8 Tips for the Perfect Family-Friendly Beach Picnic

1. Pack everything in a picnic basket

A picnic basket will be necessary in order to carry the actual food and beverages. Try bringing sandwiches, hors d'oeuvres, fruit, meats, water, and a bottle of wine. Now you can have a lovely meal out under your favorite tree, by a flowing stream, or in front of the sunset. It's better than a microwave dinner in front of a TV set, by a long shot! Check out some of the hottest picnic baskets Click here!!

2. Keep the kids happy

Pack beach-themed foods like goldfish crackers, Shark Bite fruit snacks, and seaweed crackers. Even fun snacks can be healthy!

3. Use a shade umbrella or tent

Not only can you enjoy your picnic foods minus the glare, but you also protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Take the proper steps to protect your child from skin cancer, including lathering on dermatologist-approved sunscreen.

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

Rinsing hands in saltwater just leaves them sticky. Turns out there are some extraordinary ways you can use baby wipes and baby wipe containers, even if you don’t have young kid

4. Brownies and cookies are good portable desserts

There’s always a good reason to eat dessert. Just avoid anything with frosting, which will melt in the heat.

5. Take along bottles of partially frozen water

Your water will stay cool even after sitting in the sun. Since we’re more likely to drink more water when it’s cold, you’ll still be able to keep your kids hydrated when all they want to do is play. (Check out more tips to stay hydrated this summer.)

6. Don’t forget a bottle opener

7. Spread your picnic on a tablecloth on the sand

It’s lighter than a blanket—and much easier to wash. 

8. Stock up with a cooler

Take one that’s big enough to fit food and drinks. Bringing separate coolers is just too much effort when you’re also keeping an eye on the kids. Ice packs used for lunch boxes are also a must, and not just for their intended purpose. If someone’s too warm, place them on wrists and ankles for a speedy