5 Best Beach Bags for Summer

Beach and pool season is here—are you ready?

The kids may be in their suits, towels around their necks and flip flops firmly secured, but that tired-looking bag from last season needs to be replaced. These great finds are both water-friendly and fashionable.




beach-bags-flee-redFlee Signature Tote
You can’t go wrong with an oil-cloth bag from Flee. Their Signature Tote is the perfect size for the pool, beach or boat. The magnetic closure means easy access to the sunscreen, water bottle and your favorite book. And a zip pocket means you can keep your phone out of harm’s way. ($88, Flee, 561A Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, 847-386-7488)
beach-bags-vera-bradleyVera Bradley Small Mesh Tote
It’s small, flexible and bright-colored, meaning it’ll stash well under a lounger, but you’ll still be able to see it. A zippered pocket will keep your valuables dry. And at $39, it’s a super-affordable option. (Vera Bradley, 4999 Old Orchard, Skokie, 847-673-2176, also available in a large size)
beach-bags-baggalliniBaggallini Expandable Tote
Do you tend to come home with more stuff than you started with at the beginning of your adventure? This water-resistant expandable tote is just what you need when your kindergartener refuses to carry his water bottle one.more.step. ($55, Kaehler World Traveler, 553 Chestnut St., Winnetka, 847-501-3990, or 670 Central Ave., Highland Park, 847-433-6500)
beach-bags-kate-spadeKate Spade South of the Border Bon Shopper
Go colorful, or go home. This canvas tote is all about summer, and its open interior makes it a great stash, grab-and-go kind of bag. Leather straps promise durability for a long season of lugging those poolside must-haves. ($148, Kate Spade, 56 Oak St., Chicago, 312-654-8853; Northbrook Court location coming soon)
beach-bags-targetPrinted Swirl Tote
If you know you’re going to blow through a bag a season, spend wisely and pick up this tote from Target. At just $10, you can toss everything you need in this brightly colored, see-through bag; and if the sunscreen starts leaking, you’re not freaking. (Target, multiple locations)

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