying is a massive plus – think fabrics like neoprene, canvas or towelling as well as sturdier materials like straw.
Woven-style bags can be great too as you’re less likely to take the beach home with you at the end of the day – simply give the bag a shake as you’re leaving.
WHAT’S THE BEST SIZE FOR A BEACH BAG?
Well, that’s going to depend on you! But think about what you like to normally bring to the beach.
A beach bag that’s roomy enough to fit a towel, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and some snacks is ideal.
If you’re packing for kids or more than one person it pays to get out a measuring tape and check the bag you’re eyeing up will fit everything you need to bring with you to have a good time.
HOW DO YOU GET SAND OUT OF A BEACH BAG?
The first step is making sure you keep as much sand out of your bag to begin with, so give your towel and other beach gear a good shake before you put them inside the bag.
When you get home empty the bag and give it a good shake – ideally somewhere that’s not going to make another mess you will have to clean up, like in the garden or over a bin.
If there’s wet sand stuck to the bag, turn it inside out and wipe the area down with a damp cloth (no soap needed).
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