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Whether you are gearing up for a luxurious beach vacation on some tropical island with clear blue skies and gorgeous white sand or you live in a location conveniently close to the beach, you are going to need all the right beach accessories. There are obvious must-haves like cute swimsuits, big floppy hats, sunglasses, and flip-flops.
But there are other practical beach items you will need that can be just as cute and stylish. Like canvas totes and beach bags. If you’re looking at your collection of beach attire and accessories and notice you don’t have a beach bag, it’s time to invest in one. In this post, we will introduce everything you need to consider before buying a beach bag.
If you live in a warm climate by the oceanfront, like California or South Carolina, the chances of you spending lots of time at the beach are quite high. However, if you don’t live by the ocean or another large body of water, and going to the beach is something you usually only do once or twice a year when you go on vacation, finding a high-quality, durable beach bag may not be as high a priority. Think about how many times you will use the beach bag in a year? Is it two? Is it 20? If you are only going a few times, you may not need something very expensive. If you plan to use it a lot, you may want to invest in something that will last you a long time.
Will you just be putting a few of your own personal items in the beach bag? Or do you have children and know you will inevitably end up with several of their belongings like beach towels and water shoes in your bag? Depending on the uses of the beach bag and who exactly will be using it, you’ll want to consider various sizes. If you are planning a beach day and packing for more than just yourself, shop for larger, oversized beach bags that offer plenty of room. If you and your spouse are going on a relaxing, tropical getaway without the kids and you won’t need to carry much on your person, you can look into cute, little beach bags that get the job done.
You may need beach bags for various beach occasions, so don’t limit yourself to just one. If you are going on vacation, pack two beach bags: one small and one large. The small one can be used for day trips when you know you won’t be at the beach for very long and don’t want to carry around a bulky bag when you go off to do other things like grabbing a bite to eat. The big bag can be reserved for times when you know you will be spending the entire day at the beach and want to make sure you have everything in tow. A big beach bag is handy in these situations, especially if you don’t want to make a trip back to your hotel resort to get something you left back in the room.
You want a beach bag that will nicely complement the rest of your beach attire. If you like the low-key, elegant, classic look–think a black one-piece swimsuit, big black sunglasses, and a black floppy hat–a brightly colored, a tropical beach bag is going to look out of place. In this situation, stay with the monochromatic theme and invest in a big black beach bag. Or, if you want to create some daring contrast and make a simple yet bold fashion statement, keep the all-black look and pair it with a white beach bag.
Alternatively, if you like lots of sunny, summery colors–like pinks, greens, and yellows–pick a beach bag that is just as playful and colorful. If you are wearing a tropical print bikini, complete the look with a bright, solid-colored beach bag. You could also reverse it and get a tropical print beach bag if you are wearing a solid bright swimdress. Try to do one or the other since the prints might clash or overpower one or the other. If you are sticking with a neutral-colored swimsuit like black, gray, or navy, play up the look with a print beach bag, like a black-and-white striped pattern or something else that adds a little dimension to the whole beach outfit.
These are just a few ideas to get you started on your search for the perfect beach handbag. Ultimately, the decision comes down to whatever beach bag you love the most. If you see something that just calls to you, go for it. You’ll be able to make it work in any beach situation with any beach outfit.