So, I took a “few” extra things along on the Seaside trip 🙂
There was plenty of room and I always enjoy using my stuff. It is more effort to pack and keep track of everything, but in other ways it makes it more fun. I know I can make the food & drink I like…and serve it up the way I want…and isn’t that part of the getaway?
So here’s my traveling inventory from the center photo…and then some stuff in use shots. See if you can match them up ~~~
Of course, the cordless Margaritaville Frozen Concoction Maker (best drink maker, ever!)
The Bar Box that goes on every beach trip or tailgate adventure…useful stuff for the bartender and cook. Carries our favorite bar tools and makes serving appetizers so much easier.
Oh, and the cook’s knives. I have accumulated a bunch of inexpensive (but really sharp!) knives with individual sheath covers. One night ages ago in a moment of inspiration, I made a knife roll from a pillow case, embroidery stitching, and seam tape from the sewing box…and it works perfectly for these kinds of trips. I hate the knives in rental kitchens. What’s the point of buying just baked bread and perfectly ripe peaches at the local farmer’s market and then mutilating them with dull knives?! Sliced strawberries and yogurt parfaits for breakfast 🙂 .
The Lily Pulitzer insulated bag, cups, plates and assorted picnic things that were this year’s birthday gift from Bluwaterguy. Does he know me well or what? That handles lunch time beach picnics, cocktails at sunset, breakfast coffee…and saves me from too much improvisational tablescaping (a holdover from my Visual Merchandising days).
My Key West Tervis Tumblers, bought ages ago at a kitchen show…it makes me happy to drink from my own cups. And this year’s really cool and useful thing you never heard of before, but once you used it, wonder how you got along with out it…the cup holder sand spike! Found these at Swoozie’s just before we left. Shove them in the sand and they hold your drink (or whatever) without getting the cup all sandy!
And beach towels, beach blanket, water bottles, a couple of plastic trays for lots of uses…and…for cocktail or dinner time ambiance, votive candles!
Believe it or not, I do know how to travel light. I do it all the time when I fly, but when I don’t have to, I would rather have stuff along for the trip. We enjoy using it all. Bluwaterguy is a good sport about it, and a professional car packer.
I prep it, he packs it, and we both enjoy it.
That works, don’t cha think? Bluwatergal