When you’re at the beach, it’s just natural to crave an ice-cold juice, soda, or ice cream. And these things, when bought at the concession stands of the resort, may cost too much. Bringing your own drinks and cold food is always better. And that’s where cooler tote bags enter the scene – these bags are much more comfortable to carry than the traditional hard-sided coolers. Plus, it can also carry all your other swim essentials. It’s also easy to pack when not in use, thanks to its soft and flexible materials.
A popular choice among beachgoers, campers, and boating enthusiasts, the Yeti Hopper Flip Portable Cooler is one of the best beach totes you can buy. This bag is built for the long haul – as you can take ice-cold drinks and treats in here for days. It can keep your beverage cold all weekend in 90-degree heat.
This cooler has a ColdCell insulation, which offers a superior cold-holding capacity to ordinary soft coolers. It comes with a leak-proof zipper and a wide-mouth opening for greater visibility and accessibility to contents. It comes with a DryHide Shell that’s waterproof and resistant to abrasions, mildews, and all the elements.
- Durable shell
- Closed-cell foam that can keep drinks cold for days
- Leak-proof zipper
- Resistant to elements
- Rather small
The Carhartt brand is known as a reputable workwear brand with a rich heritage of developing rugged products. This cooler, the Carhartt Deluxe Dual Compartment Insulated Cooler Bag, is something that will last a long time. It’s the perfect size of a lunch box to bring not just for outings at the beach or pool, but also for work or office.
If you’re looking for something a little more compact to bring for your trip, this bag will do the trick. It’s large enough for a six-pack, plus the top and side compartments offer extra room for your extra snacks. Made from durable, water-repellant fabric, this cooler bag is perfect for the beach. It’s easy to carry, and it features YKK zippers and an ID tag. It comes with a top handle for carrying as a tote, and a shoulder strap for carrying.
- Compact size
- Insulated main compartment
- Separate top and side compartments for additional food storage
- Comes with two straps
- Some users say it’s too soft
- The shoulder strap isn’t removable
Looking for a cooler tote that’s built to last? The YETI Hopper Flip Portable Cooler is a reliable piece of gem. This is a Yeti that offers supreme insulation to keep ice solid for days, thanks to its unique closed-cell rubber foam. It comes with a waterproof shell that’s resistant to mildew, abrasions, and UV rays. Also, the zipper itself is leak-proof.
This cooler can hold up to 12 cans plus ice. The wide-mouth opening offers easier accessibility and visibility to its contents.
- Can keep ice solid for days
- Wide-mouth opening for greater accessibility
If you’re planning to bring only drinks at the beach, the Arctic Zone Titan Deep Freeze Zipperless Hardbody Cooler is the one to bring. Keep your drinks cold with this handy cooler. It looks like a soft cooler, but it has a durable HardBody liner to keep your hard items like drinks and bottles separate from the soft stuff like sandwiches, so your food doesn’t get crushed. If you want to use the entire liner, the shelf is easily removable for providing one large compartment. Since this is a zipperless cooler, you just need to flip open the top, and you can easily find the handy shelf for your soft food.
There’s also an exterior zippered pocket for your cutlery, napkins, phone, and other essentials. The cooler itself is water-, stain- and puncture-resistant. For your convenience, it also features an adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pads that centers the load weight for making the cooler easier to carry.
- Zipperless lid
- Hard liner with a shelf to separate hard items from soft items
- Easy access to contents
- Exterior zipped pocket
- Leak-proof lining
- Adjustable shoulder strap
- Resistant to water, stains, and punctures
- Best for short trips only; doesn’t hold ice up as long as the advertised 48 hours
Owning a YETI Camino Carryall All-Purpose Tote Bag is beneficial for you because it’s one of the most versatile cooler totes out there. This is a waterproof and puncture-proof cooler that is designed to be carried for the beach, boat, pool, camping, or road trips. Its thick skin shell has an abrasion and puncture-resistant surface that provides a sturdy barrier.
Though this tote is not structured as the others on this list, the EVA molded base gives it a sturdy bottom to keep the tote bag upright. It’s super easy to carry using its handles and shoulder straps. This is an all-purpose bag that’s ideal for carrying not just your food and drinks, but also your beach and pool essentials.
- Waterproof and puncture-proof
- Looks like a fashionable tote bag
- Comes with handles and shoulder straps
- Can carry a lot of stuff
- Not so much, unless you want a more specialized cooler tote
If you’re looking for something a little bit more stylish than the high-performance cooler totes on this list, try the Blue Sky Basics Malibu Beach Bag. It’s attractive-looking and lightweight and offers enough space for your beach and pool essentials. The top portion of the bag is made of mesh designed for holding your towels and beach gear. There’s an outside zippered pocket for holding the small stuff like keys, sunglasses, lip balm, and the like.
Below this bag comes the cooler part – yes, literally the cooler. It’s an insulated cooler that zips open for easy access. There’s a Velcro closure on the top compartment, so if you open the cooler on the bottom, the items on the top won’t fall out. The insulated cooler bag on the base features a 12-can capacity. This bag is perfect for those who don’t like to have a separate tote bag and a cooler bag.
- Two-in-one beach bag
- Roomy and spacious
- Insulated cooler bottom
- Breathable mesh upper
- Exterior zipper pocket
- Can hold up to 12 cans
- Great only for a one-day outing at the beach