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What are the Different Types of Beach Bags?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky

So, you're off to the beach! Most people end up bringing a lot of extra stuff with them when they head to the beach, and beach bags are convenient for carrying many of those extra items. Large beach bags are perfect for holding towels, extra clothing or a blanket. Smaller beach bags make great carry along storage for sundries such as a paperback novel, a pair of sunglasses and a bottle of sunscreen.

Beach bags come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics. Vinyl beach bags can be wiped off easily if something spills or rinsed off to remove sand. They are a good choice for carrying home wet towels and swimsuits since vinyl won't absorb moisture. Simply dry the bag and put it away when you're done with it.

Canvas tote bags are a durable option for carrying heavier beach items.
Canvas tote bags are a durable option for carrying heavier beach items.

Canvas beach bags, styled like typical tote bags, are sturdy and make a good choice for carrying heavier items like shoes. They work well for carrying swim gear too, such as fins and masks. They can also be tossed in the washing machine for easy care. A straw beach bag makes a cute accessory and may double as a purse.

Beach bags are available in backpack styles so you can carry sundries and other small items hands free. This way you will be able to carry your lounge chair and other gear at the same time instead of having to make more than one trip to the car. Backpack style beach bags come in different sizes, so you can select a large one for yourself and smaller ones for your kids.

Beach bags come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics.
Beach bags come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics.

There are other fun styles of beach bags available for kids, including trademark character bags or bags that coordinate with their swimwear. You can purchase sets that include a beach bag and beach towel. Some sets also include other matching items, such as sunglasses, flip flops or sun visors.

Insulated beach bags are perfect for bringing along a cold drink or something to eat. The insulation helps keep your food or beverage chilled. If you need to bring medication with you, insulated beach bags are great for protecting medicine from the heat. These bags are also handy for storing baby formula, extra drinking water, or juice for your kids if you prefer not to bring a heavy cooler.

Some beach bags come with matching sunglasses.
Some beach bags come with matching sunglasses.

There are many other kinds of very creatively-designed beach bags. You can find towels that roll or fold into backpacks, for simple, all-purpose beach toting. There are even beach chairs that are built with roomy pouches for your towel, book, or Frisbee. Whatever your style or need, there's a beach bag waiting to help you enjoy your fun in the sun!

Discussion Comments


I think when I buy beach bags, I think about where I'm going with it. If I'm just going to be hanging out by myself, won't know anyone there and made plans at the last minute, I think I would be content with any kind of bag.

But if I'm going with friends to a nice pool or a vacation resort, then I definitely want something that looks chick but is not expensive. Straw bags are good for that because they always look fashionable. I don't like fabric beach bags because they stain easily. Straw bags won't have that problem. And if you don't feel like carrying multiple handbags to vacation, it could double up as a handbag or purse in the daytime as well.


I was surprised to hear that there are natural, organic beach bags and totes now. I have seen woven fabric ones, but these ones actually look like regular plastic but are made from environmentally friendly materials. I'm really happy about this. I didn't think it was possible when I saw my environmentally friendly plastic cup made from sugarcane melt when I put hot tea in it. It's good to know that there are alternative natural materials that can replace plastic but are as durable.

I think I'm going to get a clear one for my upcoming vacation. I always get clear beach bags because I can find what I need! Otherwise, I fell like I'm digging through a well every time I need something. I hope they have some with many pockets too. It's so helpful when I can put my keys in one pocket and cell phone in another for an easy reach.


I love using materials I already have at home to make something I need. It helps me save money, it's a fun hobby and you always end up having something very unique that no one else has.

I have a couple of beach bags at home because I leave close to the beach. But my favorite is the one I made myself and it was super easy. One of my friends taught me how to do it and I couldn't believe how easy it is! I used one of my old beach towels. Do you have any that are kind of warn out with the colors fading? That would be perfect!

All I did was cut up the extra material and sew the sides. Then I used some thick durable fabric to make the handles. If one of your sports bags rip or need to be thrown out, always keep the handles for projects like these. Those would work really well. When you've sewn on the handles, it's ready to go!

You can use a large towel for a large or oversized beach bag and a smaller one for a small bag. If you have extra material, you can even make small pockets on the sides or decorate it if you want! The great part about a towel bag is that it can be washed and dried too!


The best beach bag ever is called BeachPack! It's a backpack with lots of pockets, but it's big enough to hold six beach towels. Everything we need to go to the beach fits inside. You have to try this bag!

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    • Canvas tote bags are a durable option for carrying heavier beach items.
      By: bennyartist
      Canvas tote bags are a durable option for carrying heavier beach items.
    • Beach bags come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics.
      By: Liv Friis-larsen
      Beach bags come in all different shapes, sizes and fabrics.
    • Some beach bags come with matching sunglasses.
      By: Miravision
      Some beach bags come with matching sunglasses.