As peaceful and relaxing as a sunny, breezy beach day can be, one aspect none of us look forward to is schlepping all of our stuff down to the sand. You’ve got your beach chair, towel, and umbrella, not to mention the all-important sunscreen and a good beach read, and now you need something to carry it all.
The perfect beach bag should hold all of your necessities and not be a literal pain in the neck to carry. Since it will inevitably get sandy, wet, or covered in lotion from a leaky bottle, it should be made from durable, easy-to-clean materials. To find out what the pros use, we asked surfers, stand-up paddleboard instructors, and other frequent beachgoers to recommend their favorite bags. Their picks are below.