What To Take On Your Next Picnic
Prioper prior planning permits a perfect picnic.
Stick to the essentials but take them....
First of all, don’t take everything in the kitchen and the pantry. You are going for fun and to get out of the apartment or house. It isn’t a time for slavery!
If, on the other hand, you want the simplest picnic basket or cooler, leave the basket or cooler home and stop by a great local pizza place and a supermarket and make the picnic really simple with pizza, root beer, chips, and a suitable dessert (adding gas at the gas station.)
If you really need to impress the person or people going with you on the picnic, then more thought is required, and here are some thoughts to consider along with restroom stops before the trip):
Blanket or washable tablecloth or throw-away plastic
Beverages (cups optional)
Ice enough for the beverages should some warm up during the course of the picnic
Tableware (ritzy rolled up in nice napkins, plastic disposable, chopsticks, extra paper napkins…and toothpicks)
Leak-proof plates (ritzy or simple, your choice, and extras for the one somebody is sure to drop)
Salt & Pepper shakers enough to go around.
Condiments such as pickles, peppers, onions, lettuce, salads, olives, celery, carrot sticks, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire, cheeses and/or cheese slices, etc.)
Ears of corn (cooked or ready to cook with needed cookware)
Rolls (fancy or plain)
Butter (or the one you can't believe is)
Sandwiches or sandwich ingredients, including splurging on a really good bread
Meat (choose from ones you cooked or will cook, deli slices, fried chicken, hot dogs, steaks, etc.)
Watermelon (don’t forget a knife you can slice it with!) or Treats
Other fruits such as grapes, apricots, cherries, apples, pineapple….etc.
Can opener (if needed)
Cooking gear (if you will be cooking on site, and don't forget the matches then, and something to douse the fire with later)
Marshmallows (optional, but utensils to cook them with, if they are to be toasted)
Mosquito repellent (if it is likely to be needed, and remember the flies, ants, and stingers)
Bag some soapy washcloths for wiping, washing, winding up the day’s sticky fingers and faces
Cool sunglasses and the cell phone and camera (are they charged up?)
Gear for swimming (if that is part of the event)
Games for any children attending, unless the location answers the need.
Clothing suited to the time of day (start to finish, remembering that some places get cooler later)
A sunny disposition ready to cope with all the unexpected surprises…maybe include a first aid kit?
Add your own “wow items” and you are set for a great picnic.
If you forget something this time, right it down so you remember it the next time, and have the next picnic soon, so you can improve on this one, and before you can resolve to never, ever go on another one.
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