We are firm believers in packing light, so we lined up our favorite beach totes that do double duty as carry-ons.
Gearing up for a tropical getaway? We don’t blame you. With winter in full swing, taking a break from work—and from bundling up—sounds like a smart (and very pleasurable) thing to do.
Along with beach essentials such as your swimsuit, SPF lotion, and a nice pair of sunglasses, you will also need a bag to carry all of your belongings. And since we are firm believers in packing and traveling light, we suggest you opt for a stylish beach tote that’s also sturdy enough to double as your carry-on.
What does this look like in reality? Depending on your personal style and destination of choice, you could go in a more classic direction and select a chic blue-and-white embroidered tote that you can take straight from the airport to the beach.
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Or you can channel your inner hippie by opting for a boho bag in vibrant colors with fun accents such as tassels and pom-poms to match your fun personality. And if you are heading on a road trip and plan to explore a variety of small towns and beaches, then pick up a sturdy, medium-sized backpack in an exotic floral print—it looks cool and will keep your belongings safe.
Here, we rounded up the chicest beach bags to take with you both on and off the sand.
1. Mar y Sol ‘Caracas’ tote
The vibrant colors of this eco-friendly tote made from agave leaves give the classic design a fun twist.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $139
2. Tommy Bahama ‘Palm Beach’ Tote in Cool Combo
We love the vintage tropical print on this canvas tote, and it comes with a removable luggage tag.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $128
3. Vitamin A 'Tash' Beach Tote Bag
This classic two-tone woven straw bag is big enough to fit a lot more than just your beach essentials.
To buy: shopspring.com, $195
4. Flora Bella ‘Fes’ Tote
Any fashionista would appreciate the fringe and macramé detailing on this hand-crafted beach tote.
To buy: neimanmarcus.com, $263
5. Billabong Junior’s 'Dreamin' Bag
Leave it to the surf pros at Billabong to design the ultimate beach tote that includes cool rope handles and a beautiful mandala pattern.
To buy: amazon.com, $35
6. Roxy 'Single Water' Beach Bag
Add a bit of a boho vibe to your beach ensemble with this graphic-print, blue and white canvas bag.
To buy: amazon.com, $48
7. Melissa Odabash ‘Positano’ Beach Tote
Amp up the chic factor on your holiday attire with this beautiful beach bag inspired by Italy's breathtaking Amalfi Coast.
To buy: saksfifthavenue.com, $296
8. Lucky Brand 'Indie' Bag
The vibrant, orange and blue stitching and fun pom-poms on this bag prove the devil is indeed in the details.
To buy: amazon.com, $108