The Mary Poppins Beach Bag

There are a great deal of options for beach and swim bags, from totes to backpacks to duffels. The IKEA Knalla is a really good choice if you are looking for something that is:

  • practical
  • great for travelling – it is very light weight (235 g) and takes up a minimal amount of space in a suitcase (when folded, it measures 23 cm  x 20 cm x 6 cm or 9″ x 8″ x 2.5″)
  • spacious – it holds a lot
  • easy to wash (machine washable and quick-drying)
  • good value for money ($8.99 CAD, $5.99 for members of the IKEA Family programme)

In addition, it is useful to have the option to carry it by the handles in one hand or wear it crossbody to keep your hands free.

We have been using it for almost 3 years, all year round. It has served us through 3 beach vacations; autumn, winter, and spring swimming lessons (unlike more structured bags, it is easily stuffed into a narrow locker); and many a day at the local pool throughout the summer. It is still in very good condition.

What we typically have in the bag for an afternoon at the pool:

  • Jogging suits (no matter how hot the day, my children are always chilly after swimming)
  • Goggles
  • Bicycle lock & key
  • Lock for locker
  • Sunscreen, tissues, baby wipes, some coins for ice cream
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach towels
  • Swim bubble
  • Snacks & water

I attached two packing lists to the bag, one for when we are going somewhere already dressed in our swim gear and the other for when we need to pack swim gear to take with us. The lists are attached to the bag using cruise tags (Cruisetags, NARROW Cruise Ship Luggage Tags; 16.2 x 5.2 x 0.1 cm) purchased from Amazon. They are transparent on both sides so you can slip two lists into the pocket, back to back. Click for printable and editable packing lists: Forget Me Not_Beach Bag.

What’s your favourite beach bag? 


P.S. The grey and white bag pictured is the older pattern. The black and white pattern (pictured at the beginning of the post) is the version currently available (July 2017). 

P.P.S. If you liked this post, you might also like: What’s in My Kid Bag 

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