Essential items for enjoying a family picnic

For most of us, a picnic has become a thrown together affair, where we simply grab fast food and camp out at a picnic table at a park. And while those experiences can provide some fun times, picnicking is becoming a bit of a lost art. We think it’s time to bring it back. Here are some essentials that you will need to bring back a little purpose and passion to your next picnic.

Take a seat

Whether you grab a blanket to spread on the ground or a collapsible table and some camp chairs if your party isn’t into sitting on the ground, make sure that your picnic includes some place to both sit and eat.

Eat up

Skip the drive-thru. You can go all out and make a delicious meal with classic picnic food like fried chicken, potato salad, fresh-squeezed lemonade and more. Or you can throw some sandwiches together with chips and watermelon slices. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something your family will enjoy. And don’t forget the condiments.

A Tisket A Tasket

Your picnic basket doesn’t need to be green and yellow, but you do need something to carry your food to the designated spot. A cool picnic basket, canvas bag along with a cooler for drinks and other cold things is item number one.

Glass half full

Make sure that you pack all the utensils you will need. Serving spoons, cups, napkins and eating utensils. If you are bringing beer or wine, don’t forget the bottle opener. It’s also always a good idea to pack a sharp knife — adopt the Boy Scout motto and be prepared. Make sure to also bring items to help facilitate the cleanup such as paper towels and maybe some ziploc bags to put the dirty dishes into.

Bring the fun

Picnicking is so much more than just about eating outside. It’s about the experience. Make sure you prepare for that outdoor fun with sunscreen, bug spray, hats, and outdoor games to play. It doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s as easy as throwing a Frisbee in the picnic basket.