The name says it all. Simply designed, spacious, and pretty damn stylish, nothing beats a tote bag when all you need is a way to tote a bunch of stuff from A to B. If your closet looks anything like ours, there’s a stack of canvas tote bags stuffed inside other tote bags—ones from your favorite coffee company, bike shop, brewery, gear brand, and many more. As simple and utilitarian as these shoulder bags are, they’re generally limited to functioning as reusable shopping bags/market totes.
Heading to the beach? Climbing trip? Surf trip? Camping weekend? You're looking at a pile of gear that would be a lot easier to fit in a large tote, or preferably a waterproof tote bag that will keep your valuable gear safe from the weather as it occurs.
Scroll on to peruse options from some of our top picks from Field Mag-approved brands you’re probably already familiar with in addition to some new ones we dig, nary a single Amazon no-name to be found here. Each has been selected for its use of waterproof materials like PVC, an array of outer and inner pockets, and just straight-up good looks.
10 Best Waterproof and Weatherproof Totes for Hauling Outdoor Gear
Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote
We’re big fans of Patagonia’s Black Hole series of hard-wearing and weather-resistant handbags and totes. The Black Hole Gear Tote comes in two sizes, a 25L for day-to-day toting and a monstrous 61L that’s ready to swallow up the biggest pieces that are usually tough to fit into like snow shoes or full-face helmets. A simple design features one inner main compartment and an exterior zip pocket for smaller items while sustainably minded construction sources polyester and webbing that’s 100% recycled.
Price: $69-115 SHOP NOW
LL Bean Everyday Lightweight Tote
Riffing on LL Bean’s classic design that’s been hauling gear for 70 years now, the Everyday Lightweight Tote ($35) is made with a ripstop 600D poly outer and polyurethane interior and double-layer bottom for water repellency and added durability. LL Bean’s throwback Katahdin graphic logo embellishes the bag and a zip-top closure ensures all your goods stay put, whether it’s banging around in the trunk or an overhead bin.
Price: $35 SHOP NOW
RUX Waterproof Bag
This rectangular number originates from newcomer brand RUX, whose specialty happens to be weatherproof and water-resistant travel bags and storage products. Judging by the name, you’d be right to assume that this rectangular-bottomed tote is waterproof. A drybag-style closure unfolds into a cavernous open-top fitting 25+ liters of gear and goods.
Price: $150 SHOP NOW
Klättermusen Urur Gear 23L Tote
In addition to full-on expedition gear, Swedish outdoor brand Klättermusen dabbles in pieces that are perfect for everyday use. The Urur bag is one part backpack and one part zip tote that’s easily convertible between both modes, when neither are needed it packs into its own pocket. The outside mesh pocket should be of note to climbers who need to stash their freshly ripe post-session shoes.
Price: $145 SHOP NOW
Hyperlite Mountain Gear G.O.A.T. Tote
We stan Hyperlite Mountain Gear for making the most solid ultralight gear and will continue to do so thanks to the G.O.A.T. Tote. The minimal tote is offered up in a 20-liter, 30-liter, and a voluminous 70-liter size, all made from a near-impervious Dyneema bag found on many Hyperlite products. Resistance to water is one of Dyneema’s key traits, so any three of them make a great ultralight extra large waterproof beach tote.
Price: $119-169 SHOP NOW
Rains Trail Tote Bag
This Danish outerwear brand knows a thing or two about keeping dry—as their name suggests, they’re specialists in rain jackets for men and women. Using the know-how they’ve gained from such pursuits, they’ve reinvented the classic military pilot’s helmet bag into a fashionable, waterproof bag with outdoor design features—buckles and webbing—to look right at home on sidewalks and in terminals. Outside, two large exterior pockets will organize smaller items like sunscreen or water bottles, while a flat interior features a sleeve that fits laptops up to 16” in size.
Price: $125 SHOP NOW
Hydro Flask 35L Insulated Tote
The double-duty tote features light insulation that will keep contents hot or cold for up to four hours, making it ideal for hauling food and drinks to the park or beach for a picnic, or for getting perishable groceries home from the market. It also works for hauling regular gear too, of course, thanks to an easy-to-clean and durable, waterproof exterior. Also available in a 20L volume model for lighter loads.
Price: $75 SHOP NOW
Filson Dry Roll-Top Tote Bag
If keeping your goods bone dry, then this tote-style dry bag from Filson is certainly your best bet. The 28L nylon bag is constructed with welded seams, a waterproof zipper, and a roll-top closure for good measure. The adjustable detachable shoulder strap pops right off and there’s plenty of points to clip on extra doodads. "Might as well have the best."
Price: $185 SHOP NOW
Yeti Camino Carryall 35
As the name hints at, this tote from Yeti packs 35 liters of waterproof portaging power. The high-density nylon body is mated with an EVA molded bottom that keeps it stranding straight up for easy loading. Yeti warns that it isn’t explicitly a cooler, but in a pinch you could certainly throw in a bag of ice along with a 12 pack without any worry of water leaking out.
Price: $150 SHOP NOW
Baboon To The Moon Go-To Mega
With 40 liter worth of space inside its singular top zipper closure compartment, this brightly-colored large tote bag makes the perfect pool bag or waterproof beach tote. A combination of heavy-duty 1000D tarp fabric and Cordura makes for one seriously bomber tote bag that’s equally suited for carry-on use if you still prefer an understated canvas beach bag. A total of six exterior pockets easily stow smaller items, and a single zippered interior pocket secures small valuables like your wallet or phone.
Price: 149 SHOP NOW