I have been looking for the perfect beach tote for as long as I can remember, and just when I was about to give up the ghost, and purchase an extra large monogrammed LL Bean Boat & Tote, in orange or green (or possibly one of each), I found the best beach bag — and all around tote — ever, The Catalina, from Lo & Sons. I’ll be taking it to the beach and to the streets. And since it’s foldable, I’ll be tucking it into my travel bag the next time I jet off.
The Catalina has some great features. My favorite is the zipper compartment on the bottom, where you can tuck your wet towel and sandy flip flops, keeping them safely away from your dry clothes, books and mobile devices.
The Catalina is a little pricier than the Boat & Tote, coming in at $120, but it’s versatility makes it a bargain.
If you don’t mind a hi-lo, casual-formal mix, you can incorporate it into your work wardrobe, particularly if you work in a creative field — and, if not, you can always use it to carry your gym clothes.
PAULA PURYEAR is a Lawyer, Film & Television writer, HuffPoster and Founder of Revel In It Mag.