Bring the sun screen and use plenty of it. The sun at the beach can be brutal to your skin but a picnic at the beach is too much fun to omit from your summer activities because of the sun. Bring a beach ball for tossing around.
A beach picnic can be simple or complicated. Ether way it is fun. You can have a ordinary sandwich with potato chips and a soda or you can go all out and have wine with escargot on the beach.
The sun beats down hot and dry on a beach so you need to keep your food cool. A cooler with an ice block will keep your food cool until you are ready to eat it. If you don’t have an ice block freeze some plastic bottles of water and use them as an ice block to keep food cool. You can also keep your plates, glasses and silverware fresh and cool by packing ice packs with them.
Perishable foods like salads, cheese, and meat need to be kept cool until you are ready to serve them. Keep them in your cooler with the ice. You should also keep your drinks in the cooler to keep them cool, fresh and refreshing.
The beach can be a great place for a barbecue. Check the rules of your beach before you start cooking. Bring along a little grill if one is not provided and you can make hot dogs, brats and burgers. Or you can grill some shrimp or fish on the beach. Grilling food on the beach can turn your picnic into a party. You can grill pork chops and ribs or sea bass and potatoes. You can have a wood fire or a coal fire depending on what you like to cook with and what the beach will allow.
Fruit can be a refreshing treat on the beach. You can put some in your drinks and grill it with your food. Fruit salad mixed in a big bowl is an attractive and healthy beach food.
Some beaches have picnic tables others do not. A picnic on a beach blanket can be fun. Spread out your blanket and cover it with the food. Then pick a blanket corner and have a seat and enjoy a beach picnic with the sound of the waves coming into shore. If you are lucky there may be a seagull or two to help you eat all that food.