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Pack the Perfect Beach Picnic with These Must-Haves

January 1, 2024
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Nothing says “summer” quite like sun, sand, and a delicious spread of snacks and bevs. But what makes a truly great beach picnic? Is it the quality of the food? The convenience of the accessories? Or is it all about the company you keep? Well, we think it’s a little bit of everything. To get you the best possible experience, we've curated a list of products we wouldn’t dream of hitting the beach without.

  1. Coolhaus Sammies 

The first rule of a summer beach day? Bring Coolhaus ice cream sandwiches. These are the star of the show, and if you haven't tried them yet, you're seriously missing out. With flavors like "Dirty Mint Chip" and "Balsamic Fig & Mascarpone," you'll be transported to a state of childlike bliss. So grab a few (or a few dozen) and get ready to indulge in some serious summer sweetness. Your whole crew will appreciate it.

  1. Bathing Culture towels  

Let's talk about the most stylish way to stay sand-free: Bathing Culture towels. These towels are so chic, you'll feel like you're lounging on a beach in the French Riviera. And the best part? They're made from 100% organic cotton, so you can feel good about wrapping yourself up in them. Trust us, your beach crew will be seriously envious of your towel game. So go ahead, strike a pose, and let those good vibes flow as you soak up the sun on your organic cotton throne.

  1. Bask Sunscreen

We’ve written about Bask before, but we love it so much we couldn’t leave it out. What makes this sunscreen a must-have? For starters, it’s free of nasty chemicals found in other sunscreens (including oxybenzone & octinoxate), making it Hawaii Reef-Compliant and safe to slather all over. It also feels incredible on your skin – almost like a serum – and leaves zero white cast. Its lightweight, silky-smooth texture is a genuine delight to apply. It’s also sweat- and water-resistant, standing up to even the most intense beach volleyball game :) Finally, Bask’s bright, photogenic packaging will fit right into your picnic tableau or Instagram story.

  1. Corkcicle Drinkware 

Drink coolers and insulated thermoses don’t get enough love, and we’re here to change that. Corkcicle keeps drinks mercifully ice-cold – whether you're sipping on your favorite chilled rosé or just replenishing with H2O. The icing (pun intended) on the cake? Corkcicle products come in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can match your surf-side fashion. Say goodbye to those pesky plastic cups and hello to a sustainable, sophisticated way to hydrate. Cheers!

  1. Sunday Supply Co beach umbrella

When you need to take a break from the sun, do it with a little flair. Enter Sunday Supply Co. This baby is not just any old boring beach umbrella – it's a statement piece. With fun patterns and delicate details that will make you stand out on the sand, this umbrella offers a chic way to stay safe from harmful UV rays. Scoop up their beach chairs to elevate your whole aesthetic and people-watch in style.

  1. Amazon Kindle Paperwhite

And finally, for those who just want to be left alone to read on the beach in peace, we recommend the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. This little gem is lightweight and waterproof, so if you spill your drink or get a little ocean water in your bag, you don’t have to worry about damage. We love its glare-free screen, which lets you read comfortably even on the sunniest of beach days. So grab your Kindle, sink your toes in the sand, and get lost in a good book.

Don’t have access to a beach? Head to your nearest body of water (a public pool will do) and pretend you’re Sophia Loren in a classic Italian film – it works if you fantasize hard enough! 

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