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What To Take On Your Next Picnic

Updated on June 9, 2012

Prioper prior planning permits a perfect picnic.

What was it we forgot last time?
What was it we forgot last time? | Source

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)

Honey

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)

Sunscreen

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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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Planning took us to a fun place, for a fun time together.

This picnic-in-the-park had simple food for all, plenty of time to visit, and play areas for the children.  Near perfect.
This picnic-in-the-park had simple food for all, plenty of time to visit, and play areas for the children. Near perfect. | Source

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      Dhan kumar gurung 5 years ago from Gyan photo Studio Simjungimjung 9 Baluwa Bazaar Gorlha Gandaki Nepal Gorkha nepal

      thank you

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      tirelesstraveler: Great days and evenings ahead for picnics, but today with its sustained winds of 40-50 miles per hour would have called for a Plan B, and that just might be a good idea in planning any picnic.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Planning a picnic for some friends. Thanks for great ideas.

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      I think I'm going to be planning that for next week - thank you! :)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      MelChi: Maybe a fun "winter thing" for couples to do would be to have a fire in the fireplace, a picnic on the livingroom rug, and toast marshmallows?

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is great! Now I really can't wait for winter (although I love it) to end here so that we can go for a picnic. Voted up, awesome and useful!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. my favorite was the games (big)

      or being a kid again (intimate)

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Angela Brummer: May your next picnic be everything I thought it could be. Thanks for the votes, too.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great list! This is handy! Not forgetting to charge batteries is a great thing to mention also.