Packing Cool Refreshments For A Summer Beach Party

Packing Cool Refreshments for beach

For anyone who lives near a beach, the summer is the very best time of the year. School is out, there is no stress of homework or quizzes, and all you have to do is to hang out with your friends at the beach and have a good time. However, we all know hanging out at the beach can get a little hot and de-hydrating. An easy way to fix this quandary when you next host a beach party in the summer is to host it with style and have multiple ice chests full of all sorts of cool and yummy snacks!

There are several fun things to pack that all your friends enjoy and would make your party a success. If making multiple items is too much for you, you can collaborate with your close friends and delegate some of the ideas to them.

  • Drinks

cooled drinks in coolerThe first and most obvious thing to pack are drinks; these should include an assortment of water bottles, juices and sodas. Everyone has their own taste and so the more the variety, the happier the party. Depending on the size of your party, you can decide on the size of the cooler that you need; more people equals bigger cooler and vice versa. Also, ensure before starting to pack all the items that you have enough of each item. If your party is large, be sure to buy a generous amount of ice, water, juices and soda cans.

Start by placing a layer of ice at the bottom, not too thick nor too thin, but still a generous size. Lay down the water bottles on this first layer because the people are sure to want water at the end when they have taken part in beach activities. Then form another layer of ice, and put a mix of juice and soda cans and repeat the process till your cooler is full. Make sure to have ice as the top layer so that coolness remains compact from top to bottom.

  • Ice Lollies

Ice LolliesIf you are assigning each snack to a different friend, then for this snack you will need a small to medium sized ice chest. You or your friend can buy store made ice lollies or, alternately, you can get some fun out of this task and make some ice lollies of your own. There are several different recipes, tips and tricks that you could follow to make unique ice lollies that both look and taste fun. Some examples include ice lollies made from clear soda and jelly candies, or interchangeably with fruit juice and fruit chunks.

Once you have decided on the recipe and made the ice lollies to perfection, you can now start to pack them in to the ice chest. For these the best way is to make a thick bed of ice in the chest and then place the ice lollies still in their moulds into the chest. Then toss a whole lot of ice on top of them so they remain very compactly cool and do not get any chance of melting at all. An important tip to remember is to set up your food and snacks in a shaded area, which can be scarce at the beach so you might want to look into making a temporary one up for yourself.

  • Freezies

These are called different names in different places, but are essentially a tear-able plastic tube filled with flavored liquid which you freeze and then consume. They are basically a stick-less version of ice lollies and are enjoyed in copious amounts by youths and adults alike in the summer. These require a little prep work as well as they come in liquid form and then you freeze as many as you need as per your requirement.

Make an estimate of the number of people coming to your party and how many freezies will be needed depending on that figure. Freeze that many tubes the night before the party, so they are rock solid and fully frozen by the time that you need to pack them and take them to the beach. The ideal way to pack these is also to have layers of ice and the tubes in your cooler. Start as before with a layer of ice and then pile up the freezies, and continue alternating the two, until the cooler is brim full.

  • Snow Cones

Snow ConesEverybody loves snow cones in the winter, when really they are so much more appropriate for the summers as well. The trick to having snow cones in the summer is to have a whole lot ice and crush it in your chopper. There are also snow cone machines to be found which crush the ice for you just the right way; depending on your preference you can opt for either option. You need to also put in some prep work in order to have that crushed ice prepared in advance and packed away. However, if you can arrange a power outlet at the beach, then you could even crush the ice on the spot.

There are some other accessories that you need to pack when planning to make snow cones. You need a few varieties of syrup at hand so different flavors of snow cones can be made according to everyone’s tastes. These would do well to be stored in the ice chest as well so that they remain cool. If left outside they would get warm and when mixed with the snow, they would cause it to melt a lot quicker. You would also need cones to put them in so everyone can hold them easily and eat them.

A summer beach party can be very low maintenance as there is no worrying about the activities to plan out because there is so much to do at the beach at all times. You also do not need to worry about food in the way you would for an average party, as at the beach all anyone wants is something light and refreshing, and a lot of fun!

How To Choose A Wireless Trail Camera

wireless trail camera

Choosing a good-quality wireless trail camera doesn’t have to be as complex as the technology involved with getting one to work. You really don’t have to be some sort of techno-guru to find one that works well for your needs, and operates without much complex maneuvering on your part. A good trail camera should be about as easy to set up and use as a cell phone, and as many wireless trail cameras today rely on the phone to send pictures wirelessly, wrapping one’s head around picking a good trail camera shouldn’t be too difficult at all.

Quickly Guide

Battery-Operated-12MP-Digital-Wireless-Trail-cameraNow, perhaps one of the most important things to consider when choosing a wireless trail camera is just how durable and long-lasting the battery on the camera is. Wireless trail cams, as opposed to other trail cameras, are designed to be set up and left alone for days or weeks on end. Therefore, it is very important that you choose a camera that can last for that long. To find this out will require more than just taking a casual glance at a camera’s product information page, or box at the outdoors retailer. User reviews are especially useful in this regard, as those who have used the camera before will be sure to know just how much the battery can hold, and just how fast the camera drains that battery. Especially look for comments regarding whether or not a camera was able to remain operational for long periods of time, even in bad weather. If there are no complaints about the camera’s battery, you may have a camera worth buying on your hands.

Of course, a good battery isn’t the “be all, end all” of a wireless camera. Because most wireless cameras send their pictures through email or through some kind of smartphone app, wireless cameras will need to connect to the internet in some way to do this. This, admittedly, makes them less useful in areas with little to no phone signal, but the point of the matter is, they’ll need to communicate with nearby cell towers to even work. Because of this, it would be convenient for you to look for a wireless camera compatible with your cell phone carrier’s SIM card. SIM cards are what allow cellular devices and wireless cameras to communicate with cell phone carriers, such as AT&T or Verizon. Without a proper SIM card, your cellphone or wireless device would have no network to connect to when sending texts or receiving email, and wireless cameras work the same way. Look into if a wireless camera will support SIM cards from your cell phone service provider. While you could just use a SIM card from a service provider different from the one servicing your cell phone, it’s often more financially sound to keep all of your wireless devices with one service provider and one bill; getting that SIM card will also require getting a data plan from a cell phone carrier, so keep that in mind when searching for wireless cameras.


While things like range and how fast the camera goes off are also essential in looking for a wireless camera, the above are two vital points to consider that are unique to how wireless cameras work. Just remember to look for a camera with a good battery, and one that will work with SIM cards from your cell phone servicer. Keeping these in mind should reduce the headache and stress of looking for a wireless camera, so you can keep your focus on just where to set the thing up!

How Did I Choose A Fish Finder


I absolutely love fishing. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s a great way for me to stay in touch with nature while bonding with my family. Here’s the story of my experience taking a trip to the Florida Keys and fishing for swordfish and grouper.

The group heading out was me, my wife Michelle and my two dogs (Larry and Moe). We were going to meet up with my dad, who lives down there. He and I have been fishing together since forever. The dogs absolutely love the water–they’re always out there with me and their favorite thing to do is to jump into the water and swim around as soon as they can.

Michelle was feeling kind of tired the first morning, so she ended up staying back that day. My dad and I headed out on the ocean on a beautiful, bright morning. There were puffy cirrus clouds in the sky, and the ocean reflected the sky as a slightly deeper blue. The sun glittered dazzlingly on the water, which was very calm. What a beautiful day to be out!

how did i choose a fish finder

First we had to catch some bait fish. After using our trusty fish finder to identify where the best fish would be, we cast our big net and drew it back in. There were lots of fish, and they were a perfect size! We whooped for joy when we realized the fish finder had worked perfectly, since it was only our third time using it.

There was a bird out there who landed on our boat, clearly exhausted and stranded out there with heavy winds. He was skinny and I wanted to help him get back to land, so I caught him without much resistance and put him in a box to stay safe until we could bring him back. We also saw dolphins swimming alongside the boat, and laughed when we joked that they were fishing, too.

Our fish finder located a decent-sized swordfish swimming near the boat. That was what we were looking for, and he bit! We caught him! We whooped again. He was going to be delicious. We headed back immediately because we wanted to keep the fish cold.

When we got back, Larry and Moe were barking with excitement. We let the bird go and he seemed perfectly fine! Then, with the dogs watching and licking their chops (they wanted some!), I filleted the fish and put it on ice in the cooler, planning to cook some of it a few hours later. We grilled swordfish steaks, and wow, what a delicious fish.

The next day, we went out in search of grouper. Luckily, Michelle was feeling better, so she came with us too. After some searching, the fish finder once again did its job perfectly. We successfully caught several grouper using a mechanical reel (because groupers are deeper and we were reeling them in from thousands of feet). The grouper were at least as big as my torso! Michelle was proud to say she caught the biggest one, which was about four feet long.

lowrance elite 5 hdi fish finderWithout the fish finder, we would not have been nearly as successful as we were. I can’t overemphasize how valuable these devices are.

If you decide to buy a fish finder, choosing fish finder as your means of locating the perfect fish finder brand and model for your individual needs. Everyone’s needs are different, and just like me, you deserve a means of identifying the right product for yours. Luckily, you have the option to choose finder reviews to do so. It’s a modern device (a fish finder), with an equally modern means of choosing the right one (reviews).