beach bags

Chic Tote Bags for Beach + Beyond.

*Image above via Hathaway Hutton.

Are you headed somewhere sandy sometime soon? I was arrested by the recent Instagram post from Hathaway Hutton (her work also seen above), who paints and lines Goyard bags and will soon be launching a series of Goyards lined with vintage D. Porthault terry cloth towels! Wow. You can sign up to be notified of this and other future Hathaway Hutton launches here.

A roundup of even more cute summer tote bags for the beach, pool, and other summer adventures, though I want to first call out two highly practical beach-bound buys: first, these clever $46 jelly-material totes (also in a peach/pink combo). I love the classic shape! Second, for a long time, I could not find my beloved Hinza plastic totes anywhere online, but Annie Selke now carries them. I have a couple of these and they are major MVPs for travel and storage. They are ideal for holding snacks for car trips (the rigid sides mean nothing gets crushed/lost at the bottom of a shapeless tote), beach or bath toys, art supplies beneath a craft table (currently in use in this way in my daughter’s room), and even serving as mop buckets (something else I use one of mine for). They are incredibly sturdy and can be simply rinsed out with water to clean. I have also used these when shopping at the farmer’s market/grocery and I find them so handy because of the rigid shape. You can keep milk cartons upright, vegetables nestled safely on one side, etc. I’ll leave it there, but these totes are just amazing!

beach bags for summer 2021

(01.) JELLY POUF TOTE ($46!)

(02.) TOTALLY ADORE THIS HANDLE-WRAPPED STRAW TOTE; IF YOU WANT SOMETHING EVEN MORE GRANDMILLENNIAL-FRIENDLY, CHECK OUT THIS SIMILAR STYLE PAINTED WITH A BOW ON THE SIDE, AND GRACE + JAMES HAS EVEN MORE FABRIC WRAPPED OPTIONS!

(03.) KULE WINDOWPANE TOTE

(04.) THIS BOLD PRINT TOTE IS REVERSIBLE!

(05.) FESTIVE MAR Y SOL STRIPE

(06.) THESE MC2 SAINT BARTHS TOTES ARE SO FUN — COME WITH TONS OF DIFFERENT DESTINATIONS WRITTEN ON THE SIDES

(07.) MAJOR CRUSH ON ALL THINGS ANYA HINDMARCH, INCLUDING THIS LOVELY TOTE

(08.) THE “IT” STRAW BAG FOR TWO YEARS RUNNING, BY LOEWE…GET THE LOOK FOR LESS WITH THIS

(09.) YOU KNOW MY DEVOTION TO PAM MUNSON

(10.) MINNOW SWIM FAMILY TOTE

(11.) MY TREASURED HINZA TOTES — SO PRACTICAL FOR BEACH/POOL

(12.) RUE DE VERNEUIL HAS THE COOLEST CANVAS TOTES

(13.) REFINED AND SPORTY AT THE SAME TIME FROM PARAVEL

(14.) SMITTEN WITH THIS PERSONALIZABLE OVERSIZED DENIM TOTE

(15.) I HAVE THIS PARKER THATCH TOTE WITH MY INITIALS ON THE SIDE AND LOVE IT

A couple of others I neglected to include in the collage above that I would be remiss not to add — Naghedi totes are made of woven neoprene, so they are absolutely perfect for beach/pool excursions; Scout Bags are great for schlepping toys/sports gear/outdoor gear/groceries (I have a couple different styles of Scout and they are great “schlepping”/travel bags); and I know many of you love your perforated State of Escape bags for gym. Such a fun athletic look!

For in-bag organization, as Queen of Pouch Life, I have to add that I love these wet/dry bags (you can tuck wet swimsuits inside) for my children and own several ones personalized with their names — though how cute is this strawberry print one?! I also found these cute shadow lettered zippered pouches, though I should note that I believe the seller is using these mesh zippered pouches, which I own TONS of and actually use to organize my children’s toys (i.e., decant puzzle pieces into some of them, keep small toy sets together in them) and though I LOVE them for price and convenience, they are not built to last long. I find they show wear (look crinkled, have small tears) pretty easily after a year of heavy use by tiny fingers constantly chucking them around and smashing them into drawers and toy bins. That said, for an adult using the pouch occasionally for beach gear, probably not as much of a heavy wear-and-tear issue. Finally, Stoney Clover has such fun, punchy, personalizable pouches for beach gear!

Lastly, a few other fun finds for your next beach adventure…

THE PRETTIEST BEACH TOWELS EVER

ADORE THESE BEACH CHAIRS — AND THESE UNDER $100 ONES ARE CUTE TOO

MY FAVORITE SUNSCREEN FOR LITTLE ONES: THIS SPRAY FOR THEIR BODY AND THESE STICKS FOR THEIR FACES

CUTEST PERSONALIZED BEACH BUCKETS FOR LITTLES — SHE DOES REALLY, REALLY GOOD MONOGRAMS

MELISSA & DOUG HAS THE BEST SAND TOYS

P.S. A love note to the Upper West Side.

P.P.S. The predicament of thinking of the perfect reply too late.

P.P.P.S. Cute bedding for babies and toddlers.

6 Comments

  1. Love this roundup! I have gifted the Las Bayadas rainbow-stripe tote a few times, and I think this is the summer to get one for myself — lightweight, adorable colors, and at $54, the price is right. I’m going to Miami this summer and this would be the perfect thing to take to the pool and/or beach!

    xx

    1. Thank you for sharing this!!! You are a good sleuth. They really are such useful/handy tools around the house!

      xx

  2. Such great finds here, Jen! This is really feeding my tote obsession, haha! Totally agree on the Hinza — I ordered one after you had shared it here a long time ago. They are so incredibly useful and practical.

    Intrigued by that jelly one from Maisonette — I’m drawn to anything that isn’t so precious for mom life. I’ve also had my eye on the Paravel since you posted about it here a while back — I saw on the site that it’s stain resistant! Love the use of recycled materials too.

    I will say though that I prefer not to take my Naghedi tote to the beach. Yes it is neoprene, but unless it will be for the beach only (which would be sad since I love it as an everyday spring/summer tote), I worry that the sand will just get into the woven material and I’d be tracking sand everywhere at home.

    1. Hi Mia! So glad you agree on the Hinza. I’m so glad I snapped them up when I found them at Container Store a few years back because I hadn’t been able to find them since! Now might need to get a few more…such great workhorses for travel, home, children, beach, etc.

      Good note on Naghedi! I can totally see that! Maybe the jelly one is just the answer.

      xx

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