Everything You Need to Dine on the Beach This Summer

Eating al fresco has never been easier!

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July 17, 2019

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It’s summer, and everyone knows you can’t spell summer without the beach. Okay, technically you can, but we think you shouldn't. Whether you're venturing to more tropical pastures or just imagining the beach from your backyard, there are some essentials that will make dining al fresco this summer a stress-free experience. Whether you use them in kitchen or out by the beach, here's everything you need to win summer!


BUY IT: Target, $14.99

With this handheld spiralizer, you can turn almost any vegetable into long noodles for your next pasta dish. Use it in the kitchen to make steamed veggies or pasta dishes (we recommend Zoodle Bolognese) or bring these zoodles to the beach for a fun snack (just imagine dipping carrot noodles into ranch!).

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BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $59.99

Hear us out on this one — if you're not already traveling with your Instant Pot, you should be. You can truly do it all with this workhorse appliance — slow cook, pressure cook, steam, sauté, cook rice, the list goes on and on. Throw some pork in before you go out to the beach for some Instant Pot Carnitas when you get back. Now there’s no excuse for lame beach dinners.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $42.95

When the sun’s out, we take drinking water very seriously. And there’s no better way to do it at the beach than with this 40-ounce Hydroflask. The company claims this insulated vessel will keep your water cold for up to 24 hours, which means dehydration is officially off the table this summer.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $149.99

You’re already sunburnt — don’t let the sun ruin your food and drinks, too! This heavy-duty cooler bag will keep your stuff cool and sand-free. Plus, it's big enough to hold 18 cans plus ten pounds of ice, so you’ll be able to stay down by the water all day. Well... until you run out of drinks, that is.

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BUY IT: Bed, Bath & Beyond, $34.99

Don’t waste space in your cooler with bottles of wine. Use this sleek wine chiller, instead. Not only does it fit a standard bottle of wine, it’ll also keep your wine cold all day. Now go ahead and drink straight from this bottle — it’s vacation, we won’t judge!

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BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $9.95

Eating watermelon and sitting on the beach — it’s a match made in heaven. Make it even better with this watermelon slicester. Use it to slice or cube watermelon without worrying about sticky hands and serve it to all your friends with the rubber tongs on the end.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $23.99

This Magic Bullet comes with removable cups so you can also take your smoothie on the go (i.e. to the beach). But blenders aren’t just for smoothies — we’re talking salsa, margaritas, pesto, dressings and aioli. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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BUY IT: Amazon, $14.46

When life gives you lemons, you search for a citrus juicer and inevitably realize you don’t have one. Don’t let this happen at the beach. Get one of these useful juicers and make fresh lemonade to sip on the porch, instead. Or catch some fresh fish and drench them in fresh-squeezed lemon. Or even better: crab legs slathered in Lemon Butter Sauce. You get it, this is an essential tool this summer!

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BUY IT: Sur La Table, $11.96

Okay, we know you have a cutting board. But this cutting board is better! Its foldable design makes transporting and pouring ingredients around the kitchen a breeze, and it also means you can fold it up and put it in your bag to bring down to the water. Say hello to beers in the sand with freshly cut lime wedges!

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BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $39.95

Cut and chop as much food as your heart desires with this colorful knife set. Each one comes with a cover, so you can take them down by the water, too!

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BUY IT: Target, $19.99

Get rid of those old, dusty salt and pepper shakers and buy this two-in-one grinder instead for fresh ground pepper and salt every time. Try bringing it down to the beach and sprinkling a little salt over your watermelon — trust us on this one!

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BUY IT: Williams Sonoma, $59.95

A wine key isn’t enough. Be the wine connoisseur you always wanted to be, both in the kitchen and by the water, with this six-piece tool set. With a corkscrew, wax remover, foil cutter, pourer, sealer and stopper, people will trust you when you talk about all those nutty undertones. And the stopper is perfect for taking opened bottles to the beach and back.

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BUY IT: Macy's, $17.99

Vacation always calls for coffee, and by that, we mean good coffee. With this portable French press, you can bring your favorite brew along as you sit in the sand and watch the sun rise over the seashore.

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