Saturated colour, foldable and lightweight. Wipe-clean
material. Inside pocket with zipper closure.
$32 retail, Candym Enterprises, 800-263-3551,
BEST FOR retro lovers
Circular straw bag accented with fun
Canvas Beach Bag
polka dot fabric. Fully-lined, drawstring
closure. Includes zippered pouch
and separate pocket. $29.99 retail,
Accents de Ville by Linea, 888-315-4632,
Cotton canvas bag in a variety
of fun summer colours and patterns.
Coin pouch included. $25 retail,
World Folk Art Imports, 800-567-2670,
Reusable lunch bag with built-in coffee
cup holder, perfect for packing beach lunches. Includes mini
pouch for easy storage. $5.90 retail, Design Home Gift &
Paper, 800-663-9950, www.designhome.ca
MATERIAL MAT TERS
Beyond its shape and style, a
beach bag’s material impacts its
functionality. Hone up on your
knowledge of different fabrics, so you
can help customers choose the bag
that's best for them.
Sturdy and a good choice for carrying
heavier items like shoes, fins
and masks. Can be tossed into the
Helps keep food and beverages
chilled. Great for protecting
medicine and baby formula from
the heat as well.
Typically water-resistant and resistant
to mould and mildew, making it a
great material for wet clothes and
bathing suits. Sturdiness depends
on weight of fabric.
Wrinkle resistant and durable with
high colour retention.
Colourfast, tough and flexible. Can
degrade with prolonged exposure to
Practical and fashionable. Should
be lined to keep beach gear from
Won't absorb moisture and can
be rinsed or wiped off easily to
Practical beach bags include the
following: water-resistant pouch for
sunscreen, outside pockets for
shades, camera and cellphone, and
a zippered pouch for keys, jewellery
and other valuables.
A bag that also has a pocket
for water bottles and a water-
resistant compartment for carrying
wet bathing suits and towels,
is a real winner.