10 Tips for the Perfect Beach Picnic

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1. Take as much finger food as possible, to reduce the necessity of lugging around silverware and plates.

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Good picnic foods include: - Grapes, apples, berries, and other fruit - Baby carrots, and other raw veggies, with hummus or eggplant dip - Cheese and crackers - Pick a French Brie or Camembert, which will ooze deliciously in the heat, rather than a hard cheese such as Cheddar, which will go oily when left in the sun. - A selection of sandwiches or wraps, cut in halves or quarters. Avoid sandwiches with mayonnaise, which can go bad in the heat. - Hard-boiled eggs - Tortilla chips and salsa

2. Keep the kids happy.

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Pack beach-themed foods like goldfish crackers, Shark Bite fruit snacks, and seaweed crackers.

3. Use a shade umbrella or tent.

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Enjoy your picnic foods minus the glare.

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4. You can’t have too many hand wipes (baby wipes work too!) to help with cleanup.

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Rinsing hands in saltwater just leaves them sticky.

5. Brownies and cookies are good portable desserts.

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Avoid anything with frosting, which will melt in the heat.

6. Take along bottles of partially frozen water.

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Your water will stay cool even after sitting in the sun.

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7. Don't forget a bottle opener.

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And remember to pack the can opener, too.

8. Spread your picnic on a tablecloth on the sand.

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It's lighter than a blanket, and much easier to wash.

9. Tote your drinks in a cooler.

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10. Don’t forget to take some games to play after the food is eaten!

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Beach balls, Frisbees, playing cards and Twister are good standbys. Sources: Picnicworld.net, Squidoo.com, delish.com, thesecretingredientonline.com, the-picnic-site.com


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