Stealing our ourselves away from technology now and then can be difficult, especially because we’ve come to rely on it so much. It’s even more difficult when it comes to kids, as simply telling them to turn off their phones or tablet can make them feel like it’s the end of the world. But it is so important to unplug and recharge, and a beach day with the kids every now and then is a fantastic way to do just that. It does take a little bit of planning, however. You’ll need sand toys, beach towels, sunscreen, snacks, drinks, games, reading material and maybe even a spare set of clothes. What’s more, you’ll need a reliable way to carry it all. Fear not. There are lots of beach bags out there, and there’s bound to be one that suits the needs of you and your family. Here are the best types of beach bags for a day out with the kids.
Straw totes are rustic but can be made elegant with a few sewn-in flowers and an embellished handle. They’re flexible yet sturdy and they dry quickly when wet. There is just something about a great straw beach bag that’s hard to replicate. These totes are simple yet get the job done. Straw totes are always in style and are durable enough to tote everything your family needs while out on the sand.
Whether you’re jet skiing over the waves, battling the unexpected high tides, or simply preparing for the inevitable spilled rink, a water-resistant tote is the go-to beach bag for families. It comes in a variety of styles and materials, so if finding a water-resistant option is your main goal in your quest for the right beach bag, focus on function before style.
Who said backpacks were just for school? When you have a lot of walking to do and want to make sure nothing tips over and spills out when you’re making your way across the sand, backpacks are ideal. Side pockets are great for holding water bottles, and an extra outer pocket makes keys, money, and your cellphone easily accessible.
The drawstring backpack is just like a regular backpack, but a more lightweight option typically made of nylon that comfortably hangs on your back. Keep in mind, however, that they’re generally made for lighter loads or short-term excursions, so if you plan on packing everything but the kitchen sink in your beach bag, you might want to choose another option. Nonetheless, if you have minimal needs and just need to carry a towel and some essentials for the beach, they’re a great option.
Mesh beach bags are unique because they are lightweight and offer great ventilation for the items you stow away inside. So if you will be packing away wet items, they’re likely to dry more quickly in a mesh bag. Plus, you can easily see what’s inside — no more digging around in your bag with sand-covered hands to find what you need. The only drawback about mesh bags is that they are much more open to the heat of the sun, so if you have anything you need to keep cool, you’ll want to pack an insulated lunchbox.
Similar to the mesh beach bag is the see-through plastic beach bag. This is a no-fuss option that allows you to see what’s inside your bag without having to rummage through it. The plastic also protects from wetness and sand, so you’re less likely to have to shake out your bag when you get home.
Canvas beach bags are likely some of the most versatile types for a day out with the family, no matter where you are going. However, their durability and ability to magically stand up without flopping over in the sand make them great for the beach. Plus, they’re super strong, so they can carry some of the heaviest loads. And bonus side pockets and inner compartments can effortlessly help you organize everything — just make sure it the one you choose is big enough for all of the beach towels you’ll have to carry.
Don’t feel like you have to confine yourself to a single-family bag that you have to tote around on your own. Just have the kids carry their own bags! They won’t complain if they have a fun personalized backpack filled with their own things. Giving them a bag that’s made especially for them—don’t forget to add their initials or a cute design to personalize it — is a great way to teach responsibility and ownership as well.
Your beach outing should focus on fun, not fuss. With any of these options, you’ll have yourself and the family packed and ready to go in no time.