A Beach Bag Bonanza

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Today it is officially hot and sunny and that calls for one thing and one thing only – a trip to the beach. These are opportunities that cannot be missed. I remember these days vividly as a child. Everyone piled into the car, enough paraphernalia bunged in to keep us entertained for a week and a big long dog tongue dribbling in my ear belonging to our legendary family hound, Gypsy, peering over the back seat from the boot. RIP Gypsy. We left nothing at home: barbecue, check; inflatable dingy, check; big stripey windshield thing that everyone seemed to have in the eighties and nineties, check. It made for the best day ever. And I can honestly say that at no point did appropriate beach ‘style’ cross my mind.

Today though? Today I thought to myself, hmmmm a day at the beach and the need to prepare for every eventuality means only one thing – a really big and fantastic beach bag. There’s a lot to ram in there: a towel, suncream, sunnies, a bottle of water, a snack (I NEVER leave the house without a snack), some swimmers perhaps, a book, maybe a mag, a cardy for when it cools off … this bag needs to take some weight.

Lucky for you, I’ve been out and done some scouring and have found some beach bag beauties to bring to the table. You are most welcome.

    

        

From left to right (top row first):

This beauty from Glasgow indie go-to La La Land is hand printed in the UK. Pop into the shop in De Courcey’s arcade in the west end or shop online! Winner. Swag Tote Bag, £12, www.livinginlalaland.co.uk

This cheery moustache-clad number is roomy and wipeable – perfect for suncream spillage disasters. Moustache Laminate Shopper, £25, Accessorize

Sport the classic nautical look with this cotton beach bag in navy and white stripes with the essential nautical rope handles. It’s a no-brainer. Nautical Navy and White Striped Cotton Bag, £24.50, www.black.co.uk

This roomy shopper with funky patch and fish pattern is perfect for a day at the beach. Fishes – it doesn’t get much more beachy than that. It’s a wee bargain too! Patch Arrow Shopper, £10, Topshop

Channel some inner nomad spirit with this woven geo patterned bucket bag by Ecote. Snap it up NOW whilst it’s half price in the sale. I’ll race you. It comes in black and white too. Geo Woven Tote Bag, Now £18, Urban Outfitters

Look the part when you hit the beach with this fit striped bag by savvy streetwear brand, Herschel. It even has leather buckles. Swoon. Herschel Black & Tan Market Bag, £75, Urban Outfitters

Well, I think that’s just about enough to wet the appetite. Now – to the BEACH (via the shops).