16 Of The Best Bags For Carrying To The Beach And Beyond

By Phoebe Youl
23rd Jan 2023

While your typical beach bag is all well and good, investing in one that can take you further than just the sand and surf is, in our humble opinion, a summer essential. Thankfully, plenty of styles can do both - allowing you to not only expand your styling options but help simplify your packing process when it comes to summer vacation. 

Additionally, upping the versatility of your beach bag might even allow you to invest in something a little more special (thanks to a significantly lowered cost per wear), or at least that’s what we’ve been telling ourselves. So, whether you’re putting it to use as a carry-on for your next trip, transporting your laptop, using it as a nappy bag or actually taking it to the beach, these bags will look just at home paired with a tailored suit as they do swimwear. 

From classic raffia styles to towelling totes, keep reading for the best beach bags to carry you (and your stuff) from the beach to beyond.

Longchamp Le Pliage Collection Shoulder Bag

PRICE: $210

Drawing inspiration from knitted cotton shopping nets, this colourful net bag is the perfect practical beach accessory. Shop here. 

Sunday Supply Co Golden Towelling Beach Bag

PRICE: $189

This enormous 100% terry towelling bag will fit all your summer essentials with absolute ease—from family lunches to beach reads, water bottles, sunscreen, and more. Shop here.    

Muun Panier Woven Basket Bag

PRICE: $115

Handwoven in Ghana from elephant grass, the oversized design of this basket bag ensures you’ll be able to fit all your beach essentials. Shop here. 

Ancient Greek Sandals Large Leather Tote Bag

PRICE: $119.95

The cutout openwork leather and inner drawstring canvas bag make this large leather tote a unique option for the beach and beyond. Shop here. 

The Undone Mini Basket Bag

PRICE: $39

Handmade in Morocco from dried palm leaves, this unique mini basket bag is perfect for quick trips to the beach when you’re only carrying the bare essentials. Shop here. 

Mercedes Salazar Tuni Medium Handbag

PRICE: $179.44

This bright and bold beach bag is handwoven from recycled plastics, making it the perfect hard-wearing and waterproof option. Shop here. 

Loeffler Randall Cyrus Ruffled Raffia Tote

PRICE: $277.61

Perfect for vacation, this generously sized bag features a unique ruffle detail that makes it a fun alternative to traditional basket styles. Shop here. 

Cotton On Cotton Towelling Tote

PRICE: $29.99

This oversized towelling tote was designed with the beach in mind and features a clever internal pocket and washable design. Shop here. 

Ganni Crochet Frill Tote Solid Bag

PRICE: $305

Made from certified organic cotton, this bright crochet bag will bring a playful touch to any beach outfit thanks to its ruffle trim and embroidered details. Shop here. 

Oroton Boyd Ticket Print Large Tote

PRICE: $299

Transport your beach essentials in style in this holiday-inspired canvas tote. Its structural shape, internal zip pockets and oversized design mean there’s space to store all your stuff. Shop here. 

Mimmi Terra Eco Utility II Nerano

PRICE: $149

A unique and practical take on the classic tote bag, this durable tote is hand woven from recycled polyethene, making it water resistant, lightweight and foldable. Shop here. 

Country Road Australian Cotton Coated Canvas Tote

PRICE: $99.95

This coated cotton canvas has room for big beach adventures thanks to its clever carry-all design, large handles and internal slip pockets. Shop here. 

Casa Clara Day Bag

PRICE: $55.46

Made in Mexico from 100% recycled ethylene-vinyl acetate, this colourful open-top tote will look just as good on the beach as it will in the city. Shop here. 

Dragon Diffusion Nantucket Large Woven-Leather Basket Bag

PRICE: $537

While it might look delicate, this skillfully woven basket bag is made from supple strips of leather designed to naturally patina over time for a one-of-a-kind feel. Shop here. 

LL Bean Boat and Tote

PRICE FROM: $51.13

This practical open-top tote will bring preppy style to your beach or vacation looks. Available in a variety of colours and sizes, you can customise your tote to suit your needs perfectly. Shop here. 

Call It By Your Name Cabas Beach Reversible Embroidered Cotton-Poplin Tote

PRICE: $422.83

Inspired by bandanas, this beach tote is made from soft cotton poplin that has been hand-embroidered with colourful lettering for a fun and youthful feel. Shop here. 

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Image credit: Undone Store | Oroton | Dragon Diffusion

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