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Gluten-Free Beach Essentials

by Elyse the Gluten-Free Foodee
Gluten-Free Beach Essentials

Going to the beach when living gluten-free, brings with it some unique challenges. However, with some preparation, and planning, you can have an amazing beach day. That’s why we are sharing our list of the best gluten-free beach essentials.

These gluten-free beach essentials mainly focus on keeping gluten-free food safely stored, so as not to have you lug around unnecessary items, plus, having a selection of snacks and foods so you aren’t left trying to find a gluten-free substitute, where there might not be one.

There are many product recommendations on this list. No matter the claim, you should always read the labels of the products you are using, to ensure they truly are gluten-free. This is because products made in different areas or even a new flavour or formula can alter their gluten status.

Gluten-Free Beach Essentials

Summer beauty beach bag

There are many beauty products to help protect your skin, and keep you looking your best at the beach. You can read about them from our friends at Older Slightly Wiser. Simply check that the brands you use are gluten-free, such as SuperGoop, Beach Bum, and Fenty.


Having great gluten-free snacks with you is very important, as you may not have access to gluten-free snacks, at the beach, boardwalk, or a nearby grocery store. For delicious gluten-free snack ideas, read our list of the best gluten-free snacks on the go list.

A Cooler

A sturdy cooler or cold bag is essential if you are bringing perishable foods like meats, cheeses, dips, or even to hold cold drinks. If necessary you may want a separate cooler for gluten-free foods. This is especially true if you are going with a large group, and have multiple coolers.

Plastic containers

Ensure that you bring a few extra empty containers. This allows you to downsize leftovers while keeping gluten-free foods clearly identified.


Make sure you bring the appropriate gluten-free bun for your proteins. For example, cold cuts pair well with soft buns or regular gluten-free bread. Hamburger buns and hot dog buns are also a must, as you may not be able to get ones you like locally.

Meats and proteins

It is easier to minimize cross-contact by using all gluten-free meats or proteins, rather than cooking regular and gluten-free burgers, hot dogs, etc., on the same grill. Everyone can have their own type of bun, as those come in separate bags, as long as you don’t toast regular buns on the same grill. It also makes packing easier, if you don’t have to bring two kinds of hot dogs, burgers, etc… Not to mention it makes those who are gluten-free feel less singled out if everyone is having the same food.

Gluten-free marshmallows

Bring marshmallows with you and pair them with gluten-free chocolate (check out our ultimate gluten-free chocolate guide for safe choices) and gluten-free graham crackers to make s’mores.

Tip: Always keep chocolate bars cold in the cooler. This way they won't melt until it's time for the s'mores.

Gluten-free condiments

You need condiments for sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, and more. Not everyone thinks to read condiment labels looking for gluten, but it can be in many of your favourites. Remember that any condiments that may contain egg, cream, and/or dairy need to be kept cold to ensure food safety.
Check out our ultimate guide to condiments:

Phone Charger

A portable phone charger is always a must, as you may want/ or need to use your phone.

Waterproof portable speaker

Music helps to make your beach day all the more fun.

A set of reusable plates

One way to help keep the carbon footprint of your beach day down, is to use reusable items over disposable ones. A set of reusable plates and cutlery is perfect to bring with you. You can use different colour plates to help keep gluten and gluten-free plates separate from one another.

First aid kit

No beach day is complete without having a first aid kit on hand.


Make sure to have plenty of water and drinks available to you. You can also bring a gluten-free water enhancer, like Mio, to add flavour to plain water.

These gluten-free beach essentials will have you safely enjoying your beach outing.

What are some of your gluten-free beach essentials?
Let us know in the comments below.
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