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The Best Vacation Purses and Totes

Am I the only one dreaming of a vacation? I don’t care what time of year it is; I’m always ready to pack my bags and hit the beach/mountain/cruise – fill in the blank, lol. You may have seen past posts from me on this topic, like Colorful Jewelry and Accessories for Vacation and Beyond and Comfortable Shoes You Need for a Beach Vacation. Today, I’m continuing the vacation accessory trend by sharing the best vacation purses and totes, including many of my personal favorites.

If you’re jet-setting somewhere sunny and tropical, these bags will perfectly pair with your vacation outfits. But don’t worry if you’re not. These same bags will look great with your spring and summer wardrobe. If you didn’t read the Spring and Summer 2024 Handbag Trends post on Tuesday, check it out for what handbags are trending.

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1. Large Hand-Woven Straw Hobo Bag

This Large Hand-Woven Straw Hobo Bag is a “must-have” style bag for summer. I saw this handbag style everywhere last year, and it is an excellent choice for summer. It is a great medium size, and the natural color goes with everything. This is a medium size bag, and it can hold everything you need for a gurl’s lunch date. It would also look adorable with a small scarf tied around the handle.

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2. Mocha Straw Crossbody

I’m a big fan of this Mocha Straw Crossbody with leather accents and gold chain details. This handbag can be dressed up or down, and it is large enough to hold all of your essential items. This bag is also available in a version with black handles.

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3. Woven Clutch Bag

This Woven Clutch Bag is smaller and can be worn as a crossbody. This cute clutch is smaller than the hobo bag above, but I like that you can carry it as a crossbody. I’m carrying the darker khaki color, but it is also available in a lighter beige.

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4. Straw Clutch

Most of my beach totes are casual, but it wouldn’t be a best vacation purses roundup without a clutch for dinner. This straw clutch wrist purse is large enough to hold my phone, keys, and a small wallet. I love this straw clutch, and it will be great to carry with any outfit this spring and summer.

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5. Large Straw Tote

This tote came with me on my last trip to Biltmore. I can’t find the exact one to link anymore, but here is a very similar one! It’s a modern-style tote, which I love, and it is plenty big enough to carry everything I need to the pool or beach. Plus, it will look great with all your summer outfits since it is a neutral color.

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6. Woven Crossbody

This Woven Vegan Crossbody Handbag is so lightweight and perfect for spring and summer. The bag can be carried as an evening bag with its chain-link handle, which I’ve removed in this photo. This is the White1 Color.

7. Vegan Woven Bag

I have had my eye on this super popular trending woven bag! I have it pictured in brown here, but I also really love it in black and apricot, which is a nice light tan color. If you don’t love neutrals and want to add a pop of color to your outfit this season, this bag also comes in some beautiful spring colors like sage, emerald, lime green, light blue, and light pink!

8. Beach Please

This heavyweight canvas tote bag is water-resistant and has ample room for all of your beach essentials. It’s available in several other sayings like ‘Weekend Please’, which is great since it’s the perfect size for a weekend getaway!

9. Beach Bogg Waterproof Tote

These Bogg bags are the ultimate bags for taking with you to the lake, pool, beach, camping, waterpark, etc. They are so roomy and lightweight. Plus, they are easy to clean and come in so many fun colors and patterns!

10. Bamboo Handbag

I bought this bamboo handbag several years ago. This style was all the rage because there was a Cult Gaia handbag that looked just like this but was crazy expensive. I found this one on Amazon, and it has a 5-star rating with over 5,000 reviews. I don’t carry it a lot, but it is great to take on vacation, etc. Here’s another version with a different handle, AND it comes in black and white as well as natural.

More Bags You’ll Love:

I hope you enjoyed today’s best vacation purses and totes post, and here are a few more that I’m sure you’ll love.

  • This mesh beach bag dries quickly and makes shaking out excess sand from the beach a breeze! You could also use it at the farmer’s market or to carry groceries!
  • I love these round rattan handbags that you can wear on your shoulder or as a crossbody.
  • If you are taking your kids or grandchildren to the pool or beach, this bag has plenty of room for beach toys, snacks, and towels for everyone!
  • I love the happy and bright colors on this woven handbag!

Shop More of the Best Vacation Purses and Totes:

A small crossbody bag is a must-have when traveling! It makes shopping easy and allows you to keep your purse in front of you when you’re in crowds. If you are vacationing at a place like Disney, you’ll want something easy to carry. This is very chic and a great size. Plus, it comes in a ton of beautiful colors.

Here’s another cross-body bag that’s a bit more casual. Its claim to fame is that it’s anti-theft. What does that mean? It includes a “slash-resistant mesh inner lining in all 4 sides and bottom body panels; slash-resistant strap; locking compartments; and RFID blocking organizer for credit cards, passport, and other sensitive information you are carrying.” Hey, I’m not judging where you choose to vacation, lol.

Finally, here’s a classic bag from Michael Kors. It’s called a Flight Bag, obviously, because it’s the perfect size to take with you on the plane. I love the white and gold logo design, but it’s available in some other lovely colors, including one that’s a gorgeous red.

Okay, gurls! Let me know where you’re heading on your next vacation, and which of these bags you’re taking along. I’m excited to hear about your next adventure.

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36 Comments

  1. Gardeningmama says:

    These are cute, love a straw bag for Spring/Summer, but for travel I look for RFID protection, esp for travel overseas or any big city. I hate the idea of someone w/some gizmo that can copy yr ID info(!) I just picked up some RFID sleeves for credit cards. And my sister discovered that on a subway someone had slit her bag & pulled things out w/out her knowing(!!) I hate to sound paranoid but I seem to live by Murphy’s Law 🙁

  2. Connie Nunn says:

    Cute cute cute. Thanks for sharing!

  3. sue koren says:

    Love the smaller round straw bag – just need to book a beach vacay now!

  4. Lynda Brown says:

    Oh my word, Joe is so cute! Love the pjs! Sound like he’s doing great and following orders. Lol! Best wishes to you both.❤⚘

  5. Stella Gustafson says:

    Like the straw bags been looking at them for a upcoming beach trip

  6. A great selection of summer bags!

  7. **Joe’s knee** I have had two knee replacements and have the ice cooler. Instead of having to use ice, just freeze 3 water bottles and use them instead! I always kept three in the freezer to replace the ones in the cooler, so I always had frozen water (so six bottles, total). Much easier!!

    1. We use one bottle and the rest ice. When we only use the bottles, the machine doesn’t seem to work as well.

  8. Ginger Hiller says:

    I had one of the ice machines after one of my surgeries; it was great. His heart hands and lounge pants are perfect! I have the vegan leather woven bag that I bought a few years ago. I just bought a white patent leather bag from Amazon that I think will be fun using this spring & summer. I am still getting used to crossbody bags, but I am experiencing the advantages of them. At the end of May we hope to visit some friends that have a nice house in Cashiers, NC, to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Then at the end of July we will be in the Port St. Joe area of FL for one week, so that Larry and one of our nephews can do some fishing. We are staying in a cottage, I think, close to the camp site area where our he will be in his mother load of an RV.

    1. Ginger – we take our kids and grandkids to Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas at the end of July every year. We rent a big house on the beach and just have the best time. This will be our 14th year!

  9. Julie Lozano says:

    Tania, it’s hard to look at the bags when your outfits are so fabulous! I do love the straw bags and the cross body bags too.
    Great post!

    Julie 🤠

    1. Julie, I would have linked the dresses, etc., if they had been available.

  10. Can’t wait for spring to arrive here in Ohio so I can start carrying my straw purses!

  11. Love all of your purses. I like Crossbody purses. My husband’s gone through 2 knee replacements and a hip replacement. He also had an ice machine. We filled four 16-20 oz plastic bottles and froze them. we put two at a time in the machine. that way we weren’t using all our ice all the time.

  12. It’s definitely time for a new spring purse even if I’m in a winter snowstorm! Definitely need zippers

  13. So many CUTE bags!!! I’m heading to Carmel with girlfriends in a couple weeks! I definitely need a beach fix!!! I’m so happy Joe is on the mend! Happy Thursday❤❤❤

    1. Have fun! It sounds like a great trip!

  14. Cute bags. When traveling I prefer a crossover bag with built-in wallet. I have the type that is both a crossover and fanny pack. Thieves are everywhere.

  15. Linda Shearer says:

    I love the beach please bag! Really cute!

  16. I love love these bags!! Continued prayers for Joe and for you! 🙂

  17. Good /morning Tania! Timely post since we are headed for a 2-week vacation come mid-March. We are headed to Clearwater, FLA and will see 2 spring training Phillies bball games. (husbands bucket list item) And some beach time while there too. On our way home we will stop in Savannah for 3 nights and Beaufort, Georgia for 2 nights. Won’t be back home till the day after Easter. Not home for Easter is a first for us and our kids and grandkids couldn’t believe it! LOL. Guess they’re on their own with the dinner. Such a wide variety of purse! I love the straws ones. They are usually light weight and very summery/beachy.

    1. It sounds like you are going to have a great trip. It is great that the kids and grandkids will have to have Easter on their own…they’ll appreciate you even more.

  18. Tania,
    I purchased the smaller version of the bamboo handbag several years ago and love it! I get so many compliments each time I use it…… especially from men!!!!
    it’s crazy!

  19. I love the look of a bamboo bag but they look like they would be awkward to carry.
    Guess I prefer a soft bag.
    The straw bag with the pom poms is adorable.
    Joe looks great and well rested.

  20. I’m obsessed with that woven Amazon bag. I purchased it in tan last year and had so many compliments. Definitely will order another.

  21. Suzonne Johnson says:

    My granddaughter and I are going to Rome and then on a Mediterranean cruise in June, so I’m loving all the vacation ideas!

    1. How fun!!! That sounds wonderful.

  22. These are all great, my husband won’t spend money on vacations. I may have to go alone. He wants to save so much for retirement.

  23. Where did you get the pink dress with the cold shoulder?? The one show with the straw clutch. Love it

    1. That was a swim coverup that I bought a couple of years ago from Boston Proper. They always have great swimwear.

  24. Cruising the British Isles in May, so crossbody bag with anti-theft is a must. Pick pocket warnings were given at the Vatican, of all places, when we were in Rome several years ago. Beach bags are always a must.

  25. Bev Dickes says:

    I feel Joe’s pain! I had both my knees replaced three months apart, three years ago. Best thing I ever did! Yes the recovery is work but it does pay off. The polar ice packs are your best friend. We used frozen water bottles to chill the water in my pack. So much easier than ice and we never ran out! I know the therapy hurts but it sure does pay off. I hiked Mount Sanitas last summer, ride my bike for thirty miles or more and best of all…..I can keep up with my grandkids!

    1. I have had total hip and total knee and the best tip I received was use frozen water bottles in the ice machine. We kept 4 in the machine and 4 in the freezer. Worked splendidly. Joe is lucky if he doesn’t have the “bendy machine” torture device that docs around here use! 🤠

  26. Louise Logan says:

    Such CUTE purses! I can hear the waves and smell the salt water now!

  27. Oh I love the flight bag! Lots of great handbags! So happy Joe is on the mending end, hopefully not too painful. Bless his heart! Needs extra TLC.