It’s a well-known fact that us mums need a lot of stuff. As much as we love the hotter weather, summer brings with it a few more day-to-day essentials that need to come along for the ride. Think sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottles.
To lend a helping hand we’ve scoured the shops in search of beach bags that can carry it all.
What to look for when buying a beach bag
Here are some of the key features to look for when buying a beach bag:
Size: The list of ‘beach essentials’ is a big one. Look for a bag that’s big enough to store them in and cool enough to carry straight to the surf.
Fabric: Drenched towels and soaked-through swimmers sometimes mean even more mess. Consider buying a waterproof or water-resistant beach bag to withstand the numerous trips home from the waves.
Fixings: Sand has a tendency to get into every nook and cranny. Avoid taking half the beach home by buying a beach bag that has zipper pockets for valuables or one that zips completely closed.
15 beach bags for summer
To help you find the perfect beach bag we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search.
Deceptively durable, these gorgeous beach bags are available in an array of designs and colours. There are matching zipper pouches available for valuables, nappies or whatever mumma needs, and a waterproof lining makes it a winner for days by the water.
The Friday People
Beautiful, functional, lightweight and waterproof – This versatile tote ticks every box for the ultimate beach bag. With multiple zippered compartments and top zip closure, the essentials stay dry even if the beach babes don’t.
The range of family-sized beach bags by Kollab are pretty as a picture. The water-resistant material is a must for beach adventures and the internal pocket keeps keys and phones out of harm’s way.
Known and loved for their fresh take on summer accessories, the Carryall Bag from Sunnylife does not disappoint. Load the super-sized bags up with up to 7KG of beach toys, snacks and snorkels then head straight to the sand dunes.
It’s the bag that can go from beach to business. Made from neoprene fabric, this tote is lightweight and super strong – just what you need for a fun day in the sun.
A brilliantly bright beach bag that’s as cute as it is clever. The transparent main compartment makes finding things in a flash easy and an inner fabric dust bag with adjustable drawstring keeps everything else safe from splashes and sun damage.
The colourful collection of beach totes from Sun Jellies are made from 100% recyclable PVC and feature a flat base that’s super handy for staying put on the uneven sand.
We all love a good straw bag but this beach tote has room to boot, holding up to 26 litres! The gorgeous braided handles and intricate stitch detail are just the cherries on top.
Scotch & Soda
The classic sailor stripe can do no wrong. Made from durable canvas to withstand the wear and tear of summer trips all while complimenting mum’s beach style. Love!
This bag isn’t just big, it’s beautiful too. The oversized tote has long and short leather handles to help you carry your load from the car to your chosen spot in the sun. And there are two stunning summer prints to choose from.
Practical is pretty with Project Ten’s gorgeous new range of beach totes and bags. Big enough for everything the family needs, simply fold the giant tote down to A4 size when not in use. Now that’s pretty clever.
Made from sailcloth fabric, these family-sized beach bags are brilliant. They’re super sturdy thanks to their double seams and double layers of fabric. A triple layer of fabric on the base helps the handy beach bag stay put when standing on the sand.
The Beach People
Going from home to the beach is a breeze with the back-to-basics jute bag. Great to look at and great for the environment too with $5 from every purchase going towards protecting The Great Barrier Reef.
It really is the ultimate beach bag. There’s a place for your water bottle, iPad, and two large side slits for everything you need to keep close. All pockets are water-resistant too so those soaking wet bathers won’t ruin mum’s beachside read.
A firm favourite with gym-goers, yogis and wild weekenders, the famous tote from Country Road is an ideal family beach bag. It’s super roomy and has reinforced handles for when it’s full to the brim.
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