Beach Barbecue Picnic Dinner Packing List

Published:  06/12/2023

Our boat Little Bear at Cypress Head San Juan Islands. A perfect tranquil setting for dinner onshore.

Having a packing list for your picnic can be highly beneficial. A packing list is a valuable tool that helps you stay organized, prepared, and ready to enjoy a fantastic picnic with all the necessary supplies. 

Going onshore for dinner from your boat offers a chance to combine the joy of boating with the pleasures of exploring new culinary delights and enjoying the company of others in a picturesque setting. It adds variety, excitement, and a sense of adventure to your boating experience.

Shorefront beach picnic dinner locations offer stunning views - whether it's a sunset over the water, a bustling harbor, or a tranquil beach setting. The combination of delectable food, pleasant company, and picturesque surroundings enhances the overall dining experience and creates lasting memories.

Organization: A packing list helps you stay organized and ensures that you don't forget any essential items. It serves as a handy reference to check off items as you pack them, minimizing the chances of overlooking something important.

Efficiency: With a packing list, you can streamline the packing process. It saves time by providing a clear outline of what needs to be packed, preventing last-minute scrambling or multiple trips to gather forgotten items.

Customization: Everyone's picnic preferences can vary. Having a packing list allows you to tailor your picnic supplies to your specific needs and desires. You can include items based on the location, weather, and any activities or games you plan to enjoy during the picnic.

Future reference: Keeping a packing list for your picnics allows you to refine and improve your picnic experiences over time. You can make notes on the list about what worked well, what you might want to add or remove in the future, and any specific considerations based on different picnic locations or occasions.

Here is a complete packing list followed by links to the exact products I recommend. You can also visit my Amazon Storefront where I have curated must-have item lists for boaters.

Personalize This List: I suggest copying the list, pasting it to a WORD document and editing the list according to your needs. Print it out, have it laminated and you'll never forget an essential item again. 

Remember, a picnic isn't just about food, it's about creating a magical moment. Make it special with some of the details I suggest. 

Beach Picnic Packing List


  Bag for trash

  Bio-degradable soap 

  Blanket with carry case 

  Bug spray and Bug Swatter/zapper


  Container for leftovers

  Cooking utensils

  Cooler backpack 

  Cutting board, lightweight and collapsible

  Dog water and food bowls

  Fire starter and matches or lighter

  Firewood tote



  Firewood carrying bag

  Firestarter, lighter, matches 


  Garbage bags

  Grill fork

  Grill mesh bags

  Grill pans

  Grill Tong

  Hand wipes

  Hand sanitizer



  Lanterns, torch lights, or string lights

  Meat Thermometer

  Paper towels

  Plates, silverware, napkins, serving bowls, serving spoons and tongs



   Side Table and mesh net organizer 

  Tablecloth for picnic table and 



  Wine glasses

  Wine opener

  Patagonia Black Hole Gear Tote 61L to pack items in (or other large tote bag or this 29 L Collapsible Tub with Handle-Portable Outdoor Picnic Basket-Space Saving Storage Container

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Disposable Foil Grill Pans with Holes

Foil Grill Pans with Holes, 30 pack disposable

Makes grilling easier and more sanitary. Just put them on the grill grate when using and throw them away after grilling which makes cleanup a snap.

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Heavy Duty Foil

Foil Wrap Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil, 37.5

Heavy duty foil holds up better when you are using it to grill with. 

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Beach Chair Portable

Helinox Chair One Original Lightweight, Compact,

Lightweight, compact chair packs smaller and weighs less than a bottle of wine and is easy to set up.

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Wine or Cocktail Glasses

Wine Glasses Set of 6, plastic

These highly rated wine glasses are lightweight, durable and beautiful. Since storage is limited on the boat, these can also double as whiskey sipping, water or cocktail glasses.

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Food Storage Containers BPA Free

Food Storage Containers BPA Free

4 graduated size containers collapse to 1/3 their original size for flat storage. 

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Bug Swatter Racket Zapper

Bug Zapper Swatter Racket

This rechargeable electric fly swatter racket instantly eliminates mosquitos, flies, fruit flies, gnats, and other pests in a single swing.

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Grill Tongs

Grill Tongs, 17 Inch Extra Long Kitchen Tongs

These grill Tongs are extra long so your hands are far from the heat of your campfire. 

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Insect Repellant

Insect Repellent Repel Plant-Based Lemon Eucalyptus

Researchers found that a repellant  product containing oil of lemon eucalyptus is safer than and is about as effective and as long lasting as products containing DEET.

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Mesh Grill Bag

Mesh Grill Bags Set 2 Reusable Non-Stick Grill Bag

Where has this been my whole life? The grill bag keeps small pieces of food to fall into the grill with each rotation. Makes grilling a breeze!

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Quick Dry Towels

Quick Dry Towel - 3 Size Pack of Lightweight Microfiber Travel Towels w/Bag

Fast drying, multi-purpose, extra plush microfiber towel 3 pack to use for cleanup. 

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Insulated Cooler

Insulated Cooler Backpack Lightweight Soft

Make it easy to carry items from your dinghy to the shore by using this lightweight yet sturdy cooler backpack. 

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Camping Lantern

Camping Light  LED2 Pack Portable LED

Outdoor lighting transforms a picnic into a special experience setting the mood for unforgettable memories. 

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Side Table

Camping Table That Fold Up Lightweight Small Side Table

Folds into the included carry bag. 2 sizes. YOu can also buy their Mesh Net Organizer. 

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