Mary has written tons of articles encouraging families to get involved in activities that bring them together.
Picnics are a perfect escape from the harsh realities of work and life — the one opportunity to be with friends and family without having to worry about anything else. And yeah, with plenty of food and drinks.
To ensure you have the best of times and fun when out having a picnic, these nine essentials are a must-have. Enjoy!
It's fun to dine al fresco in the sunshine, but too much time in the sun might be bad for your skin. Packing sunscreen can ensure that your picnic will be remembered for the good times you had rather than the painful sunburns. Skin damage may still occur even under the shade of an umbrella or a tree, even though you're protected from the sun.
2. Picnic Blanket
If you're not going to an area where there are already picnic tables set up, bring a blanket to lay out your food and a chair to sit on. It doesn't matter what kind of blanket you use; even an old comforter, tablecloth, or flat bed sheet will suffice. To keep you dry when the ground is wet, picnic blankets are designed with a waterproof liner on one side.
3. Ice Packs
The best way to ensure the safety of your food is to store it in an ice chest or cooler until you're ready to serve it. A thermos may be used to store hot food at a safe temperature above 140 degrees Fahrenheit for your picnic. Food poisoning may occur if it is kept between 40 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit, a dangerous temperature range for bacteria to grow.
Drinks may be shared relatively easily if they are offered in bottles rather than pitchers of sweet tea (or sangria). Individual cups aren't necessary with reusable little bottled beverages, so packing and cleaning up afterward is easier. Bottles, unlike pitchers, are less prone to spill if refrigerated and function as additional ice packs to keep heat-sensitive items cool. Additionally, picnickers who are prone to spills may appreciate the convenience of resealable bottles.
Bring flowers, candles, and a lighter for a more romantic lunch, especially if your picnic spot already has a romantic vibe. However, it is important that you verify the park or natural area's fire rules to make sure you and the environment are safe. Fires may be started by even the smallest of open flames, such as candles and cigarettes. You must be very cautious if you burn candles and make sure they are totally extinguished before you pack up and leave.
6. Plates and Utensils
When you're done eating your peanut butter and jelly sandwich, you can simply wipe your hands on your shorts. A decent table setup, on the other hand, will give your picnic an air of exclusivity. You can use your finest china, crystal, silver, and table linens, or you can choose to use disposable plates, cups, cutlery, and napkins, depending on the occasion and location of your picnic. If your picnic location is close by, then there's no need to produce more trash by using non-disposable plates, cups, utensils, and napkins; just make sure you have enough for everyone.
Think about using wine glass holders that can be screwed into the ground. It's preferable to have a wooden cutting board available for cutting things like bread while you're on grass or sand since it may also serve as an additional serving dish. Do not forget the bottle openers. Things should be packed properly to prevent damage.
7. Bottle Opener
If you don't pack these essentials, you'll wish you hadn't taken your picnic outside the backyard in the first place. It's important to remember to take a device for opening a bottle of wine, imported sparkling water, or any other beverage that demands more than your bare hands.
8. Knife and Cutting Board
Bring a cutting board and knife for slicing up cheese, charcuterie, fruit, and bread while you're out and about. Sandwiches may be freshened up by preparing them on the spot. By so doing, you get to avoid having soggy bread. Just the perishable components, rather than the whole sandwich will need to be chilled.
9. A Portable Picnic Table
A picnic table is ideal for preparing and serving food and beverages in the great outdoors. Portable picnic tables are a great investment. Depending on the number of visitors, you can arrange them in a variety of ways. To keep your food safe from opportunistic crawling visitors, you may use this to add height to your picnic's aesthetic appeal.