15 cool beach bags for summer

Best family beach bags for 2018 | Mum's Grapevine

It’s a well-known fact that us mums need a big beach bag to carry a lot of stuff when going to the beach. 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 the best beach bags that can carry it all.

What to look for when buying a beach bag

What to look for when buying a beach bag | Mum's Grapevine

Here are some of the key features to look for when buying a bag for the beach:

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 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 bag that has zipper pockets for valuables or one that zips completely closed.

15 beach bags for summer

To help you find the perfect bag for the beach we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search.

Carnival Homewares

Carnival Homeware Sugar Pink Floral XXL Beach Bag

Carnival Homewares XXL Beach Bag ($55)

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

The Friday People Isla Carryall Tote

The Friday People Carryall Tote ($129)

Beautiful, functional, lightweight and waterproof – This versatile tote ticks every box for the ultimate bag for the beach. With multiple zippered compartments and top zip closure, the essentials stay dry even if the beach babes don’t.


Kollab beach bags

Kollab Beach Bag ($37.90)

The range of family-sized 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.


Sunnylife Carryall Bag

Sunnylife Carryall Bag ($39.95)

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.


Chuchka Tamara Mini Tote

Chuchka Tamara Mini Tote ($109):

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.

Lipault Paris

LIpault Paris Pop 'N' Gum Beach Bag

Lipault Paris Pop ‘N’ Gum Beach Bag ($199)

A brilliantly bright 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.

Sun Jellies

Sunjellies Atomic tote

Sun Jellies Atomic Tote ($45)

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.


Emma Loves It Straw Beach Bag, Roxy

Roxy Emma Loves It Straw Beach Tote ($69.99)

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

Scotch & Soda Canvas Beach Bag

Chic Structured Canvas Beach Bag ($189.95)

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!


Zimmerman Beach Tote

Zimmerman Beach Tote ($295)

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.

Project Ten

Project Ten Floral Oversize Tote

Project Ten Floral Oversize Tote (24.95)

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.


Sailor Bags tote

SailorBags Sailcloth Tote ($119)

Made from sailcloth fabric, these family-sized bags for the beach 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

The Beach People original jute tote

The Beach People Original Jute Bag ($25)

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.


Murph&Murph beach bag

Murph&Murph Beach Bags (from $275)

It really is the ultimate bag for the beach. 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.

Country Road

Country Road Block Logo Tote

Country Road Block Logo Tote ($89.95)

A firm favourite with gym-goers, yogis and wild weekenders, the famous tote from Country Road is an ideal family bag. It’s super roomy and has reinforced handles for when it’s full to the brim.

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