Enjoying Wine at the Beach

by Monica Bennion on August 23, 2015

DRINK YOUR WINE – WEEK 7
Life’s A Beach

People Drinking Wine at the BeachWelcome to Week 7 of our Drink Your Wine Campaign.  This week we’re going to relax a little and bask in the sunshine and sand with a day at the beach.  With summer winding down, there’s not much time left to enjoy the great outdoors.  So break out the beach towels, fill up the ice chest and don’t forget your Tote & Able Canteen…we’re going to the beach!

Since most beaches don’t allow glass containers, our Tote & Able Canvas Canteens are perfect to take along for a day at the beach.  These spill-proof, lightweight canteens are BPA free and have an airtight liner which holds a full 750 ml of wine.  Wine stays in, sand stays out.  See our selection of Tote & Able Canteens.

PLAN A DAY AT THE BEACH

Catalina Cherry Cove2-3 DAYS OUT

  • Choose a favorite beach or search the National Parks & Beaches directory for a new one to try – don’t forget the day use fee and be prepared with cash.
  • Watch the weather for storms, hurricanes and other inclement weather patterns.
  • Shop for your food, snacks and beverages.
  • Clean the ice chest, portable grill and your Tote & Able Canvas Canteen
  • Wash the beach towels and blankets and make sure any other items you’re taking (i.e. umbrellas, chairs, radios, cameras, etc.) are working properly and have new batteries.
  • If you’re taking the munchkins, keep beach toys to a minimum.  A few buckets and shovels and a ball or two should be just fine.  They’ll likely be in the water for the better part of the day.
  • If you’re taking the fur-kids, again keep beach toys to a minimum.  A Frisbee and ball are great (don’t forget the plastic bags for clean-up duty).
  • Life jackets!  There should be one for each person and dog (especially if you have dogs like mine, Corgis).

Fill ToteDAY OF TRIP

  • Pack the ice chest with your food, snacks and beverages – and don’t forget to fill a Tote & Able Canteen (or two) with your favorite wines!
  • If you don’t like the idea of drinking directly from the canteen, take along some shatter-proof wine glasses.  Frozen grapes make excellent ice cubes and won’t water down your wine.
  • Pack a few tote bags with the beach towels, blankets, radio, camera, garbage bags and other necessities.
  • Don’t forget the sunscreen!  Protect yourself at the beach with good sunscreen and apply it before you leave and throughout the day.  Bring some Aloe Vera gel or lotion if you feel a sunburn coming on.
  • Pack some extra clothing for everyone.  It can get wet and sandy at the beach – nothing worse than having to make that ride home.
  • Load everything and everyone up and hit the road!

Corgis at the beachAT THE BEACH

  • Find a spot that has good water visibility, so if your kids or dogs go in the water you can keep an eye on them.
  • Stake your claim and roll out the blanket, set up your chairs, pop open the umbrella, turn up some tunes and sit back and relax with your Tote & Able Canvas Canteen filled with Scott Harvey Wine.
  • Enjoy some lunch and snacks, and don’t forget to drink plenty of water!  The sun and sand can dehydrate you quickly.

CLEAN UP

  • Keep Beach CleanJust like our day hike, “carry out what you carry in”.  The only thing you should leave behind are some footprints in the sand.
  • Shake off the beach blanket and towels, roll them up and put them back in your tote bag, trying to leave as much sand as possible at the beach.
  • Do a quick double take of your surroundings to make sure that you didn’t leave anything behind (i.e. kids, dogs, trash, etc.).

BACK AT HOME

  • Unpack the car in the driveway!  You will be surprised at how much sand you brought home.  In the driveway, shake out the towels, blankets and tote bags.  Wipe off the chairs, ice chest, umbrellas, kids and dogs.
  • Toss the trash and put away any food, snacks and beverages that weren’t consumed.  If there’s still some wine in your canteen, it’s still good, pop that in the fridge for tomorrow.  If it’s empty, clean it out with a bottle brush or warm soapy water.
  • Take a shower before bed!  Instead of cursing the sand you thought you left at the beach but instead is covering your body, think of it as a natural body scrub and enjoy the extra exfoliation.
  • Drink some water.  A day at the beach can be a lot of fun, but it can also lead to dehydration, and you don’t want to wake up tomorrow feeling icky.  Chug a few cups of water before bed and throughout the next day.
  • Share your pictures with friends and family on Facebook, Instagram and other social media sites.



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