If you’re a mother and planning to take your brood on a beach holiday, you can’t just focus on your luggage like you do on other trips. Once you’re at your destination, you can forget about your suitcases, unpack your beach bag and fill it with the tons of stuff you need for a day at the beach. If you’re only packing the bag with your own stuff, you don’t need a large one, but when your kids are not old enough to be responsible for their own bags, you will! That’s why the best beach bags for Moms are roomy but light and easy to carry, has at least a few pockets for small items, and is easy to clean of all the sand that invariably enters it. Of course, your partner can share the load, in which case you’ll need two bags.
There are certain materials that work very well for beach bags. Bags made of only polyester are usually machine washable and light, while cotton canvas is light and sturdy and look good at the beach. We’ll select a few of each that we think are perfect for a Mom who needs to pack a bag for herself and one or more kids. Don’t know what essentials you should pack for a day at the beach? We’ll tell you farther down this page!
There are numerous beach totes to choose from but the following ones that we’ve reviewed are top rated.
- 1 Polyester Beach Bags
- 2 Canvas Beach Bags
- 3 Straw Beach Bags and Totes
Polyester Beach Bags
Saltwater Canvas Whale Bag, Giant Mesh Family Beach Bag Tote
While the brand name might indicate that this is a canvas bag, the Saltwater Canvas Whale Bag is actually made of strengthened weatherproof mesh that allows sand to drain out and can be thrown into the washing machine. It was featured in O Magazine in 2011 and is still very popular for families going to the beach. It also does well as a shopping bag, picnic bag, laundry bag or even a dog carrier!
The bag is 16″ tall and has a 15″ by 13″ oval base. The base lets you stand the bag upright on its own and folding it down when it’s empty. There are 8 drop pockets on the exterior to hold everything from a book, pairs of slippers, sand toys, etc. to water bottles, sunscreen and more. The main compartment can hold up to 6 beach towels and there’s even a secret zippered pocket inside to hold a bit of cash and ID and a snap hook to secure your keys.
The base stitching is extra strong and the dual shoulder straps are doubled and run the length of the bag to ensure they don’t tear off even if you load the bag with heavy stuff. The mesh material is also durable and rip resistant.
There are a few different colors of this large mesh beach bag to choose from, so take your pick.
SCOUT Original Deano Classic Tote
Scout makes several totes and a few different travel accessories for women in fun prints and colors, but the water resistant beach bag called Original Deano Classic Tote is still everyone’s favorite from the line. That may be because it can be used for a variety of things. It is made of a durable lightweight polywoven fabric called polypropylene, so it is waterproof and can be wiped clean. You could even spray it with a hose and let it line dry!
The dual handles are made of leatherette and so is the reinforced flat bottom. Nothing will get into this bag even if you set it on the sand and let the water reach it.
The Deano measures H 15″ x D 10″ x W 19″ and can hold 5 towels and even have enough space left over for things like beach toys, books and personal items. The only negative is that there are no pockets whatsoever, so using it to also hold small items means you’ll have to dig around at the bottom quite a bit. However, there is a clip on the inside with which you can secure your keys or a small purse with a strap, so one of these matching water resistant Scout Wristlets will do very well for this purpose.
You can get the Scout Deano in any of 35 different patterns, so you may even be tempted to buy more than one!
Ever Moda Moroccan Print Collection Tote Bag
This large Ever Moda Beach tote is made entirely of polyester, including the lining, and comes with a detachable coin purse.
It is 21″ long and you can choose from several different colorful prints.
There is one exterior pocket and one interior one – both zipped. The bottom of the bag is hard and features metal feet, so the bottom won’t get dirty too fast. Even if it does, it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. The double straps feature a 10″ shoulder drop and run down the sides of the bag.
The one thing this bag has that the others don’t is the top zipper to the main compartment, so nothing will spill out if it falls.
Canvas Beach Bags
Fishers Finery Day At the Beach Beach Bag
This very nautical-looking bag comes in two sizes – the family size is very large at 27 X 18 X 8 inches, so it’s a good option if you’re looking for one that carries several towels and other items, so it is our pick for the best family beach bag. The individual size measures 18 X 14 X 8 inches.
The Day at the Beach beach bag is made of durable canvas with a nylon taffeta weatherproof lining, structured bottom and zipper closure on the top to keep sand out. The shoulder handles are made of thick but soft cotton rope for easy carrying.
There is a small drop pocket on the front exterior and two large zipped pockets inside to keep your wallet, keys or even an e-reader.
Handy Laundry Heavy Duty Natural Canvas Tote Beach Bag
This Canvas Tote Beach Bag by Handy Laundry is made of beige canvas with nylon 22″ handles and trim in one of 4 colors.
It measures 22″ W x 16″ H x 6″ D and features one outside drop pocket and one zipped one inside.
While it can also be used as a work bag for books or files, be careful not to overload it, as it can get pretty heavy.
Straw Beach Bags and Totes
Soonyean Summer Straw Beach Bag
This Soonyean Summer Straw Beach Bag is available in 2 colors and there are two sizes to choose from. The large measures 19.3″ (top width) x 13.4″ x 5.9″, where 11.8″ is its bottom width. The medium bag measures 16.3″ (top width) x 11″ x 5.9″, where 9.8″ is its bottom width. It is not all that large and will fit only two large beach towels, but its straw weave makes it easy to get rid of sand. They are extremely lightweight. All the 4 bags are strong as long as you don’t pack extra heavy items in it. If you do want a stronger bag, there are two additional pieces among the 6 total whose handles and bottom are reinforced.
It is lined with a nautical blue striped cotton fabric on the inside that also peeps out as top trimming and on the inside of the faux leather shoulder straps. A faux leather tassel hangs off the front of the bag. The inside has a single zipped pocket and two drop pockets. This straw tote beach bag also zips closed on top.
What to pack in large beach tote bags