A picnic basket on the beach sand

Great Picnic Ideas for the Beach

A day at the beach is a perfect summer family activity. To make the day truly enjoyable, bring some of your favourite picnic fare. For beach picnics, where you’ll be basking in the heat and enjoying the water, you’ll want food that is light, refreshing and easy to handle.
We’ve put together these great picnic suggestions for the next time you’re packing up the cooler for the beach:

Beach Snacks

Whether you are spending a few hours or the entire day at the beach, you want to combine flavour and simplicity. While you’ll probably want to pack at least one meal, snacks will help get you through the day with pleasant boosts of energy, as you go from lounging to swimming to an informal game of beach volleyball. Some great beach snacks include:

  • Raw veggies
  • Hummus and dip
  • Tortilla chips and salsa
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Nuts such as almonds and pistachios
  • Trail mix or protein bars
  • Cookies for dessert!

Tutti Fruity

With fresh fruit in abundance during the summer, it would be foolish not to make the best of the bountiful array you’ll find at the market. Apples, peaches, plums, grapes and berries are quick and easy. You can also spend some time beforehand cutting up watermelon, pineapple, cantaloupe and other fruits and put them in a fruit salad. Don’t forget the cutlery! 

Combine fruit with cheeses or antipasto for a flavourful experience. Eating fruit is also an excellent way of keeping hydrated.

The Big Sandwich

A simple way to prepare a hearty meal for the entire family, the big sandwich is exactly what it sounds like. All you need is a fresh loaf of Italian or pumpernickel bread (or a round loaf), cut it horizontally so it opens up like a hamburger bun, add your favorite toppings, close it up and then cut it into smaller finger sandwiches for the family to enjoy.

Other Considerations

When packing up the cooler, don’t forget to bring plenty of water. Place a couple frozen water bottles in the cooler to help keep your picnic meal cool. Also don’t forget to bring plenty of napkins, wipes, and recyclable plates and utensils.

Enjoy your day at the beach with the family!