Beach season is in full swing now and summer is the perfect time to drop everything, pack up the necessities and head out to the beach for a picnic. We aren’t just talking about your average beach day, but a full on beach picnic! It’s the perfect way to escape from your hectic daily routine, ditch the stress and anxiety of work, and create memories with your family and friends.
That being said, the addition of sand, wind, and water can make snacking a bit tricky. To enjoy your day at a beach with full enthusiasm and energy, you have to make sure you plan your picnic list accordingly. Doing some pre-planning before heading out for a beach picnic can make your day special and memorable. Otherwise, you may end up with soggy sandwiches and sand between your teeth. Whether you are planning to head out for a fancy or casual beach picnic, we have put together a list of essentials you will want to bring with you.
11 Must Keep Beach Picnic Essentials
To ensure that your picnic day doesn't end up a hot sandy mess, we have listed some of the basic utensils that you should arrange before heading out towards a beach. So, without any further delay, let’s get started in exploring some of the basic utensils that you will need to make your picnic day pleasurable and memorable.
1. Radiate Portable Campfire
This portable campfire is necessarily needed as it provides an authentic campfire experience wherever you head out for a picnic. It’s perfect for the beach, simply place on the sand and light it to enjoy!
Radiate portable campfire is the best option to consider because:
- It leaves no trace, meaning you don't have to worry about the cleaning process because there is no excess trash, coals, or unburnt wood with a smoky smell.
- These campfires are made using recycled paper briquettes and a kosher soy wax blend. Recycle the tin once you’ve burned the entire fire!
- It is portable, and you can take it anywhere you head out for a picnic.
- Radiate portable campfire is convenient and is reusable. If you don’t burn it all in one use, simply snuff out the fire and it’s ready to relight next time you need it.
2. An Umbrella for Shade
Another essential utensil that you will need for a perfect picnic experience is an umbrella or a tent for shade. Getting vitamin D from direct sunlight is vital; however, arranging proper shade is also necessary.
Sitting on the blanket in the sun can feel great at first, but after an hour or two, you will be glad to know you brought an umbrella with you. Even if you want to sit in the sun, you will need shade for placing food and a cooler to keep it from heating up. So whether you splurge on a fancy umbrella for ambiance or grab a basic one at the convenient store, having an umbrella for shade is necessary.
In addition, don't forget to pack a small shovel because sometimes it becomes difficult to dig a hole deep enough to keep the umbrella upright. A small shovel will make the setup easier.
3. A Large Blanket
Quite a few people consider bringing a towel to sit on, as they would for a typical beach day. However, they are not ideal for a picnic. Towels are generally smaller, and their corners fly due to which sand spreads all over the food. Arranging a large blanket that everyone can fit on, or a tablecloth, is a better option to consider because they provide plenty of space to lounge. Some people even prefer to bring a large outdoor rug with them for picnicking.
4. Beach Chair
Relaxing on sand is perfect for a typical beach experience, however, a beach chair provides a much more comfortable experience. Since you are planning a picnic, you will likely be needing some form of seating. A beach chair comes with a cool mesh back, foam armrests, and a cup holder. Some chairs even feature a small fold-out table as well. Beach chairs are lightweight and portable, making it easier for you to carry them anywhere you want. If you are looking for something different, try pillows or cushions for a fun, comforting twist to your picnic.
5. Reusable Wood/Eco-friendly Cutlery
Cutlery is an essential ingredient to enjoy your food at the beach. While choosing cutlery, the best option is to go for eco-friendly cutlery. Reusable wood cutlery gives a classy look to your table and is suitable for the environment. It is completely safe for your health and serves to be the best alternative to plastic cutlery.
A cooler is necessarily needed to keep the drinks cool because you will be spending your entire day in the sun. High-quality plastic coolers are perfect for keeping your drinks and food chilled all day long. If you bring plastic waterbottles, we recommend freezing a few the night before. This way, the bottles will serve as ice packs, and when they melt, you will be enjoying a refreshingly chilled beverage.
7. Insulated Growler
The best option to go for is an insulated growler, as it comes with double-walled vacuum insulation that can keep the drinks cold for at least 24 hours. No one likes to drink warm water on a hot day, so this is certainly a necessity to help you stay cool and hydrated. In addition, the insulated growler features an airtight seal to preserve carbonation until you pop the top.
Another great option to keep drinks cool is to bring individual insulated can tumblers. Everyone can choose different styles and sizes depending on what they prefer.
8. Wooden Cutting Boards
Cutting boards (especially the wooden ones) are ideal for displaying the food you brought for a picnic. Not only are wooden board aesthetically pleasing, but they’re also practical as they offer a flat surface to place your food on. Placing your food on directly on your blanket may cause it to topple over as it is an uneven surface. That's why arranging a wooden cutting board is necessary as it serves to be a flat and hard surface for the food to rest on. Be sure to place it in the middle of everyone so food is accessible to all and less likely to be contaminated with sand.
9. Portable Light Weight Folding Table
You may want, and need, a portable picnic table to keep the food away from the sand. It is preferable to choose a waterproof aluminum top table as it has sturdy legs for dining and cutting. That being said, there are many options online to choose from that offer both a chic look and practical use as they are low down and often foldable for easy transportation.
Snacks are necessarily needed as they keep you going. Be sure to pack snacks that aren’t too messy but are shareable for all to enjoy! Here is a list of some great snack options to bring on your beach picnic:
- Fruits & Vegetables
- Finger Sandwiches & Wraps
- Pasta Salad
- Trail mix
- Cheese and Crackers
You can choose any of your favorite snacks among these to add an unforgettable taste to your picnic.
11. Picnic Basket
Lastly, you will need a picnic basket to bring all your utensils, including cutlery, napkins, glasses, and other such things. Depending on the picnic basket size, you may be able to fit your blanket in it as well and even some of your non-perishable snack items.
So, that’s it for now. We hope this article helped you discover some of the necessities that you will need before heading out for your next picnic on the beach. Don’t forget to share your picnic experience in the comments section below.