When the sparkling water calls and there’s splashing to be done, little legs can’t get to the pool quick enough. But with swimming comes a lot of gear, so equip yourself with a kids’ swim bag and keep togs and towels safe.
A kids’ swim bag is a versatile, lightweight sack suitable for storing wet swimwear and accessories after swimming lessons and beach trips. Some have quick-dry mesh compartments, others boast water-resistant lining that eliminates rips, and others are customisable for a bag they’ll love as much as the water.
To help you scout out the perfect swim bag for your fishies (and never lose a pair of goggles again), we’ve dived into the top brands available right here in Australia.
Tips for Buying a Swim Bag
- Am I going to use this for one child or more?
- Is it big enough to comfortably fit a towel and wet swimwear?
- Do I need a zipper to keep things secure?
- Is the material waterproof or water-resistant to prevent leaks?
- Does the bag have multiple compartments to keep wet and dry items separate?
- Can it be machine-washed or wiped clean easily?
- Does it have adjustable and comfortable shoulder straps for easy carrying?
- Is it lightweight for my child to carry or hang on a hook
OUR PICK OF THE CROP
12 Swim Bags Mums Recommend
As baby product experts with 16 years of experience and a community of over 100,000 Australian mums, we’re committed to helping find your family’s perfect swim bag.
Below, you’ll find 12 of the best swim bags as recommended by the mums from our Grapeviner community, listed in no particular order.
We don’t know what we love more, the roomy bucket-style shape or the adorable designs. From Tinyme, these swimming bags use tough Denier fabric and have a zip-up main compartment that keeps belongings safe. Bonus point, the rear zip pocket is perfect for your keys!
A satisfied parent shared their experience, “Really great swimming bag. It’s a great size and very good quality. The personalised image on the front makes it extra special. Highly recommend this product.”
Material: 600 Denier Polyester
Size: 45cm high x 25cm wide at base and 35cm wide at top opening
Ultra-lightweight and massively versatile, these little cuties will be on high rotation in the kinder and school years. Using 100% cotton canvas, they’re water-resistant and have an easy-clean BPA-free coating. Choose from six styles – if you can!
One customer left the review “We used this at the beach recently and it was a great size to hold my 2.5-year-old’s change of clothes, towel, beach toys and shoes. He loves the design too.”
Material: 100% Coasted Cotton Canvas
Size: 40 x 43cm
In a classic style that never fails to work well for busy kids, these drawstring bags are designed to go the distance. With an anti-leak waterproof shell that keeps your car seat dry, we love their roomy interior that’s big enough for the day’s supplies.
Material: 100% Polyester
Size: 43 x 40cm
Perfectly sized for all kinds of kids’ adventures, these multi-purpose bags are as cool as they are practical. Each features water-resistant fabric, with a handy zip pocket for stowing trinkets and valuables. We love their funky patterns for big (and picky) kids!
One happy parent shared, “Needed a swim bag for my daughter’s school swimming and could not have found a better one. Great size that fits everything she needs and you can’t go past the cute little designs.”
Material: Water Resistant Fabric
Size: 50 x 37cm
Bright Star Kids
It’s not just the swimming equipment you need to look after, but the bag itself – so why not pop a name on it? These personalised swim bags from Bright Star Kids use water-resistant fabric and come with adjustable straps and an external zipper pocket.
“These bags are a great size for kids to collect and carry their wet swimming clothes. Easy for them to use as well.” said one customer online.
Material: Water Resistant Fabric
Size: 36.5 x 40cm
Worry no more, Mumma – these colourful sea creatures keep swimming supplies tucked away tight at the end of a day’s play. With a choice of different sea-riously cute designs that all feature water-resistant fabric, comfy shoulder straps and a toddler-friendly roll-top closure.
One reviewer said, “This was used first as a pool bag for our little 3-year-old. He loves the design and can fit all his swimming things in for swim class too – towel/goggles/ change of clothes. Very happy with purchase and I’m sure he’ll get very good use out of it for years to come.”
Material: Water Resistant Fabric
Size: 37 x 29cm
Closure: Watertight Roll Top
Stuck On You
Doubling up as trusty book bags for when summer ends, these kid-friendly bags come in a huge choice of designs and colours to suit any little personality. They use a soft poly-canvas and have water-resistant lining and a soft cord drawstring suitable for little hands.
One mum made the comment “Easy to carry bag for little ones and there is so much room! I can fit two towels and a change of clothes! Perfect swim bag.”
Material: Soft Poly Canvas
Size: 39 x 37cm
Sage & Clare
Crafted from absorbent cotton terry, these swim backpacks effortlessly carry wet bathers and towels. Accompanied by Sage & Clare’s signature fun prints, it’s the perfect companion for both kids and adults. We loved the easy-access drawstring closure ensuring convenience on the go.
“I love how all our swimmer goodies fit into this colour creation! The towel-like bag dries out my flippers and I’m good to go!” said one happy customer.
Material: Cotton terry towelling
Size: 40cm x 44cm
Designed with 2 internal pockets, the waterproof pocket allows you to store wet gear without leaking through to the dry pocket, where you can safely store valuables that need to stay dry.
A reviewer wrote, “I just received this and I’m so stoked with it. It’s very well made and really good quality. It’s such a simple and smart design. I didn’t realize but it has a divider to keep wet stuff away from dry belongings. The drawstring bag design can double as a backpack and it’s a great size to use as a bag for swimming lessons. I’ll be using it as a beach bag as well. Happy mum here!”
Material: 210D water-resistant polyester
Size: 38cm x 34cm
Lightweight and versatile, this ultimate multi-purpose bag is a go-to for all things swimming, surfing, travel, hiking, camping and school. Carrying around the essentials effortlessly without bulk, it’s crafted from high-quality waterproof polyester, ensuring security for wet clothes.
One customer commented, “My kids love their new swimming bags! They are a beautiful material and print. I’m so glad they have cute bags for summer ahead.”
Size: 42cm x 34cm
No swimming list is complete with Speedo in the mix and these stylish mesh bags are surefire winners when it comes to keeping everything contained. Available in every colour of the rainbow, they have comfy shoulder straps and mesh compartments to aid with drying.
“This bag is big and excellent. I got it for my son & he can easily put a towel or two, along with many items and clothes. I love the holes on the bag that keep the air flowing so if I forget something wet, it won’t smell bad after a while.” Said one happy customer.
Material: Nylon & mesh fabric
Size: 60.96cm x 43.18cm
With a spacious main compartment boasting mesh venting for quick dry time, this backpack is both functional and stylish in a variety of fun colours. Over-the-shoulder straps and barrel-lock closures offer easy transport and access and it’s lightweight enough for little ones to carry.
A reviewer wrote, “My 6-year-old loves this bag for all his sand toys and swimming gear!”
Material: 100% durable polyester
Size: 64cm x 48cm
Know a swim bag we could add to our list? Contact us and let us know, we’ve been curating Australia’s best baby products into helpful lists for over 15 years and we’re always happy to support new brands and businesses.
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