24 useful & stylish beach totes

Summer’s cutest carryalls—including canvas, straw, waterproof, and cooler bags—can hold everything you need and more for your family beach day.

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No matter how many summer essentials you need to tote—whether you need extra pockets for sunblock or a place to keep your beach drinks cold—these beautiful bags do and carry it all.


The quintessential summer fabric, straw bags are lightweight and can easily shake sand off.

Tropez tote ($148, Anthropologie)
Straw market tote ($50, J.Crew)
Dipped silver bag with tassel ($120, Vineyard Vines)
Caslon stripe crochet straw shoulder bag ($47, Nordstrom)

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Canvas bags are the true heavy-weights for when you have too much to carry and only one bag to put them in. Look for seasonal accents, like stripes, rope details, and cheery colors.

Harveys seatbelt beach tote ($88, Zappos)
Petit beach marine ($175, Clare V.)
Splendid emerald bay tote ($128, Shopbop)
DEI canvas embroidered tote bag ($18, Target)

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Packable extras

For days when you need a little extra somethin’ these easy to fold (or squash as the case may be) totes provide additional support. They’ll hold everything from an overly-sandy pair of sandals to a wet swimsuit, or even just seashell souvenirs from the beach. Just stuff one into your larger beach bag at the beginning of the day.

Embroidered girlfriend tote ($44, GAP)
Herons foldaway bag ($8, Paperchase)
Fern tote white ink on green ($150, Noepe Design)
The reusable canvas tote ($5, Madewell)
Mary Sol Portland packable raffia tote ($135, Nordstrom)

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Step aside, bulky nylon cases! The modern cooler bag is sleek and chic. All of them come lined with an insulating fabric that keeps drinks cool and, best of all, look as cute as any other beach bag out there.

Super chill cooler bag in watermelon ($32, ban.do)
Picnic Time ‘Hermosa’ cooler tote ($34, Nordstrom)
Cooler tote in paisley in paradise ($30, Vera Bradley)
Pocket rocket starsearch ( $46, Scout)
Insulated tote, medium ($50, L.L. Bean)

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Nothing is more nifty for a beach day than a bag that’s already made out of towel fabric, which is super easy to dry. Some even have a two-in-one construction, where a towel is sewn directly into the bag. Simply unzip the bag to reveal a full-size beach towel. It’s a best of both worlds in a stylish pack.

Echo Design Terry Bali bikini bag ($28, Zappos)
Capelli of New York pineapple stripe towel bag ($24, Nordstrom)
Echo Design Terry Naples tote ($47, Zappos)

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It’s a no-brainer to choose a waterproof bag to take to the beach. These days though, the functional bag is also cute and fun, available in bright colors and clever patterns.

Signature stripe round canvas tote ( $44, Henri Bendel)
Sea world line beach bag ($125, Emporio Armani)
Tropical beach tote handbag ($15, Target)

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Photos by Veronika Kirchner
Veronika Kirchner

Veronika Kirchner is a food stylist and a photographer. She graduated from the University of the Arts in London, and specializes in food styling for culinary programs and magazines, as well as in helping food industry brands and companies create unforgettable tastes and images of food.

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