Looking for the perfect beach bag?

We're all after good quality bags combined with a great price. Hopefully I can save you a few hours of research with my list of the best value beach totes, backpacks and beach coolers. These are all great value beach bags and totes, and all will last more than one season!

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SCOUT Cooler Bag - The Stiff One

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These bags are stylish and are designed for traveling, or simply helping get all of the family's essentials to your favorite sister-in-law's pool party. These get the job done with a minimum of fuss. 

Classic Tote Bags

Totes seem to magically invoke memories of great summer holidays every time you stumble across an old favorite hiding in the back of the wardrobe. The classic Tote bag is a great hold-all no matter what the season.

SCOUT Brand Beach Style Totes

I can't help it, I really do like these totes - they're all good quality. They will last for years so these prices make them great value in my book. Best of all, Scout have a HUGE range of styles and patterns.

Below are some of my favorites in the Scout Tote Bag range. With so much choice, it's easiest to work out first which size is going to suit your needs, then start to narrow it down further.  

If you like the styles below but they don't quite cover what you're looking for, click here to see more of our favorite Scout Beach Bags and Coolers.

Below is a comparison table of the features of the best of the Scout range Beach style totes.

Scout Beach Bags and Totes
Scout Original Deano XL Tote Bag Size
Scout Deano Mini Tote Bag Size

Bag Dimensions

19" x 15" x 10"

48 x 38 x 25.4 cm

12"x 13"x 6"

30.4 x 33 x 15 cm

25" x 15" x 13"

63.5 x 38 x 33 cm

Strap Length

81/4 inches

(21 cms)

 101/4 inches

(26 cms)

81/4 inches

(21 cms)

Inside Zip Pocket

Zip Close Top

Inside Keyring

Material

All-Weather Woven Fabric

All-Weather Woven Fabric

Coated Cotton Twill

Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Woven Water Resistant Fabric

All-weather woven fabric

The Scout XL Deano and Mini Deano totes are made with all-weather woven fabric. This is a very practical choice for beach totes.

The Scout Day Tripper tote is made with coated Cotton Twill fabric. This is soft to the touch. 

Both fabrics are durable, lightweight and water resistant fabrics that are easy to clean. Simply hose down or wipe clean, with or without soap.

Scout Daytripper Everyday Bag Coated Cotton

Coated cotton twill fabric

The Scout XL Deano and Mini Deano totes are made with all-weather woven fabric. This is a very practical choice for beach totes.

The Scout Day Tripper tote is made with coated Cotton Twill fabric. This is soft to the touch. 

Both fabrics are durable, lightweight and water resistant fabrics that are easy to clean. Simply hose down or wipe clean, with or without soap.

Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Woven Water Resistant Fabric

All-weather woven fabric

Scout Daytripper Everyday Bag Coated Cotton

Coated cotton twill fabric

Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Woven Water Resistant Fabric

All-weather woven fabric

Scout Daytripper Everyday Bag Coated Cotton

Coated cotton twill fabric

The Scout XL Deano and Mini Deano totes are made with all-weather woven fabric. This is a very practical choice for beach totes.

The Scout Day Tripper tote is made with coated Cotton Twill fabric. This is soft to the touch. 

Both fabrics are durable, lightweight and water resistant fabrics that are easy to clean. Simply hose down or wipe clean, with or without soap

The Scout XL Deano and Mini Deano totes are made with all-weather woven fabric. This is a very practical choice for beach totes.

The Scout Day Tripper tote is made with coated Cotton Twill fabric. This is soft to the touch. 

Both fabrics are durable, lightweight and water resistant fabrics that are easy to clean. Simply hose down or wipe clean, with or without soap.

Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Woven Water Resistant Fabric

All-weather woven fabric

Scout Daytripper Everyday Bag Coated Cotton

Coated cotton twill fabric

The SCOUT Original Deano Extra Large Tote Bag

Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Aqua Fresca
Scout Original Deano Tote Bag Seashells Pink
Scout Original Deano Tote Bag

This Scout Bag is an extra large tote that's great for carrying just about everything. It measures 19" x 15" x 10" (or 48 cm x 38 cm x 25.4 cm), stands on its own and folds down flat for easy storage or travel. 

The tote strap is 81/4 inches long (21 cms) so it's more of a over-the-arm tote rather than an over-the-shoulder length. 

This bag has a strong faux leather base, stays open very well and doesn't fall in on itself.

Scout Original Deano XL Tote Bag Key Ring

The Scout XL Tote has a key ring positioned inside one of its corners which comes in very handy for securing your keys to a spot that's easy to find later. 

Scout Original Deano XL Tote Interior

A good all round LARGE tote bag.

The Scout Deano Extra Large Tote bag comes in a huge range of fashionable patterns. This one is great for families.

The SCOUT Deano Mini Tote Bag (Small)

Scout Mini Deano Small Tote Bag Nantucket Navy
Scout Deano Mini Tote Bag
Scout Mini Deano Small Tote Bag Pink Lemondade

If the Scout Tote XL Bag is more than you need, then perhaps the Scout Deano Mini Tote is just what you're looking for. The Scout Deano Mini Tote has an interior zippered pocket to store keys, a small wallet or a smartphone. 

This tote measures a very comfortable 12"x 13"x 6" deep (or 30.4 cm x 33 cm x 15 cm deep). This one stands on its own without falling over, and also folds down flat for travel. 

The strap is 101/4 inches long (26 cms), so it's longer than the Scout Original Deano XL strap making it much more comfortable to wear over the shoulder. 

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The SCOUT Weekender Tote Bag

Scout Weekender Beach Tote Bag
Scout Weekender Beach Tote Bag Size

The Scout Weekender Tote is a bag that falls somewhere between the Deano XL and the Deano Mini but it's made with a coated woven cotton twill making it feel softer. 

The Weekender measures 25" x 15" x 13" (or 63.5 cm x 38 cm x 33 cm), and will fit under an airline seat or can be folded flat to travel in a suitcase without taking up too much space.

The straps are 81/4 inches long (21 cm) so it's more of a over-the-arm tote, rather than over the shoulder. 

The Scout Weekender has on interior zippered pocket and zips closed at the top. 

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Odyseaco Baja Waterproof Beach Bag

The Odyseaco Baja beach tote bag has a classic Bohemian look that shouts personality. This is a lightweight yet durable, heavy-duty tote. It has re-enforced stitching and is made with Ripstop fabric making it resistant to water, tearing and ripping.

Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag Waterproof Canvas Tote Large

This tote is perfect for a day at the beach, pool or park, picnics and BBQ's, camping, vacation, festivals, road trips, festivals, shopping trips and family days out.

The Baja has extra think soft rope handles with a 10" shoulder drop, and measures 16.5" x 14" x 7" (or 42 cm x 35.5 cm x 17.8 cm). 

It has two external pockets for easy access to sunscreen or drinks, and one interior zippered pocket that's perfect for keys, and your cell phone.  

Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag Waterproof Canvas Tote
Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag Waterproof Canvas Tote Interior
Odyseaco Baja Beach Bag Waterproof Canvas Tote Outside Pockets

This tote will easily last for years and comes with a 12 month 'no quibble' warranty.

Tote Bags combined with Coolers

Odyseaco Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler

The Odyseaco Aruba tote is both a mesh beach bag and a picnic cooler. 

The top section is mesh which is ideal for storing towels, books, etc. for the beach, and has a zippered top closure. The bottom section of the Aruba bag is canvas and unzips to reveal a soft, flexible, insulated cooler section. 

Odyseaco Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler

The Aruba tote measures 20" x 16" x 6" (or 50.8 cm x 40.6 cm x 15.2 cm). It has a 9" drop from the shoulder to the top of the bag, so it can get a little tight if it's packed full of towels, and may be easier to carry on your arm.

It has two external pockets, one is open which makes it easy to access sunscreen or sunglasses quickly, and the other is zippered to securely hold your keys, cell phone, etc. 

The bottom cooler section is not rigid, so you need to fill this section before placing items in the mesh section. The top section of the bag is mesh so it won't stand alone. 

This is a very well made bag that will easily last for more than one season. This is a great value beach bag.

Odyseaco Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler Black
Odyseaco Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler Bottom
Odyseaco Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler Black with waterproof cell phone case

The Aruba tote is available in either Black or Turquoise. It comes with a waterproof cell phone case and a 12 month 'no quibble' warranty.

Wildhorn Outfitters Tortuga Beach Tote & Cooler

Wildhorn Tortuga Beach Cooler Tote Side On
Wildhorn Beach Tote with Cooler

The Tortuga Beach Tote from Wildhorn Outfitters makes going to the beach just that little bit easier.

This tote has 52 Liters overall capacity giving you plenty of room to fit drinks and beach gear.

The bag is split down the middle - half is a rubber coated mesh bag for carrying towels, books and hats, etc. and the other side is an insulated cooler that holds the equivalent of up to 24 cans. 

Wildhorn Tortuga Beach Cooler Tote Aqua
Wildhorn Tortuga Beach Cooler Tote Capacity
Wildhorn Tortuga Beach Cooler Tote Riptide Sky Blue

The Tortuga tote bag has a welded liner with 10 mm of foam. Once packed with ice or freezer packs, this keeps things cold for up to 18 hours. Being split down the middle rather than having the cooler section in the bottom, makes for easy access to items in the cold storage section. 

Note: If you over-fill the insulated section, it reduces the amount you can carry in the mesh section. 

There's an additional mesh pocket that's handy for holding smaller items such as sunscreen. There's also one small internal zippered pocket that's good for securely holding keys. This bag has a padded shoulder strap and comes in 2 color designs.

Having a cooler section as well as a mesh bag, makes this a great little grocery bag when on holidays.

Dedicated Cooler bags that fold flat

SCOUT Cooler Bag Range

SCOUT have a nice range of insulated cooler bags to cover from small lunch bag size, right up to 24 can pack coolers. These all fold flat making them ideal to travel with. When combined with reusable ice packs, these make packing for the beach, a party or a picnic very easy. 

SCOUT Cooler bag - The Pleasure Chest

Scout cooler bags are easy to care for, and only need to be spot cleaned. They are insulated and best combined with ice packs to really keep things cool. 

Which are the best ice & gel packs for your coolers?

Before we get started on the coolers, one thing to consider is what's the best way to keep your drinks and snacks cold in warm weather. This can take a lot of ice, or you can go with ice and gel packs. These work out to be one of the most inexpensive ways of keeping your items cold during a day out.

CoolerShock Gel Packs are shipped dry making them light weight and handy to travel with. Once you get to your destination, add the water and depending on which type you buy, either zip it closed and then permanently seal with an iron,  or screw the cap on. 

CoolerShock packs turns to gel in 15 minutes and lasts 24 hours. Add room temperature drinks to your cooler and they'll be at near freezing temperatures a few hours later.

CoolerShock Gel Ice Pack
CoolerShock Gel Ice Packs

Backpacks & Day Packs

What's the difference between a Daypack and a Backpack?

If you're like me, you've probably been calling your daypack, a backpack. Most of us tend to use the words interchangeably. We'll say backpack, but will be referring to something that's also known as a day pack. 

Daypacks are basically backpacks but smaller, and don't have a supporting frame. There are big day packs but generally speaking, backpacks are usually larger than a day back, can carry a lot more and many have a frame built in to help support and distribute the weight evenly. This also makes them more expensive than your everyday day pack. Both are worn on the back. 

Now that we have the true definition out of the way, the products below are day packs and backpacks, and none of these have support frames. If you're looking for a sturdy, hiking style backpack, then that's a whole different article. What you'll see below are day packs/backpacks that are suitable for taking your stuff to the beach - after all, this post is titled 'Best value Beach Bag'.  

Best Multipurpose Day Packs

All of the Daypacks below are made of water resistant (but not waterproof) nylon. They are compact and lightweight, and fold into themselves when empty to store easily. When folded up, they take up very little space in your suitcase when traveling, and can be used to hold any excessive baggage on the return trip.  

All have 2 side mesh pockets that are great for carrying water bottles, sunscreen or an umbrella, and 2 zippered outer pockets. 

Daypacks are designed to be lightweight, so their straps may not be as padded as you may expect to find on a normal backpack. These daypacks all have wide shoulder straps so they may not be as padded as a heavy-duty backpack, these are still going to be comfortable and not dig into your shoulders. 

These have a Lifetime Warranty.


Venture Pal 35L Multipurpose Daypack

Venture Pal Multipurpose Travel Daypack Backpack Blue
Venture Pal Multipurpose Travel Daypack Backpack Navy Blue
  • Heavy-duty two-way SBS metal zippers
  • Bar-tacks at the major stress points
  • Double layer on the bottom to provide some additional support
  • Adjustable shoulder straps, and a chest strap.

New Outlander Brand Daypacks & Backpacks

Outlander 35L Daypack

New Outlander Packable LIghtweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack Red
New Outlander Packable LIghtweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack Black
Outlander Packable LIghtweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack Orange

The inner main compartment has a 35 liter capacity. To put this into some perspective, it will hold the essentials needed for an enjoyable day at the beach. The image on the right shows its capacity. 

Unfolded dimensions: 18.5 x 13 x 7.5 inches (or 47 cm x 33 cm x 19 cm)

Folded dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches (21.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 3 cm).

Outlander Packable LIghtweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack 35L Capacity
  • Two-way abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers
  • Bar-tacking reinforced at stress points
  • Carabiner clip included so you can attach it to things or clip items to it.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps, and a chest strap.
  • No flaps over the zippers - this is to stop zips getting caught on the flaps. 

The New Outlander Day Pack comes in a wide range of colors, and has a Lifetime Warranty. 

The inner main compartment has a 35 liter capacity. To put this into some perspective, it will hold the essentials needed for an enjoyable day at the beach. The image on the right shows its capacity. 

Unfolded dimensions: 18.5 x 13 x 7.5 inches (or 47 cm x 33 cm x 19 cm)

Folded dimensions: 8.5 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches (21.5 cm x 21.5 cm x 3 cm).

Outlander Packable LIghtweight Travel Hiking Backpack Daypack 35L Capacity
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    Two-way abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers
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    Carabiner clip included so you can attach it to things or clip items to it.
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    Adjustable shoulder straps, and a chest strap.
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    No flaps over the zippers - this is to stop zips getting caught on the flaps. 

The New Outlander Day Pack comes in a wide range of colors, and has a Lifetime Warranty. 

The difference size between 20L and a 33L backpack

New Outlander BackPack sizing

The Outlander Travel Backpack is very similar to the Outlander Day Pack. 

This Travel backpack comes as either a 20 liter capacity or a 35 liter capacity.

20L Dimensions

Unfolded: 16.92 x 10.63 x 7.08 inches (43 cm x 27 cm x 18 cms)
Folded: 6.29 x 5.90 x 1.97 inches (16 cm x 15 cm x 5 cms)

33L Dimensions 

Unfolded: 19 x 13 x 8.2 inches (48 cm x 33 cm x 20.8 cms)
Folded: 6.29 x 5.90 x 2 inches (16 cm x 15 cm x 5 cms)

New Outlander BackPack features Red
New Outlander BackPack folded BlackNew Outlander BackPack folded Black
  • Two-way abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers
  • Bar-tacking reinforced at stress points
  • Carabiner clip included so you can attach it to things or clip items to it.
  • Adjustable shoulder straps, and a chest strap.

Wildhorn Highpoint 30L Packable Daypack

The Highpoint 30L Daypack is made by Wildhorn Outfitters who have built a strong brand following by producing great products with outstanding Customer Service. 

The Highpoint comes with a zippered hood compartment at the top of the pack setting it apart from other daypacks.

Wildhorn Highpoint 30L Daypack Backpack
Wildhorn Highpoint 30L Daypack Backpack Blue
Wildhorn Highpoint 30L Daypack Backpack
  • Two-way abrasion resistant SBS metal zippers
  • Bar-tacking reinforced at stress points
  • Multiple stash pockets and accessory attachment points
  • Zippered hood compartment at the top
  • Adjustable shoulder straps, and a chest strap.

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