Beach Bags and Beach Totes Buying Guide
Beach bags and totes come in a plethora of options. The one for you depends on what you plan to use it for, as well as your own personal taste and style. No matter which you chose, be sure to get one that is water resistant or better yet, waterproof. You also might want to choose a beach bag or beach tote of a bright color so that it is easy to spot on a crowded beach when you are returning to your area from a dip in the ocean.
If you carry a purse, you're already ahead of the game. Think of your favorite purse, the one you use most days. You will probably want to purchase a similar style for the beach. For example, if you have an over sized purse, your beach bags of choice will likely be quite large. Be sure to purchase one large enough to accommodate your daily necessities, as well as everything you need for a fun day at the beach.
If a purse is not your style (or if you're a typical man), consider a beach backpack in lieu of the traditional beach bag. Again, be sure you purchase one that is the right size to accommodate most of your beach gear what you plan to take to the beach. Your backpack should have comfortable, padded straps and be waterproof. A good quality backpack will be made of rip-stop material like nylon. Consider getting a backpack with multiple outside compartments to keep smaller items handy and easier to find.
A mesh beach tote is another option. The mesh allows air to circulate and keep your clothes and towels dry in the beach totes. No day at the beach is complete without food. A picnic tote is the perfect way to transport your food from the car to the sand. Picnic totes come in many varieties, including picnic baskets, rolling coolers, and picnic backpacks. When searching for that perfect picnic tote, be sure to look for one with the following qualities:
- Good insulation: This will keep your food from spoiling in the sun before you can enjoy it.
- Easy-to-clean Fabric: It will make your clean up time much faster when you get home.
- Multiple compartments: Picnic totes without compartments aren't conducive to keeping certain food items (like sandwiches or chips) from getting smashed.
- Fair price: A good picnic tote costs around $35 minimum. Anything below that, and you should careful consider its quality. (Of course, larger totes with more features will cost more.) Just remember that you get what you pay for; you need something that will stand up against the harsh sun and protect your food and beverages.
If the distance between your car and your spot on the beach isn't very far, typical picnic totes or picnic baskets should work just fine for you. However, if you have a lot to carry (your beach bag, a beach blanket, towels, beach chairs, etc.), it might be a good idea to get a Beach Cart for easy transportation of your gear. Be sure to get beach / picnic cooler that is waterproof, especially if you plan to use fill it with ice. The other option for a more lengthy walk on the beach is the picnic backpack to go hands free. A good one can actually serve a dual purpose: beach bag and picnic tote.