Ray-Ban, Banana Boat®, and Tea at the Beach!

Tea at the beach is not always something that comes to mind when loading up the cooler and the car and rounding up the kids. But tea is a great thirst quencher in that hot sun.

There are many pre-made bottled teas (most of the best known brands in tea as well as some lesser known brands seem to have their versions) that may not taste quite as fresh as what you make yourself but can certainly offer a convenient alternative. They come in a variety of flavors, such as lemon, raspberry, pomegranate, mango, blueberry, passionfruit, watermelon, peach, and a host of combinations available both sweetened and unsweetened. Even better is that they are not all made from the same boring black tea (usually Orange Pekoe). Green and white teas are also now showing up with regularity in these bottles.

Steep your blooming tea, remove the bloom, and carry the tea with you to the beach in this stylish travel mug. Works with green, white, and black teas, too!
Steep your blooming tea, remove the bloom, and carry the tea with you to the beach in this stylish travel mug. Works with green, white, and black teas, too!

Skip the bottle by steeping up your own tea. Many folks put ice in their tea to chill it, but you can also pour the tea into bottles (after it’s cooled to room temperature) and then chill the bottles overnight in the refrigerator. Load up the cooler the next day with these bottles of tea and plenty of ice. The tea will be cold but not get diluted by the ice. Another alternative is to steep the tea, chill it overnight in the refrigerator, and then pour some in your travel mug. A great option if you’re the only tea drinker in the crowd. The kids and spouse can have their lemonade or fruit juices (or maybe some iced coffee) while you hog the good stuff!

Whichever way you choose to stock up on your tea, be sure to bring enough to last awhile. And, of course, some suitable beach time treats like cold fried chicken (or even chicken nuggets that were cooked and then put in the refrigerator overnight), fresh fruits and veggies, salads (preferably that don’t contain mayonnaise), hard-boiled eggs, and cheeses that will taste good and maybe even a little better when they are a bit warm.

Ray-Ban Liteforce Tech sunglasses
Ray-Ban Liteforce Tech sunglasses

Don’t forget those Ray-Bansor other sunglasses to protect your sensitive “peepers” from the bright sun made even brighter by being reflected off of the waves and sand. They also cut down on glare so you can see important things like the hunky lifeguar… uh, I mean, the label on your bottle of tea more clearly.

Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion
Banana Boat Natural Reflect Sunscreen Lotion

Stay safe in the sun, too, especially since that tea will make you feel nice and cool so you may not realize how hot the sun is on your skin. That’s where sunscreen comes in handy. Banana Boat® is my favorite. The scent just says Summer! And they stand up to salt water, sun, sand, sweat, wind, and melted ice cream from that cone your son or daughter wanted you to hold while they went to play in the waves.

Lifeguards at Bethany Beach Delaware (photo posted on Facebook and taken by Shelley Jacobs Rodner)
Lifeguards at Bethany Beach Delaware (photo posted on Facebook and taken by Shelley Jacobs Rodner)

My thanks to Shelley Jacobs Rodnerfor her beach updates that inspired this article. Oh, and for that special photo of the hunky… uh, professional and ever vigilant lifeguards!

See also:
Is That Bottled Stuff Really Tea?

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4 thoughts on “Ray-Ban, Banana Boat®, and Tea at the Beach!

  1. Admirable product placement! Tea at the beach makes perfect sense. An experience for the taste buds to accompany the light, warm aroma of sea water and sand.

    1. A.C. Cargill

      Well, since we got paid nothing by the product companies, this is simply my way of illustrating my article, not true product placement. 🙂

      1. I realize that, and I find that social media provides us writers with an interesting and very human way to somehow acknowledge each other’s endeavors with no strings attached. You could have mentioned the sun glasses without offering a link. You could have chosen a generic brand, but you opted for common courtesy, which is what social media is all about. It shows integrity. I appreciate that and I know that readers who read our blogs appreciate that as well.

      2. A.C. Cargill

        Thanks! As long as a product does not compete with something sold by the blog owners, I like to give it a plug. I am an equal opportunity promoter whenever possible and a cheerleader for others’ success! Woohoo! 🙂

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