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Picnic Packing Essentials

Pack the perfect summer picnic to enjoy with the whole family.

Imagine yourself getting away from swarms of people while enjoying some quality time with your family and the beauty of nature. The wind is rustling through the trees, bees are buzzing from flower to flower. The sun is shining brightly and you don’t have a care in the world. Lie back on a soft blanket, enjoy a delicious meal and relax while you listen to your children laugh and play. A picnic lunch is a great way to make fond memories of spending time with your family.

Picnic Basket

Picnic Packing Essentials
A summer picnic is a great way to enjoy some food, drinks and time with your family. Find out what you need to pack for the perfect picnic.

It doesn’t matter if you want the old-fashioned wicker basket or an insulated tote bag; you’ll need something to carry your picnic supplies in. It may seem obvious, but choose a basket that will fit all of your food and whatever you’re not throwing in the cooler.


A picnic wouldn’t feel right without a soft blanket to lie down on the ground. You’ll be able to relax in the sun and shade and enjoy a picnic lunch on a perfect summer’s day.

Food & Beverage

Plan ahead to guarantee a perfect picnic menu. Choose foods that require little work to make and eat. Sandwiches, salads, fruit and vegetables are easy picnic food. Throw snacks, such as chips and nuts, in the picnic basket or tote as well. Pack kid-friendly and adult beverages. Bottled water will help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Sandwiches, salads, and beverages can be stacked neatly in a cooler to keep items in place. A cooler with rolling wheels is great over flat terrain or if there are some bumps along away. Use ice packs in your cooler to keep your cold food cold.


Use this helpful checklist to make sure you have everything you need for the perfect picnic.

Bring along disposable plates so you don’t have to pack up dirty dishes when the picnic is through. Also bring disposable cutlery to use. Reusable food containers are perfect for packing food, and you won’t have to worry about spills and messes.

You may want to think about bringing along a cutting board for meats, fruits, cheese and bread. Don’t forget to bring a knife. Remember to keep all knives and sharp tools away from children.

If you’re looking to relax with a drink or two,be sure to bring a corkscrew and bottle opener.

Cleanup Supplies

In case there is a mess, bring along some moist wipes to take care of sticky fingers. Also bring paper towel or napkins. Make sure you clean up before you head home. Put all of your trash in a garbage bag so other families can enjoy the outdoors, too.

Games for the Whole Family

Don’t forget to enjoy your relaxing day by bringing along some fun games that your whole family can play together. Go head to head in a competitive game of bean bag toss, or a different fun lawn game. Bring along a baseball and some baseball gloves to play a relaxing game of catch.

Other Items to Keep in Mind

Whenever you’re going to be outside for a long period of time, it’s a good idea to bring along some bug spray. You should also pack sunscreen to keep everyone protected from UV rays. It also won’t hurt to pack a small first aid kit in case there are any mishaps at the picnic.

Once you have all your supplies together, you can enjoy the perfect day with your family on a summer picnic.


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