With the 4th of July holiday approaching, we know many of you will be hitting the beach to celebrate!

This week at the office, we’ve been chatting about what’s in our beach bags. Grab a friend, and we’ll tell you what to throw in your bag to make the most out of your beach holiday!

Cocktails

First things first, cocktails!  No summer day is complete without a little refreshment. Andrew Smith (Director of Operations/bartender extraordinaire) recommends something easily batched to bring along in a plastic beverage dispenser.  His favorite? “Reposado tequila, blended with lemonade, elderflower syrup and lots of ice.  It gives you the tropical taste of Miami, and the mix of sweet, sour and fresh flavors are summer in a glass!”

Snacks

Next up, it’s not a beach day without snacks to keep it going.  Our Executive Chef, Elgin Woodman, likes to make easy sweet & salty trail mixes to bring to the beach.  Her favorite ingredients? Candied pecans, mini pretzels, chocolate covered peanuts (M&Ms anyone!?) and lightly salted cashews.  Feel free to throw in a few ingredients from your pantry or fridge – trail mixes are one of the most versatile snacks around!

Reading

By the way – in need of a little relaxation?  Add a book to your beach bag!  There’s nothing quite like getting lost in a great read as you enjoy the ocean breeze and sand between your toes. We surveyed our sales & marketing team, and the top fave was Girl Boss by far!  (No surprises there, it’s a best seller!)

We’ve got a few other great reads to round out the list:

Gear

Finally – it’s not a beach day without the right gear!  Something else we’re really into this summer? Round beach towels! They come in all kinds of designs, colors and patterns like mandala prints, lemon slices and watermelon! Our personal foodie fave? The donut (you saw that coming – never met a donut we didn’t like!) Not only are these towels keeping us dry but they are also accenting our picnic setup.  Add a little life to your next beach day!

Need more summer ideas? Look no further! Click here to learn more about hosting the perfect summer party!