After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s only natural to want to spend as much time as possible outdoors in the spring and summer months. And one great way to enjoy the nice weather with friends and family is to have a picnic. What to bring on a picnic? Well, there’s the obvious – food and drink, utensils and plates, ice to keep everything cold and a blanket to sit on. But there’s more to pack for the perfect picnic. Here’s a look:
- Games: If you want to make your picnic an event, make sure to bring toys and game. A beach ball, football or kite is always a good idea, but to really spice it up, consider bringing something like a piñata. The kids will love it!
- Sunscreen and bug spray: Be sure to protect yourself from the sun and the bugs that are likely to be interested in you and your food.
- Towelettes and hand sanitizer: If you’re holding a picnic in the park or another public location, there’s a good chance you might not have access to running water. Towelettes and hand sanitizer can help keep you clean and kill any germs as well.
- Trash bags: Don’t forget about this picnic essential, so you can gather all your waste. You don’t want to litter.
- Food covers: When you’re outdoors, you’re also likely to deal with bugs! So be sure to bring food covers so that none of the little critters get into your edibles.
- Your iPod: A little bit of summer time tunes can really help take a picnic to a whole new level of fun. We recommend purchasing a portable speaker to hook up to your mp3 player to really make the music audible.
When you’re planning a picnic, it’s crucial not just to pack the essentials, but to also remember the little things that might fall by the wayside when you’re preparing for the event.