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Our top beach food suggestions for your next trip to the shore

Our top beach food suggestions for your next trip to the shore

UV sunscreen? Check.

Beach umbrella? Check.

Towel to dry off? Check.

Esky full of beach snacks?

Crickets chirping.

Your parents may have lectured you in the past about eating right before going swimming, however if you’re heading to the beach this weekend, there’s no way you can skimp on the snacks.

Just one question: what should you pack your esky with?

What is a good food to take to the beach?

Before we dive into the exact menu for your lunch, there are a couple of things you’ll need to think about when deciding what to bring with you the next time you go down to the beach.

Specifically, we’re going to start by listing all of the things your beach food needs to be.

  • Easy to eat: if possible, choose foods that don’t require cutlery
  • Refreshing: this is especially important if it’s a hot day
  • Edible while cold: these foods are simply easy to store
  • Reduced packaging: if possible, make conscious choices to reduce waste

The beach is a very different dining venue to your home, so ideally, your beach food will tick each of these boxes.

Now that you know what beach food looks like, it’s time to start packing...

What should you take to the beach for lunch?


Fruit is easy to eat with your hands.

And in many cases, it requires very little preparation before you start eating.

It leaves very little waste behind, meaning you won’t have to clean up. Whether it’s a fruit bowl, slices, a salad or skewers, fruit is a great choice for your beach picnic.

And most importantly, fruit is juicy and refreshing, making it a great choice for trips to the beach on a warm day!


There’s a reason that the humble roll is such a popular choice in cafes around the country - they’re easy and delicious. What more do you need?

They’re simple to make, require no preparation, and can be enjoyed by all ages. Rolls are a great choice for a day at the beach.


While this doesn’t tick the “cutlery-free” box, salad does offer a refreshing snack to chow down on the next time you go to the beach.

Best of all, salad is lightweight, healthy, and stores well. 

Some of our favourites include a (cold) caprese pasta salad, grain salad, and Greek salad.


And of course, who could forget about some nice drinks to help wash it all down?

beach wine glasses

When it comes to choosing drinks, “refreshing” is the word of the day.

That means topping up your beach cooler bag with plenty of water, of course, but other cool drinks such as ice tea, soft drink, and perhaps even a chilled bottle of wine.

What should I bring for a day at the beach?

Must-have beach gear for your day out

So you’ve got the food sorted - however, that’s not all you’ll need for your beach picnic.

As with any other day trip to the beach, you’ll need to pack a whole bunch of other things if you want to ensure a safe and enjoyable day for all.

There are certain things that you’ll need in particular if you’re planning on hosting a meal at the beach (besides the food, of course.)

Don’t forget all your favourite beach essentials

beach umbrella

Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a beach umbrella to provide you with shade… These are the types of things that are absolutely essential if you plan on heading to the beach (or any outdoor setting, for that matter).

Bottoms up!

Now, it’s time to pack your array of beverages.

Naturally, we discourage you from using single-use plastic bottles, and instead choosing bottles that you can use again and again. Our top pick is the gorgeous prints of the Coconene bottles, which you can use anywhere from the gym to the office.

It isn’t just bottles either - what about glasses?

If you’re sick of flimsy, single-use plastic cups, consider taking a look at our range of beach wine glasses, which are designed to replicate the look and feel of actual wine glasses.

Bring something to sit on

Sand looks nice, but it’s not exactly pleasant having it stuck all over your body.

The simplest way to create a barrier between you and the sand is with a beach blanket or towel.

In addition to the perfect setting under all your yummy beach food, it doubles as something to lie on while you soak in the rays and work on your tan.

Click here to start shopping for beach blankets in Australia.

Get comfortable

If you’re about to throw a picnic, you need to think about where you’re going to be, and how you’re going to stay comfortable.

Obviously, that means bringing a picnic rug - however, it also means that you’ll need to think about other things...

Boatshed7 stocks a range of products that includes some of the best beach chairs Australia has to offer, with brands that are specifically chosen due to their:

  • Resilience to rust and fading
  • Construction and build quality
  • Eye-catching, chic designs

Get everything you need for a day at the beach with Boatshed7!

Whatever you’re planning to do this weekend, it’s crucial you keep hungry tummies in mind.

Before you start planning your menu however, it’s worth asking whether or not your beach ensemble is up to the task.

Is all of your beach gear:

  • Made with eco-friendly materials?
  • Protecting you from sand, glare and UV?
  • Tough, durable, and built to last?

If your current beach gear is looking a little worse for wear, update it now with Boatshed7: we’re your one-stop online shop for the chicest beach accessories from the world’s best brands. Click here to start shopping!