We bet (or hope!) you’ll be making a lot of trips to the beach this summer — which means you need a roomy and durable bag to cart towels, sunscreen, snacks, and more! This year, let’s ditch the reusable shopping bags and opt for something chic that you’ll want to carry to the shore and beyond.
All the sand, wet towels, and spilled sunscreen can get messy, but the perfect beach bag will be durable enough to withstand anything you and your family throws at it — and look great, too.
Keep scrolling for FIRST‘s picks for the best beach bags.
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Beach Bag Mesh 101 Snorkel
Best Mesh Beach Bag
This roomy mesh beach bag will easily fit enough towels for the family plus sunscreen, beach toys, and a good book. It also comes with a handy zipper closure so you needn't worry about anything spilling out onto the sand. Plus, it's only $12!
Where to buy: $11.89, Amazon
Beach Bags Large L L Bean Boat And Tote
Best Large Beach Bag
L.L. Bean's Boat and Tote is a classic, durable canvas bag that will last for years. Seriously, this bag can hold up to 500 pounds of sunscreen, sand, and snacks — not that we recommend doing that! It also comes with a useful zipper closure to secure your belongings.
Where to buy: $44.95, L.L. Bean
Beach Bags Waterproof Scout Bags La Bumba
Best Waterproof Beach Bag
SCOUT's La Bumba bag has earned a four-and-a-half-star rating for good reason. It's sturdy, waterproof, and comes in almost a dozen eye-catching patterns so you'll never lose it at the beach.
Where to buy: $44, SCOUT
Best Beach Bags Colorful Las Bayadas
Best Colorful Beach Bag
The El Nicholas Tote from Las Bayadas perfectly matches the fun, colorful, tropical vibes of the beach. And, it's spacious enough to hold everything you need to go straight from the shore to dinner.
Where to buy: $55, Shopbop
The Best Beach Bag Neoprene Mesh Tote Bag
Best Neoprene Beach Bag
This beach bag can double as a gym bag thanks to its breathable mesh design that allows airflow to remove odor from sweaty clothes and wick away moisture from wet bathing suits. And when you need more storage, the structured bottom can unzip to add an extra room.
Where to buy: $24.99, Target
Beach Bags Canvas Baggu
Best Canvas Beach Bag
We love this sack from Baggu not only because of its bright blue striping, but because canvas is a long-lasting fabric that can stand up to hundreds of beach trips. When it's dirty, simply toss it in the wash and it'll emerge good as new!
Where to buy: $34, Baggu
Beach Bags Personalized Cathys Concepts
Best Personalized Beach Bag
Never mistakenly grab someone else's beach bag again with this chic personalized tote from Cathy's Concepts. It comes with a custom monogram, either a gold or silver metallic trim, and would transitioning seamlessly from the beach to an everyday purse.
Where to buy: $52, Nordstrom
Beach Bags Extra Large Bulex
Best Extra-Large Beach Bag
If you're the type who's is always prepared for anything, you'll need an extra-large beach bag to hold sunscreen, towels, a change of clothes, snacks, your phone, a water bottle, hand sanitizer — you get the idea. This oversized carrier comes with handy external pockets for items you need to access easily, as well as a roomy interior with a waterproof pocket for electronics.
Where to buy: $25.99, Amazon
Beach Bags Clear Bagail
Best Clear Beach Bag
Clear beach bags are great if you want to easily see what you have on hand. Plus, this see-through tote should be okay to bring to stadiums and parks with strict bag policies.
Where to buy: $7.99, Amazon
Best Beach Bag Cooler One Savvy Girl
Best Beach Bag Cooler
Is there anything more refreshing than a cool glass of lemonade at the beach? Keep things chilly with this beach-friendly insulated cooler bag. It also comes with two quick-dry towels that can hang from the side, meaning one less thing to remember to bring.
Where to buy: $62.95, Amazon
Reusable Wet Bag Bumkins
Best Reusable Wet Bag
This isn't a beach bag per se, but it's useful to have a few handy for the kids' wet swimsuits and towels at the end of the day. Now you can ditch wasteful single-use plastic bags in favor of this eco-friendly alternative.
Where to buy: $10.95, Amazon