Planning a picnic lunch is a great way to enjoy the summer weather and spend some quality time together as a family. But, nothing ruins a picnic faster than forgetting to pack some essentials. Here are some tips to help make sure your picnic is a success!
1. Keep the food simple
Picnic food needs to be easy to pack and serve. It also helps if it can be made ahead of time so you aren't bringing a lot of condiments or kitchen tools along. Here are some suggestions for easy to pack, pre-made foods:
2. Safety first
Don't forget hats for everyone, sunscreen, bug repellant and a first aid kit.
It's also essential to keep your food cold until you are ready to eat. Food can start to spoil in about an hour once its out in the sun. A great way to keep your food cold is to use frozen juice boxes and water bottles. This is a great space saver too since you won't have to pack ice packs as well as drinks. Try not to pack too much extra food – anything not eaten will likely spoil before you get home and will have to be thrown out.
3. Plan ahead
Here's a checklist of some essential items, regardless of what you've packed to eat:
4. Don’t forget the fun!
Bring some activities you can do toether as a family – baseball equipment, a beach ball or frisbee to toss around, bubbles and sand toys for little ones. And, don't forget your camera to capture those precious family memories!