Cute towels? Check. Go-to bathing suit? Check. Flattering cover-up, sunscreen, and sunglasses? Check. Check. Check. The one thing missing for a fabulous day spent in the sun—besides comfortable sandals and a captivating summer read—is a designated beach bag to store all of your essentials.
Think: Trendy woven straw satchels that’ll stand out in your pictures, personalized canvas totes, oversized waterproof carryalls (with pockets and zippers!) for moms hauling SPF for the kids and an umbrella, or a stylish designer splurge with colorful pom-poms. We even found a clever design with a cooler compartment, as well as expandable and compact options that pack flat in your suitcase. After the summer season, many of these functional styles work just as well for grocery store runs, as overnighter and carry-on options, or just back-up bags to keep in the trunk.
Ahead are 18 of the best beach bags to travel with—even if you’re just headed outside to dip your toes into your inflatable.