It barely feels like spring, but the official start of summer is only about a month away...AKA the start of a season (hopefully) filled with countless hours spent poolside. And while lazily lounging under the sun is, in itself, pretty easy, there are a lot of affairs to get in order before any beach bum days can commence.
First, get your hands on an awesome bathing suit. Then, make sure to stock up on sunscreen. Afterwards, it's time to roll out the beach towels. Finished with these essentials? Then how about getting your hands on some great new books to read this summer?
But as we all know, you can't spend a day at the beach with only these items. We need sunglasses and snacks and probably some summer hair products, too.
Good thing there are plenty of cute beach bags on the market to hold this massive amount of stuff you'll be schlepping around. Click through to see 17 that I highly recommend getting your hands on for summer.
Turquoise Mesh Tote
Instead of grossly gathering at the bottom, sand will slip right through the mesh material of this whimsical sea creature tote.
Lolo Madison-Sea Horse Mesh Tote, $60, nordstrom.com
Woven Plastic Bag
This budget-friendly bag offers plenty of space for all of your poolside essentials.
Beach Bag, $7, hm.com
Neon Yellow Tote
Bright enough so you can find your spot in the sand after you’ve taken a dip in the ocean.
Seafolly Beach Tote Bag in Lime, $57, asos.com
Clear Beach Tote
A partially see-through bag is very intriguing.
Clear Beach Tote In Citron, $68, verabradley.com
Color Blocked Beach Bag
Bold color blocking for the beach.
Beach Tote Bag, $35, victoriassecret.com
Canvas Beach Tote With Mat
This bag has everything: a roll-up beach mat and two interior pockets.
Beach Tote With Mat, $110, needsupply.com
Silicone Beach Bag
An absolutely genius way to make sure the contents of your bag don’t get soaked.
Silicone Bottom Beach Tote, $30, dailylook.com
Anchor Beach Bag
Nautical is never not appropriate during summer.
Anchors Marine Beach Tote, $125, unisonhome.com
Neoprene Beach Bag
This neoprene bag is soft, durable, and super easy to clean.
Beach Bag By Leghila, $195, shoptiques.com
Straw Beach Tote
Doesn’t this bag exude beach babe vibes?
Napa Straw Tote, $98, freepeople.com
Sequin Beach Tote
For a fancy beach affair.
Sequin Beach Tote Bag, $54, accessorize.com
Oversized Beach Bag
This gigantic bag is big enough for two, probably even three.
Random Kindness Bag, $12, modcloth.com
See-Through Beach Bag
Show off the contents of your bag with this clear option.
Juicy Couture Silverlake Beach Item Clear Beach Tote, $98, amazon.com
Nautical Beach Bag
Another nautical option to consider.
Cinch Rope Tote, $29, americanapparel.net
Geometric Beach Tote
A flat bottom is convenient for letting totes sit upright in the sand.
Sunnylife Tote Bag, $59, johnlewis.com
Reversible Beach Bag
Not only is this patterned bag reversible, but it’s also machine washable. Double win.
Trifari Reversible Beach Tote, $94, helenjon.com