This Summer's Best Beach Bags: From Fashionable to Sand-Repellent

This Summer's Best Beach Bags: From Fashionable to Sand-Repellent

Arlyn Hernandez
Jul 4, 2016
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A day at the beach should be about relaxation and just plain fun. That's all kind of null and void when you're worried about your smartphone getting water logged and shaking a dunes-worth of sand out of your belongings when you make it back home. To keep your seaside jaunt as carefree as is should be, pick up one of these beach-ready bags before you hit the shore.


This bargain beach bag doesn't disappoint: It's made of sturdy canvas in an eye-popping geometric and has plenty of room for all your essentials.

What we really like here is the drawstring feature to limit sand creeping into your personal belongings. Plus, there's a detachable zipper pouch to store your keys and wallet in the case that you need to leave your bag unattended for a minute. Good thinking IKEA!

If we had to award any bag in this roundup the "workhorse" award, it would be this one right here. It's water-resistant, has a zippered top, key tether, an internal wet bag, 10 compartments and pockets to keep sunscreen, drinks, toys, etc. If that weren't enough, there are two mesh panels on each side of the bag's bottom that lets sand easily pour out on the way to your car. Oh, and you can get it monogrammed, to boot!

The bamboo handle and braided fabric scream summer. If a magazine, sunscreen, sunglasses and towel is all you need to kick back and relax on the shore, this is a stylish way to tote your tailored essentials.

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I've had my eye on this tote since it arrived on the shelves of my local Target. It's incredibly roomy (seriously, you could probably fit a swan pool float in here) and is styled perfectly for summer. Definitely one to wear on and off the sand.

Though not technically a beach bag, do not discount a soft bag-like cooler for your beach-going experience. The gel-lined interior keeps up to 6 drinks and snacks cool for 10 hours, just place in the freezer the night before you your trip to the shore. There's also a dry storage compartment, which is perfect for a limited array of other essentials.

Because I cannot begin to understand the utter magic that is this "sandless" bag, here's how the website explains it: "Made from material developed for military use, this is the beach tote that is impossible to fill with sand. Used in military applications to contain sand and dust when helicopters land and take off, the material is made from two layers of patented woven PVC/PE that instantly filter sand to the beach as soon as it falls on its surface. The specially woven polyurethane acts as a one-way filter to prevent sand from reemerging through the bottom or sides of the bag. The tote also allows dirt, dust, and water to pass through and won't absorb moisture, preventing mold and mildew. Includes a solid internal pocket for a phone or wallet, shoulder straps, and reinforced box stitch seams." This is a frequent beach goer's dream.

The solid square shape of this Henri Bendel bag means it stays upright, keeping all your beach goodies at arm's reach. The water resistant-coated lining, interior pocket and magnetic closure keep your electronics and wallet dry should the shoreline creep up on you.

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Another "sand to pavement" option, this bag would be just as cute toting your beach day goods as it would be fresh fruits and vegetables you picked up at the farmer's market. It's washable, folds up flat for easy transport, and at almost 2 feet wide, would fit a family's worth of odds and ends.

Muji is known for its practical products, and this nylon tote is no different. Water repellent with a few different zippered pockets, it's as effective and streamlined as you can get.

Sometimes, you just don't want to deal with carrying a bag on your shoulder. Enter, the beach duffle backpack, great for storing everyone's towels, flip flops and cover-ups. It also has an external zip pocket to stash away money, IDs and smart phones.

For the fashionable set, this is the It bag for the summer. Though it comes in a multitude of juicy colors, the subdued black and tan version is exclusive to Bloomingdale's.

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