The Best Stylish Beach Bags and Totes to Haul Your Essentials for Summer 2023

Feel free to get these a little sandy this season.
Summer bags

Essential summer bags.

Although a great tote is a year-round necessity, we find ourselves most reliant on the do-all bags as summer rolls around. After all, when July and August arrive, sunscreen is a non-negotiable, makeup requires more frequent touch-ups and ice-cold drinks must be on hand at all times (my newest obsession is Poppi—you have to try the Ginger Lime). Plus, beach towels, sunglasses and hats must also be consistently at the ready. 

Below, shop our picks for the best 12 beach bags that will prove to be the perfect home for all of your summer essentials.

L.L. Bean Boat and Tote, Zip-Top, $44.95 (

L.L. Bean bags hold a special place in our hearts at SI Swimsuit, as they are the (un)official travel bags for each photoshoot, carrying items from swimsuits to snacks to props. The Boat and Tote is the epitome of a durable bag. Plus, the brand offers the option of embroidery, giving it a personalized touch.

Market Bag - Lemon, £35.00 (

Home to the contents of our 2023 launch week gifting contents, these adorable bags by Blooming Dreamer are lightweight and feature a zipper top.

Voyager Cooler Bag, $139 (

Summer calls for insulated bags, and this option also features metal feet, which is always a plus.

Cardiff Pool Tote, $72 (

The Cardiff Pool tote is made of woven plastic, making it waterproof and easy to clean. A quintessential beach bag, with no frills, but all of the style.

The Original Natural Straw Traveling Hat Bag, $194 (

Let me introduce you to the bag that ensures a hands-free journey. With a special built-in spot for your sun hat, there is plenty of room inside for sunscreen, towels, books and your other summer essentials.

Wharf Tote, $195 (

If you are in search of a truly nautical tote, SeaBags makes products entirely from recycled sail cloths.

Trucker Beach Tote, $235 (

Liberez Les Sardines translates to: Free the sardines! This bag is unisex and can make a great gift for anyone in your life.

The All Over Striped Tote, $198 (

Versatile enough to be a beach bag or a city bag, the All Over Striped Tote by Kule is perfect for all of your carrying needs. It’s equipped with thick cotton canvas that provides just the right amount of structure.

Medium Straw Tote, $385 (

This handmade bag has many perks, but our favorite feature is the detachable card holder. Say goodbye to the days of rummaging through the depths of your bag when it is time to check out.

Premium Cooler Bag, $79 (

Another insulated option, this retro-inspired cooler bag doubles as a stylish accessory.

Lio Tote - Greek Sun, $160 (

The Lio Tote is made from mostly recycled materials, with the cotton canvas composed of 50% recycled cotton and faux leather trimmings and the detachable zipper pocket made from 58% post-consumer plastic. This is the perfect catch-all bag, with its large shape and long straps that are sure to stay on your shoulder.

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Elizabeth Wentworth


Elizabeth Wentwoth is an Editorial Intern at SI Swimsuit. She is currently completing her Bachelor’s degree in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Growing up in New Hampshire, Elizabeth has always loved spending her free time at the beach and hiking. She also loves to cook and bake, experimenting with new recipes whenever she gets the chance.