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Beach Bags for On and Off the Sand

5 totes big enough for the beach, but cute enough for everywhere else.

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A beach set up
Modern Citizen Contrast Rattan Tote, $85
Photos: Cory Baldwin

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Have you ever been so focused on making sure you had everything you need for a day at the beach — your bulky towel, decent sunscreen, magazines, snacks, and more snacks — that you forgot you need something to put it all in?

If you don’t want to end up defaulting to your reusable Trader Joe’s grocery bag to carry all of the said essentials, it’s time to find one you’re excited about using that will actually fit all your stuff. (See: not those teeny, tiny raffia and straw “beach bags” people have been toting around since January.)

There are tons of fun options this season no matter your price range, so we took it upon ourselves to find some of the best ones available right now, starting at $36. The five bags below are practical first and foremost, but still really cute — which means you can use them for work (fitting your laptop won’t be a problem!), while running errands, or even to the gym, in case you want to show up the rest of the people in your spinning class.

A grey woven bag on purple blanket
Someware Riviera Tote, $78
a yellow and blue striped bag
Proud Mary Boca Chica Tote, $148
A blue and white striped bag
Baggu Canvas Shopper, $36
A white and pink beach bag
Truss Large Woven Tote, $225
A raffia purse
Modern Citizen Contrast Rattan Tote, $85