Summer is here and fall is nearly upon us, which means picnic season is in full swing. That makes right now is an ideal time to picnic. To make your picnic a great experience, here are some helpful picnic ideas:

1. Keep the Food Simple.

A picnic is all about the environment and the experience of eating outside, so there’s no need to go crazy with fancy food prep unless you want to. You can enjoy the scenery and fresh air as well while eating a salad or sandwiches as you could while eating caviar.

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2. Keep Cold Food Cold.

Picnics tend to happen in warm weather, so make sure that you bring enough ice packs and coolers to keep your food at safe temperatures. This is especially important for items like lunch meat or potato salad, which tend to go bad quickly at warm temperatures.

If you’re going to be at your picnic spot for a while before or after your meal, put your cooler in a shady spot rather than in your car, as the shade will help your cooler remain cold longer.

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3. Remember Plates, Silverware, and Napkins.

This seems obvious, But how many picnics have you been to where someone has forgotten to bring silverware? So be smarter than the average picnic person and remember to pack utensils! If you want to make your picnic a little more luxurious-feeling (and greener to boot), bring reusable plates and silverware.

Try buying some plastic dishes from Goodwill for picnics and just throw them in a bag whenever you’re heading out to eat all fresco. Bring regular silverware from our kitchen. Another idea: pack sandwiches in containers that can double as plates. For instance, a sandwich can be packed in a square Rubbermaid container, and then the lid can serve as a plate.

4. Consider Seating.

If your picnic spot has benches and tables, you’re good to go. But if not, bring a large blanket and/or lawn chairs so you’ve got a comfy place to eat and enjoy the outdoors.

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5. Bring Some Just-in-Case Items.

You don’t need to bring something for every possible situation, but here are a few helpful extras:

  • A washcloth for sticky messes napkins can’t handle
  • Extra water for rinsing hands and washing small sticky faces
  • Bug repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Band-aids
  • Bags or containers for leftovers

Fall and winter will be here again before we know it, so get out there and take advantage of the warmth while you can! What are some of your favorite picnic dishes and recipes? Have we missed a hot tip on the perfect picnic? Let us know below!