Picnic Planning Tips
Planning a picnic is fun and easy. A picnic doesn’t involve cooking while you are out so you don’t have to bring any cooking supplies. All of your food is made beforehand. This means that you just get to enjoy the meal as well as the company. In fact, your main objective when planning a picnic is to make sure that nothing disrupts the fun flow of it. No matter where you are you can have a picnic, this is a great way to explore a new area where you live or where you are taking a trip too!!
Keep the Bugs Away
Just about the only thing that can disrupt your picnic is the insect population. Thankfully, there are some really simple tips to keep the bugs from bothering you as you enjoy your outdoor meal.
Sprinkle cornstarch around the area. All you need to do is draw a line around your perimeter with cornstarch. The ants won’t cross it and you can enjoy your meal ant free. If children are there, give them some cornstarch to play with. The texture of it grabs their attention when they mix it with water.
Squeeze a lemon. Bring a couple of lemons along. They work great for adding flavor to salads and drinks, but they also keep pests away. Squeeze out the lemon juice on your salad or drunks. Leave the remains out to discourage pests.
Cover your drinks. Pack your drinks in mason jars. Use paper or cardboard cutouts to cover the top, poking a hole in them to insert a straw.
Items to Bring
Other than your insect repellents, you are going to need a few more items. Remember to pack the list below to ensure a pleasant picnic experience.
Blanket: You need something to sit on.
Basket or something else to hold picnic items.
Food: Usually meat, side, salad, and simple dessert.
First Aid kit, just in case.
Napkins or wet naps.
Optional: Music source, camera, candles, matches, and hobby supplies (pencils, paper, etc).
Pack Safe Meats
Not all meats do well at picnics. Fried chicken does well as long as it isn’t left out too long. However, you want to avoid things like ham and ham salad. Whatever you bring should already be cooked. Leftovers are perfect for a nice simple picnic.
In the heat, lettuce tends to wilt. You can forage for your own salad items if you know the area and are comfortable foraging. You can use a cold pasta salad with vinegar or olive oil instead of a green salad. You might also use a bean salad. If you don’t want a salad, just pack loose vegetables and fruits that can eaten with your fingers.
Dessert can be in the form of raw fruit or something you already prepared. Brownies and cookies are easy enough to bring to a picnic. Just be aware that some icing or chocolate may melt before you eat it.
A side can be as simple as you want it to be. Bring chips, vegetables, or anything else that is simple to pack and will hold up well in the weather.
Part of planning a picnic is knowing what the other people like. Other than that, use as much finger food as possible so you don’t have to carry a lot of utensils.