You’re all set for your spring picnic with delicious sandwiches, potato salad, and even your famous homemade cupcakes. But besides your favorite picnic foods, there are a few more things you should be sure you don’t forget when planning your outdoor adventure. We’ve put together this list of 10 essential items to make your picnic as enjoyable as possible.
A corkscrew is one of the number one things people forget to include in their picnic pack. When you’ve taken the time to pack that bottle of Pinot Noir, don’t forget to throw a corkscrew into your basket as well.
To transport your goodies to your picnic location, nothing works better than a PieBox. You won’t end up with a gooey mess of filling or frosting, as everything is protected and stays where it should. Plus, its perfect aesthetic goes with your relaxing, natural picnic environment.
Don’t settle for an unreliable cardboard box or a plastic container. With a handy leather strap for carrying, transport is a cinch. You can even use your PieBox to easily transport other smaller goodies. It’s ideal for picnics!
3. Small Cutting Board
While you may not initially think to bring one of these with you, a cutting board comes in handy when you need to slice an apple or cut a sandwich in half. As beautiful as your surroundings are, they don’t provide a fitting place to slice up the fruit or cheese you brought along. You’ll never regret having this in your pack.
Napkins for your picnic guests are easily forgotten. Not only are they necessary for wiping hands, but they are always useful for cleaning up messes, serving pastries, or wiping down your picnic table when you’re finished. Starting today, they should become a permanent part of your picnic checklist.
5. Trash Receptacle
When you picture your picnic in your mind, you may think of all the lunch components laid out nicely. But did you remember to think about what you’ll do when it’s over?
Especially if you are picnicking in a non-dedicated picnic area, it is important to bring something along that you can throw your trash into. Whether it is a paper bag or a designated container, this is something you mustn’t forget.
6. Tongs/Serving Utensils
Most people remember to bring individual utensils, but forget that potato salad needs to be served in some manner. Having these along will make everything go a lot smoother, with no more concern about putting personal utensils into communal casseroles.
7. Card Games or Other Diversions
It’s such a waste to eat and run! Why not enjoy the location you chose for your outing and play a game, read a book, or listen to music? By doing this, you get to enjoy the trip and your excellent company a little bit longer. Try a game of Charades, Pictionary, or Go Fish to keep both children and adults entertained.
This is one of the old standbys, but you’d be surprised how many times it gets forgotten. But why not shake it up? For your next picnic, you could try one of these fun alternatives:
- A camping tent (kids love it!)
- Fold-up lounge chairs
- Cushioned and/or waterproof tarp for added protection and comfort
A picnic is all about having fun and enjoying yourself. Use whatever you and your crew are comfortable with.
9. Salt and Pepper
How many times have you sat down to eat your picnic meal and noticed that you could use just a little bit of salt or pepper? These staples of the dinner table often get left behind when we picnic. Bring them along to make sure that the food is to everyone’s liking, no matter what their personal taste.
Toothpicks are a great solution for eating small finger foods such as cut fruit, cheese, deli meats, or even little pastries. By having these, you can cut down on using your hands to eat. Plus, cleanup is a breeze.
During your picnic, you shouldn’t have to worry about anything besides enjoying delicious food and excellent company. By taking care of these 10 essentials, you can focus on what matters and ensure that everyone at your picnic has a wonderful time.