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Packing a picnic lunch seems pretty straightforward, but there are a few things you should keep in mind in order for your lunch to be healthy, delicious and safe. When packing your lunch, think about how long you plan to be at the beach and when you plan to eat. If you will be at the beach all day, you may want to bring snacks as well as a lunch. Consider packing some fruit, celery sticks, carrots or pieces of melon to snack on. Avoid salty snacks, since they tend to dehydrate you, or be sure to pack plenty of water to offset the effects of the potato chips and pretzels if you cannot resist. Pack sandwiches, but hold the mayonnaise, since it spoils easily. Other condiments can make your sandwich bread soggy, so get some restaurant-sized packs of ketchup, mustard, and relish, and apply them just before eating. Make sure you include ice packs if your sandwiches contain meat or dairy to keep them from spoiling, also. Pack plenty of drinks - especially water and juices - and if you bring along items such
|Sheri Ann Richerson|