Tips to Pack the Perfect Picnic

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to bring out all the clothes you’ve  been dying to wear and it’s that time of the year to bring out the picnic baskets for those trips away from home with the family. Picnics are also a great way of dining well wherever you are holidaying without shelling out pot loads of money for expensive lunches. These are the healthy fun options for a fun filled summer. Follow these tips to pack the perfect picnic.

  • 9Keep your food properly chilled: Perishable foods can go bad very quickly, especially if the weather is warm and the days are long. If you know you’re headed out to the beach or to an area where you’ll be receiving direct sunlight – carry a shade and pack you food in a cooler packed with ice. If you see that the ice in the cooler has melted, don’t try eating the food or the leftovers in the cooler – they may spell trouble for your tummy.
  • Carry water in a soft plastic bottle – you’ll find that they are much lighter than the hard bottle varieties – they are actually up to 80% lighter which means less weight for you to carry.
  • assorted_foodsUse zip-top bags for crushable food: Think of chips and the like. I’m sure you’ve gone for a trip and when your tummy started to rumble, reached for the bag of chips and realized all you had were crushed piece of what used to be crispy chips. Pack them in zip-top bags and fill them with air to give them some cushioning to prevent them from getting crushed.
  • Pack multipurpose items: When you’re at a picnic, you don’t want to be carrying around too many thins. Be smart about it and pack items that can be doubled up to be used as a different item – Like a sandwich sleeve that could be used a napkin or a placemat. This way your picnic basket could be that little bit lighter and you end up saving space.
  • Be smart with chicken: Chicken is a major ingredient in many picnics but beware of packing cold chicken sandwiches with dressings like whole_chickenMayonnaise or other similar ingredients that have good chances of spoiling quickly. Opt for salads that are vinegar based and other spreads that can be stored in the cooler to keep them fresh and also to keep the calories on the low side.
  • Carry an insulated basket: If you don’t want to spend a good amount of time lugging heavy picnic baskets or coolers around while searching for that perfect picnic spot – opt for a collapsible insulated basket that will keep your food cool without the hassle of weight.
  • Use a separate bag for drinks: This will make it more accessible as well as lighten the load of your picnic basket.
  • Pack portable treats: Tickle everyone’s taste buds or feed the hungry ones who have a sweet tooth with easy to make and fun to eat items like cupcakes, brownies, cookies etc. These types of items require no refrigeration so there is no hassle involved with including them in your picnic basket.
  • Vary the sandwich types: Sandwiches are a staple in any picnic – but don’t go for the boring ham and cheese combo. Try out new combinations like Peanut Butter and Banana or even go for the classic BLT wraps.
  • Be comfortable: Who says you only have to sit around at a picnic party? Lounge around with a weather resistant pillow or two to enjoy the sweet sunshine and lie down on a blanket.

I remember as a child my parents would take us out on the weekend – it could be a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon, depending upon my parents’ schedule and it would be so much fun. We would perhaps go with family friends who also had kids my age or at times just make it a family affair. Some memories live strong, even though decades have passed.

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