That staple of parties and receptions, raw veggies with dip -- crudités, if you want to get fancy -- can easily move to the beach. Raw vegetables are, of course, good for you. They're loaded with vitamins, high in fiber and low in fat. But they're also cool, crunchy and refreshing.
Try celery sticks, whole baby carrots, broccoli and cauliflower florets, slices or sticks of raw cucumber, zucchini or yellow squash, cherry or grape tomatoes -- whatever's available in the store or your garden. Wash ahead of time. A mild solution of vinegar and water should do the trick. Pack in plastic bags or containers, and if you won't be using a cooler, adding small bags of ice can help keep the veggies cool and crisp.
Add small containers of hummus or low-fat dressing for dipping, and you're all set.