Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Best Foods to Pack for the Beach

Make your beach days more delectable with these recipes!

  1. Wraps
  2. Fried chicken
  3. Skewers
  4. Whole fruit
  5. Couscous or pasta salad
  6. Charcuterie
  7. Lettuce cups
  8. Cookies


(Image credit: Noam Armonn/Shutterstock)


Packing food for a picnic in the park is pretty easy. But when your picnic happens to be on the beach, there’s a new set of rules and a few more factors to consider before filling your basket or cooler.

For starters, there’s the sand. It’s totally obvious, but no matter how hard you plan and how many precautions you take, it inevitably ends up everywhere. Including your sandwich. There’s also the wind — the beach can be breezy, which means that sand and salt swirl around, attaching themselves to anything that’s remotely sticky, wet, or, let’s face it, edible.

Keep that in mind the next time you’re packing up for a day at the beach, and remember that even when you have a cooler, some foods hold up better than others. Of course you can always pack the basics, like crackers, chips, nuts, and dried fruit, but it’s good to have something a little more substantial.

8 Foods to Pack for a Day at the Beach

1. Wraps

I always opt for wraps over regular sandwiches when packing lunch for a day at the beach. For one, it’s just fun to coil things up in a tortilla or collard leaf. But more importantly, when the fillings are tucked away on the inside, they’re better protected — plus wraps are easy to eat with one hand.

2. Fried chicken

The only thing better than hot and crispy fried chicken, is leftover cold fried chicken the next day. Especially when that “next day” happens to be at the beach. Fried chicken is a summer staple; it holds up well in a cooler, and it’s pretty easy to eat without getting mouthfuls of sand.

3. Skewers

Because food on skewers is always more fun! Whether you go for fruit, veggies, or meat, kabobs make great beach fare. This is a hands-off (read, sand-free!) meal that’s utensil-free and easy to eat, with even easier cleanup.

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Scott is the GM of Jerry's Kitchen. He blogs about food, eating, restaurants, and catering. Bala Cynwyd, King of Prussia, Plymouth Meeting, Malvern, Main Line, Philadelphia, South Jersey, Bucks County.

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