Over three years ago I was watching Oprah, and she was having her favorite things summer edition. She featured Land's End Beach Tote, and I was suckered in. Land's End and L.L.Bean do have amazing quality, and these bags looked very well made, and the price was right for $24... I ordered the Large Size, and got it in orange with our last name on it. I am on my third summer with the same bag, and it's held up amazing....The orange on the handles has faded a little, but that's from the the chlorine and sun, and to be expected. It still looks over all fine, doesn't smell funky, etc.
I am able to put in our towels, two sets of water wings, drinks and snacks, sunscreen, swimming diapers, regular diapers, beach cover ups, massive water guns, and a few other pool toys. It also has a a nice side pocket I usually put some change in so the kids can buy a snack or I can send them over to the snack shack to fetch mommy a diet coke. The inside has pockets too to keep my the swimmy diapers organized. It also has a metal clip to put your keys so you are not searching for them in the bottom of the bag.
The bags also don't tip over easily, which is a big plus.
We mainly take this bag to the pool, but it has been to the beach as well, done awesome there as well. It will be making the journey with us again this year when we head to Nags Head in August.
Other beach/pool items I am in love with includes no rub spray lotion. Now this one is better for the pool rather than the beach or boat, mainly because if there are strong breezes, you could miss some spots or end up with it it in your eyes. It's so nice to just spray down the kids. I do use a screen stick for their faces. As far as brands go, I usually by the Neutrogena kind as Costco has that and usually they offer a coupon on it, but if I don't have a coupon I get the Target store brand. (By the way, I don't really like how they changes the name of all the store brand stuff to Up and Up, how are we being up and up if we are buying store brand???) My kids don't have skin issues with either of these brands, so I use these on all of our kids, and Dave and I use them as well.
Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!