Epperson Mountaineering Camo Large Climb Tote, £85

Slightly more heavy duty than your average beach bag, this camo-style tote is made in 1,000 denier nylon. What that basically means is that it's 10 times sturdier than the woolliest pair of tights you can get. opumo.com

Banana Republic natural straw tote, £55

This classic safari-style straw tote is spacious and light enough to cart about on a week-long beach holiday, even if you're dreaming of spotting the big five in the Serengeti.

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Quba Heswall canvas tote, £55

Vintage Breton stripes look good on anyone, and this nautical-style canvas tote bag from Quba is no exception. Don't just save it for the beach – it looks equally good thrown on for a post-dip dinner and cocktail. quba.com