How to Plan the Perfect Picnic

In the summertime when the weather is hot

You can stretch right up and touch the sky – Mungo Jerry

 

Or, you can pack the best picnic and head out for the day. Picnics don’t take too much planning and they don’t cost much either. And are among the most relaxing activities you can do.  

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Perfect picnic spots

Meadow Picnic 

You might be fortunate and live next to a picnic park, or you have a great space not too far – these are usually top choice for picnics. If you have nothing, the backyard is a perfect substitute.

Forest Picnic

This can feel really magical for kids and rather romantic for adults. With opportunities for exploration, rivers, fallen leaves, and rocks to climb it can be a really fun (and cost-effective) day.

Beach Picnic

This one might take the most amount of commitment but can also come with the sea air and sand between your toes. This is great for watching the sun as it hits the water at night, and giving the whole family that ‘mini break’ feeling.

What to pack

While sandwiches are great, if you have enough time you can pack something a little bit more special. You can make these yourself or just have a little splurge and buy it all. Here are some perfect picks:

  • Black Bean & Corn Salad
  • Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
  • Flapjacks / Granola Bars
  • Couscous Salad
  • Cornish Pasties
  • Feta Cheese and Tomato Tarts
  • Sausage Rolls
  • Sun Dried tomatoes / Olives / Artichokes
  • Tortilla Pizza

For drinks, think about packing a few options. Water, juices, or cloudy pink lemonade are all great choices.

How to Pack Your Picnic

Once you have got all of your food prepped, keeping it safe on the way to the location can be a little bit difficult – unless you pack well. Tupperware (read this cooler review blog to get the best), and some Tupperware.

Here are some extra tips:

  • Oily food travels well.
  • Make sure you move things from the fridge straight into the cooler box, so there is no drop-in temperature.
  • You will need to tidy down, and there is nothing worse than having uneaten food, squashed up next to the half-eaten food. Bring some empty sandwich bags and appropriately sized trash bags to take care of waste.
  • Face cloths or wet wipes for cleaning up dirty/sticky hands and faces, and cleaning down any cutlery, so it is easier to give it a good clean when you get home.

When you are having a picnic, be mindful of the space you are in, forests, meadows, and beaches have a lot of wildlife and will be used by other people too. So be sure to take great care in cleaning up leftover food crumbs or spills and wrappers or anything that wouldn’t usually be in their environment.

What’s your favorite picnic food?

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