Food tastes better seasoned with fresh air. The perfect picnic is crafted of simple recipes and fresh ingredients: a wedge of Brie crusty bread, Sam’s Club® rotisserie chicken and plumbs in dark chocolate.
12 tips for the Pro Picnic’er:
- “The Essential Picnic Kit” (things every picnic basket should include): Salt, pepper, sugar, a small all-purpose knife, a corkscrew, a can opener, matches, paper towels, trash bags, wet wipes, bug repellent and sunscreen.
- Coolers: Lightweight, soft-sided coolers are the most convenient. The rigid ones on wheels are also very user-friendly .
- Umbrellas: Since picnics are rarely held in cool weather (intentionally), a lightweight, folding umbrella is a must. At the very least, to shade the food and, at the very best, some of the guests as well.
- Flexible Cutting Board: Always pack two. They take up practically no room and will prove indispensable.
- Lightweight, Folding Chairs: Great for anyone who isn’t comfortable sitting on the ground. Since it’s not practical to tote one for everyone, they are a VIP item.
- Good looking, re-usable plastic tumblers and stemmed wine glasses. Glass is often impractical and flimsy plastic glassware can sap the elegance right out of a special meal. This is also the most sustainable choice.
- Pack condiments in small containers rather than taking whole jars.
- Pack everything possible in light, flexible, heavy-duty re-sealable bags. Take them home to rinse and re-use.
- Precut easy finger-food sized portions. Perfect picnic food is easy to eat without utensils.
- Take citronella candles to ward off flying insects.
- Pack the ice for beverages in heavy-duty plastic bags and tuck it around the food. That way it serves double duty—chilling the food until you need it for drinks.
- Put the cooler inside the car (where the air conditioning is running) not in the hot trunk.