From coolers to cutting boards for charcuterie, here's how to have a perfect picnic at the beach.

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Beach season is finally here, and although social distancing is in order some of us will still be able to spread out on the sand for picnicking. There’s no better way to celebrate summer than eating and drinking to your heart's content at the shore. The perfect beach picnic, of course, includes pasta salads, sandwiches, watermelon and a great bottle of chilled wine.

Beach picnic
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In order to enjoy your glorious meal al fresco, you’re going to need a proper setup. From the ultimate beach blanket and beach chairs to baskets, coolers and portable tables, these are some of the best beach picnic items to keep on hand. Read on for beach picnic ideas for an ideal day in the sand and sun.

Beach Blanket

Bearz Waterproof Beach Blanket
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This incredible, tarp-like blanket is sandproof, waterproof and folds into a tiny bag so you can easily transport it to any picnic.

Bearz Outdoor Waterproof Beach Blanket, $25 at amazon.com

Picnic Basket

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This retro basket has everything you need for your meal including flatware, plates, wine glasses and cotton napkins all strapped into place.

Picnic Time Pioneer Original Design Picnic Basket with Deluxe Service for Two, $100 at amazon.com

Large Cooler

Coleman Performance Cooler
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If you’re more of a cooler type picnicker, this large plastic cooler will keep all your drinks and pasta salads chilled all day long. It can also hold up to 63 cans, for your beer or seltzer storage purposes.

Coleman 48-Quart Performance Cooler, $32 at amazon.com

Small Cooler

Coleman FlipLid Cooler
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When you just need a few items to stay cool, opt for this light, easy to carry, personal variety that’ll fit a few beverages.

Coleman FlipLid 5-Quart Personal Cooler, $13 at amazon.com

Small table

Portable picnic table
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Don’t let your spread get sandy with this folding table. The waterproof aluminum top is ideal for outdoor dining, plus the legs are sturdy enough for cutting.

Trekology Portable Table, $48 at amazon.com

Beach Chair

folding picnic chair
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Make yourself comfortable with a beach chair that boasts a cool mesh back, foam arm rests and easy cup holder.

KingCamp Beach Folding Chair, $43 at amazon.com

cutlery set with travel case
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Unless you’re sticking to sandwiches and finger food, you’re going to need flatware at your picnic. We love this steel utensil set of four spoons, knives and forks that comes in an easy to transport case.

Stainless Steel Cutlery Picnic Utensil Set with Travel Case, $17 at amazon.com

plastic tumblers
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Four of each 12-ounce and 16-ounce plastic tumblers are just what you need to sip on your picnic cocktails.

Classic 8-Piece Plastic Tumblers, $20 at amazon.com

canteen
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For beaches that ban glass bottles, you’ll need another way to transport your wine. This 25oz canteen can hold an entire bottle of wine. It also keeps beverages cold for over 25 hours and hot for over 12 hours.

Corkcicle Canteen, $33 at amazon.com

Oxo cutting board
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Packing a small cutting board is key for everything from cheese to fruits and vegetables to bread.

OXO Good Grips Prep Cutting Board, $10 at amazon.com

LED Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker
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If you’re planning on picnicking past sundown and/or want to enhance the beach atmosphere with some tunes, this two-in-one lantern and bluetooth speaker is your guy.

DIKAOU LED Flame Table Lamp with Bluetooth Speaker, $40 at amazon.com